The Ultimate Guide To Yachting In Lanzarote
Lanzarote is known across the globe as the ‘Island of Volcanoes’, not least because of the unexpected landscapes made up of volcanic caves, lakes of lava and craters. However, more recently it has gained a reputation as the Canary Island’s premier superyacht destination – The perfect weather conditions alongside very little rainfall make Lanzarote a year-round favourite amongst private and commercial superyacht owners.
Furthermore, Lanzarote plays host to several high-level competitions, including the Volvo Ocean Race, IMOCA 60 training campaigns, RC44 World Championship events, Mini Transats and the RORC Transatlantic Race, making it one of the top destinations for yacht racing and sailing competitions.
Yacht Clearance & Berthing Procedures
Yachts can be pre-cleared into commercial Canary-Island ports and marinas in advance. The European regulations insist all passports are presented to immigration on arrival and departure. The crew passports will be stamped if yachts are arriving from a non-EU port, or when leaving to a non-EU port.
If the vessel weighs more than 500 GT, it will receive pilot assistance when arriving at, or departing from the port. For yachts less than 500GT, pilotage is not compulsory, but it is advisable for captains wanting a little extra advice from local experts.
Lanzarote: The Undiscovered Superyacht Destination?
It’s no secret that Lanzarote has some of the most attractive beaches and scenery in the Canary Islands. There are countless fun activities to partake in, such as kite surfing, sailing and diving. The island is drenched in rich culture, fine dining and friendly locals.
Traditionally yachting season in the Canaries stretches from June to November. Although in recent years this has been expanding, with more yachts stopping for refuelling, storing and charters. With annual average temperatures of around 21ºC, very limited rainfall and low humidity, Lanzarote is the ideal destination for yachts and superyachts throughout the year.
So, if you’re unfamiliar with Lanzarote as a superyacht destination then here are three marinas you need to visit during your next yacht charter.
Marina Lanzarote is located in Arrecife, the capital of the island on the east coast. Arrecife is a perfect destination to berth your yacht, with everything you could need right on your doorstep. Home to fantastic restaurants and historical landmarks, such as Castillo San Gabriel & Castillo San Jose, you can easily get lost exploring the beautiful city of Arrecife.
Why choose Marina Lanzarote?
Marina Lanzarote has all of the required amenities necessary for a smooth visit to Lanzarote. With the ability to accommodate yachts up to 83m LOA (272.31ft), Marina Lanzarote has a fully equipped shipyard with an 820-tonne crane and repair services. There is a concierge service available and because of the prime location in the largest city in Lanzarote, there is no issue when ordering provisions. There is a great chandlery and a wide range of shopping facilities available just a short walk from the marina.
Furthermore, the marina is protected from swell, making it the perfect sanctuary for both commercial vessels.
Puerto Calero Marina
Located on the warm, beautiful and sheltered south coast is Puerto Calero Marina. Puerto Calero is Lanzarote’s most established yacht harbour, having hosted yacht captains, crew and their guests from across the globe for over 35 years.
Why choose Puerto Calero Marina?
The marina itself can accommodate vessels up to 83m LOA (272.31ft) and has a fantastic range of amenities, including options for yacht repairs, spare parts and even a fuelling dock located at the end of the breakwater.
Dining at Puerto Calero Marina
There is a long list of tantalising restaurants to try, all within walking distance and with fantastic views of the Atlantic ocean. Plus, there’s a local farmers market, a supermarket located in the marina and various options to order provisions directly.
With perfect sailing conditions and clear waters, Puerto Calero Marina is a great destination for water sports and outdoor activities. There are different classes on offer as well as a top-rated sailing school. However, if water sports don’t appeal to you there is always the option to take a boat trip or attend one of the many excursions available.
Marina Rubicon is located in a sheltered bay, on the south coast of Lanzarote, next to the Los Ajaches volcanic peaks.
Why choose Marina Rubicon?
Marina Rubicon can accommodate yachts up to 110m (360.8ft) LOA and offers a range of tailored shipyard services, including berthing assistance, fuel dock, 24-hour security and yacht cleaning facilities. The long list of available maintenance and repair services are also accompanied by a 90-tonne travel hoist, spares and state of the art facilities for yachts and commercial vessels.
Dining at Marina Rubicon
There are several renowned restaurants, serving both local and international cuisines, alongside plenty of shops in very close proximity to the marina.
Take a look at the full list of eating establishments on the Marina Rubicon Bars & Restaurants website.
With so many fun activities and destinations to visit throughout the island of Lanzarote, we thought it would be a great idea to list some of the most popular hotspots and activities for charter guests:
- Marina Rubicon Market – Every Wednesday and Saturday, we have the Marina Rubicon Market, which offers the greatest variety of stalls with unique products from the island.
- Rubicon Diving – With four dive boats available, Rubicon Diving offer Lanzarote’s widest range of guided dives both in Playa Blanca and Puerto Del Carmen. There are even opportunities to take a dive course and become a certified diver or just give it a try for a one-off session.
- Discover Lanzarote – Home to some of the most beautiful and interesting terrain, Lanzarote is the perfect location for exploring. With volcanoes, lunar landscapes and transparent waters, no trip to the island would be complete without taking in the unique scenery.
- Sailing – Why not try a sailing course during your visit to Lanzarote? There is a wide range of sailing schools available with top-level coaches, who cover physical, technical, tactical & mental training.
- Water Activities & Sports – A trip to Lanzarote is a brilliant opportunity to be adventurous and tick a few things off your bucket list. There is a wide range of activities available from parasailing to catamaran trips and even Segway excursions.
Lanzarote has something for everyone and there are far too many experiences to fit into one single trip – that’s why charter guests come back repeatedly year on year!
While the state of the art Lanzarote marinas can provide a safe haven for yachts, the whole island has something to offer. Whether it’s volcano tours and wine tasting or kite surfing and submarine trips, we guarantee you’ll be planning a return visit.
You can find other useful information regarding your trip to Lanzarote including navigation, things to do and port guides here.