The Balearic islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera lie off the Mediterranean coast 60 miles from Valencia. With up to 300 days of sunshine per year, the Balaerics have a cosmopolitan ambiance where the culture has become as varied as the islands themselves. There’s something for everyone from secluded bays and quaint fishing harbors to smart seaside towns and modern marinas.
Start your charter either in the Balaerics themselves or from mainland Spain. Valencia isa full day’s sail away from Ibiza.
To use one of the island bases as your starting and finishing point, tthere are several to choose from. Palma on Mallorca is a popular base, right at the heart of the Balaerics cruising grounds. Keen sailors can easily circumnavigate Mallorca in one week. That gives you time to bathe in the scenic beauty of the northeastern coast of the Balaerics' biggest island, stopping at picturesque coves and idyllic anchorages along your way. On a two-week cruise you can also explore the neighbouring islands of Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Let us present you with the best boats available at the time you want to visit, and help you plan your sailing holiday in the Balearics.
Weather and Sailing Conditions in the Balaeric Islands
The summer sailing season is long in the Balaeric Islands, with hot but comfortable summer temperatures and steady humidity around 70%, and a short, mild winter. The island topography creates its own local land and sea wind pattern, known as the embat, which builds during the day before tapering off late in the afternoon. The predictable summer breezes of the embat make afternoon sailing around the Balaerics a real pleasure and add much to the region’s appeal as a charter holiday destination.
Sea conditions can become less pleasant, particularly in the shoulder seasons, when colder winds come from the north to over-ride localised winds. At times sailing the northern coastlines of Mallorca and Menorca and the stretches of water between those islands can be uncomfortable to some crew members, in contrast to the calm waters generally expected around Palma and southwards during the charter season. Similarly weather from Sardinia can cut up the water to the east. Such conditions, where they do arise, are predictable and easily avoided with attention to weather forecasts and good itinerary planning.