Balearic Islands: perfect place for sailing

Best sailing areas in Balearic Islands. Sailing routes, weather and wind details, facts about region and important details to sail in Balearic Islands.

Sailing trip in Balearic Islands

The Balearics is a Spanish archipelago near the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The most famous of the islands are Ibiza and Mallorca. People come here not only to try the legendary wine and to party. The archipelago is one of the world’s yachting centers.

 

The very name of the archipelago comes from the Greek verb meaning «to launch into the water». The locals have always skillfully sailed. Today yachtsmen from all over the planet come here for exciting experience.

Sailing season
May - September
Travel season
April - October
Marinas in this location
25
Boats in this location
438

Main facts about region

Telephone code:
+34 971
Language:
Catalan, Spanish
Timezone:
UTC+1, in summer UTC+2 (CEST)
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Population:
1,107,220

Why do yachtsmen prefer the Balearic Islands?

The name of the archipelago comes from the Greek verb, meaning “to float”. Local residents have always sailed skillfully. Today yachtsmen from all over the world come to the prestigious resort that consists of several small and 4 large islands:

  1. Ibiza. The well-known party place is also famous for its ideal harbors. There are many beaches, both civilized and deserted here. Coastal waters are good for windsurfing, snorkeling and water skiing.
  2. Mallorca. It is the largest part of the Balearics. One half of Mallorca is covered with the mountains and undisturbed pine forests and the other one — with the noisy fishing ports and colorful tourist hangouts. The largest number of bays is situated on the east coast where you could find really wild places. In the south, there are many beaches but the coast is often steep, unsuitable for mooring.
  3. Formentera. One could get here only by sea. Formentera has endless sandy beaches with rows of date palms and the cleanest water in the whole Mediterranean. Formentera is called the last paradise on earth and, of course, it should not be slipped from the route through the Balearics.
  4. Menorca. The local population is small, the atmosphere is relaxed. In one half of Menorca there are white, typical Mediterranean houses and in the other — the British-style architecture. There are marinas with the highest yacht service and forgotten comfortable caves, for those who seek solitude and romance.

You could find a wide choice of motor and sailing ships on each of the Balearics. Both professional and amateur regattas take place here annually, for example, Princess Sofia, Ruta de la Sal, Eastern Week, etc.

What do you need to know about the yacht charter in the Balearic Islands?

The Balearics is a place for experienced skippers. It is windy here even in high season — from April to October. There are almost no completely safe bays, while mooring it is necessary to take into account that the vessel can rotate 360 degrees. If you are confident in your steering skills, then for rent it is enough to present an international certificate. If not, it is better to hire a captain and enjoy the rest.

 

Rent takes place according to the standard conditions, from Saturday to Saturday. There are almost no one-way routes as the archipelago is compact and there is always the opportunity to return to the starting point. There are many vessels but the demand is also high. It is better to do a reservation for 2−3 months. In addition, earlier booking often means lower prices. On our site you will find the best prices for yacht rental in the region. Leave a request and at a convenient time the manager will contact you to discuss the travel details.

 

The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of islands belonging to Spain. They are in the western part of the Mediterranean Sea. Nature and the sea are incredibly beautiful.

Balearic Islands - Yacht Charter Sailica
Balearic Islands - Yacht Charter Sailica
Balearic Islands - Yacht Charter Sailica

Sailing itineraries in the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of islands belonging to Spain. They are located in the western Mediterranean. The nature and the sea are incredibly beautiful.

 

There are a large number of yacht routes in the Balearic Islands that you can sail. The most popular routes are located along three islands:

  • Ibiza

  • Mallorca

  • Menorca

Here are examples of itineraries fot a sailing yacht:

  • for 7 days: Palma de Mallorca - Port Andreech - Ibiza - Blue Marlin - San Antoni de Portmany - Formentera - Palma de Mallorca

  • for 14 days: Palma de Mallorca - Cabrera Island - Port Colom - Cala Ratjada (Mallorca Island) - Mahon (Menorca Island) - Ciutadella - Pollenza (Majorca Island) - Port Soller - Port Andreech - Portinach Bay (Ibiza Island) ) - Sant Antoni de Portmany - Formentera Yacht Marina (Formentera Island) - Ibiza - Sant Vincent Bay - Palma de Mallorca

Available yachts in the region

1090 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
31 ft
Length
2020
Built in
1251 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
36 ft
Length
2002
Built in
1340 €
per week
4
Guests
2
Cabins
33 ft
Length
2013
Built in
1390 €
per week
4
Guests
2
Cabins
32 ft
Length
2014
Built in
1467 €
per week
10
Guests
4
Cabins
42 ft
Length
2002
Built in
1487 €
per week
10
Guests
4
Cabins
42 ft
Length
2000
Built in
1500 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2016
Built in

Nearest Airports

Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI
Ibiza Airport IBZ
Menorca Airport MAH

Yachting season and weather in the Balearic Islands

The climate is typical Mediterranean: hot and dry summers, pleasant winters with an average air temperature of + 8 ° C to + 15 ° C. In summer, the Balearic Islands are a hot place: the average air temperature fluctuates around +27 ... + 32 ° С. Balearic Islands water temperature at this time is hot — up to 25 degrees. Best time to travel to Balearic Islands — from April to October.

 

There are no strong currents, the range of tides is only 10 cm, and their influence is minimal. Changes in water level occur with specific wind directions, and the water level rises by one meter only on the east coast of Mallorca due to the Sirocco and Levante winds.

 

Mostly moderate winds blow in the waters around the Balearic Islands, with speeds of 7-15 knots. In Mallorca and Menorca, the wind blows predominantly from the north. In Mahon, the wind blows from the north 245 days a year. In Ibiza, Formentera, and other islands, the wind blows more from the southeast, and the wind speed is usually lower. In general, the risk of strong winds is highest between October and April. In spring and autumn, the Sirocco and Mistral bring strong waves. This region is not suitable for sailing without experience.

Water temperature in sailing season +21...+25 °
Air temperature in sailing season +23...+30 °
Wind speed in sailing season 7 - 15 knots

Weather forecast for Balearics

For information about weather conditions, use the following services:

  • accuweather.com — accurate weather data, satellite imagery, cloud cover;

  • weather — a site with accurate synoptic data;

  • windfinder — a service for tracking tradewinds Balearic Islands, viewing water and air temperatures.