Discovering Gran Canaria: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a place, where everybody can find an attraction for themselves. It offers you breathtaking landscapes for hiking or biking, pristine waters for watersports practicing, white-sand beaches for relaxing as well as historic sites for sightseeing. And these are only a few out of many things that you can do while visiting this spectacular island. Gran Canaria is the largest of the Canaries and a must-anchorage when island hopping in this wonderful region of Atlantic Ocean. If you do not have time to explore the beauty of the entire island, you should at least visit the islands capital: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Las Palmas is Grand Canaria’s major city and anchorage at the same time. Although it offers you many fascinating places of cultural and architectural value, the city is also exceptionally rich in breathtaking natural landscapes that can be found in numerous parks and gardens. Moreover, it is a place where you can find an entertainment of any kind as it is also full of excellent restaurants, such as famous Deliciosa Marta or Que Leche and fantastic clubs and bars, such as the Paper’s Club or Bravia.las-palmas-459114_1280

When you are in Las Palmas, you cannot omit visiting the 16th century Catedral de Santa Ana and the fascinating Museum of the Canary Islands.  Moreover, you should visit at least one of its exuberant beaches, such as Las Canteras or Las Alcaravaneras. Watersports fans can also find there many great diving and snorkeling spots. You should also have a long walk in the impressive Canary Gardens full of stunning tropical greenery.

Cruising in the BVI: 7 Day Itinerary

The Caribbean region is simply created for island hopping adventures. So if you are planning to spend your vacation in the Caribbean, the best way to explore it will be by chartered yacht. It will give you a chance to discover the most of it, without being dependent on fixed schedules of cruise ships or spending hours at the airports to get from one island to another.

<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Today, I will present you a 7 day cruising itinerary in the BVI:

Tortola – Cooper Island – Salt Island – Peter Island – Norman Island – Tortola

Day 1

Charter a yacht in Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands. Spend the rest of the day in this wonderful place; go sightseeing and hiking. I really recommend you visit the wonderful hilltop restaurant called Skyworld, ask for the window table and admire the amazing view.

Day 2

In the morning, visit the spectacular J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens situated in the city center and then sail east along Tortola’s coastline to the scenic Parham Town. Rent a car and explore what else Tortola has to offer. If you are a hiking fan, you cannot omit Sage Mountain National Park. Spend an evening relaxing on the beach; you can organize a picnic if you want.

Day 3

Set off early and visit the marvelous Cooper Island, where you can anchor at the scenic Manchioneel Bay. Have a lunch in the seafront restaurant and spend the rest of the day sunbathing and snorkeling near Cistern Point. It will give you an opportunity to discover an extremely rich aquatic environment of this part of the Caribbean Sea.

Day 4

Sail to the neighboring Salt Island   and explore the wonderful shipwreck diving site –  RMS Rhone. The ship sunk in 1897 during a hurricane. Anchor for the night on the scenic Peter Island.

Day 5

Have a relaxing morning on Peter Island, spend some time on the beach and eat lunch at one of its great local restaurants, such as Deadman’s Beach Bar. Anchor for the night near one of the lovely quiet beaches of the neighboring Dead Chest Island.

Day 6

Start the day with sailing to Norman Island, where you can find many magnificent snorkel sights, such as the Caves, the Indians or the Aquarium. In the afternoon, sail back to Tortola and anchor in a buzzing Soper’s Hole Marina. Spend an evening partying in one of the local bars. I especially recommend Willy T’s, which is located aboard a floating ship.

Day 7

Have a refreshing morning swim and sail back to Road Town to return your chartered boat.