Balearics Yacht Charter

Balearics Yacht Charter

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A natural wonderland in the heart of the western Mediterranean, The Balearic Islands combine the barefoot luxury of pristine beaches and paradise bays with the hedonism of a world-renowned party scene. The Balearic Island group contains four islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Each Balearics yacht charter destination is fringed by spectacular golden beaches and coloured by the diamond blues of the Mediterranean, but mainting is marked by a distinct individual identity: from the nightlife of Ibiza and the mountain-backed capital of Palma on Mallorca to the rustic charm of Formentera and the nature reserves of Menorca,

This sun-soaked Balearic archipelago with its poetic bays, beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and delightfully mild sailing conditions is accessible to all levels of sailors, and the sailing season, while at its busiest in the summer months endures for much of the year. Charter a chic catamaran or an elegant sailing yacht and add a crew for a completely hands-off sailing experience.

The Spanish Balearic islands have a great variety of sailing yachts, catamarans and motor yacht options available for bareboat charter, with a skipper or crewed luxury yacht charter. Check them out below!

Sailing Conditions in The Balearic Islands

Most charters begin in the Balearics’ only city: Palma de Mallorca and follow a luxurious trail of bays and beaches via glitzy marinas and charismatic port towns. A Mallorca yacht charter is the best way to explore the islands, from the sandy beach at Es Trenc to chic Santa Eulalia. The Gregal winds blow with a cooling gentility during the height of the season (April to October), useful when the sun hits its peak average of 30C, and while winds can sometimes bring a slight wave or two in the winter, the summer seas are rarely anything more than placid, therefore ideal for all skill levels.

Early Season

The winter rains have all but subdued by April, dried by the common northwest winds as the lush island vegetation begins to take hold. But the waters remain ever so slightly inhospitable with the remnants of the winter chill until the spring takes hold, though the cool winters and pleasant early springs lend themselves particularly well to hiking and cycling far from the crowds of a Balearic summer.

Peak Season

The summer brings a new speed of life to the Balearics, with the tourist season kicking off with a symphony of heat, seasonal openings and packed beaches. The warm turquoise water often reaches into the mid-20s are ideal for swimming, scuba diving, wakeboarding and more, and the sun, with its long daily performance is the perfect partner out on the deck of a bareboat yacht charter.

Late Season

The first signs of autumn come in September when the temperatures begin to drop to a low of 16C by the beginning of October and the armies of sails in the lively Ibiza Marina begin to thin to little more than a group. Cycling remains popular on Menorca throughout the year and autumn is perhaps the most ideal time to explore the dramatic cliffs of the northern coast route with a newfound cinematic freshness, brought about by the change of seasons and the diminishing crowds.

When to Visit The Balearic Islands

The sailing season in the Balearic Islands runs from April to October, where one can all but guarantee hot and dry weather, with high temperatures between 19C and 30C. The shoulder seasons can be distinctly mild, with fewer crowds, although anyone hoping to avoid the rain should avoid the early winter (particularly October - December) when the bulk of the islands’ rain falls.

The Balearics come alive with festivals in the spring and summer with some of Europe’s most chaotic and vivid music festivals. Though the intriguing San Joan celebrations light up Mallorca’s beaches with bonfires and open-air concerts, ideal for travellers looking for a healthy hit of local culture on their sailing trip to the Balearic Islands.

Balearic Yacht Charter Highlights

The biggest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca combines a wild landscape of limestone mountains diving down into sheltered coves with the remnants of antique Roman and Moorish civilisations marking the topography with ruins at Pol-Lentia and the Arab Quarter at Palma. Begin your yacht charter in Palma to see the immense gothic cathedral that dominates the city skyline and join the well-heeled throngs at Purobeach Palma for an unforgettable first taste of the Balearic beach club culture. For a unique culinary experience, visit Kirche Santa Magdalena and ring the bell on the side door to buy delicious cakes baked by the nuns, a perfect appetiser for a day of sailing.

Sailors following the winds to Ibiza should make a stop at the protected Cabrera archipelago to see rare endemic bird species within a stunningly maintained National Park and dock on Cabrera Island under the shadow of a 15th-century fort (we can arrange the necessary permits). Afterwards, trace the beautiful coves around the islands to see herds of dolphins in the magically clear waters, so calm as to reflect the local landscapes almost perfectly, and perhaps drop anchor for a spot of swimming before sailing west to Ibiza. Sail your charter yacht into San Antonio or Marina Botafoch to moor and head up to Ibiza Town’s star attraction: the Dalt Vila, a stunning fortified old town alive with a maze of cafes, galleries and shops, perched on a mountain overlooking the sea. In the evening descend to the nightclubs below for an evening or more of legendary Ibiza nightlife before sailing on to calmer climes.

Sailing west from Ibiza Port will take you past the mesmerising, lush emerald-dressed mountains at Els Amunts, an ideal spot to settle into a hidden creek for an afternoon spent luxuriating on deck. Next, sail a short 15NM to Formentera, Ibiza’s long-dormant and creative little sister, whose shyer, slightly bohemian personality is now all grown up with beach clubs and world-class restaurants and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean Sea. Pay particular attention to the water here as its intense clarity is kept this way by the UNESCO-protected seagrasses that grow just offshore.

After Ibiza, Menorca with its distinctive sandy bays and sublime nature reserves makes an ideal option for a weekend of recuperation. Two marinas at either end of the island offer moorings: on the east, the attractive capital Mahón reaches out above a stunning natural harbour, and to the west, the enchanting cobbled streets and palaces of Ciutadella envelope a tranquil channel lined with yachts lit by the amber hues of nearby street lamps. Take in the coves of Cala en Turqueta and hike the Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau, a haven for wetland birdlife, wall lizards and tortoises, before sailing your yacht charter back to Palma.

Suggested Itineraries for yacht charter Mallorca

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Palma
  • Day 2 - Palma to Isla de Cabrera
  • Day 3 - Cabrera - Mahon
  • Day 4 - Mahon to Fornells
  • Day 5 - Fornells to Ciutadella
  • Day 6 - Ciutadella to Porto Colom
  • Day 7 - Portocolom to Es Carbo to Palma
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