Yacht Charter Cala D`Or
Yacht Charter Cala D'Or
On a Cala dOr yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can sail much of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands within an easy sail. Whatever you want from an Mallorca yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches to its fantastic culture, a Cala d'Or sailing holiday is one you won't forget anytime soon.
Cala d'Or is all about holidays. The Golden Bay has several small beaches of 20-60m (yes, smaller than many a superyacht!) where holidaymakers can enjoy the sunshine on Mallorca's east coast to their heart's content. Many choose to take the road based tourist 'train' to get from one beautiful beach to the next. Beach bars and pedestrianised streets add to the laid back atmosphere where serious relaxation is the name of the game.
Water sports are a major element of life here. You can rent a paddle board or kayak to potter out to sea without a license, though out of the marina you can organise a day charter of something a little more powerful through Borrow a Boat to explore the other calas and coves along this delightful coast of Mallorca.
Cala d'Or Marina is one of the largest on the island, and adds a sophisticated vibe with its different private and charter boats, many of which can be chartered by the day, week or longer. Boat rental is an important part of Cala d'Or's economy, ranging from paddle board to superyacht and everything between!
Explore Cala d'Or By Renting A Yacht
The east coast of Mallorca with charming towns like Cala Figuera and Portocolom makes it a great place to explore on your charter yacht, whether on a day charter or longer.
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 boat, perhaps headed out to Menorca on your sailing trip.
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 and superyachts owned by the rich and famous.
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 and an alternative culture that rivals Glastonbury or San Francisco.
How To Get To Cala d'Or
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 d'Or.
Marinas In Cala d'Or
Near the centre of the town is the main marina that has 499 moorings, making it one of the biggest on Majorca.
Cala d'Or Marina
Here you will find boat owners and charter companies offering bareboat catamaran charter, motorboat charter, fishing boat charter and luxury yacht charter and monohull sailing yacht charter on a day charter basis or longer.
Max Length 25m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 4m (13 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 d'Or
On your bareboat or luxury yacht charter yacht you can explore Mallorca and Menorca. Let's look at a sample charteritinerary of a Cala dOr yacht charter.
7 days - Majorca and Menorca: The first shakedown cruise will be out of Cala d'Or, a short sail to Cala Figuera to the south. A longer leg the next day - this time to Puerto Andratx on 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 north coast of Mallorca. Now for an island-hop - off to Cieutadela and Mahon on Menorca for the next two evenings before returning to Cala d'Or for handover.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Cala d'Or
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 d'Or
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!
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 d'Or?
Cala d'Or Marina is a central feature to the town, and is one of the largest on Mallorca with 499 berths. This is a major boat rental hub in Mallorca too.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Cala d'Or?
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 Cala d'Or?
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 d'Or?
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.