Why charter in The Balearic Islands?
The Balearic Islands are located in the western Mediterranean Sea, 50 to 190 miles (80 to 300 km) off the east coast of the Spanish mainland. Whether you’re looking for action and adventure or just a quiet getaway, The Balearics is the perfect destination to charter a boat.
Location, Location, Location
Known locally as the jewels of Spain, these four islands are well known for their scenic coastlines, beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters. With an abundance of flora, fauna, wildlife and marine life, each island has its own unique charm with many picturesque beauty spots and remote coves just waiting to be explored. There are many reasons why you should charter in the Balearics, but the main reason is that the beautiful islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are only short distances away from each other, so island hopping is relatively easy, whether by motor yacht or sailboat.
What’s the weather like?
The Balearic Islands typically enjoy a Mediterranean climate. The summer months are hot, dry and sunny (around 300 days of sun each year) and the winters are normally quite mild. One great thing about visiting The Balearics during the summer, you will almost certainly go home with a suntan!
At sea level, the daily average temperature ranges from 9/11 °C (48/52 °F) in January and February to about 24/24.5 °C (75/76 °F) in July and August but tempered by sea breezes.
Wind & Sailing Conditions
The conditions in The Balearic Islands are especially good for chartering a sailing yacht although there are often strong winds from October to April. The islands are exposed to the wind blowing from France, the mistral in autumn, but also to the Scirocco.
The Four Islands
Mallorca is the largest of The Balearic Islands. The capital city of Palma is very cosmopolitan and bustling. On entering the port, the first landmarks you notice are the impressive Gothic cathedral, La Seu, and the historic Bellver castle. Palma has great nightlife, varied local, international and gourmet restaurants, and fantastic bars and cafes. You can escape from the busy city to the lush countryside with the spectacular backdrop of the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range (a World Heritage Site) or visit one of over 250 beaches surrounding the island.
Places to visit: • Sóller • Valldemossa • Deia • Cap de Formentor • Pollenca • Cala Ratjada • Cala D’Or
Menorca is renowned for its beaches. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993, the island has a reputation as a botanist's paradise.
Places to visit: • Port Mahon • Ciutadella de Menorca • Fornells • Cala Macarelleta • Cala Turqeta • Faro de Favàritx
Ibiza is well known for its wild nightlife and crazy parties, but Ibiza has some of the most picturesque villages along its southern coastline.
Places to visit: • Cala Vadella • Playa Cala Xarraca • Las Salinas • Cala Comte (Platges de Comte) • Famous night clubs: Amnesia, Privilege & Sankeys • Cafe del Mar in Sant Antoni • Es Vedra
Formentera is the smallest of the four Balearic Islands and loved for its turquoise waters, long stretches of white, sandy beaches and pine trees.
Places to visit: • Mirador Es Colomer Formentor • Cala Saona
Balearic Marine Reserves
The Balearics have 11 marine reserves including Sa Dragonera, a small uninhabited island that takes its name from its shape of a dragon. Dragonera is home to an endemic subspecies of lizard that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Cabrera was declared a nature reserve in 1991 and is now a protected marine national park. Boat access is strictly controlled by ICONA (the Spanish National Institute for the Conservation of Nature).
More reasons to charter in The Balearics
The Balearics have safe anchorages and modern marinas with great facilities and readily accessible shoreside services.
The Balearics are also considered a safe charter destination due to low crime rates (practically non-existent on the smaller islands) and excellent healthcare facilities which means that coronavirus cases are also low.
When is the best time to go?
The main months for charter are July and August, however, due to the mild temperatures in The Balearics, May, June, September and October are also good months to enjoy the great weather but escape the craziness of the summer crowds.
Whatever floats your boat?
Be it power cruising or leisurely sailing, there is no better feeling than the sun on your face, salt on your skin and wind in your hair. Enjoy The Balearics most spectacular sunrises and breathtaking sunsets! (hopefully with a glass of something chilled in your hand!) You are on holiday after all!
Spending time on The Balearic Islands allows you to immerse yourself into the Spanish culture. On visiting any of the four Islands by boat, you will experience first-hand, the never-ending hospitality of the locals, whilst dining on delicious Mediterranean cuisine and drinking great wines from local vineyards.
Why not come and see for yourself the charming delights of this Mediterranean oasis and all That the Balearic Islands has to offer.
It is undoubtedly the perfect setting for a unique charter adventure.
See you soon!
Sources: Balearicyachtdestination.com Boatbureau.com Climatestotravel.com xmallorca.com illesbalears.travel