Spend your next sailing holiday exploring the stunning calas and long sandy beaches that surround the coastline of the Spanish island of Mallorca. Whether you are looking for great party life, family-friendly fun or a chance to get away from it all, chartering a yacht in Mallorca is the best way to experience this beautiful island in the Balearics.
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Mallorca is located in the Balearic islands off the eastern coast of peninsular Spain. There isn't ever a bad time to go on a sailing holiday in Mallorca. It all depends on your personal weather preferences. Days are long and the weather is hot and dry in the summer, which is, naturally, the busiest season. Winters are cool, but still perfectly amenable for sailing.
Mallorca's main international airport is situated in the capital of Palma. Transcontinental flights are somewhat limited, but there are numerous flights from European hubs, including low-cost carriers. Reaching your charter boat in Mallorca is quick and easy; you have the option of public bus, shuttles or taxi and most cities on the island can be reached within roughly an hour by car from Palma. As part of Spain and the EU, a visa is not required for many citizens, though it is always best to check before you travel. The local currency is the euro.
A sailing holiday in Mallorca is the ultimate way to explore the island's diverse coastline. The west coast is distinguished by its towering mountains, sleepy fishing villages, and picturesque orchards of orange and almond trees, while the east coast offers an incredible array of small coves and bays that are perfect for a family holiday. The north has remained relatively wild and rustic where the dramatic coastline offers some of the best views for hikers. In the southern coast of the island the Gothic cathedral of Palma dominates the skyline. Here you’ll also find incredible nightclubs and long stretches of white sandy beaches.
The Gothic cathedral of Palma dominates the skyline.
The capital of Palma is the most popular starting spot for a sailing holidays in Mallorca. Palma and the surrounding area offer multiple spots for mooring and several attractions near the marina and along the Paseo Maritimo. In Palma, don’t miss the Castell de Bellver, the Basilica de Sant Francesc and the La Seu Cathedral, partly designed by Antonio Gaudi, are just a few interesting sites to visit within a stone's throw of the shore.
If you're seeking something a little more physically active, most locations across the island offer a range of water sports, from jet skiing to scuba diving. Top locations for divers include, Neptune’s Temple, Bridges and Cove de Marina. Most of these sites are located around the north-eastern corner of the island, so if you're interested in diving, make sure that Alcudia or Port Pollenca are on the itinerary.
The major draw of going on a sailing holiday in Mallorca is the opportunity it gives you to explore explore the many towns, villages and idyllic beach hideaways at your own pace. Perhaps the hardest part of sailing in Mallorca will be choosing where to go.
You can easily navigate the whole island on a weeklong sailing holiday. You can choose to travel west stopping first in the chic Port Andratx as you way make your way up the western and northern coast of the island or head east to make your first stop in San Rapita, home to Mallorca's famous nude beach, Es Trenc. Some other fantastic spots to drop anchor in Mallorca include Alcudia, Soller, Porto Christo, Cala d'Or, Cala Agulla and Cala Ratjada.
The best time to go on a boat holiday in Mallorca is April-September, but you can enjoy pleasant temperatures year round. Summer produces steady thermal winds and there is a gentle breeze present for most of the day. On a pleasant summer day, the wind speed is low, with a high of around 10 kts; this is changeable and often in the winter this can be considerably higher or even none at all. If you're a novice sailor, then it's a great idea to rent a yacht in Mallorca, as the largely temperate conditions are perfect for practicing. However, if you are in doubt, book a skippered sailing holiday through Zizoo so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
In winter, sailing is still possible although winds are a little less predictable. Staying in the bay areas will provide protection from strong gusts. The secluded bays also ensure that swells are minimal in this area. In general, swells tend to be low, around 0.5m, but storms or other shifts in the weather can see them change quickly, sometimes with little notice.
Enjoy pleasant temperatures year round for a sailing holiday in Mallorca
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.