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the Balearic Islands
The biggest of Balearic islands. The wind conditions are ideal for beginner sailors to learn the basics of sailing in a relatively safe environment.
Menorca is lesser-known than either Ibiza or Mallorca but it is a perfect place to explore in an active way.
Formentera has some favorable sailing conditions for beginners, and enough challenging areas to satisfy experienced sailors.
The biggest of Balearic islands. Palma de Mallorca has one of the busiest airports in Spain, located just eight kilometers from the city and just two hours from the main airports in Europe.
The main seaports are Palma and Alcúdia.
When it comes to sailing around Majorca, note that there are few currents and the strongest wind that appears in the NW. It is recommendable to sail anti-clockwise in the summer to have the most favorable winds.
The island has a special summer Seabreeze, called Embat. The breeze is formed locally so the daily temperature in summer is not really harsh on the coast.
The wind conditions are ideal for beginner sailors to learn the basics of sailing in a relatively safe environment.
Marinas provide very good yacht support in the summer.
Extra tip: Majorca is home to seven Michelin-starred restaurants worth visiting and also try not to miss the beautiful courtyards of Palma.
The second largest Balearic island. Mahón is the international airport in Menorca. The main seaports are Mahón and Ciutadella.
Menorca is lesser-known than either Ibiza or Mallorca but it is a perfect place to explore in an active way. Stunning beaches, soaring cliffs, tiny islands, natural parks, a rich cultural heritage, delicious local products, and cuisine are there for you to discover.
The bay of Fornells and the port of Mahón are recommended for sailing beginners, as they are large areas with a constant breeze and are protected from the high seas.
In general, Menorca is an ideal sailing area for beginners and less experienced sailing charter crews. There are no real navigational challenges around Menorca but you should pay attention to the tide.
Marinas provide good infrastructure and support.
Extra Tip: take a day or two to visit the countryside of Menorca. It is so special that UNESCO declared the island a Biosphere Reserve in 1993. Ciutadella hosts several cultural events such as the Minorca International Jazz Festival or the Summer Music Festival.
The smallest of the islands. There is no airport in Formentera and the island can only be reached by boat from Ibiza. There are several ferries that connect Ibiza to La Savina in Formentera every day of the week.
The journey time lasts around 25 minutes. If you start your sailing holidays from Ibiza it is best to include Formentera in your itinerary for 2-3 days.
Formentera has some favorable sailing conditions for beginners, and enough challenging areas to satisfy experienced sailors. A popular spot for sailing is the northern peninsula, Es Trucadors, as it has something for everyone. In the summer the eastern side has waves, whereas the western side has a calm sea.
If you sail to Formentera then you must observe its rules for anchoring that are quite strict.
The different types of anchoring zone have been established: free anchoring areas, regulated mooring areas with buoys, and restricted anchoring areas. In the restricted anchoring areas, the Posidonia beds (seagrass) are being protected and it is only permitted to anchor to sandbars.
The designated buoys where you can anchor are available between the 1st of June and 30th of September, and if you are planning to use one then you need to book in advance by contacting the Department for the Environment (Conselleria de Medi Ambient) reservation center.
Sant Josep airport is located in the south of the island and has direct flights to the mainland and Europe.
Ibiza has three major ports: Ibiza Town, Santa Eulària, and Sant Antoni.
One of the smallest Balearic Islands, Ibiza is home to a rich culture.
Many hidden caves around the island coastline, crystal clear waters, fine, white, sandy beaches, Ibiza’s famous beach bars, and rich nightlife are welcoming you to watch the world’s most amazing and breathtaking sunsets. Due to its perfect climate the island of Ibiza and its surrounding sea with another 48 smaller islands, are perfect for sailing holidays.
The sea breeze around the coast of Ibiza is normally very reliable and the summer thermal winds provide a steady breeze throughout the day. The protected bays and calas also offer great conditions for beginners and less experienced sailing charter crews.
Extra tip: the different towns around Ibiza celebrate traditional festivities. Try and see one of them, such as the Mediaeval Festival in Ibiza Town or the Festes de la Terra.
Preparation for sailing
To visit and discover the islands by sailing boat is a great way to experience all the good stuff that the Balearic islands are offering. You can decide between a crewed charter, cabin charter, or bareboat charter in case you have the right sailing license accepted in Balearic.
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Sailing season and climate
The high season in the Balearic Islands begins in late June or early July and ends in late August. However, the weather is favorable for a sailing trip from late April until the end of September when charter prices are lower as in other parts of the Mediterranean. On the Balearic Islands, the climate is the Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summers, tempered by sea breezes.