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Sailing in Spain

Sailing is a brilliant way to see Spain and escape the crowds and explore this stunning country, total relaxed. As one of the world’s great seafaring nations, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Spain on board a yacht – you just need to choose when to go. There are options on offer both in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, so If you’re after sunshine and warm weather in winter, your best bet will be heading to the Canary Islands, an archipelago of 7 islands located over 1000 km south of the Spanish coast. The 7 islands all offer different landscapes and experiences – for instance, Tenerife is perfect for hiking lovers, Lanzarote has surreal volcanic landscapes while Fuerteventura is ideal for surfers.

The Mediterranean coast of Spain also offers wonderful options for sailing, if you set off from Barcelona you can head north to Costa Brava, famous for its picturesque coast and refined cuisine, or south towards Tarragona, discovering the diverse Terres del Ebre, home to several ecotourism projects. Alternatively, from Valencia the Balearic Islands are just a hop and skip away – party lovers should definitely head to Ibiza, whereas Menorca offers many opportunities to snorkel and enjoy nature.

CANARY ISLANDS

The Canary Islands – Spain’s east Atlantic outpost, off the coast of northwest Africa. The islands offer a spectacular cruising ground, with a varied backdrop. All of the seven main islands – Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro – are within a day’s sail of each other, yet they each have their own unique character and some even have a difference in climate. Most of the marinas have excellent facilities.

In terms of climate, the North African influence also means Lanzarote and Fuerteventura get almost no rain. As you head west into the Atlantic, the islands become greener. Despite being nearer to the Equator than the Mediterranean, the average temperature of the Canary Islands is milder. Cooled by the Trade Winds, in July it rarely rises above 29˚C. In the winter, the Canary Islands are equally temperate, with even the sea temperature averaging 18˚C in January.

MALLORCA

Mallorca harbor is framed by Palma’s gothic cathedral and citadel. It is an island of contrasts – a blend of bustling fishing ports, such as Andraitx, Soller and Pollensa – where some of the finest restaurants and shops are to be found. The rugged west coast offers fascinating landscapes, with lofty pine-topped mountains dropping steeply into the sea.

BARCELONA

One of the arguably most exciting Mediterranean cities to experience aboard your yacht is Barcelona. Yacht charter in Barcelona will give you an amazing opportunity to explore the city every tourist falls in love with, as well as its surroundings. Cruise along the Catalan coastline and soak the sun while lying on the deck of your sailing yacht with your friends or family.

Enjoy the amazing view of Barcelona’s skyline away from the busy city. As the night falls, the city turns into one big party you don’t want to miss. Wild rhythms of flamenco can be heard on the streets, jazz music from basements, indie rock from concert halls. As a real Barcelona citizen, dine in one of the numerous tapas bars and seafood restaurants filled with delicacies. Due to its great position in the western Mediterranean, Barcelona is a perfect starting point to sail to the Balearic Islands.

IBIZA

An island of two halves – the party capital of the worldand a quiet cultural and natural beauty –  Ibiza is a place you have to visit in your lifetime. Sail from Ibiza and you will experience the island in the best possible way. Party like crazy (if that’s your thing) in Europe’s best nightclubs in San Antonio or Playa d’en Bossa. Enjoy the amazing sunsets on the terrace of the famous Cafe Del Mar and feel the Balearic vibe. For a more relaxed Ibiza experience, visit the more peaceful north and northeast of the island. You will find many beautiful and hidden coves there. Sail to the neighbouring and unspoilt island, Formentera, on your boat or catamaran. Both Islands are covered in pine trees and are called the Pine Islands. Big parts of the islands are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and you should visit at least some of them, such as the old part of Ibiza Town or the remains of the first Phoenician settlement at Sa Caleta.