Sailboat Beneteau Oceanis 411 · 2000
La Lonja Marina, Palma, Spain
- Captain optional
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Spend your next sailing holiday exploring the stunning calas and long sandy beaches that surround the coastline of the Spanish island of Mallorca. Whether you are looking for some great parties, family-friendly fun or a chance to get away from it all, chartering a yacht in Mallorca is the best way to experience this beautiful island in the Balearics.
When thinking about Mallorca, you might only think about the infamous parties in Palma, but there is much more to discover here. Hike in incredible nature, sail to hidden grottos and caves and soak in the sun on remote beaches.
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With a huge array of bars and clubs to choose from, you will have a fun night in Mallorca while on your sailing vacation.
Mallorca is blessed with a rich history that you can still discover today. The first human settlements found on the island date back to 5000 years ago. After periods of being ruled by the Phoenicians and the Carthages, the Romans also ruled over the island for a period of time. To this day Roman ruins can be discovered on the island, bringing history to life. Ruled by both Christians and Muslims in the Middle Ages, you can still find many buildings from this era. Visit the Arab Baths of Palma de Mallorca which date back to the 11th century and are stunning remains of the Arab rule over the island. Many of the churches like the Catedral de Mallorca and the Santuari De Sant Salvador are stunning buildings showing Mallorca’s Catholic history.
As mentioned previously, the first humans arrived in Mallorca in 3000 BC. Like many places that have been inhabited for thousands of years, Mallorca is also a place filled with myths and legends. One of them is the story of the Legend of the Virgin of Portals Vells. Genoese sailors almost drowned in a storm before they swore to the Virgin Mary that they would build her a place of worship if they made it out of the storm alive. Miraculously this is what happened and the sailors kept their word, building her an altar. The locals tried multiple times to bring the image of the virgin Mary to another place, but she mysteriously always found her way back to her original place of worship. On a final occasion, in 1866, she was placed in a church near Portals Nous which was just newly built. This time the locals succeeded and the virgin Mary stayed. Pay her a visit if you want to see the piece that makes the story of this legend.
Summer produces steady thermal wind. A gentle breeze that is present for most of the day makes Mallorca the perfect sailing destination. On a pleasant summer day, the wind speed is low, with a high of around 10 knots. However, this can change drastically in winter when wind speeds can be significantly higher. If you’re a novice sailor, it’s a great idea to rent a yacht in Mallorca, as the largely temperate conditions are perfect for practicing.
Sailing in winter is still possible although winds are a little less predictable. Staying in the bay areas will provide protection from strong gusts. The secluded bays also ensure that swells are minimal in this area. In general, swells tend to be low, around 0.5m, but storms or other shifts in the weather can see them change quickly, sometimes with little notice in advance.
The best time to sail in Mallorca is between April and October. Fly to Palma de Mallorca Airport to start your sailing adventure.
Renting a boat in Mallorca doesn’t have to break the bank, but the costs can vary depending on the time of the year, the amount of people sailing, the size and age of the boat, etc. On average it costs just 54 EUR per person per day to rent a RIB in Spain. Rent a sailboat at an average price of 68 EUR per person per day and a speedboat for 85 EUR per person per day. Renting a catamaran or motorboat in Spain comes at a higher price. To rent a catamaran will cost you 111 EUR on average per person per day. To rent a motorboat will come at an average price of 179 EUR per person per day.
It all depends on the type of boat holiday you want to experience while sailing in Mallorca. Do you want to rent a yacht with your friends to party for a week or discover the natural beauty of the island and go at a slower pace? Or would you like to try sailing, because you just got your boat licence? Whatever the purpose of your sailing holiday, the boat should match your needs.
Pros of renting a catamaran in Mallorca
Catamarans are known for their shallow drafts, making them perfect for sailing in shallow waters. Charter a catamaran in Mallorca if you want to discover remote beaches like Cala Platja & Sa Calobra or Caló des Moro which can be best reached by boat. With a catamaran you are able to anchor closer to the shore and enjoy the hidden natural gems of Mallorca up close.
Another advantage of renting a catamaran in Mallorca is the fact that it’s standing on two hulls, creating extra stability and comfort while sailing. This also allows catamarans to have more space - on deck and when it comes to the cabins. It will almost feel like a hotel room on water. As there are many bays where you can keep safe from the wind, you won’t even feel the boat shaking too much.
One of our favourites is the Catamaran Lagoon 42 which is available to rent in Palma. Offering space for a maximum of 12 guests in modern cabins, you even get wifi on board the boat.
Cons of renting a catamaran in Mallorca
One of the downsides of renting a catamaran can be the size. As the marinas become quite busy during high season, it will become more difficult to find a spot for mooring - especially with larger catamarans. This can also mean a higher price for mooring at the marinas. Instead, we would recommend you to find a quiet spot in a hidden bay to anchor for the night.
Pros of renting a sailboat in Mallorca
One of the advantages of renting a sailboat in Mallorca is the fact that the engine is the wind. No extra fuel needed when heading out into the Mediterranean sea. As the winds are not as strong as in other spots of the Mediterranean, Mallorca is the perfect location for beginners.
In ideal wind conditions you can even sail to one of the other Balearic islands Menorca or Ibiza. This will make for a fantastic trip to test out your sailing skills.
One of our favourite sailboats in Mallorca is Sailboat Beneteau Oceanis 411 which is even equipped with solar panels. It is available to rent at the La Lonja Marina in Palma. Up to 10 people can sleep on the boat, making it the perfect water vessel for a sailing adventure with friends. The rustic interior design is screaming ‘vacation’ and you will relax immediately.
Cons of renting a sailboat in Mallorca
One of the downsides of renting a sailboat in Mallorca is also one its advantages. As the winds in and around Mallorca are not as strong as in other parts of the Mediterranean, it might happen that the wind stops blowing, leaving you stuck in the middle of your sailing trip. If you just have a week to sail around the island, it can leave you extremely frustrated, because you might not get to see everything you planned on seeing.
Another disadvantage of sailboats can be the lack of space. As the deck needs to be equipped with all kinds of things to ensure a safe and smooth sailing adventure, it doesn’t leave much room on deck to relax. This also goes for the cabin size. You definitely don’t rent a sailboat for its comfort.
If you go to Mallorca to explore the natural wonders, amazing bays and remote beaches, a sailboat might not be your best choice either. Due to its keel, it can be difficult and even dangerous to sail in shallow waters.
Pros of renting a motorboat in Mallorca
One of the advantages of renting a motorboat in Mallorca i s the speed. Motorboats are often faster than other types of water vehicles, making them the perfect choice to explore the island. Even though you might just have a week to explore, a motorboat makes it possible to explore many different spots in just a day.
Similarly to catamarans, motorboats don’t have a keel, making them a great choice for sailing in shallow waters and exploring the hidden bays and beaches of Mallorca.
Unlike sailboats, motorboats offer a lot more space on deck. You get to use the space to sunbathe or just relax with a good book on deck. One of our favourite motorboats to rent in Mallorca is the Motorboat Sea Ray 400 Sundancer which is available for bookings in Puerto de Andratx on the west coast of the island. A beautiful well-maintained interior offers enough space for up to 11 people, making it the perfect water vessel for a sailing vacation with a group of friends.
Cons of renting a motorboat in Mallorca
One of the downsides of renting a motorboat in Mallorca is the fact that motorboats need fuel - a lot if you want to explore the island super fast. With the ever increasing fuel prices, you might end up with an additional juicy bill on your vacation.
Charter a luxury yacht in Mallorca if you want to experience the sailing holiday of your dreams. Mallorca is, of course, known to be a party island - especially among the Germans and the English. This means that it is also the perfect destination to splurge if you can afford it. Rent a luxury yacht in Mallorca to enjoy a sailing holiday without lacking the amenities you would find in a hotel - and much more. Motorboat Mangusta 108 is a luxury yacht that will make your dream come true. Its clean and modern interior is perfect for those who love luxury. The spacious deck leaves enough space to dine under stars or under the roof of the deck - the choice is yours. During the day you can sunbathe or take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters.
Anyone operating a boat in Spain that is longer than 5 metres needs to possess a valid boat licence, the same goes for anyone who wants to operate a sailboat that is more than 6 metres long and any boat that drives at more than 15hp. If a boat is smaller than that and less powerful, you can drive a boat without a boat licence during the day as long as there is light.
The so-called Licencia de Navegación allows you to operate boats that are not longer than 6 metres, but you can only go up to two miles away from the coast.
No licence doesn’t mean you cannot rent a boat in Mallorca and renting a boat with a skipper is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to relax on their sailing trip. Renting a boat with a skipper has the advantage that you don’t need to worry about anything while sailing.
Explore the many towns, villages and idyllic beach hideaways at your own pace. You can easily navigate the whole island on a weeklong sailing holiday
You can choose to travel west stopping first in the chic Port Andratx as you make your way up the western and northern coast of Mallorca. Head east to make your first stop in San Rapita, home to Mallorca’s famous nude beach, Es Trenc.
Some other fantastic spots to anchor in Mallorca include Alcudia, Soller, Porto Christo, Cala d’Or, Cala Agulla and Cala Ratjada.
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