The end of the sailing season in the Mediterranean often marks the departure of many boaters to warmer waters. Canary Islands, on the Caribbean route, are a destination of choice for those sailors in search of new adventures!
We give you an update on the situation in the archipelago, recently hit by one of the most impressive volcanic phenomena ever recorded in the archipelago.
Cumbre de Vieja in La Palma has woken up!
For almost 1 month, the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, has been spitting out fire in an unprecedented way.
On September 19, lava jets rising to more than 1,000 meters in the air, introduced the ball of fire, ash and smoke that has not ended since.
The lava flows that followed tumbled down the eastern flank of the volcano and have been flowing into the sea uninterrupted since. The massive flow of molten lava continues to form an advance on the ocean, literally adding new lands to the Island.
In addition to lava flows, ash clouds disrupt airspace and air quality. Finally, the repeated seismic episodes (no less than 21 on La Palma since the start of the eruption) continue to shake the archipelago.
The damage on land is considerable and has generated a large number of displaced persons. Lava flows also represent a health risk by affecting the quality of the air.
Indeed, the contact of lava with the ocean causes toxic gas fumes which represent a health risk.
The volcano seems to have entered a slower phase, but you have to be careful. Toxic fumes, earthquakes, ash clouds can more significantly disrupt life on the island at any time.
This is why it is important to stay informed on the situation and we give you some tips below!
Stay informed about the Volcano situation in La Palma
If you are planning to stop over in the Canary Islands, it is important to stay abreast of the latest information. For this we advise you to visit:
- the website or Instagram account of Puerto Tazacorte in La Palma.
- La Palma website where you can request information directly by email.
- The company of the Canary Islands airports and especially that of La Palma, in the volcanic eruption’s front line.
- Finally the government’s twitter account (in Spanish)
Also find the best pictures of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet in this article (in french)!
Yes the Covid is still there and the health measures that accompany it too! The situation in the archipelago is stable, but the local authorities are very cautious.
Find all the information you need to access the island in good standing by consulting the following link:
Navily partner marinas in the archipelago
To properly prepare your stopovers in the Canaries, here is a selection of Navily’s partner marinas present in the archipelago that we and the community recommend!
Send your booking request directly from the app or Navily.com with information about your boat!
If you visit the Canary Islands in the next few weeks we wish you good luck and call on your vigilance! The Navily teams are at your disposal if you are looking to book in the archipelago and need advice. Find us on Navily.com to discuss it!
To learn more about the Canary Islands, read our island-by-island stopover guide!
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