All joining locations should be used as a guide only. Detailed joining locations will be sent to you prior to your voyage start date, if in doubt call the ship's phone using the information in your final confirmation email.
Very handy if you're heading north to Las Palmas. The main bus stop to Las Palmas is used in the main by residents of Gran Canaria who, in the main, live in Las Palmas so the stop north is just outside the arrivals hall on the right and the service is every 20 minutes during the day, once an hour after 10pm.
From the Central Bus Station you can either walk along the promenade to the port or take a bus. In the bus station there is an Information Office that can tell you exactly where the bus stop is, and give you time tables. The walk along the promenade is pleasant, but with luggage it is not advisable.
Air & transfers
There are many regional airports for flights to Las Palmas. The International Airport is only a short bus ride north to the city and port of Las Palmas.
The Island of Gran Canaria is situated in the centre of the Canary Islands Archipelago between Tenerife and Fuerteventura. It is the third largest of the Canary Islands, but despite it's small size, the island is often described as being like a continent in miniature. The dry south contrasts with the green pine forests of the mountainous interior and it is not unusual for there to be snow on the peaks while Holidaymakers are sunbathing on the beaches below.
Click here for a map of the island including the airport and port of Las Palmas.
Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)
Passports and Visas***
*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.
To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.
If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.
Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***
Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety
Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.
UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations
It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.
Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.