The 3 Best Things about a Sailboat Charter in the Balearic Islands
1. A Sailing Dream
The Balearic Islands are an ideal place for a sailboat charter as conditions are perfect for navigation between the months of May and October. With mild winds, primarily blowing from the north, you shouldn’t have issues with strong gusts, as the area is sheltered from such weather. However, it is essential to keep updated with local forecasts in case of change. With temperatures averaging mid-late 20s, you will be relaxing aboard your sailboat in no time, cruising the crystal-clear waters of Ibiza or Formentera, under the glorious heat of the Mediterranean sun.
2. Bewitching Beaches
The beaches of the Balearic Islands are some of Spain’s best! From pristine white sands, to golden shores, to pebbly coves; there’s a bit of everything for everyone. If you’re looking for rugged beauty during your sailboat charter, head to Cala Pregonda in Menorca, where the rocky coastline is great for jumping and diving into clear pools. A very different experience is Platja Migjorn in Formentera, where vast soft, white sands look out onto shallow, translucent azure waters, surrounded by sand dunes.
3. Picturesque views
At every turn, on any of the four Balearic Islands, you will be met with beautiful views… picturesque villages, sapphire waters, astonishing mountains, valleys, or lush forests; there’s a bit of everything. A sailboat charter here will mean you can see it all, just sail past Binibequer in Menroca, to see the beautiful sugar-cube village from the water, or the sandy cove of S’Estanyol in Ibiza, where you can walk out to the end of the sand bar in the sea to get stunning panoramic views.
I B I Z A
There is so much more to Ibiza than immediately meets the eye. With a reputation for being being the heart clubbing and wild parties in the Balearic Islands, people often think that is all it has to offer, so they don’t bother visiting. But Ibiza is home to enchanting hillside villages, quiet, pristine coves, and stunning turquoise waters; everything you could want for a sailboat charter! Head to the city ramparts for magnificent views of the ocean, or to Dalt Vila, where you can get lost in the charming cobbled streets that wind through the old town. Beaches that look like paintings cloak the island shores and crystalline waters surround, making for a picture-perfect destination, where the bustling night-scene is invisible by day, so rent a sailboat and discover the other side to famous Ibiza!Best places to eat:
M A J O R C A
Majorca has everything. The largest island of the archipelago, Majorca is home to the magnificent city of Palma, the breathtaking mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana, lush countryside and impressive coastlines. If you begin your sailboat charter in the Balearic Islands here, give yourself some time to explore… Head to Binissalem, a small village of vineyards and wineries… so if you’re a fan of the vino, it’s a great place to visit. Or if you want a snapshot of local culture, the pretty town of Artà is the place, with cafes and boutiques lining the charming streets and markets on Tuesdays, it truly is a picture of typical Majorcan life. The Alfàbia Gardens will add something unique to your sailboat charter holiday, where orange and lemon trees, honeysuckle, jasmine, tropical plants and fountains make for a dazzling sight.Best places to eat:
- ‘Lua’ is a restaurant overlooking the harbour in Port de Soller, which serves dishes predominantly including locally-caught fish and seafood.
- ‘La Boveda’ is a traditional restaurant and bar located in Sa Llotja, a bustling area great for soaking up the evening atmosphere. Serving a variety of tapas and seafood dishes, it’s a favourite with tourists and locals, so make sure you pay a visit!
M E N O R C A
Menorca is often considered the most scenic of the Balearic Islands, making it a perfect place for your sailboat charter. With exquisite beaches, crystalline waters and fragrant pines, the island is cloaked in lush landscapes, which is what made the island recognized as a Unesco Biosphere reserve, along with the wetland natural park, ‘S’Albufer des Grau. On the south side of the island, the sands are white, and snorkeling is a popular activity, and there are various cycle routes all over so you can explore the vast variety of flora and fauna. From Cavalleria Lighthouse, you can get extraordinary views of the surrounding sapphire ocean, and it’s a perfect spot to watch the sunset!Best places to eat:
- ‘S’Espigo’ restaurant has a prime location in the town of Mahón, serving delectable dishes with a view of the sea.
- ‘Pan y Vino’ is located in a peaceful, secluded area near Sant Lluis, offering a French-Spanish fusion of dishes in an elegant setting.
F O R M E N T E R A
The island of Formentera offers a different experience for a sailboat charter. Much smaller and less developed touristically than the other Balearic Islands, it’s more authentic and quieter, as most residents work as normal, regardless of tourists. There is no big bar scene, but instead an array of charming villages amongst beautiful scenery, easily explored by bike. From here you can visit the uninhabited island of Espalmador and navigate your sailboat to ‘Punta d’Es Pas’, the 300m sandbar.Best places to eat:
- ‘Can Carlos’ is a beautiful place to dine, with a terrace lit by thousands of twinkling fairy lights, and delicious Mediterranean specialties on the menu.
- ‘Blue Bar’ is a beach bar/restaurant located in a remote area of Platja Migjorn, and is modest, but with a fun, chilled atmosphere for a casual dinner on the beach.
Getting to your sailboat charter base…
It’s not hard to reach any of the Balearic Islands from mainland Spain, with regular flights from the capital to Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca. Many cities across Europe also have direct flights to the islands, and once you’ve landed it’s easy to reach your sailboat charter base as transfers can be arranged in advance.
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