As the largest of the Balearics, it's not difficult to see why so many see Mallorca as an idyllic island paradise, with perfect year round sailing conditions. Already known for its beach resorts and sheltered coves, there are many hidden secrets that you will miss if you never traverse the island in a sailboat, from hidden beaches to hidden towns, all only easily accessible by boat. When hiring a sailboat in Mallorca, you must also sample some local food and take the opportunity to go island hopping while only a short distance from a large number of prime sailing destinations.
The cost of hiring a sailboat in Mallorca is dependent on many different factors including, how long you want to sail for, where in Mallorca you want to go, how many people will be traveling, and even the season. In general, though, you should expect to pay anywhere from £599 per week.
No, you don’t need to hire a sailboat with a skipper in Mallorca as you can find sailboats available to hire either with or without a crew. However, if you plan on hiring without a skipper, you will need to look into the legislation regarding boating licences, as for sailboats longer than 19.69 feet or those which have an engine power of more than 15 horsepower, you will need a licence for a bareboat charter.
Bareboat hires are perfect for those who are already experienced sailors and want the freedom to explore the area as they choose. However, for people who don’t have the necessary licence, hiring with a skipper is the perfect opportunity to see a little more of Mallorca from a different perspective, with the expert input of someone who really knows the area.
Mallorca’s weather changes a lot depending on the season. In general, temperatures stay between 4.44-30.56°C, with the hottest recorded temperatures usually being in August, and the coldest in January, when the average is just 5°C. The coldest water temperatures usually occur in February, when they are around 13.89°C on average, but they shoot up to around 26.11°C in August
Mallorca’s rainfall is highest in November, when levels are around 2.2 cm, but drop down to just 0.3 cm of rain in July. The windiest month is December, when the average hourly wind speed is around 12.9 kmph but these wind speeds die down to just 7.5 kmph in July, Mallorca’s calmest month.
In general, although the summer months see better weather, it is actually best to go to Mallorca during the spring. In the summer, many tourists struggle with the high temperatures and humidity levels and given that this is the time when most people go on holiday, the beaches are crowded and the boat prices often a little expensive. During spring and also the early autumn, not only is the weather usually a little more bearable, but the beaches are emptier and the boat prices usually lower.
Mallorca is full of amazing places where you can take your sailboat. Given the plethora of different options, it can be difficult to decide exactly where you want to go, so we’ve made a list of our top picks:
Some of the most popular harbours and marinas that are most likely to accommodate all your needs are:
Mallorca is simply full of places that you must visit. Although it’s unlikely you’ll have a chance to see all of them in one trip, we recommend that you try to see as many as possible and here are a list of our favourites that we are sure you will enjoy: