Chartering a yacht in Spain is one of the best ways to explore the beauty and diversity of one of the world's most visited destinations. With 8000 km of stunning coastline, Spain is also one of the most dynamic sailing destinations. From the golden beaches of Marbella to the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, Spain offers the perfect mix of culture and relaxation.
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Spain is a wonderful destination year-round, but the best time for a sailing holiday is May through September. The most popular places to start a sailing holiday in Spain are in the famous island groups of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, though many other sailing charters in Spain are found along the mainland in the coastal hubs of Barcelona and Marbella.
You can reach Spain's best sailing destinations by plane from many countries around the world. Barcelona is the major international hub, while the most frequented airport in the Balearics is Palma de Mallorca, but you can also arrive on the other islands from the mainland by boat. The Canary Islands also offer a few international airports. Spain uses the Euro as currency and is visa-free for most nationalities, though it's advised to check before you travel.
When planning a sailing holiday in Spain, the hardest part is deciding where to go. The Spanish coastline is arguably one of the most romantic, gorgeous, unspoiled stretches of coast in Europe. With almost 8000 km of the Spanish coast, there is plenty to choose from. Well-known areas for sailing include Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, and Costa Blanca, which all offer great opportunities for chartering yachts and relaxing away from the masses.
Spain’s diverse regions and islands offer visitors a chance to witness and explore ancient ruins, alluring palaces and gardens, masterworks of art and rich traditions. From the enchanting palace and fortress complex of Alhambra to the world famous food fight festival of La Tomatina, you’ll have the freedom to experience the many well-known and hidden treasures and festivals on your next holiday sailing in Spain.
Whether you choose to sail along the eastern, northern or southern coasts or opt for a boat rental in Spain, you'll be sure to find white sandy beaches to take in the hot summer sun, picturesque towns and cities to enjoy top-notch cuisine and impressive cultural sites. The many beautiful and tempting options can be overwhelming but, once you decide on a sailing destination in Spain, we can help with the rest.
Spain's constant winds and breezes also make it the perfect place for sailing, surfing, and other water sports. Make sure to request for snorkeling equipment when you book your sailing holiday in Spain with Zizoo. You'll also have a chance to savor some of the world’s best food and wines. As a country rich in gastronomic traditions and an active proponent of Slow Food movement, Spain prides itself in its outstanding and well-known dishes and wines.
Sail around the Balearic Islands for an unforgettable holiday. The island group is located off the eastern shores of Spain’s mainland, east of Valencia and southeast of Barcelona and includes the main islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and several smaller, unpopulated islands. Here, the climate, scenery, and beaches are exceptional and the people have a reputation for being some of the most hospitable in the world. Despite the close proximity of each of these islands, each one has a varying landscape.
You can easily spend your entire sailing holiday exploring one of the main islands or plan an island-hopping holiday in the Spanish Islands. Mallorca makes a great base for island hopping. From Palma de Mallorca, sail south to visit the islands of Ibiza and Formentera or sail to Menorca from Porto Colom. To learn more about the Balearic Islands, check out our guide here.
The Canary Islands, a popular choice for more experienced sailors, lie off the western shores of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean situated a little further from Spain’s mainland in the Atlantic ocean, but well worth the journey there. This island group also makes a great place to escape the winter blues, but you’ll also be able to enjoy sailing around this piece of paradise all year long. The seven larger islands make for a perfect sailing trip, giving you a chance to explore the diverse culture, fine food, and incredible landscapes while island hopping.
One of the best starting points for a sailing holiday around the Canary Islands is Lanzarote. Sail south to Fuerteventura then on to Gran Canaria before stopping in Tenerife, one of the most popular destinations in the Spanish island group.
The marine weather can vary depending on the time of year which you visit and which location you choose. On a whole, summer offers calm conditions though thunderstorms and heavy downpours in the hottest months and July and August can occur. The eastern coast of Spain is the perfect place for novice sailors or those seeking a more relaxing crusie as this area is more secluded and therefore protected from the stronger winds and rougher seas of the Atlantic.
If you’re planning on sailing in Spain, the best time to go is March through October. Start planning your dream sailing holiday with Zizoo.
Wind speeds tend to be low with an average of 6kts though fluctuation should be expected and on a daily basis it is not unusual for it to peak at 10kts, especially when gusts are taken into consideration. Swell is another consideration for a sailing holiday in Spain. The height of the swell is around 0.5 to 1 on an average day and the period varies. It can be anything from 2 to 3 seconds to well over 10.
If you don’t have the sailing experience or a license we can set you up with an experienced skipper to plan, navigate and take care of equipment while you site back and relax on your holiday. If you want to get involved in the sail, great! Skippers could certainly use your help and show you the ropes.