Renting a boat in Spain is an excellent chance for you to visit some of the most recognized beaches and islands in the world. A yacht charter in the Balearic Islands will allow you to breathe the fresh air of the Mediterranean and visit top party locations such as Ibiza. Alternatively, crossing the strait of Gibraltar we have the Canary Islands which have beaches bathed by the Atlantic Sea and top cities worth visiting such as Tenerife. Finally, the emblematic area of Andalusia sits in both coastlines where Seville crowns the capital of a total of 8 provinces. The endless and diverse coastline Is supported by an abundant set of marinas where you can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat or motor yacht you desire. You can contact the owners directly or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some recommendations for your sailing trip in Spain.
You have plenty of available options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper or without if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise along Costa Brava or the Costa del Sol coastline. If you head out from the heart of Barcelona, you can visit multiple places and coastal towns in Costa Brava in a short amount of time. In this case, select a motorboat or speedboat which provide the fastest cruising speed. There’s also the choice to enjoy a romantic dinner by boat where you can taste the local Spanish dishes on board, a luxury motor yacht charter is perfect to enjoy the sunset accompanied with food with your partner. If you are planning to go for swimming and snorkeling or host a boat party in Ibiza or Formentera, then we recommend you to charter a catamaran which is great for jumping in and out of the water all day. Finally, if you are planning on sailing in Mallorca or the Canary Islands for a week or two then hiring a sailboat will make you feel like a king or queen of the sea.
Spain is a top tourist destination known for its accommodating vibes, traditional fiestas, sunny climate and glorious beauties that form its diverse landscapes. Although Spaniards are known for living in the moment, there are many historical places and cities in Spain offering guests the opportunity to discover villages rich in character, World Heritage Sites and imposing buildings with prestigious art collections. Spain also has an interesting maritime history, dating back from the time that Columbus discovered the Americas under the monarchy of Spain, the European awareness of the Atlantic Ocean grew from the campaigns of Spanish seafarers throughout history. Costa Brava served as a major commercial trading center during both Greek and Roman occupations and today marks a great sailing destination due to its perfect location in the Mediterranean which stretches towards the border of France. During your time there you cannot miss visiting the Ruins of Empúries which stole the heart of Julius Caesar. Here you will get to see the marble artefacts, Basilica as well as an Amphitheater and Greek and Roman temples which Julius ordered to build 10 times the size of the settlement initially occupied by the Greeks. Sailing past the cliffs and beach resorts of Catalonia, you have the opportunity to combine urban life with the pleasure of being on a yacht. The Balearic islands are packed with bars, clubs and sandy beaches and ideal for the novice skipper, the Canary islands is the perfect place to escape and go island hopping, often a favourite to the more advanced sailor. Take your chance to explore Spain from a different perspective and experience the adrenaline rush of true flight over the waves with the yacht of your choice.
If you explore Costa Brava’s beautiful coast you can head to the Medes islands where you can stop for a swim and lunch in Cala Montgo which is one of the most beautiful creeks of northern Costa Brava. Sailboats and catamarans also set anchor in Roses Bay because the beaches of the bay have shallow transparent waters that are ideal for a top boating holiday in Spain. Crossing the Bay of Roses, you can go for a longer cruising route into the famous Cap de Creus National Park which is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. For the best views of Catalonia, your boat trip can end with you taking pictures from the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. In Southern Spain, Andalusia, is known to have the best climate throughout the year with at least 300 days of sunshine. Costa del Sol represents the sunny coastline and offers lots of opportunities for beach lovers and sailing enthusiasts. You can hire a motorboat in Marbella and go for a refreshing swim in the bay with your group as you enjoy drinks, barbecue and even dancing on board. There is also the chance to go for a half-day cruise towards the Gibraltar Strait or even make a stylish trip to Morocco as you cruise on the western side of Costa del Sol. This is a sightseeing opportunity that has all the ingredients for a fantastic day with your group, you will have impressive views of large rocks from the sea and you can even spot dolphins while you get to swim and relax wherever you please. Several charterers offer the trip to Morocco from Puerto Banus and is approximately 3 hours, sampling on the Moroccan cuisine and touring the Tetouan Medina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) will ensure you have a lovely day since you will be able to see the cultural contrast with Spain.
The Balearic Islands are a real paradise for the lovers of the Sea. You can begin your sailing route from the mainland, Barcelona or Valencia both are great starting points for a Balearic island yacht charter. Choosing this route, you can head to Ibiza and Formentera which are not only known for their exhilarating party vibes but also their brilliant beaches. Do not miss the chance to visit S’Espalmador island which is uncrowded and makes a great anchoring spot for yachts. Cala Saona and Ses Illetes Beach are also top beaches in Formentera that are perfect for kids and water sport activities. Palma De Mallorca also offers an alternative base for your holidays around the Balearic Islands as it has excellent infrastructure for sailors and good international flight connections. Chartering a yacht in Palma will allow you to cruise along the long sandy stretch of Mallorca’s coastline but also navigate around the islands of Ibiza and Formentera as well as the neighboring island of Menorca with ease. Thanks to the large diversity of food and wine in Palma, you can go for several stops for lunch at the various beach restaurants and ports when you are sailing in Mallorca.
Hiring a sailboat with a skipper is the best way to explore the Canary Islands. If you do not have navigational notions, then we recommend you to have a captain on board that knows the area well and can anchor in any hidden gems in the Atlantic Sea. The Canary Islands include Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro and la Gomera. The islands are on the west coast of Africa and so pose no problems for sailors crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean because of the great wind conditions and mild climate. Because the Canary Islands are roughly 1,000km away from the Spanish mainland, they are ideal for weekly charters but also offer the perfect cruising ground due to the numerous ports and marinas that have been improved in recent years by the influx of foreign yachts. You can hire a boat in Lanzarote to explore the volcanic paradise in Playa Blanca and Punta del Papagayo, both locals and visitors enjoy sailing here as an extended hobby because they are exceptional beaches in Spain. Cruising from Lanzarote to Tenerife will allow you to explore Costa Adeje which has well-maintained beaches that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Finally, you can enjoy a sensational experience by docking into La Gomera’s historic harbour and set off further to the unspoiled island of El Hierro which has staggering cliffs rising up to 1,000m around el Golfo. Heading to La Palma, you will be able to see the largest volcanic crater in the world, a boat with a captain on board is definitely recommended since anchoring between rocks may be difficult. Your options are not limited when sailing Spain, the various coastlines and destinations will ensure you have a unique experience.
We have gathered the top marinas and airports for your yacht charter in Spain
Barcelona, Valencia, Málaga
Marina Port Vell Barcelona: hosts a berth up to 138 yachts of all sizes including superyachts. A world class marina in all the Mediterranan.
Marina Vela Barcelona: Occupies roughly 136 moorings available for crafts up to 50m in length. Exclusive top class services and security with the latest generation of facilities. Very easily accessible with good parking and is a great charter opportunity to the Costa Brava coast.
Port of Valencia: Was the first European city to organise the event of the sailing regatta and now has two harbors known as Juan Carlos and the Royal Marina, they have a space of 800 berths.
Puerto Banus Marina, Marbella: A fantastic marina that can hold a berthing capacity for 915 boats and could accommodate yachts up to 50m in length. You can enjoy beautiful walks by the port and you will find lots of restaurants offering traditional Spanish and Italian food. There are lots of designer shops, cosmetics, ice cream parlours and a few cafes, making it great for groups of friends, couples and families.
Puerto Deportivo De Marbella: Can accommodate up to 377 berths and yachts with a max length of 20m. It is in the centre of Marbella and is a clean, well-equipped marina with lots of bars and restaurants.
When heading to the mainland (Barcelona, Valencia, Marbella)
Airport Girona – Costa Brava to L`Escala, Costa Brava: 56,9 km, 52 minutes
Airport Valencia to Valencia: 17,3 km, 22 minutes
Airport Gibraltar to La Linea de la Concepcion: 2,2 km, 4 minutes
The nearest airports to Marbella are Malaga to the east (50km or 35 minutes drive)
The Balearic islands
Marina ibiza: The marina has a berthing capacity for 380 yachts that go up to 55m in length, and also has enough space for mega yachts.
Marina de Formentera: at the north end of the island, the marina has a berthing capacity of 64 yachts with vessels ranging up to 38m. Offers excellent services and multiple residencies, restaurants, bars and shops
Has ferry routes that connect the island with that of Ibiza.
Marina Naviera Balear, Port de Mallorca: Serves as the capital of the Balearic islands. Palma de Mallorca is home to one of the largest marinas in Europe and is just 8km from the airport. Step ashore to explore the winding cobbled streets, marvel at the magnificent gothic cathedral that watches over the town and lose yourself in the alleyways where you find numerous tapas bars, restaurants and cafes.
Puerto Portals, Mallorca: 650 mooring spaces with easy access to the port as it sits in the middle of the bay of Palma de Mallorca. It is 16km from the airport and can take vessels up to 60m in length.
Port Alcudia: A modern port that offers 750 berths with a max length of 30m for yachts. Great facilities, services and provisioning. The port also offers commercial properties that are for long term sale.
Palma de Mallorca Airport is the main international airport on Mallorca Island in Spain and it is located 8 kilometres from the centre of Palma de Mallorca, the capital of Mallorca.
The Balearic Islands have three airports (Majorca, Ibiza and Minorca) with international flights, welcome lots of cruise ships and offer ferry services between the islands.
Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote: Offers 550 berths and can accomodate mega and luxury yachts. All kinds of services such as water, electricity, and showers are open to everyone who uses the marina.
Lanzarote Airport allows international flights and is 12 minutes to Marina Rubicon.
Marina La Gomera: Offers 335 berths for vessels that can go up to 20m in length. Has excellent staff and is a very well-equipped marina with water and electricity supplied at a 24-hour surveillance. Definitely a safe stayover when crossing the Canaries.
Tenerife Marina: lies very close to the city centre and is in the east of the island. It carries a berthing capacity of 220 boats of a length up to 16 meters. A great alternative to this marina is Marina San Miguel in the south of the island
Tenerife South Airport is the second busiest after the gran Canaria Airport and is 17km to Costa Adeje ( and 8km to Marina San Miguel)
Puerto Colon Marina, Tenerife: Offers 365 berths with a max length of 24m. Apart from offering lots of excursions, there are plenty of activities, decent food and plenty of amenities nearby.
Marina San Miguel, Tenerife: A fishing heaven and astonishing area for scuba diver fans. Ideal for golf enthusiasts and lots of traveler tourist attractions. The marina offers 340 berths for vessels up to 40m and has connections for water and electricity.
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