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Spain

Sail Balearic and Canary Islands for fine sandy beaches, impossibly clear waters and unforgettable nightlife

Charter a yacht for an unforgettable Spanish island escape

Sparkling turquoise seas, pure white sandy beaches and super luxurious restaurants and nightlife: the Balearic islands are a fun, sun-filled sailing destination for a charter yacht holiday in Spain. Busiest in the height of summer when the water temperatures are in the mid 20s, the sailing season in Ibiza and Mallorca runs from May until October. The water temperature is usually more refreshing in May and October, when there is likely to be the occasional shower, but berthing is also cheaper in the low season and the islands quieter for a more peaceful experience. Generally, the prevailing south westerly wind averages 15 knots in the Balaeric Islands, making it a relaxed sailing spot for families, couples, friends or those who like to party at night.

Sailing Mallorca

The harbour overlooked by Moorish walled city in Palma de Mallorca is one of Spain’s jet set hotspots. Expect superyachts and world-class cuisine, before you set sail for more peaceful sandy beaches and beautiful nature around this sun-drenched island. The sheltered bays of Mallorca’s east coast are perfect for a relaxed meander, stopping to swim in the azure waters when you wish, and the underground caves at Porto Christo are a must-see. You are never far from a cathedral in Mallorca, and will even find one in the pristine Cabrera archipelago just a short sail south from the mainland. This cluster of 19 small islands are a natural paradise of grottos, caves, bays and beaches, brimming with exotic birds and unusual plants. Drop anchor in a pretty cove and head underwater with your snorkel to see fish, coral and the famous seagrass meadows.

More adventurous sailors may want to head anticlockwise around the island of Mallorca, stopping at small fishing villages and charming cobbled harbours along the way. The Roman Port de Pollensa is worth a visit, so find a berth and hop back on land to explore it’s narrow, winding streets and bustling markets before heading back to Palma de Mallorca by sea.

Sailing Ibiza

Ibiza may be best known for its wild nightlife, but its soft, sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, gentle seas and steady breezes make it an excellent location for a Spanish yacht charter holiday too. Find your charter yacht in the Puerto de Sant Antoni de Portmany on the west coast, or head into Ibiza town in the south for one of the many modern marinas there. Both destinations are very well equipped and close to excellent restaurants, lively bars and the world-famous nightclubs of this unique part of Spain. And if partying is what you are there for, why not charter a crewed yacht and let someone else do the thinking while you recover in the shade of the sail as you glide over the sparkling sea each day?

Also a dream sailing location for families, Ibiza is the perfect size to sail a charter yacht around in one week. Explore the 200km of beaches which range from fully serviced to untouched, find one of the many bays ideal for anchoring and swim, snorkel, scuba dive or paddleboard in the crystal clear water.

Sailing north from San Antoni de Portmany, you’ll see the coastline change as dramatic cliffs rise above you, opening up to peaceful, idyllic bays where you may find you are the only boat. South of the bustle of Ibiza town, you can sail your charter yacht to Formentera island in a couple of hours, making it a fabulous spot for a well-deserved lunch. Formentera is home to what some believe are the best beaches in Europe, so stay for a day, or even a night or two to soak up the beauty.

Yacht charter in the Canary Islands

With steady trade winds, dramatic volcanic views and year-round sunshine, the Canary Islands offer fantastic sailing conditions among dramatic coastlines for intermediate to expert sailors. For those looking for a thrilling luxury yacht charter experience in Spain, with or without a crew, south Tenerife is home to well-equipped marinas and harbour-front bars and restaurants. Just a short drive from Tenerife South airport, Las Galletas and San Miguel de Abona are both strategic starting points, with dramatic rocky beaches, for an exhilarating week or two at sea.

The Marina del Sur in Las Galletas and the Marina San Miguel in San Miguel de Abona are well protected from the northerly prevailing winds and offer most of what you will need before setting sail. You may want to travel further afield for a big supermarket, but once you’re stocked up (don’t forget local mangoes and avocadoes) it’s time to bring in the fenders and raise the mainsail. You’ll experience wind speeds here of around 11 – 25 knots, and most overnight spots are in harbours and marinas to make sure you are protected. As the start of many trans-Atlantic journeys, the Canary Islands ooze adventure and drama, and the sailing is no different.

When and where to sail the Canary Islands

The sailing season in the Canary Islands spans the whole year, so if you’re thirsty for an exhilarating sea voyage before the Mediterranean opens up, charter a luxury yacht in March or April for perfect conditions. The sea temperature stays warm all year too, making swimming, snorkelling, paddleboarding and any other water sports you like an option whenever you visit. You’ll find the best sailing between February and June but you can still charter a yacht up until December with blue sky days and not much rain.

Beginning in Tenerife, follow in the wake of Christopher Columbus as you set sail for the island of La Gomera for a laid back vibe and black sand beaches. In the height of summer look out for whales, dolphins or turtles here as they migrate through the warm waters. Continuing up Tenerife’s west coast, visit the party town of Los Christianos, sleepy fishing villages and the huge natural lava rock pools of Garachico. Those with two weeks to spare will have time to venture all the way to Fuertuventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria for satisfying intrepid sails a cut above the gentle journeys you would find in the Mediterranean.