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Experience Balearic islands and turquoise beaches

Probably the first thing that comes to mind when we hear about the Balearic islands is a setting with a beach, turquoise waters, and great nightlife.

The Balearic Islands, or in Catalan: ‘Illes Balears’, are an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

They form one of the Autonomous Communities of Spain, the Balearic Islands. The capital city is ‘Palma de Mallorca’. The largest islands in the archipelago are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Cabrera. The islands are not just about beaches and nightlife.

In fact, UNESCO has included the island of Ibiza and its culture and the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (located in Majorca) on its list of World Heritage Sites.
If we add in the perfect climate, tranquil waters, incredible nightlife, especially in Ibiza (where party people enjoy performances from the world’s best DJs), Mediterranean local specialties like Mahón cheese, sobrasada sausage, a fish tumbet ratatouille, who wouldn’t want to visit at least once in their lifetime? Note that locals on the islands are masters in “slow food”.

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Top destinations in Balearic islands

Majorca

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

Menorca is lesser-known than either Ibiza or Mallorca but it is a perfect place to explore in an active way.

Formentera

Formentera has some favorable sailing conditions for beginners, and enough challenging areas to satisfy experienced sailors.

Ibiza

One of the smallest Balearic Islands, Ibiza is home to a rich culture. Due to its perfect climate the island of Ibiza and its surrounding sea with another 48 smaller islands, are perfect for sailing holidays.

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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.

Picking a boat type

Picking out the type of boat to go with will generally come down to your budget, the group size, and preferred method of sailing. Moreover, different sailboats available can be chartered independently or with a fully-staffed crew.

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Sailboat
2-12 people
The most popular boat which is an except choice for active travellers and couples. They offer the classic sailing experience and tend to vary in size from 30-64 feet.
Starting from 1000 EUR pw
Catamaran
2-12 people
This offers a more smooth sailing experience compared to the normal sailboat and are the perfect choice for bigger groups or families. The sizes often range from 38-70 feet, with the average being around 42 ft.
Starting from 3500 EUR pw
Motor yacht
2 – 12 people
Motor yachts have from 1 one to up to five cabins depending on their size and tend to range from 30-100 ft.
Starting from 3000 EUR pw

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Sailing boat, catamaran, yacht – you ask yourself what kind of boat to choose? Which places to visit? We have answers to those questions and many more. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today!

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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.

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Sailing certificate
Qualified skipper
Radio course

Requirements for bareboat charter

As in any other area in Spain, you need a sailing license to sail a recreational craft in the case of sailing vessels more than 6 meters in length, and engine-powered boats over 5 meters long and with over 11.26 kilowatts of power.

 

In addition, it is necessary to have a sailing license for the handling of any watercraft (except for rented vessels in certain circuits). For citizens of countries outside the European Union, a certified copy of their captain’s license may be required, which must be requested at the consulate.