Fjord 44 Open
- Build year:2019
- Length:44 ft
- Boat type:Motorboat
An Ibiza Town yacht charter is the perfect way to explore the Balearic island archipelago. Whether on a large luxury yacht motor boat or humble monohull sailing yacht, an Ibiza boat charter will allow you to take in the sights and sounds of Ibiza Town itself but also a chance to explore the not so touristy areas of this jewel of the Mediterranean Sea.
Ibiza Town has had two awakenings in recent times. In the 1960s it became a favourite bolthole for the hippy community thanks to its laid back vibe. Linked to the first Summer of Love, it's perhaps unsurprising that the Second Summer of Love in 1989 made the town a Mecca for the clubbing and rave scene.
Both Ibiza Town and nearby San Antonio are important world centres for rave and dance music. Extremely LGBTQ friendly, both towns wave the rainbow flag with pride.
It may surprise you but the nightlife though loud and important to the town, is not the main reason people visit IbizaTown. The hippies still run the place, cheek by jowl with the local Ibizans who enjoy the alternative culture. An Ibizaboat charter is more about white sand pristine beaches, secluded coves and a relaxed pace of life.
Even though the town itself has four marinas with hundreds of berths, an Ibiza Town yacht charter is about exploring the world outside - if the town itself was all you were interested in, there are plenty of hotels to stay in!
Santa Eulalia is a more typical Balearic island town. It is a holiday resort, but more family oriented than the rave capitals on the island. Like Ibiza Town it has a decent sized marina and you may find it a quieter place as a sailingholiday destination. Es Cana is another laid back town, though with a very hippy culture vibe. Its beaches are at least as good ast Ibiza Town too!
As well as enjoying the pristine beaches and secluded coves of Ibiza, an Ibiza Town yacht charter can take you islandhopping. Whether on a bareboat charter or crewed luxury yacht charter, on a monohull sailing yacht, catamaran or superyacht, you can explore the islands of the Balearics beyond.
Just a few miles off the coast of Ibiza is the desert island of Formentera. A very relaxed vibe indeed here, and perhaps worth a day trip to get used to sailing between islands.
The next island to the east is the biggest in the Balearics, Mallorca. Majorca has been a tourist island since the 1960s and has a bit of a reputation. That is changing very much for the better, with islanders exploiting its natural beauty. Hiking is a growing tourist activity there as people flock to see the flora and fauna that in many cases are unique to Mallorca.
The furthest island to the east is Menorca. Populated for close to 1,700 years, it has relics of different empires from Greece to Rome and yes, the British who ran a Royal Navy base from the capital Mahon for 70 years or so.
A charter yacht holiday out of Ibiza Town can take you to all four islands, or you can take a day charter out of the town and just get a taste of the beautiful coastline just outside!
An important tourist airport, it has more than a million passengers passing through it from Europe and beyond every year.
For a fare of around €3.50 a head you can take a bus to Ibiza Town and walk to the marina from there. A taxi could cost €35 but will deliver you right to the gate.
There are five major marinas (400+ berths) on Ibiza, one boutique marina that serves large super yacht and luxury yacht charter, and several smaller marinas you can moor at overnight. The major marinas have yacht charter companies offering super yacht luxury yacht charter, catamaran, motor yacht, monohull sailing boat and speed boat rental as a day charter or longer on a bareboat or crewed yacht charter basis.
Marina Ibiza (Marina South):
The main marina in Ibiza Town is split into two. This section refers to Marina South, and handles vessels of up to 55m.
Max Length 55m (180.4 Feet)
Max Draught 5m (16.4 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, fuel station, showers, toilets, laundry, waste water and refuse collection, shipyard, bar, restaurant, medical centre, market.
Puerto Deportivo Marina Ibiza (Marina North):
This is the northern 'half' of Marina Ibiza in Ibiza Town. This is for smaller craft of up to 15m in length.
Max Length: 15m (49.2 Feet)
Max Draught: 6m (19.6 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, fuel station, showers, toilets, laundry, waste water and refuse collection, shipyard, bar, restaurant, market.
Also in Ibiza Town, this is another large marina serving the island.
Max Length: 30m (98 Feet)
Max Draught: 4m (13.1 Feet)
List of additional services: List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, fuel station, showers, toilets, waste water and refuse collection, shipyard, bar, restaurant, market.
This relatively small marina is also in Ibiza Town but takes all but the very largest of mega yachts afloat today.
Max Length: 185 metres (606.9 Feet)
Max Draught: 10 metres (32.8 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, fuel station, ATM, waste water and refuse collection, shipyard, bar, restaurant, market.
Over a seven day Ibiza boat hire you can stay close to Ibiza and head for nearby Formentera as part of the sailing holiday. On a 14 day boat trip you can explore the Balearics a little more with a run to Mallorca.
7 days - Ibiza Island circuit south and west about: After a leisurely breakfast on your first day you'll be headed off Ibiza to the privately owned island of Espalmador, a yachties' retreat where you can have a mud bath and relax on the white sand beach. The next night you will be on nearby Formentera, a more touristy but fun desert island. From here you will go to the uninhabited island of Esvedra off the SE tip of Ibiza, and enjoy the solitude and quiet ashore. Compensating for the quiet of the evening before you will head for the party town of San Antonio perhaps taking in a beach or quiet cove at lunchtime on your trip. Cala Xaraca with its 90 metre long beach will be your next evening ashore - bring your camera as it is very beautiful! Santa Eulalia is a family holiday town and a gentle return to reality before your final night back in Ibiza Town.
14 days - Circumnavigating Ibiza and Mallorca: Again heading out of the family resort of Santa Eulalia you will firstly head south and around Formentera, perhaps staying the night at Cala Saona and on Cala Porroig on Ibiza before heading up the west coast and across to Palma in Mallorca. You would then explore the largest island in the chain heading clockwise, with the choice of lagoons and anchorages - the Mondrago National Park is good for walking or some of the tourist resorts like Alcudia and its 14km long beach where you can be certain of peace and quiet with a sharp eye and a willingness to sail on a bit. After that you cross the sea back to Ibiza and Santa Eulalia.
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 Ibiza - if partying all night is on the cards, the top DJs will hit the island 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.
Ibiza and Formentera are affected by SE breezes most of the year that do not really go above 15 knots. As such this makes for near perfect sailing conditions. 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 climates this makes for fantastic sailing!
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.
There are five main marinas for smaller yachts - Marina Ibiza North, Marina Ibiza South, and Marina Botafoc are in Ibiza Town alongside the boutique marina, Marina Magna that can handle the largest superyacht in the world.
Why do you want to go to Ibiza? If partying is your thing, then go at the peak of the season in June-August. If however a quiet sail and secluded bays is more your bag, try September when the schools go back.
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.
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.
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.
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 skipper on board your charter boat you typically don't require licences.
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