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Wonderful Ibiza and Majorca
Yacht Charter, by Seamaster

Experience these wonderful Spanish islands on a crewed or independent yacht charter

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The Balearic Islands, another day, another bay

➣ Superb bay-to-bay sailing

Sail to a idyllic bay every day, anchoring in aqua-coloured waters and swimming ashore to enjoy golden sandy beaches the area is famous for.

➣ Lively island nightlife

At night, take your pick of relaxed dining at a local tapas bar, drinks at an upmarket bar or a full scale night out in one of the many clubs.

➣ Stunning local cuisine

Sample the specialties of a new tapas bar or restaurant at every stop. These experiences are as diverse as the locations you visit.

➣ Balanced sailing conditions

The sailing conditions are generally very balanced, with light winds in the morning, and lovely breezes in the afternoons.

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What you'll love about sailing the Balearic Islands

With stunning golden sandy beaches, lovely crystal clear waters, lively nightlife and fantastic Spanish cuisine, these islands have been popular with land-based travellers for many years. A yacht charter in the Balearics allows sailors to dip in and out of bays and harbours at their leisure, not just seeing more of one island, but providing the opportunity to visit multiple islands on one holiday.

Even on a one week holiday you could visit Majorca, Menorca and Cabrera comfortably. Alternatively, take it easy and meander from bay to bay, anchoring off one of the many golden beaches by day and at night mooring in a quiet village or lively hotspot.

The Balearics include several islands that are firmly imprinted in the minds of many British holidaymakers – Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca. It is sailing that is increasingly coming to the attention of visitors to the Balearics however, with the opportunity to see the islands in a very different light, away from the mass tourism and British themed tourist strips.

HIGHLIGHTS

What you'll love about sailing the Balearic Islands

SAILING ITINERARIES

Balearic Island Sailing Itineraries

1 Week - Whole Majorca Route

Day 1 – Palma

Palma is the main town of Mallorca and is home to one of the largest marinas in Europe. Here you can explore the winding cobbled streets of Palma’s old town and lose yourself in the alleyways where you will find numerous tapas bars, restaurants and cafes hidden in the back streets.

Day 2 – Port d’Andrax

This is one of the prettiest harbours in Majorca which also makes it one of the most popular. On entrance you’ll see large villas climbing up the hillsides which are the first hint at the type of place you’re visiting. You can explore the town of Andratx which is a few miles inland or just stick to the harbour side bars and restaurants.

Day 3 – Soller

Soller is a breath taking horseshoe shaped bay. The bay is well sheltered if you don’t want to go into the marina. We could recommend heading into the charming town to explore the cobbled streets and waterfront.

Day 4 – Pollenca

Located on the north tip of Majorca you’ll find Pollenca. The anchorage is well sheltered, but there is also a marina if you’re looking for some creature comforts. You should also check to see if there are any festivals or fairs happening whilst you’re visiting as they are popular and frequent here.

Day 5 – Cala Ratjada

This small fishing village is popular thanks to its fine white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. There is a lighthouse a short walk away from the beach which offers some fantastic views over to Menorca.

Day 6 – Cala d’Or

Cala d’Or meaning ‘golden bay’ in Spanish, is located on the southeast coast of Mallorca and covers several coves including Cala Ferrera, Cala Esmeralda, Cala Serena, Cala Gran, and Cala Llonga. One of the first major tourist resorts in Mallorca, the buildings here were themed on Ibiza, so you’ll find small, pretty, white-washed villas, apartments and houses lining the cobbled streets. There’s also a wide range of cafés, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Day 7 – La Cabrera

The Cabrera National Park is centred around a pristine archipelago situated just 10km off the south coast of Mallorca. The Archipelago is made up of 19 small islands, all uninhabited, except for the largest, which shares its name with the National park itself. Cabrera means ‘Goatherd’ in Spanish and refers to the masses of goats which used to graze here was once home to a notorious prison camp during the Napoleonic wars it then became a military outpost in 1916 and it wasn’t until 1991 when the area was declared Spain’s first Maritime-Terrestrial National Park. Due to its biotic wealth and abundance of diverse bird species, the park has also been declared a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds. We recommend arranging a hike with the park ranger to explore some of the main sights including the lighthouse and the caves at la Miranda.

1 Week - Ibiza Route

Day 1 – San Antonio

San Antonio is the second largest town on the island as is a holiday destination in its own right. The town is well known for its nightlife and was described as “arguably the clubbing capital of the universe” by Time Out. If this doesn’t take your fancy then Ibiza town, the capital, is only 20 minutes away and offers a walled old town, a 14th century cathedral and a few museums. Either way we recommend watching the sunset in San Antonio as it’s breath-taking!

Day 2 – Cala Comte

Cala Comte is a beautiful little bay just around the corner from San Antonio. The bay itself is very small and only really has enough space for a couple of yachts. After short row to the beach and a climb up the cliff you’ll be rewarded by the only restaurant serving fresh local food and offering some beautiful sunsets.

Day 3 – Es Pujols

Es Pujols with be your first stop on Formentera and is a beautiful little tourist town. The island is famous for its crystal clear water and fine sandy beaches. The town is the only major resort on the island but is wonderfully intimate. Behind the main promenade you’ll find a warren of narrow streets offering a choice of restaurants, bars and shops.

Day 4 – Migjorn Beach

Migjorn beach is a popular water sports beach with a variety of equipment available to hire. The surrounding area is full of coves offering alternative anchorages if you would prefer to be away from the main beach. The bottom is rocky so care should be taken when anchoring.

Day 5 – Savina

Savina is the official port of Formentera. It became a port when the harbour was artificially blocked by connecting the end of the island to and islet called La Savina. The port is full of local fishing and day trip boats coming and going.

Day 6 – Salinas

Salinas is one of the most well-known beaches on the island and for good reason! The beach is a long expanse of soft golden sand surrounded by a nature reserve. The pine trees, salt flats and sand dunes make for a beautiful backdrop. If you fancy taking your dinghy ashore you’ll find a variety of bars and a few small shops.

Day 7 – Cala Tarida

Cala Tarida is a small bay on the western side of Ibiza. You’ll find a small town with a choice of good local restaurants here. The best place to moor is at the northern extreme of the bay where you’ll also find a tiny beach worth rowing to in your dinghy.

Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Helpful hints

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Wind Conditions

The weather in the Balearics is typically Mediterranean, with long hot and dry summers. During peak season of July and August temperatures average in the early 30s. In May and October you’ll experience temps in the early to mid 20s. The winds are mostly moderate and average Force 3-4 (light to moderate winds). In Majorca and Menorca the wind comes predominantly from the north. In Mahon, the wind blows from the north 245 days a year. In Ibiza, Formentera and the other islands, the wind comes more from the south-east and wind speeds are generally lower.

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How to Get Here

To embark from Majorca you must fly to Palma Airport, while to embark from Ibiza you must fly to Ibiza Airport. Both airports are conveniently placed relative to our bases, so expect a transfer time from as little as 15 minutes.

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Our Bases

Our two primary bases in the Balearic Islands are Palma on Majorca Island and San Antonio on Ibiza Island. Palma is the capital city of Majorca and is located just 15 minutes from the airport. Palma has a selection of well sheltered marinas and quays with all the conveniences and entertainment required to start and finish a sailing holiday with a bang! San Antonio is on the south western coast of Ibiza and is well regarded as a thriving tourist hub with plenty to do and see. It’s a fantastic launching pad for a sailing holiday around Ibiza.

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Mooring Fees

Mooring fees can add up quickly in the Balearic Islands if you’re not careful. Ibiza Town, for example, has mooring fees so expensive that they aren’t even worth mentioning here.

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Sailing Qualifications

To charter bareboat in Spain you are required to have a valid sailing qualification issued by a recognised authority (e.g. RYA, ASA, IYT, USSA). This qualification should not have any restriction on daylight hours or distance sailing from shore. If you have an RYA Day Skipper certificate or similar, you will also need to obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) as an RYA Day Skipper alone is not sufficient. RYA Yacht Master is, of course, accepted.

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Money and Currency

The currency in Spain is the Euro. There are plenty of cash machines and bureau de change can be found in the larger towns, so withdrawing money and changing alternative currencies is possible. We recommend you arrive with some local currency to cover the first couple of days of your holiday. Cards are accepted in supermarkets but most restaurants and tourist shops tend to prefer cash.

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Language

The national language of Spain is Spanish! However, English is widely spoken and understood throughout, especially within the service industry, including restaurant staff and taxi drivers. All Seamaster partners and crew speak English proficiently.

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