Spain, the Balearic islands and the nearby mainland offers the heat from golden sunshine and smooth azure waters surrounded by a rugged landscape. The coastlines offer an exciting mix of old and new with history prevalent in gothic castles, museums and ancient cobbled streets. Spanish nightlife, lives on in tapas bars, nightclubs and port side cafes. Yet yacht charter holidays here allow yachtsmen to experience more than the average land based holidaymaker could even imagine.
Sandy beaches, bays, rocky peaks and lively harbours, everything is on offer. The landscapes of the Balearic islands are extreme, dramatic and unmistakably Spanish. Getting quality boats could not be easier. Every mark, make and model tends to be represented in this well established market. Sunseekers and Princess make up the British numbers and Italy is well represented with a good showing of Azimut and Ferreti, Fairline, Cranchi and Sealine.
The Mediterranean coasts of Spain and the Balearic Islands are protected from extreme temperatures by the Mediterranean Sea. Winters are typically mild and tend to see more precipitation and higher winds than the summers but are relatively drier than most other popular sailing destinations in the world.
Summer is the peak of tourist season and will see temperatures reaching the mid 80’s with nightly temperatures sometimes dipping below 70. Winds are calmer during this part of the year but still strong enough to make for a great sailing vacation. Water temperatures are warm enough for swimming from June to October, but beyond that range, most would find it a bit brisk.
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Common charter destinations in Spain include Barcelona, Valencia, Costa del Sol, Mallorca, and Ibiza. All of these regions are serviced by international airports and booking a flight to them is simple. Barcelona is the busiest airport of all these destinations and as such has a large number of international flights arriving everyday, some even from U.S. cities such as Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. After arriving in Barcelona, it is just a 20 minute ride to the marina where your charter will begin.
Valencia is also serviced by a large airport just like Barcelona. However, there are not any flights directly from the U.S. to Valencia so a connecting flight from a European airport will be required. It is a 20 minute drive to the marina from the airport.
A charter in Costa del Sol will have visitors flying into the city of Málaga where your charter will begin. Just like Valencia, visitors will have to book a connecting flight from a European airport. After arrival, it is a 15-20 minute drive depending on the marina.
A Mallorca charter will have visitors arriving in Palma Airport. International flights are common so booking a European connection should be straightforward. Upon arrival, it will be a 10 minute drive to the marina.
If Ibiza is your charter destination, then flying into Ibiza Airport will be your best bet. Just like Mallorca, overseas visitors will have to book a connecting flight from another European airport. It is a 10 minute ride to the marina from the airport.