For many people, the Canaries are just the last ‘European' stopover before the crossing to the West Indies... But the Canaries are well worth the stop, to enjoy their charms.
Situation: Situated to the North-West of Western Sahara, the Canaries form an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, 150km from the African coast (Western Sahara) and more than 1,000km South of Spain. From La Rochelle, 1,200 miles.
Access: By boat, of course...but also by aeroplane, less than three hours from the main European capitals, as the Canaries have six airports.
Formalities: You are in Europe... Valid passport for North American citizens, and identification for EU citizens.
Climate: The climate is sub-tropical. The average annual temperature is 22°C. The weather is always pleasant, thanks to the constant trade winds, which allow you to enjoy your cruising, and refresh you at anchor.
Health: apart from sunburn, nothing to report.