Yacht Charter in Port de Pollença
Yacht Charter Port de Pollenca
On a Port de Pollenca 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 Balearic Island yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches to its fantastic culture, a Port de Pollenca sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Puerto de Pollensa is a family oriented holiday town on the relatively quiet northern side of Majorca, around an hour from the airport by bus. Though it has an illustrious history, over the years it has become an important holiday resort with its beautiful beach, marina and port. Mallorca has a reputation for attracting the 18-30 crowd with wild nightlife and a 24/7 experience. Like its neighbour Alcudia to the east, Port de Pollenca doesn't try for that crowd. There are still lots some very good bars and restaurants you can relax and soak up the atmosphere.
The holiday resort is around 3km from the old town of Pollensa, a town that has been inhabited and dominated by a range of Mediterranean empires for close on 3,000 years. Both towns are administered by the local government here, and the culture vulture will love things like the 1900 year old bridge left by the Romans, the Arab-built irrigation systems that made farming possible and a range of Christian churches and monuments. For those who bring their walking boots, a trek up the 330m high Puig (mountain) is definitely to be recommended.
So, on your Port de Pollenca yacht charter, what else is there to see or do? Read on to find out more!
Explore Port de Pollenca By Renting A Yacht
On a Puerto Pollensa yacht charter you can explore the coastline of the biggest island in the Balearics or do a bit of island hopping. Majorca has a lot to offer and is moving away from its cheap holiday image as more attractions are recognised and invested in. You can go hiking in Mondrago National Park, and enjoy a bit of the 14km long Alcudiasandy beach all to yourself.
White sandy 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. This is a holiday resort but not one where you will find lobster red Brits in Union Jack shorts! Far more relaxed and family oriented, it is worthy of an afternoon's enjoyment as you explore the island.
Around 60km south from Pollensa as a crow flies is the capital of the Balearics, 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.
Less than a day's sail away to the west 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. Out to the northeast from Puerto Pollensa you can explore Menorca that has much the same on offer as Majorca but in microcosm.
How To Get To Port de Pollenca
With two million passengers passing through the airport every year, Palma Airport is one of the busiest on the Mediterranean Sea. This is an hour's bus ride from Port de Pollenca - much of the route being motorway, you may find a taxi doesn't take much less time.
Marinas In Port de Pollenca
The mid-sized Puerto Pollensa Marina lies at the northern end of Pollensa Bay and is close to most of the things you need on a sailing holiday from supermarkets to restaurants and the excellent beach.
Puerto de Pollenca Marina
Max Length 25m (82 Feet)
Max Draught 2.8m (9 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, recycling and waste, laundry, changing rooms, fuel, ship repair, bar and restaurant.
Suggested Sailing Routes From Port de Pollenca
On your bareboat or luxury yacht charter boat rental you can explore Mallorca and Menorca. Let's look at a sample charter itinerary.
7 days - Majorca and Menorca: The first shakedown cruise will be out of Pollensa Bay to the next family holiday resort, Port d'Alcudia. 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 Cala d'Or on Mallorca the next. Palma will be your next evening - a complete change from the chilled Cala d'Or. Onto the west coast of Majorca and Port de Soller for your final evening afloat. Back to Port de Pollenca for handover.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Port de Pollenca
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 Port de Pollenca
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 Port de Pollenca?
Puerto de Pollensa Marina has 375 berths for yachts of up to 25m. It is towards the northern end of Pollensa Bay.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Port de Pollenca?
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 Port de Pollenca?
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 Port de Pollenca?
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.