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Yacht Charter Andratx

On an Andratx yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can sail much of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands with relative ease. Whatever you want from an Mallorca yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches to its fantastic culture, an Andratx sailing holiday is going to be one you don't forget anytime soon.

As with towns like Pollenca on the north west of Mallorca, the old town of Andratx sits well inland to make it difficult for pirates and other invaders to cause trouble. A flourishing market town and local administrative centre, Andratx has seen its fair share of history thanks in part due to its closeness to the Balearic Island capital of Palma just down the road.

Puerto de Andratx was for a long time a minor fishing village that fed the main town inland. Though there is a small fishing industry here today, that's not at all what enriched this town - tourism did. Puerto Andratx is a major yachting centre and thanks to its beautiful location - said to be the most beautiful valleys in Mallorca - it is also the location of many large holiday homes. Tom Cruise and Claudia Schiffer are just two celebrities to have had holiday homes here.

For you the yacht charter holidaymaker, you will find a vast array of water sports available in and around the town. The marina can take yachts of up to 36 metres many people come down to the marina just to watch the world go by and enjoy the ambience of this buzzing water sports resort.

Explore Andratx By Renting A Yacht

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

To the east of Andratx is Puerto Portals, that can take much larger yachts and is another celeb spotting spot for those not entirely focused on the sun, sea and sand on their holiday. To the east of Puerto Portals is the capital of the Balearic Island group, Palma de Mallorca. 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.

White sandy 'cala' beaches are one of the biggest draws to Majorca, and on your sailing holiday you will be able to get to a sandy beach or two that can't be accessed from shore. Cala d'Or, close to Portocolom on the SE coast of Mallorca is in direct translation 'the Golden Bay' - a yachty heaven of golden beaches and great natural wealth. To the north you will find a similar laid back resort, Porto Cristo, which is all about a relaxed pace of life.

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 Andratx

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 a half hour bus or taxi ride from Puerto Andratx.

Marinas In Andratx

There are two marinas in Andratx - right next to each other behind the sea wall of the harbour. Puerto de Andratx is the outer marina capable of taking smaller yachts (20m) and Club de Vela Andratx, closer to the centre of the town, can take larger vessels of up to 36m.

Club de Vela Andratx

Here you will find boat owners and charter companies offering bareboat catamaran charter, motor yacht charter, motorboat charter and monohull sailing yacht charter and luxury yacht charter.

Berth Characteristics:

475 berths

Max Length 36m (118 Feet)

Max Draught 3m (13 Feet)

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

Puerto de Andratx

Here you will find boat owners and charter companies offering bareboat charter and luxury yacht charter of catamaran, motor yacht, motor boat and monohull sailing yacht charter.

Berth Characteristics:

475 berths

Max Length 20m (65 Feet)

Max Draught 3m (8 Feet)

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

Suggested Sailing Routes From Andratx

On your bareboat or luxury yacht charter yacht you can explore Mallorca and Menorca. Let's look at a sample charteritinerary.

7 days - Majorca and Menorca: The first shakedown cruise will be out of Puerto Andratx to the next family holiday port, Port de Pollenca on the north coast. The next day is a longer trip - NE to old town of Cieutadella on Menorca. See the important ex Royal Navy port of Mahon on the SE of the island as a next stop, and then get ready for a long leg down to the quiet family holiday resort of Porto Cristo on Mallorca the next. Palma will be your next evening - many argue at least as good as Barcelona in terms of cosmopolitan vibe!. Back to Puerto Andratx for handover.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Andratx

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 Andratx

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 Andratx?

The outer marina, Puerto de Andratx holds 475 berths of vessels up to 20m LOA while the inner marina, Club Vela de Andratx has 475 berths for boats of up to 36m LOA.

When are the best times to hire a boat in Andratx?

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

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

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 Andratx?

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.