If I told you “Ibiza”
and your first thought was “party”
then better skip this text and book your direct flight and enjoy the party. On the other hand, if your first thought was “Balearic Islands”
then there is hope for you.
I agree that Ibiza
is most of the times mentioned in the context of partying and mass tourism
, but I consider it a part of the beautiful archipelago in the W Mediterranean
. Therefore I would like to tell you about the Balearic Islands
as a sailing destination
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As mentioned above, Balearic Islands
refer to the archipelago
consisting of Mallorca, Menorca, Cabrera, Ibiza and Formentera
. Luckily for holiday sailors, it is possible to fly directly to these islands where major charter bases
is considered a perfect mix of clear waters
, sandy beaches
, and stunning landscapes
combined with vibrant life
in harbors, everlasting beach and bar parties
along with delicious local cuisine
. Every town in the Balearics
possesses a specific mood and atmosphere while locals live their distinctive lifestyle.
Similar to Balearics’ diverse land-life ranging from traditional to ultra modern; sailing Balearics
also provides loads of excitement and variations. Southeast winds
prevail in the western cruising area
in the summer months while northerly winds
prevail in the eastern cruising area
including Menorca. Northwest winds
prevail in the area of East Mallorca to Menorca
and east to southeast winds
are common from Ibiza to West Mallorca
. Average wind speeds
range between 5 and 15 knots
during the summertime.
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For more daring sailors, or for those who enjoy long-distance cruises
Balearics are an inevitable destination when sailing from the east coast of Spain towards Sardinia and Italy
or vice versa.
of Balearic Islands is Mallorca (also Majorca)
while Palma (also Palma de Mallorca)
is the capital of the whole archipelago and an autonomous community and a province of Spain. Both Catalan
and Spanish language
are spoken at Balearics, but English, German, Dutch or Scandinavian languages
are also appreciated because thousands of tourists come from those countries.
Cruising around Mallorca would be a perfect idea for a one-week sailing trip
. Three or more weeks should be enough to visit the most of interesting places within all islands. Balearic Islands
are also grouped as Gymnesian Islands (Illes Gimnèsies)
consisting of Mallorca, Menorca and Cabrera
; and the Pitiusic Islands (Illes Pitiüses)
also referenced as the Pityuses or the Pine Islands
consisting of Ibiza and Formentera
. Island Cabrera
is also the home of Parc Nacional de l'Arxipèlag de Cabrera or the Cabrera Archipelago National Park.
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Apart from ‘major’ islands, there are many ‘minor’ islands
or islets close to the biggest islands which make sailing Balearics the unique experience.
If you would like to sail around the Balearics visit A Yacht Charter Spain
. Here you can find useful and interesting information about the Balearic Islands and an excellent choice of yachts for charter.
I wish you a calm sea, a fine wind and a strong mast!