The Balearic Islands are an archipelago located off the east coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Boasting impressive beaches, landscapes and each island with its own, unique character; it’s an extraordinary destination for a yacht charter. With more than 500 boats available to rent in this region, it won’t be hard to find the perfect boat for you in your perfect destination! Explore the city of Palma de Mallorca, party with world-famous DJs on Ibiza, or navigate the more peaceful waters of Menorca and Formentera, where an abundance of natural beauty will take your breath away…
The Balearic Islands are an ideal destination for a yacht charter, as the climate is well suited to sailing. From May to October, the weather brings hot, dry, sunny days and winds are mild (blowing from the North), so navigation is peaceful. With temperatures averaging mid-late 20s, you will be able to kick back and relax on your yacht under the heat of the Mediterranean sun.
Spain is known for its glorious beach/sun holidays, and in the Balearic Islands, you will find the crème-de-la-crème of flawless beaches. You can go to any of the four islands and find little slices of paradise; whether you want red, golden or white sands, or vast stretches of beach, hidden coves or wild, rugged coastline; the Balearic archipelago has it all. If you start your yacht charter in Ibiza, head to Cala Conta where you will be met with crystal clear waters and soft sands, with stunning views of the surrounding islands. If you prefer a more green, overgrown experience, drop anchor at Cala Llombards in Majorca, a charming cove surrounded by steep cliffs and pine trees enclosing soft, white sands and clear, turquoise waters (great for snorkeling!).
Each island of the Balearics is home to some magnificent landscapes, for example if you visit Menorca during your yacht charter, visit S’Albufera Natural Park, filled with beautiful wetlands and an incredible array of bird species, with a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Or head to Cala d’Hort in Ibiza where you can see the uninhabited island of Es Vedra, a 400m high limestone rock in the sea. One of the most magnetic spots on the planet, the rock is a mysterious place of myths and legends, so take a visit and discover the magic yourself!
The island of Ibiza is widely recognized as the party sister of the Balearic Islands. A hotspot for vacationers, celebrities and DJs in the summer months, the beach parties, clubs and bars are among the best in Spain. So, if you want a yacht charter where you can sail by day and dance by night, Ibiza is the spot for you. That being said, this is by no means all the island has to offer; the Dalt Vila Old Town is an enchanting place to explore, with winding, cobbled streets and fabulous views from the city ramparts. Stroll around the Punta Arabi Hippy Market bursting with materials of every colour and pattern.
Majorca is the largest of the four Balearic Islands and its capital, Palma is a bustling city with a bit of everything on offer. With the city beach and various cultural activities such as the Joan Miró gallery, the Palau de l’Almudaina, or the San Juan Mercado Gastronómico (fresh food market); you will not be short of things to do if you stop here during your yacht charter. Around the city, you can rent bikes and cycle incredible coastal routes or head to Cala Torta, which – though lacks facilities - is a perfect oasis from the busy city and fully immerses you in nature, with a small beach bar where you can enjoy the freshest seafood.
The second largest of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is a picture of wild, natural beauty. With emerald hills, azure waters and white-sand bays, it’s a paradise, especially for a yacht charter, where you can appreciate the views from the sea! Visit the Museu de Menorca, located in an old Franciscan convent, or walk up to Fort Marlborough where you will find incredible views of the sapphire Mediterranean and the city below. Or you can just moor your yacht and enjoy the dazzling scenery, whilst lazing under the glorious sunshine, on a picture-perfect beach like Platges de Son Saura, where gorgeous powdery sands meet shallow, crystalline water.
Formentera is the most understated and underrated of the Balearic Islands. Small and peaceful, it is often overlooked as it is not so developed and geared towards tourists, but this means those who are looking for more authentic experiences during their yacht charter will find the island a haven. Natural beauty and unspoiled landscapes characterize Formentera, so if you rent a boat here you can spend your days walking and cycling the numerous green bike routes to places such as Cap de Barbaria. You can visit the lighthouse and get spectacular views of the Mediterranean, and Africa’s Barbary Coast is just 100km away from the island’s southern-most tip. And possible one of Europe’s most idyllic beaches resides here, Platja ses Illetes is a long spit of powdery-white sands stretching through impossibly clear, sparkling, turquoise waters… navigate your yacht here, and it’ll feel more like you’re in the Caribbean than Europe!
The Balearic Islands are easily accessible, with airports on Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca you can fly directly from many major European cities, but if you’re flying from further afield such as the US, then you will have to stop over in a city such as London or Madrid. Once you’ve landed a transfer to your yacht charter base can be organized, just let your GlobeSailor advisor know when you book!
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