The north easterly trade winds dominate the
weather pattern, however, wind acceleration zones do affect
this. The trade winds are most dominant during the spring
and summer, with the strongest being in July. The northerly
islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which are a
mere 60 miles from the African coast, tend also to be hit by
the southeasterly Sirocco, this creates confused conditions
(for short periods).
Berths : 12 Draught Max : 6.5 metres Drinking Water : Yes Electricity : Yes Length Max : 30 mters
VHF: Ch 9
Travel Lift: Yes
27o 37,5’ N - 17o 59’ 5” W
It is located in the village of La Restinga,
which belongs to the municipality of El Pinar, this is in the
south of the island. La Restinga was traditionally a fishing
port, which currently offers services for leisure boats. This
port is not the main port of the island, as the “Puerto de La
Estaca” is the main trade harbor and receives the tourists
from La Gomera and Tenerife.
When provisioning a boat for a long (or even
short) passage, knowing where to shop saves a lot of time,
energy and frustration. Every town and village is served
by some sort of shop or supermarket. Most of the 'big'
names (Hiperdino, Mercadona) will deliver to a marina.
Ask for 'Servicio Muelle Deportivo', before your items go
through the check out. This allows the checkout
assistant to arrange packaging and labeling. Do not
think that you can go and buy all your provisions at 7pm, and
expect them to be delivered that evening, they might not turn
up until the next morning, which, if you are intending upon
leaving first thing could be a bit annoying!
Check out our provisioning list
Lanzarote has many good supermarkets,
however, the big names (Spar / Hiperdino) are clustered in
the south. Further north of Arrecife has many very
good supermarkets, especially mercadona, however, note that
they charge for delivery unlike Hiperdino. If
provisioning for Isla Graciosa it is advised to stock up
first. Isla Graciosa does have three supermarkets and
a green grocers, but be aware that the choice can be
limited, prices higher and sometimes not as fresh as the
shops on Lanzarote. Click
here for Spar's locations and opening hours.
Cockroaches and insects
The Canary Islands, the same as many
other southern European countries have cockroaches.
Try not to tread on them, no, this is not out of any
affection for them, quite the opposite. The critter
will immediately expel its 'sack' of eggs! Try
not to take any cardboard onto your boat (cockroaches love
nothing better than to lay their eggs in cardboard), and
think about removing your shoes before jumping on-board.
If you do get a roach or two, or even an
infestation, DON'T PANIC! There are many traps,
sprays and formulas on the market. Check out our page on
cockroach and insect infestation. Please note
that a lot of the sprays are harmful not just to the
cockroaches themselves, but also small children, the sick
and any pets that you may have. If you do find one
or two and are looking for a good spray or powder, try:
Not everyone has the time or inclination
to sail to the Canary Islands or further afield.
Finding a knowledgeable, qualified and experienced
delivery skipper/crew can be time consuming and
frustrating, choose the wrong one and you will regret
it. Beware of the numerous adverts for skippers
and/or crew - you don't know who you are getting.
People often exaggerate their experience/qualifications
and it really is up to your common sense to weed out the
wannabe's. There are numerous reputable delivery
companies on the internet, prices vary, but on the whole
are not cheap. A good ocean skipper should have an RYAOcean
Master qualification or similar (and be able to
If you are crew seeking a boat there is
nothing more annoying to a yacht skipper than the constant
requests for 'a ride' to the Caribbean. A happy
smile followed by 'Is there anything I can do to help',
goes down far better than 'Oi, are you going to the
No one wants to get ill, or even think
about getting ill, but should the worst happen, or you
simply need to replace a prescription then knowing where to
go could be a life saver. IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY
DIAL 112 if you don't speak Spanish, don't worry, you
will be put through to an operator who speaks either your
language or English.
Spanish state hospitals are on the whole
very good, the standard of care puts a lot of other
'European' healthcare systems to shame. Supplementing
the state health system are numerous private clinics.
The main hospital is in Arricefe, it has high standards, and
a good intensive care unit. However, should you need
further treatment, or your condition requires it, you might
be flown by helicopter to Las Palmas. Check out our Las Palmas page for
information regarding hospitals and translators.
Medications and prescriptions in Spain as a
whole are generally cheaper than other parts of
Europe. In some instances you may be able to buy your
medication over the counter without a prescription, ask the
pharmacist, always try to take the packaging with you to
help with clarification.
If you have pets on board knowing where to
find a good vet is paramount. As with humans ensure
that you have your pet passport with you when you visit, you
might also need to take your own passport as well. It
is common practice in urban areas to take a small bottle of
water with you when walking your dog, a few quirts of water
after a dog pees on the pavement really does help.
Always clean up after your dog, if you allow your dog to
fowl and are caught you will end up with a hefty fine.
Large dogs should be muzzled, there is some confusion as to
whether small dogs should also be muzzled, which explains
why they are rarely seen this way. Noisy dogs in the
marina can cause a nuisance to your neighbors, who may even
make a complaint to the port authorities.
MAP TO ALL PORTS AND MARINAS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS
Technically not a national holiday,
but has been declared a regional holiday in all regions
Celebrated on St. Joseph' s day
Friday before Easter Sunday
Fiesta del trabajo
1st Sunday in May. Not a public
Labour Day Holiday
The first session of the autonomous
Canary Islands Parliament was May 30, 1983
Assumption of Mary
All Saints Day
Immaculate Conception Day
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