Thanks to it’s approximately 5,000 miles of breathtaking coastline to explore and over 320 unique marinas, it’s obvious that Spain is an unmatched paradise for sailors of all experience levels. Just imagine sailing your own vessel through the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, stopping along the way to relax on captivating beaches in the Balearic Islands, or perhaps sailing the same challenging course that was taken by America’s Cup in spectacular Valencia, Spain. Then there’s the northern Galicia region, definitely worth exploring or dropping anchor in Barcelona to check out the many impressive cultural attractions. Whether you’re an experienced yachtsman or a novice sailor, with just a bit planning, you’ll experience a yachting holiday you’ll never forget.
Novice Sailing Destinations
Barcelona is the perfect yachting destination for novice sailors. Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, there are a number of yacht charter companies that cater to visitors who don’t have a lot of sailing experience. Sailing in the Barcelona vicinity presents exceptional views of its most impressive landmarks, including the renowned Sagrada Familia cathedral. You’ll also want to make time to stop by the Olympic Marina, constructed during the Olympic Games, for a delicious meal, followed by sunbathing on one of the many beautiful Barcelona’s beaches.
Best Locations for Swimming and Sunbathing
Beside Barcelona, other great places to relax on the beaches and swim are the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera, located in the western Mediterranean Sea. There are several tranquil, coves to stop by along the way during the day and as evening sets in you can return to the harbor and enjoy a wonderful meal followed by a night full of partying in Palma or Ibiza. Thanks to the almost year round moderate climate, the area is ideal for sailing.
Skilled sailors should sail to Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, where the conditions are a sailor’s dream and the only European city to ever host the America’s Cup. Because of the level landscape that doesn’t obstruct the wind and the year round sun drenched climate, the breezes are ideal for sailing. Valencia’s port was refurbished in 2007 ( for the America’s Cup), a renovation that included building a wall between the sailing venues and the commercial port to keep the water’s pristine.
Off the Beaten Path Sailing Destinations
There are a lot of great places along Spain’s coastline for sailor’s who appreciate “off the beaten path” sailing, however Galicia, in Northern Spain along the Atlantic coast is one of the best with its untouched beaches and pristine coastlines.
Most regions of Spain are great for sailing between May and October however, if you’re planning on chartering a yacht in July and August, you’ll need to book your charter at least 6 months ahead of time to ensure that you have access to the yacht or sailboat of your choice. If you reserve your yacht during the winter for a summer holiday, you’ll find that quite a few charter companies offer discounts. In addition, make sure you have all the necessary documentation in place in advance and charter a yacht or sailboat that comfortably fits your budget. On the other hand, you only live once so if it’s doable, there’s nothing like exploring Spain’s magnificent coastline in a luxury yacht.