Beautiful coastlines, vibrant cultures, historic architecture and sublime cuisine – welcome to luxury yacht charter in Spain and her islands! Whether you want to book a bareboat or skippered charter on the Costa Blanca, a luxury motor yacht rental with friends in Ibiza or a honeymoon sailing holiday taking in secluded coves in Mallorca, 212 Yachts can introduce you to the best of Spain on the water.
Why charter a yacht in Spain
Spain is one of the cultural centres of Europe with historical links to Ancient Rome, the Visigoths and Moors resulting in an eclectic destination with beautiful Gothic and Moorish architecture, traditions such as flamenco and bull-fighting and delicious food.
A popular destination, Spain has good accessibility with airline links to its international airports and an extensive coastline for berthing and anchorages.
The landscape varies from arid desert plateaus to picturesque calas (bays) and pine forests overhanging sheer cliffs.
Chartering a yacht in Spain allows you to experience modern cities or quaint fishing ports; bustling resort towns or off-the-beaten path nature experiences – whatever interests you, you’re sure to find it in Spain and her islands.
Best places to charter a yacht in Spain
We understand that renting a luxury yacht in Spain can be a minefield of research and information, so below you’ll find a brief overview of our most popular Spain yacht charter locations.
Please do contact us today if you have any further questions – we’d love to show you why Spain is more than just sangria and siestas!
Luxury Yacht Charter in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of Spain’s vibrant cities and an appealing place to visit with excellent public areas, amazing architecture and great nightlife.
Since the 1992 Olympic Games, much of the city was regenerated including the beaches and public zones with sculptures.
Charter guests will find the metro and public transport makes everything accessible from the Olympic Port or OneOcean Port Vell including shopping and restaurants.
212 Yacht’s suggestions for things to see and do in Barcelona :
- Head to one of Barcelona’s beaches (such as Barceloneta, Nova Icaria or Bogatell) for sun bathing, water sports or a snack from the chiringuitos (beach shacks).
- Check out spectacular museums including the Picasso Museum, Joan Miró Foundation or Museu Naçional d’Art de Catalunya
- Stroll from OneOcean Port Vell to Plaça de Catalunya along tree-lined Las Ramblas with bars, restaurants, shopping and street performers
- Discover Antoni Gaudi’s creations -Parc Güell with mosaics and sculptures and the iconic Cathedral Sagrada Familia, one of Barcelona’s top tourist attractions
- Buy some anchovies, Jamón ibérico or buñuelos (salt cod fritters) at the gigantic La Boqueria Food Market
- Watch world-class sports events like the Barcelona Open (part of the ATP500 World Tour for tennis) or football at Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona
As well as Barcelona, Tarragona located just over an hour from Barcelona is another option where you can rent a private yacht from Port Tarraco.
Private Yacht Charter in the Balearic Islands
The Balearics are one of the most popular cruising and sailing destinations in the Western Mediterranean and offer a constrast from mainland Spain.
The main islands of Mallorca (Majorca), Ibiza and Menorca (Minorca) appeal for their differing cultures, scenery and atmospheres for novices or seasoned charterers.
Ideal for relaxing getaways or rejuvenating vacations, a luxury yacht charter in the Balearic Islands is a chance to discover unspoilt coves and pretty anchorages, traditional fishing ports, superb restaurants and fantastic nightlife.
Yacht Charter in Mallorca (Majorca)
The largest island in the Balearics archipelago, Mallorca has protected moorings, good shopping and ample facilities for yacht charterers. It is a popular base for day charters to Cabrera Island, a natural park.
The capital city Palma de Mallorca, known simply as Palma is worth exploring – the Gothic cathedral La Seu is magical illuminated at night and there is a diverse range of restaurants and bars from seafood tabernas to tapas restaurants and chic wine bars. Try the establishments on the Paseo Maritimo, dine on fresh seafood at Ca’n Manolo and don’t miss sampling local cuisine such as lomo (pork loin), sobrassada sausages, Mallorcan fish stew or ensaimada (sweet cakes with icing sugar).
Palma harbour has a number of marinas with close proximity to the city. Other ports with high demand are Puerto Portals where it is well serviced for yachting and the trendy Philippe Starck-designed Port Adriano situated 20 minutes west of Palma, an excellent marina with shopping and restaurants.
Once ashore, we recommend visiting Deia or enjoying the great outdoors in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, popular for hiking and mountain biking.
Yacht Charter in Ibiza
Ibiza has stunning beaches, great markets and World Heritage-listed sites, but it is best known for its nightlife. While there’s no shortage of beach restaurants, pumping nightclubs or lounge bars Ibiza has more than just entertainment for yacht charter guests.
Walk up to the whitewashed church Puig de Missa for views over Santa Eulalia before stopping for a sundowner at Nikki Beach. Go snorkelling at Cala Xarraca or Punta Galera.
Santa Eulalia is good for families, Puerto San Miguel is popular with couples and if you’re looking for the best parties you should go to Ibiza Town, Playa en Bossa and San Antonio.
We recommend watching the sun set in San Antonio at Cafe Mambo or the famous Cafe del Mar; if you happen to be there in August you’re in for a great time with a fireworks display for the Fiesta of St Bartholomew.
Of course, Ibiza is famous for hosting the world’s best DJ’s so join the crowds at the top superclubs in Ibiza such Amnesia, Eden, Pacha, Privilege, Space and Ushuaia.
Renting A Boat in Menorca (Minorca)
Quieter than Ibiza or Mallorca, Menorca has postcard-perfect coves rimmed by pine forests, Bronze Age ruins and more beaches than Ibiza and Mallorca combined. As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve it has stunning natural beauty and is popular with bird watchers who visit the Albufera wetlands.
The Old Ciutadella has a beautiful cathedral and sandstone mansions and is a pretty town to step ashore to dine on caldereta de langosta, the island’s signature dish of lobster casserole. To work off a hearty meal, there are plenty of walking trails along the coastal path ‘Camí de Cavalls.‘ Charter guests often book extended itineraries that include Menorca and one of the busier Balearic islands or the Spanish mainland.
Luxury Boat Rental for Formentera and Espalmador
Popular for day charters, Formentera and Espalmador are the definition of escapism. Mostly uninhabited, yachts will find unspoilt beaches (most are naturist) and pleasant locations to go hiking, cycling or bird watching. You’ll find plenty of places to drop anchor in the clear turquoise water such as Cala Saona or Calo des Mort.
Yacht Charter in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are an archipelago and autonomous community of Spain, located around 100 kilometres from the Moroccan coast. The climate is sub-tropical and agreeable for most of the year; even winter is popular (especially New Year holidays in the Canary Islands) and each of the islands has its own character.
Tenerife has diverse beaches, resorts and excellent family-friendly attractions such as Siam Park water park and Loro Parque. Outdoor activities vary from hiking in the Teide National Park to canyoning to Jeep safaris or golf.
Gran Canaria is known for it’s black lava and white sand beaches and great duty free shopping. Lanzarote has a volcanic landscape where you can go cycling, book a guided walk in the Timanfaya National Park or quench your thirst at one of the island’s wineries or the clifftop Mirador del Río bar where the drinks are somewhat secondary to the amazing panoramic views. Fuerteventura has sandy beaches and is excellent for water sports, particularly scuba diving and windsurfing.
Other Yacht Charter Destinations in Spain
The Costa Brava : With rugged coastlines and an off-the-beaten track vibe, hiring a boat on the Costa Brava is an adventure. Moor in the bays of Sa Tuna or Aiguafreda, go diving in the Medes Islands then cruise or sail to Barcelona. If venturing ashore, you can play a round of golf or visit the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat.
The Costa Blanca : Book a luxury yacht in vibrant Valencia, a city with good proximity to the Balearics and a vast history of Moorish culture and sailing. Or base yourself in Denia between Valencia and Alicante where maritime life is part of the town’s heritage whether its for ferries, fishing or private yachts.
When to charter a luxury yacht in Spain, the Balearics or Canaries
The Spanish yacht charter season falls between April and October, with high season being July and August. The shoulder seasons (April-May and September-October) are ideal times to book a yacht charter as the crowds thin and the weather is still pleasant. Spain’s climate is exceptional ; you can enjoy water sports such as wind surfing for longer seasons or dine al fresco on your aft deck in autumn.
Spain hosts many lively fiestas and events throughout the year and clients book their charter to coincide with them. Top Spanish festivals and events are :
- Three Kings Celebrations, Palma (5-6 January)
- La Tamborrada, San Sebastian (19 January)
- Olympic Sailing Week, Barcelona (March)
- Las Fallas, Valencia (March)
- Holy Week (Semana Santa), Seville (Easter)
- Palma Superyacht Show (late April-early May)
- Fiesta de San Isidro, Madrid (May)
- Running of the Bulls, Pamplona (July)
- San Sebastian Jazz Festival (3rd week of July)
- La Tomatina (Tomato Festival), Buñol (August)
4 Top Tips For Booking A Luxury Yacht Charter in Spain
Decide what type of yacht you’d like
The range of yachts available vary from catamarans and bareboat sailing yachts to skippered luxury motor yachts and crewed superyachts, so research the type you’d like to charter.
Choose your destination
Spain is incredibly diverse. Research your desired destination to see if it matches your needs – perhaps you want proximity to coastal cities with lots of sightseeing, or you prefer to venture to remote beaches and calas with less amenities. 212 Yachts can suggest charter itineraries that cover everything you like.
Consider the yacht charter expenses as a whole
Luxury yacht rental in Spain is a unique experience and a great way to incorporate costs for travel between destinations, accommodation or event hosting on board. Your yacht charter broker will advise you about exclusions and inclusions such as fuel, provisioning, crew requirements etc dependent on your choice of yacht, needs and budget.
Use a reputable yacht charter company
A professional yacht charter broker does more than source the best price for your Spanish or Mediterranean yacht charter. Their expertise is invaluable for on-the-ground working knowledge of new yachts, taking care of paperwork and understanding maritime insurance, regulations and laws.
212 Yachts can arrange Spanish day charters, week-long sailing holidays or longer yacht charters with crewed superyachts in Spain. If you would like to book a family yacht charter with children, a luxury motor yacht for a group of friends or a wedding or honeymoon charter we have the prior experience and inside knowledge to assist you with your yacht itinerary in Spain.
Contact 212 Yachts today to discuss your needs for your Spanish yacht charter.