Yacht Charter Balearics
A Balearic Islands yacht charter will create memories for years to come. Beautiful seas, quiet anchorages, and a mix of partying and relaxation as you explore these islands off the Mediterranean coast of Spain. On a superyacht, catamaran, motor yacht, or monohull sailing yacht you can enjoy the easy breezes, sights, and sounds of these vacation islands.
The three main islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and the smaller Formentera all have their idiosyncrasies and pleasures. All have wonderful beaches, crystal clear seas, and welcoming locals. Over the years they have marketed themselves differently.
Ibiza has long been and still is a laid-back hippy island despite its reputation of nightclubs and partying. There is all-night fun to be had in San Antonio and Ibiza Town where you can become nocturnal for a week, going to bed after enjoying the sunrise and starting your fun at sunset the next day. The island was discovered by hippies in the 1970s and retains its charms with secluded coves and a relaxed way of life.
Majorca (sometimes spelled Mallorca) aims at the family vacation sector. The capital of the Balearics Palma is a cosmopolitan city at least as buzzing and vibrant as any mainland Spanish city, and there has been civilization on the island since pre-Roman times. Since the 1960s, it has invested in and become a major tourist destination. On your Mallorca yacht charter, you will still find secluded coves, a quiet sandy beach or two, and the essence of the BalearicIsland culture.
Menorca is marked forever with its brief spell under British rule. The main port of Mahon has quintessentially British colonial architecture and many Brits abroad descend on it for its fried breakfasts, fish and chips, brown beer, and familiar feel. For those who wish to escape the 'Union Jack shorts brigade' on their Balearic yacht charter, you can explore the rest of the Minorca and indeed, much of the Balearic archipelago - a crossing between islands is never more than a half day's sail.
Renting A Yacht In the Balearic Islands
A Balearic Islands yacht charter is simple with Borrow A Boat! The formalities of a bareboat charter are the same as in Spain - you will need your qualifications and certification to hand to take over the boat. Once meeting with the charter company or yacht owner at the marina, you will be taken to your vessel and shown around. On familiarisation then you're free to go!
Once at sea you should remember to keep your passport, insurance documents, and qualifications accessible as the Marine Police can be hot on paperwork and will board charter yachts to ensure you are who you are and that you're only afloat for fun (or legal business!).
For those on a captained yacht charter or crewed luxury yacht charter, it is far more laid back. You turn up with your gear, introduce yourself and the crew or captain will handle the rest.
Best Areas To Charter A Yacht In the Balearic Islands
There are three main islands in the Balearic archipelago - Ibiza, Majorca, and Minorca. On a yacht charter vacation, you can choose to stay around one island or visit two or three as you wish.
The laid-back vacation island of Ibiza has two reputations - an LGBTQ-friendly hotspot for nightlife and a chilled place to escape the world. Whether high intensity, laid back or a mixture of both, it is down to you to plot your course! Fancy a trip to a desert island? Formentera is a fun few hour's sail away.
The biggest island Majorca has a pulse of its own that doesn't die when the tourists disappear. Though smaller than Barcelona the capital Palma de Mallorca has a pulsing cosmopolitan feel. On a Mallorca yacht charter, another town that knows of but doesn't depend on tourists is Cala Figuera - a fishing village of immense beauty. The wonderful beaches and secluded coves are a major draw - do check out Cala d'Or (the Golden Coast)!
Thanks to its large natural harbor and strategic location on the Mediterranean, the main harbor of Mahon was a UK Royal Navy base for many years. Today, a more 'Balearic feel' is to be found at the island's capital, Ciutadella that was the main town on the island for a good 1,700 years. Fornells is a small boat paradise too - with its deep, protected cove, a great place to mess around on sailing dinghies, canoes, or windsurfers.
Best Towns To Charter A Yacht the Balearics
So, where are you likely to start your boat charter in the Balearic archipelago? Let's look at the three main islands' charter bases.
Ibiza Town has four major marinas. It is also the center of the nightclub scene so for those inclined, a Balearic yacht charter out of Marina North, Marina South, Marina Botafoc, or Ibiza Magna.
San Antonio is another place for high-paced nightlife, and you would likely begin your yacht charter out of Club Nautic Sant Antoni.
For a family-oriented yacht charter vacation, Santa Eulalia's Marina Santa Eulalia is a far more relaxed and easygoing destination.
The capital Palma has two major marinas, Palma Cuarentena Marina and Port Adriano.
Puerto Andratx on the west coast of the island is another major yacht charter base.
The natural harbor of Mahon on the east coast is one of the largest of its kind on the Mediterranean Sea. It has two marinas of note, Marina Mahon and Marina Deportivo de Mahon. Ciutadella and Fornells both have good marinas too.
Getting to the Balearic Islands
The three main islands have their own airports. Additionally, it is possible to get a ferry to the islands from Spain.
Ibiza Airport has flights going in from all over Europe and much of the world. A bus will cost $3.50 per person each way too much of the island. For $35 or so you can get a taxi to the marina, with the advantage it will drop you right outside the gates.
Palma de Majorca Airport is the main airport on the island. With 4 million passenger movements through the year, it is one of the busiest on the Mediterranean. You can catch a bus or taxi to your yacht charter base.
This too has one major airport, at Menorca Airport just outside of Mahon. You can catch a bus or taxi to the marina from there.
Types Of Yachts To Rent In the Balearics
There are broadly four types of yachts - the sailboat monohull, motorboat, catamaran, and superyacht.
Sailboat (sailing yacht)
The monohull sailing yacht is the workhorse of charter yachts. They can be rented for as little as $130 a day depending on size and season. The charter monohull sailboat will sleep 6-8 typically with different conveniences according to your budget and needs.
Simpler to get around than a monohull sailboat, charter motorboats are usually very comfortable and fun to drive. One major advantage of these over sailboats is that you can hide from the weather (too hot or cool) as you move between ports, anchorages, and marinas. Expect to pay $700 a day and up.
At the luxury end of sailboat charter in the Balearics, sailing catamarans combine the comfort of a motorboat with the fun of the monohull. You may find it possible to sunbathe on the foredeck while underway and all the cabins may have en suite heads and showers. You get what you pay for as luxury yachts go - expect to pay $500 a day and up.
A superyacht luxury yacht charter is a fully crewed yacht where your group has as much or as little to do with the sailing as you want. Aboard these luxury yachts, you will be fed and looked after by the crew while the captain takes you to the best anchorages and marinas, giving you a local's view of the area you are sailing in.
Captained or Bareboat Yacht Charter in the Balearic Islands
So, how do you want to see the Balearic Island archipelago? Do you want to go it alone, choosing your own adventure and take full responsibility of your charter from end to end? In this case, the bareboat charter would suit you. You only pay for the boat and expenses such as food and fuel and with a bit of planning and research ahead of time can explore the islands ahead of time.
If you perhaps lack confidence in your sailing abilities or have no experience at all you can go for a captained yacht charter. The captain will get you about for you in return for a fee, tip, and money to cover their food. In return, they will use their expertise to show you the best places to party or to relax and give you locals' advice as to what to see when ashore.
Do you need a license to rent a Yacht in the Balearic Islands?
If you wish to bareboat charter in the Balearics you will need a recognized national or international boating certificate like the RYA Day Skipper, ICC, or ASA 104 Bareboat.
The ICC is automatically conferred if you have certain national sailing qualifications - the original qualifications may be accepted and not necessarily the ICC itself in some cases.
However should you choose to go a captained yacht charter or a trip on a luxury yacht, you do not need any qualifications at all as the captain will have responsibility for the vessel.
Best Times To Rent A Yacht In the Balearic Islands
The sailing season in the Balearic Islands is best from May to October. The major party towns such as those on Ibizaheat up to a full frenzy in June to August, and so do the prices. It is very much down to what you want from a sailing vacation 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 the Balearic Islands
The NE breeze common to coastal Mediterranean France dominates the islands, 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 climates, this makes for fantastic sailing!
How much does it cost to rent Yachts in the Balearic Islands?
This depends on what you want from the trip. A fully crewed luxury yacht will cost $1500 a day and up but you will be fed and looked after like royalty. At the other end of the scale, for a small monohull sailing boat, you will part with as little as $130 a day. Catamarans will cost anything from $500 a day and up, while a motorboat will cost $700 a day and up. These will change according to the time of year you want to go. If you want a captain then add at least $150 a day as well as a tip and a budget for food. On top of this, you need to think about your budget for food, fuel, marina fees, and entertainment.
Explore the Balearics By Renting A Yacht
Whatever you want from a luxury yacht charter in the Balearics, you can find the vessel you need on Borrow A Boat. Have a look around our website today and book your next sailing vacation now!