Canary Islands, Spain
5th July - 24th Sep, 2021
Gran Canaria, Las Palmas
Approaching Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Why did we sail from sunny Madeira to grey, windy and cloudy Canaries...
Even here cruisers decorate the stones with their boat names. I liked this T-shirt variant
Las Palmas beach, Playa las Canteras
Catedral de Santa Ana
The back side of Catedral de Santa Aan
Casa San Cristobal
Beautiful streets in old town of Las Palmas
Always another boat project. Here we are refurbishing and improving the boom vang
At the restaurant in Morro Jable. Horizon looks good at anchor
Endless white beaches in Morro Jable
Amazing sand dunes here in the south
Beaches and resorts in Morro Jable
We sailed from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, to Fuerteventura. A fun fast beam reach sail. After spending two nights at anchor in beautiful sandy Morro Jable, on the south coast, we enjoyed the town of Gran Tarajal. Good affordable marina. The town is like an art gallery. Just look at these huge beautiful wall paintings. Love this town
Playa Papagayo, on the south coast of Lanzarote. Beautiful white long sandy beaches. Some more nude than others ;-)
After some beating against the wind and big waves on the west coast of Lanzarote we arrived in La Graciosa, the 8th island of the Canaries
La Graciosa is a Marine reserve, you need a permit to anchor here which you can apply for online.
Must be one of the most beautiful anchorages in the Canaries, Playa Francesa. This is the only allowed anchorage here. We happened to arrive on a Saturday and a holiday, so big partying were going on the whole evening.
The start of the hike up to the Vulcano, this is the next beach over. Anchoring here is not longer permitted.
Up at the top of the crater. I walked around the whole rim
Cool little arch
View from the top overlooking our anchorage. The Famara cliffs on the north shore of Lanzarote is just across the "River" from La Graciosa
View from the top looking north. You can see the "Rock" of Isla de Montana Clara off the coast
My way back to our anchorage. I was lucky it was low tide so I could walk this way instead of all the way around inland
Like walking in Sahara. And it is, only 80km from Africa
Walked the 2.5 km from our anchorage to the only town in La Graciosa, Caleta del Sebo. The population of the island is 700 people.
Low tide change the coastline. Now a perfect safe and warm "pool" for kids...and me ;-) Almost like an infinity pool...
The town of Caleta del Sebo with it's typical low whitewashed north African type houses
There is no asphalt on this island. Only sandy roads. Special 4x4 Jeeps with permits are allowed, and they can take you on tours and also works as local taxis
We visited this interesting museum. The worlds smallest, they say. It was free of charge.
Selfie from the outskirt of town on the northern side. Just around the tip of Lanzarote is the little fishing village of Orzola. That is also where all the ferries goes to and from La Graciosa and Lanzarote
Well marked trails/roads around the island. You can hike, rent bikes or take a jeep tour
Living pretty close to a Vulcano. This is in the middle of the island and this Vulcano is the tallest, Agujas Grande 267m
I walked over the whole island to this little settlement, Pedro Barba.
Pedro Barba seemed to be a very low key place with some vacation homes
Big Waves crushing in over the pier in Pedro Barba
The hiking trail along the east coast. Looking back at Pedro Barba
Same trail looking towards Caleta del Sebo
Very well marked trail. Lots of signs on the sides that tells you to stay on the trail, since it's a Nature Reserve
Had a wonderful sail down the east coast of Lanzarote.
We had a wonderful time in Fuerteventura and Isla de Lobos.
Anchored at Isla the Lobos, just outside the north east part of Fuerteventura. It's a nature reserve so you need a permit to go ashore which you can omit online for free. This is the only settlement, a small fishing village. Very popular among tourists because of all the sheltered lagoons. There is also a small restaurant here.
The "Trail" goes through the wetland with water running over the trail
I hiked around the island. This is on the east coast. It is a bird sanctuary with a wetland, believe it or not. Crystal clear water.
The Punta Martino Lighthouse, situated on a hill on the north-eastern end of the island.
View from the lighthouse looking west towards the Vulcano, the highest point of the island, and Fuerteventura.
The hike up to the top of the Vulcano, Montana La Caldera. An odd sight, a young guy walking up the trail with his surf board. It was super windy further up. Halfway up he gave up and his dad turned around with the board...
The view from the top
We stayed in the marina Corralejo for a couple of nights. A small, very windy marina with no facilities. But ok, with good restaurants
We rented a car for a day to explore the island of Fuerteventura. First stop El Cotillo and the lighthouse, Faro del Toston, on the North west tip of the island
A walk along the coast around the El Cotillo Lighthouse. Lots of natural ponds with sandy beaches. Easy to find your own private cove
This is island is very artistic and colorful with the art. Love this goat in the center of a roundabout
Tinda Ya mountain; It was considered a sacred place by the pre-colonial local population, and is also known as the Sacred Mountain today
I love how they have painted all the houses in different colors. Easy to tell your friends, I live in the green house
Next stop Puertito de los Molinos. A small fishing village on the west coast. There where a lot of geese here since it's a little fresh water lake here
The sleepy little town of Molinos, with it's black beach
Inside one of the caves
Beginning of the trail to the caves in Ajuy. So interesting with all the different layers in the mountain
Also on the west coast in Ajuy, we found these wonderful caves. Beautiful hike.
Our fantastic fun ride for the day, Alfa Romeo Spider. Too bad this was the only rental car left
At a very windy stop close to the highest peak in Fuerteventura
The windy road up to the lighthouse, in the Vulcanic desert
The Spider looks good at the Lighthouse
We are now at Entellada Lighthouse. The point, in the Canary Islands, closest to Africa. Only 80 km away
Driving back to the marina through the Parque National, Las Dunas de Corralejo. It's like driving through Sahara.
Kite surfers paradise!!! Isla Lobos is seen behind all the kite surfers
Sailing through the acceleration zone in south Fuerteventura
Typical wind in the acceleration zones of the Canaries
Pretty good speed
After a 60 nm interesting sailing down to the southern part of Fuerteventura we are once again anchored in one of our most favorit anchorages so far in the Canaries, Morro Jable
View over the stunning beach and our anchorage in Morro Jable
Horizon nicely framed in palm trees and flowers
The water is crystal clear here in Morro Jable. These Rays were circling around our boat frequently. They are huge, majestic and a little scary
Left Morro Jable, and Fuerteventura, in the early morning for a 70 nm sail back to Gran Canary. Love how the clouds are hugging the higher mountains
The story of the “Islas Canaries Acceleration Zones”
Luckily, there are a lot of information about the acceleration zones, so they do not come as a surprise. Although, it is very surprising how steep and quickly the wind change .
We're getting out of the acceleration zone and the wind dies within a minute or less...
From 30 knots to 6 knots...
0.9 knots to 38.3 knots on the same sail, and averaging over 8 knots during the day. Probably a new record.
Off of Fuerteventura, from no wind to 20 knots in no time...
Nice with a game of Domino after a hard days sail. Anchored off of Puerto Pasito Blanco.
Docked in marina Pasito Blanco. Time to clean and stock up for our guests Ben, our youngest son, and his girlfriend Tessa is coming tomorrow. Yay!
Sundowner and relaxing on Horizon after a busy day
Benjamin caught a fish on his first day on board. Don't really know what it was but it tasted good
Approaching Puerto de Mogan, on the south west coast of Gran Canaria
We came here 20 years ago and vowed that we would be back with our own boat some day. And here we are with Horizon.
As beautiful as it/we were 20 years ago ;-)
Pina Coladas for all
Our anchorage on the west coast of Tenerife, Los Cristianos. A real busy tourist town
Since we couldn't find a rental car in Tenerife we took a taxi up to Teide. Some of the rock formations reminds me of Utah
Teide is an active volcano on Tenerife and the highest mountain in Spain, 3715 meter. You can take a cable car up to the top. Unfortunately you had to buy in advance so we didn't get all the way up. But it was stunning anyway
The end stop of our taxi ride, Los Gigantes, a cute town further up on the west coast. Anders was nice to bring the boat up here to pick us up. Thank You
Big lava fields surrounding Teide
View on the way down from Teide, on the west coast. Here you can see the two neighboring islands of La Palma and La Gomera
Our stunning anchorage in Los Gigantes. We had it all to ourselves. Impressive cliffs all along this coastline
It's not advised to take the dinghy ashore due to huge swells and a rocky beach. But the rest of the crew dropped me off and I swam in. walked up the canyon, just stunning
Came upon these track and this house built in to the mountain
Art? in the Cave
No one was home but somebody definitely spend some nights here
A little creepy to look in to the cave house
Benjamin is ready to fly the drone. The crew is ready to rescue, if needed
And the drone is off...and he successfully landed it back on the boat
Los Gigantes coastline...
Another anchorage along the coast, Playa de Masca
After a lively downwind sail from Tenerife we arrived in La Gomera's capital, San Sebastian. The marina is very nice and sheltered, even though it's right in the acceleration zone
A walk around the town of San Sebastian. Beautiful colors in down town San Sebastian
We rented a car for a day in La Gomera. It's the second smallest island in the Canaries so we managed to see most everything in a day. This beautiful rainbow started off our day
The island is so diverse. When we got to the northern part it suddenly got very green with high humidity
This is Hermigua on the north shore. Lots of banana plants in this valley
The picturesque town of Agulo, also on the north shore. Love all the colors
Love the flowers and the clouds
We had a coffee at this cute place
Happy Happy in the high humidity, waiting for warm tasty coffee
Misty green mountains on the northern part of the island. View from our lunch stop
Mirador de Abrante. A little scary to walk out on this glass viewpoint. Below is the town of Agulo, where we had coffee.
From the same viewpoint, the cloud lifted some and we could see Teide on Tenerife
We loved our roadtrip around the island, such a variety of landscape. This is the windy road down to Vallehermosso, still on the north coast
Our ride for the day. Pretty tight turnaround point here
The rugged west coast
Ben is posing on the wild west coast with El Hiero on the Horizon
This is the town of Alojera, on the dryer west coast. Here you can spot the man maid terraces for being able to grow plants in these steep hills
We got a hitchhiker for a while. Pretty cool shot
This is one of the many hiking trails in the nature reserve of Garajonay. So lush and green, like a rain forest.
Lots of moss on the trees
Hugged by the green trees
View from one of the viewpoints in Garajonay park, looking north
Roque de Agando. A pretty impressive rock. It's a vulcano that didn't really erupt.
Another rock formation with Teide behind
The story of the rocks
View over San Sebastian and the marina where Horizon is. Teide is majestic in the background
Love this picture of happy crew
We got lucky to get company of these dolphins. It was a big pod of them, big ones and some small babies
Anders and Ben is towing Tessa on our Stand Up Paddle board. The hippies lives in the caves behind us
Our anchorage on the south coast. Cool arch
Ben and Tessa is snorkeling around this rock. Actually pretty good snorkeling
Impressive rock beach. Horizon looks so tiny. La Gomera is not known for it's beaches In the hill behind our anchorage there were some Hippies living in caves. most of them naked. We would love to have known their stories...
Ben and Tessa are taking the fast ferry back to Tenerife, much faster than sailing , to catch a flight to Dublin, Ireland.
After ten wonderful fun days together, that went by way to quick, they are now off to their next adventure Ireland. We have visited Gran Canaria and explored the Islands of Tenerife and La Gomera.
Marina Tazacorte on the west coast of La Palma, Canary islands, is an art museum by itself! It's also a very protected, safe and modern marina with good facilities and lots of nice restaurants close by.
I Love the sculpture at the entrance to the marina
The Artist, had a beautiful vision...
Here is the result. Pretty cool breakwater!
Our Taxi driver
La Cumbrecita National Park. A lot of the trails were closed due to fire danger. But we did the small loop in purple with beautiful views over the big crater area and some of the tallest peaks. We were lucky when we got back they had closed all trails, even the one we just hiked. It was 32C up here
At the Cumbrecita viewpoint
Time to bike back down. 18km and all steep downhill, 1300 meter elevation difference. The breaks worked hard and hot
One of our small alleys on the way back. Now we can see the marina
Beautiful narrow colorful alleys of the town of Tazacorte
So creative and beautiful, and these are not chairs
Love the art work along the road
Another colorful artwork
The start of second days hike
We started above the morning clouds
This trail is 11km. We started and ended at 850m above sea level and hiked down to the ocean twice to swim
This is the Cueva de Candelaria, with people living in small houses built in to the cliffs. Just amazing
I went swimming, so refreshing after the long hike down. There was a nice swim ladder so it was easy to get up
This is the hike we did . from the first beach we hiked up just to have to hike down again to the next beach and the hike back up again the same elevation...
At the next bay, Playa del Jorado, also called Pirate bay. We both swam in this crystal clear water. Anders found a rock to stand on
A very tough, steep and hot hike back up again
The Pirate cove from above. You can see the trail on the other side that came down from Cueva de Candelaria. So we had to go down and then go up again the same elevation...
Anders thought he had come to heaven, resting under this shrine, in the shade
The old cable transportation system down to Pirate bay. The trail follow this up zig zagging.
Lots of banana plantations on this island. It's amazing how they dig out big time for these plantations
We found avocados, Yeah
Finally back at the bikes that we left at the end of the loop. Stopped at this brewery for a refreshing rest and dehydration. Now ready to start our bike ride back to the marina, all downhill
Viewpoint over Tazacorte. The marina is down there, that's where we going...
Had quite a blow between La Palma and La Gomera. Forecasted wind was 25 knot max. However the acceleration zones gave us almost the double for three hours. Horizon did not let us down, with a small piece of the jib and triple reefed main it was a joyride. We luckily did not catch any fish whilst in the heavy seas...
In the midst of the 50 knots wind one of the solar panels came loose. Luckily we saw that and managed to save it. But no way to secure it in the crazy wind so Anders, the hero, held on to it until if got a little calmer
Caught a 4kg, 8pound, Bonito on the south coast of Tenerife. It's also called Atlantic mackerel. Yummy
Anders helped to bring the fish in with the net
Back in Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria, after a detour to some of the neighboring islands. Preparing for our sail to Gambia, Cape Verde and the Atlantic crossing to French Guyana. We now have the Yellow Fever shot with the Certification. We also have enough Malaria medication for the trip. We have learned how to make our own yoghurt (after a couple not so good tries). Very easy, when you finally get it, and super tasty.
A Fellow OCC member here in Gran Canaria happened to own this hospital in Las Palmas. He helped us with our Malaria medication and sent us to a clinic were we could get the Yellow Fever. Got to Love OCC!
Our Yellow Fever Certificate.
Our home made Yoghurt.
Had the pleasure to have the OCC Port Officer of Gran Canaria, Agustin Martin, over for dinner on Horizon together with our good friend Paul Österberg, S/V Kerpa, another OCC member and a Swedish boat that right now also is in Porto de Mogan two boats down from us.
Agustin asked us, when he heard that we were going to Gambia, if we could bring some medical supply to them. We are of course happy to help out. Here are the two boxes of supplies. So now we are dedicated to go to Gambia.
We're enjoying our time here in Gran Canaria. We're mixing boat projects with provisioning and road trips, to explore this beautiful island. When we were here 20 years ago it was mostly dirt roads up in the mountains. Now it's all very nice asphalt roads. Still the same beauty though.
First day of road trip. Just up in the mountains from Mogan. This amazing green, probably a lot of copper, mountain showed up.
Very windy, narrow and steep roads on the west coast of the island.
One of several reservoir up in the mountains.
Driving on a spectacular ridge.
Roque Nublo. It is 67m tall, and it's top is 1,813m above sea level. It's the third highest in Gran Canaria. Stunning, but very hot, hike.
Views from the top. You can see Teide on Tenerife through the rock window.
Second day of our road trip we had company with Paul Österberg, from S/V Kerpa. This is at the Mirador del Balcon on the west coast.
At the same view point looking south. Wild coast, right in the acceleration zone.
A different hike in Tamadaba National Park. So green. Nice with the shade.
A happy sleepy duck by one of the reservoirs.
On our way back home we saw these funny looking tall skinny spruce trees.
This is a Panoramic from the top of Pico de las Nieves, the highest peak in Gran Canaria, 1,949moh.
A little hike up to a Mirador in Puerto de Mogan. View over the beach, the coastline and the harbor/marina.
Plans suddenly changed. We decided to fly back to our house in Boulder, Colorado, since we now have two weeks to spare before heading south. This is the 9th time we’re taking a Covid-19 PCR test. Luckily, NEGATIVE again. This time necessary for the fifth time flying over the pond this year. Will be home in Colorado for 2 weeks this time to empty our home. Preparing it for sale or for renting out.
It will be busy 2 weeks before we’re back on Horizon, our current home.
After two hectic, but successful weeks in Boulder Colorado, we preparing our passage to Gambia (from Gran Canaria). We decided in the last minute to try to get Horizon lifted for a needed scrub of the bottom. We’re very happy that the ARC boats have not yet arrived in the Canaries. We got scheduled to be lifted right away, in Pasito Blanco. However, when we got Horizon up in the slings, we realized that the “quality work” we got done in Turkey in February wasn’t as good as we thought. Change of plans… We got a place on the hard, and now have a clean bottom, two layers of anti-fouling and new anodes. Once again, it surely paid off to avoid high season.
On our way up to clean the bottom
Much more growth than we expected
Scraping of some hard to get off barnacles
Putting on the first layer of anti fouling
After lots of cleaning and two new coats, almost like new again
On our way back in the water after just 36 hours on the hard