Mallorca with its 555km of coastline makes a good two week (or longer) cruise so unless you have the time don't count on seeing it all in one trip. The beauty of sailing around Mallorca is that you will experience an excellent variety of landscapes and a wide choice of places to stop off. You'll be able to admire dramatic mountains that plunge into the sea, shallow turquoise waters, long natural beaches bordered by dunes, natural parks and idyllic coves with their secluded beaches.
Whether you want to charter a boat for a day, a week or even months, you'll find you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picking one suitable for your individual needs, on Bluebnc.com you will find sailing yachts, motor yachts, catamarans and speedboats of all different shapes and sizes. Here is a guide with 4 very easy steps to renting a boat in Mallorca this summer.
1. Decide which area or areas you'd like to visit
The southwest, centred around Palma, is relatively densely populated and has a natural combination of anchorages and marinas and some beautiful calas as Portals Vells below.
The north-west facing coast is beautiful and mountainous, with just one port of call - Soller and its Marina Tramontana, and beatifuls Spots as Sa foradada below.
The quiet north-east coast is attractive, with anchorages and a marina. Two deeply indented large bays, Pollensa and Alcudia, are flanked by mountainous ridges as Formentor below.
The south east facing coast is the most attractive cruising ground, drilled with calas (coves) and sandy beaches as Es Carbo.
2. Choose a starting point from the list of Main Charter marinas below
Palma harbour is the yachting centre for the Balearics, dense with marina berths, large super-yachts and big motor cruisers. You will find different Marinas as:
La Lonja Marina Charter
Real Club Nautico de Palma
Marina Palma Cuarentena
Pantalan del Mediterraneo
Club de Mar
Puerto Portals is the most prestigious nautical and leisure complex of the Mediterranean. Just 10 km from Palma, Puerto Portals has more than 670 moorings from 8 to 60 meters in length and an exclusive shopping area with a varied complementary offer of great quality: Restaurants, cafes, boutiques, nautical companies, jewellers and real estates, among others. There are may boats available for Hire in Puerto Portals, from 7 metres sport boats available for day charter to luxury motor yachts available for crewed charters. Puerto Portals offers a great selection of boats for rent.
Designed by Philippe Starck is one of the most modern marinas in the Mediterranean and an exceptional base for superyachts. Port Adriano offers the widest selection of Boats for Rent, from Sports Boats for day charter to Luxury Motor Yachts for weekly charters.
One of the best and most spectacular natural ports in the Mediterranean, an old fishing port, there are boats available for charter with or without skipper, and you can also hire boats without a license.
Port de Soller is the only port on the NW coast, located in one of the most charming valleys of the Island, perfect starting point to discover the north coast of Mallorca in one of the many boats available now for rent, hire or charter.
Alcudia is a strategic infrastructure for Mallorca. Its location in the north of the island (03°08’E-39°49’N) makes this port a safe haven for all types of sporting, recreational and fishing boats of all lengths and conditions, there are boats available for charter with or without skipper, and you can also rent boats without a license. In Alcudiamar you can rent a boat and discover the northern coast of Mallorca.
A natural port in a Cala with a little touristy diversion. We're suckers for these things. Try a guided tour around the Coves del Drac (Dragon's Caves) where classical musicians punt around an underground lake to entertain you.
3. Decide your dates
The sea breeze around the coast of Mallorca is normally very reliable and the summer thermal winds provide a steady stream throughout the day. The coast receives an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, with prevailing winds coming from the north-west, so south-east regions tend to be warmer and drier. Many of the bays are well protected, ensuring dangerous swells are kept away from the shore. During the winter months, some of these bays remain sheltered by the mountains, especially around Port de Pollença and Port d’Alcúdia thanks to the protection from the Formentor point. However, some calas are very open, allowing waves and swells to pass in easily.
Then anytime between March and October is an excellent time to get on a boat and discover Mallorca.
4. Book your Boat
Once you know the number of people you plan on taking on the boat, the amount of time you want it for and whether you require a skipper or not (note that, if you don't have a qualified captain amongst your party, you will need one). Then visit Bluebnc.com to see the different options or keep on reading:
Sailing is more of a sport and operating a sailboat is a part of the experience with a sailing yacht. Therefore, they are the preferred choice for those who are interested in an authentic sailing experience. While these boats have motors to aid them, there is nothing quite as romantic as gliding through the water with the sails up and the engines off. Sailing yacht charters tend to be the cheaper choice and fuel costs are also lower than when chartering a motor yacht.
Motor yachts are the more glamorous option for holidaymakers keen to explore the island in comfort. It’s more about space, luxury and speed on motor yachts and they are definitely preferred by those who want to discover as much of Mallorca's coastline as possible.
Bareboat charter is for those who have a qualified skipper in their group, who can sail the boat and instruct others to act as crew. He/she will need to produce an International Certificate of Competence - an equivalent to the RYA Day Skipper qualification. It is worth noting that boats with a length of up to 5 metres (16 ft) and a maximum performance of 15 HP can be driven without a skipper license. These boats are not allowed to drive further than 2 NM from the homeport or the coast and can only be chartered for day cruises. For anything larger than this, a boat license is required.
When no one in your group knows how to sail, and you want to charter a larger boat, you need to take a skippered yacht and possibly crewed, depending on the size of the vessel. On a skippered boat, you can take advantage of the local knowledge the skipper will have as there are a lot of choices when it comes to places to sail to in Mallorca.
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