The landscapes and seascapes of Lanzarote have to be seen to be believed. “The Island of 1,000 Volcanoes” was formed millions of years ago after the African and American continental plates broke up. More recently, from 1730 to 1736, the fourth largest Canary Island endured a series of volcanic eruptions which transformed the isle into its current state. While the interior is unlike anything else on earth, the coastline is just as dramatic.
Wild stretches of sand like Playa de Papagayo, Playa de las Conchas and Playa de Famara offer beachgoers an incomparable summer vacation. With consistent sunshine throughout the year and temperature highs hovering above 20°C from January to December – there is never a bad time to visit. Plans are rarely interrupted by rain and refreshingly cool waters help you escape the heat during the hottest season (May to September).
One of the best ways to experience this shimmering shoreline is to book a luxury sailing trip in Lanzarote with the boat tour agency Catlanza. They are based in Puerto Calero and offer two types of journeys – shared excursions and private charters. Following the gorgeous southern coast to Playa de Papagayo, guests can enjoy the sunniest and most sheltered area of Lanzarote while relaxing out at sea aboard Catlanza’s luxurious catamaran.
The group trips are perfect for families or adults looking to share the experience, while the private charters offer the most exclusive cruises. Along the way you have the opportunity to hoist the sails and take the helm (wind dependent) and look for dolphins, pilot whales and fish that are common in this area of Lanzarote. Once you arrive at the spectacular Playa de Papagayo, more adventures await like snorkeling and kayaking.
Why Book your Sailing Trip in Lanzarote with Catlanza
There are so many reasons to book your sailing trip in Lanzarote with Catlanza but perhaps the most obvious is the catamarans themselves. Two different catamarans can be provided, depending on the size of your group. The Catlanza VI is fit for up to 18 people and the Catlanza VII has a capacity of 55. Whether you are coming to the island with your family or on a work trip with colleagues, this wonderful company can accommodate you.
Both vessels are the epitome of luxury. Nets at the front have space for sunbathing and a large cockpit area caters to those who want respite from the sun. Lunch and drinks are also prepared, with cava/champagne cocktails available on the platinum booking. The platinum sailings are suited for over 15 year olds and the gold sailings are open to all ages. Children love traveling on Catlanza as it’s a unique adventure for them.
If you opt for the private charter, hotel transfers can be arranged as well. This gives a new meaning to the term “all-inclusive” and makes the entire day stress-free. The feeling you get being out on the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean – with the sun beating down on your face, sea breeze blowing through your hair and magnificent views greeting your eyes – is just unreal. There isn’t a better way to spend a day here in Lanzarote.
The highlight is seeing Papagayo for the first time. It takes your breath away with its volcanic surroundings, secluded shape, emerald waters and white sand. With Catlanza, you anchor in the bay and immerse in everything that this beach has to offer. Many activities can be enjoyed such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. All equipment is provided by Catlanza, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own.
What Makes Playa de Papagayo so Amazing
One famous spot (Playa de Papagayo) is used as a postcard for Lanzarote but did you know that there are actually six beaches here? Each beach is similar looking with slightly different colors, shapes and sizes. Some are blessed with the most stunning emerald green waters you will ever see, yet others have this deep blue color. Since the beaches of Papagayo are sheltered from the wind, they are always a hit with locals and tourists alike.
The main beach known as Playa de Papagayo is the busiest. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check out the other ones if you want an empty beach all to yourself. On a private charter with Catlanza you can request to stop at more gems located nearby like Playa Mujeres, Playa del Pozo, Playa de la Cera, Playa Caleta del Congrio and Playa Puerto Muelas. The best aspect about booking a private charter is that you have flexibility in where you can go.
From Puerto Calero, you sail along the southeast coast until you reach the southernmost tip where Los Ajaches National Park is situated. Upon cruising around this tip, you get to see Playa de Papagayo in all its glory. If you continue west the other Papagayo beaches can be found. While this area is undeniably beautiful, some of the beaches on the southeast coast are impressive too – black sand beaches that have this epic rugged quality.
Playa de la Arena, Playa La Casa and Playa de La Fuentecita are volcanic black sand beaches that you should keep your eyes peeled for. Plus, several little bays and coves will keep you in a constant state of awe. Lanzarote is just so utterly breathtaking when you see it from a perspective out on the water. The guides aboard Catlanza know the best places to show you along the way so all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.
Tips for your Sailing Trip in Lanzarote
In conclusion, Catlanza has a sailing trip in Lanzarote for everybody – from family journeys to large work outings. Have a browse through their website and get in touch with the team if you have any questions or requirements. Most requests can be incorporated into the excursion such as celebrating a special occasion (proposal or birthday) and extra care can be taken for guests in wheelchairs (the deck has standard wheelchair access).
Even for those who don’t consider themselves strong swimmers, life jackets are available to use while you take a dip and the crew can teach you how to use your snorkeling gear. Water temperatures in this remote part of the planet range between 19°C and 22°C in the winter and up to 23°C in the summer. Most travelers find the deeper parts of the ocean to be cold while the waters closer to shore are usually less “refreshing” and more moderate.
Make sure you bring all the standard items for a sail like swimwear, towels, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, warm clothes to change into after swimming, cameras, phones, etc. It’s a good idea to pack a day bag with all this gear and keep it stored in a secure part of the catamaran. Also, families with babies are welcome to take prams or buggies on the boat so that their infants are comfortable and have a place to rest in the shade while sailing.
Catlanza has assembled a talented team and their guides can speak a range of languages including English, French, German, Dutch and Polish. Let them know which language you prefer and they will organize a fluent speaker to guide you. Remember to have fun and take photos because you might not get another chance to see volcanic landscapes like this nor witness one of the world’s most jaw-dropping beaches: Papagayo!