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Yacht Charter Cala Ratjada

On a Cala Ratjada yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Mallorca yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches to its fantastic culture, a Cala Ratjada sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.

On the north east corner of Mallorca, Cala Ratjada has one of the only major fishing ports on the island, with most others almost entirely transforming into holiday resorts. That does mean you will find some of the freshest fish in the restaurants as you enjoy your Mallorca sailing holiday.

Tourism has its place though, with Cala Ratjada and Cala Agulla on the other side of the peninsula merging into one conurbation thanks to holiday development here. In search of a beautiful beach? You'll be spoiled for choice here, with a range of developed and under developed beaches within a short walk of the centres of the town. Surfing is a big thing here, and that does mean there are rip tides too - take care when you get into deep water.

Just inland is scenery you'll never forget with mountains and a few national park areas that are good for hiking and mountain biking in - or discovering secluded coves to relax in out of the way of the crowds.

For those on a boat rental, you will find the west coast and north coast of Mallorca in easy reach of a day charter or longer. Let's explore further in the next section.

Explore Cala Ratjada By Renting A Yacht

The north, east, south and west coasts of Mallorca are very different yet accessible on a Mallorca yacht charter.

The east coast of Mallorca with charming towns like Cala Figuera, Cala d'Or and Portocolom makes it a great place to explore on your charter yacht. The Cala Mondrago National Park is a must-visit with its sand dunes, pine forests and beautiful beach.

The capital of the Balearic Island group, Palma de Mallorca is the main city on the south of the island. This is a cosmopolitan city that many say is at least as good as Barcelona with its sophisticated style, great shopping and top end restaurants. Puerto Andratx and Puerto Portals lie to the east of Palma, famed for their expensive holiday homes andsuperyachts owned by the rich and famous.

The west coast of Mallorca by contrast is extremely mountainous with just the port of Soller between Andratx on the SW tip and Puerto Pollenca on the NW tip. That makes for some longer legs on your sailing boat, perhaps headed out to Menorca on your sailing trip.

The north coast with the ports of Puerto Pollenca and Alcudia Bay have mountainous interiors but beautiful beaches and a relaxed family vibe at the resorts. To the NE is the island of Menorca that was held by the British for 80 years but has been permanently changed by them.

Just to the SW of Mallorca is the Cabrera Island archipelago. This can be accessed with a permit only, but is worthy of a day charter boat trip if you can get aboard a tourist boat thanks to this protected national park being so beautiful.

Less than a day's sail away to the west from Palma is the hippy island of Ibiza and neigbouring Formentera with your choice of secluded coves, riotous partying and beautiful beaches.

How To Get To Cala Ratjada

Palma Airport

With two million passengers passing through the airport every year, Palma Airport is one of the busiest on the Mediterranean Sea.

This is around an hour by bus or taxi from Cala Ratjada.

Marinas In Cala Ratjada

There are two mid-sized marinas in Cala Ratjada - Port de Cala Ratjada and Club Nautico de Cala Ratjada.

Port de Cala Ratjada

Primarily a fishing port, here you will find boat owners and charter companies offering bareboat charter and crewed yacht charter of catamaran, motor yacht, fishing boat and monohull sailing yacht charter on a day charter basis or longer.

Berth Characteristics:

130 berths

Max Length 18m (59 Feet)

Max Draught 7m (23 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, recycling and waste, laundry, changing rooms, fuel, ship repair, bar and restaurant.

Club Nautico de Cala Ratjada

The main marina, this does only have space for smaller boats. here you will find boat owners and charter companies offering bareboat charter and crewed yacht charter of catamaran, motor yacht, fishing boat and monohull sailing yacht on a day charter basis or longer.

Berth Characteristics:

130 berths

Max Length 10m (32 Feet)

Max Draught 3.5m (11 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, recycling and waste, laundry, changing rooms, fuel, ship repair, bar and restaurant.

Suggested Sailing Routes From Cala Ratjada

On your bareboat or crewed yacht charter yacht you can explore Mallorca and Menorca on your Cala Ratjada yachtcharter. Let's look at a sample charter itinerary of a Mallorca yacht charter.

7 days - Majorca and Menorca: The first shakedown cruise will be south to Cala d'Or, a short sail along the east coast. A longer leg the next day - this time to Puerto Portals close to the SW tip of the island. Up the west coast and enjoying the mountainous coastline to Soller as a next leg, and after a night here north then east to Port d'Alcudia on the sheltered Alcudia Bay. Now for an island-hop - off to Cieutadela and Mahon on Menorca for the next two evenings before returning to Cala Ratjada for handover.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Cala Ratjada

The sailing season in the Balearic Islands is best from May to October. The major party towns heat up to full frenzy in June to August, and so do the prices. It is very much down to what you want from a sailing holiday in the islands - if partying all night is on the cards, the top DJs will hit the region in that time and you will have quite a memorable time. If the quiet life is what you seek, then do try to get out during term time - the sea is still warm in September and October, though the infamous Tramontana starts to be more frequent at this time of year, as it eases off in early May.

Sailing Weather In Cala Ratjada

The NE breeze common to coastal Mediterranean France dominates Majorca, a cool relief from the summer heat. It never really gets above 17 knots or so so there will be some boisterous sailing but never more than is fun. You will see more precipitation towards the beginning and end of the sailing season (May and October) but the temperatures rarely stray below 15-17 degrees during those times. In the height of summer (July/August) it isn't as hot as mainland Spain, though you will see the odd few days in the 30+ C range. For Northern Europeans and those from other cooler climes this makes for fantastic sailing!

FAQs:

What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

What are the Marinas in Cala Ratjada?

There are two marinas in Cala Ratjada - the larger is Port de Ratjada that is more aimed at fishing boats while the smaller (in terms of boat length) is Club Nautico de Ratjada that holds a similar number of boats but only up to 10 metres LOA.

When are the best times to hire a boat in Cala Ratjada?

July and August are the busiest months but September retains the warmth of the sea and air. Why not then go sailing after school holidays begin?

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Cala Ratjada?

You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

What happens if my Yacht breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Cala Ratjada?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.

What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?

If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.