Luxury Yacht Charter Spain
Cruise from the buzzing European city of Barcelona to the stunning and diverse Balearic Islands on a luxury yacht charter in Spain. Explore the quaint fishing towns of Mallorca with cobbled streets and fresh, delicious food then enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Ibiza or the secluded anchorages in quiet bays of Formentera.
The archipelago has long been a popular cruising destination for those on a luxury yacht charter in Spain, with its year-round temperate climate paired with sandy beaches, clear water and diverse social scene attracting a global crowd of party-goers and peace-seekers alike.
Just a short overnight crossing away, through the Balearic Sea, Barcelona has emerged in recent years as a sophisticated cultural and gastronomical destination, from which you can tour nearby vineyards and dine at world-class restaurants as well as visit a wide variety of museums and art galleries.
And, with what is arguably the most luxurious superyacht marina in the world recently opening in the city, there’s never been a better time to rent a yacht in Spain.
What kind of experiences are there to enjoy on a luxury yacht charter in Spain?
Barcelona is a regular waypoint for the global jet set of all ages and tastes. With more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants and a world-renowned nightlife scene, it was voted Best Beach City in the World 2016 by National Geographic magazine. There is also a vibrant art and cultural scene to explore in Barcelona, from the colourful and quizzical Parc Guell to Gaudi’s world-famous Sagrada Família cathedral.
A luxury yacht charter to Ibiza doesn’t have to involve dancing the night away – unless you want it to! This stunning island is also home to incredible beaches, historic towns and uber-chic beach clubs. Ibiza Town, the island’s capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage site encompassed by medieval stone walls and overlooked by a stunning other-worldly fortress. There is also a bustling waterfront packed with atmospheric seafood restaurants and one-off boutiques. For a more relaxed vibe, head to the Es Cavallet, one of Ibiza’s most beautiful beaches, and enjoy a day at one of the hip beach clubs for fresh seafood, lounging in the sun and relaxation. If you prefer to get active, enjoy a hike along the cliffs above the Son Den Serra Bay followed by some yoga on the beach.
For a more relaxing luxury yacht charter in Spain altogether, explore Ibiza’s tranquil little sister Formentera, often compared to the Caribbean. With crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and a distinct lack of crowds, Formentera offers a welcome respite from the busier parts of the Mediterranean. Home to Playa Illetes, recently voted the best beach in Europe and number seven in the world, there is a superb choice of spectacular beaches on the island from which to choose. Explore the artisan’s market next to El Pilar de la Mola on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons during the summer. From unique jewellery to ceramics and sculptures, the market has something to offer those on the hunt for locally made items to take home.
When is the best time for a luxury yacht charter in Spain?
The perfect season for your luxury yacht charter in Spain and the Balearics falls between May and September, although with the weather and water in the Balearics staying warm until October, many choose to rent a yacht through Spain during the latter months of the year.
Temperatures in Barcelona and the Costa Brava range between highs of 22C (71F) in May to 29C (84F) in August. The sea temperature in June is usually around 21C (70F), peaking at 30C (86F) in August.
Temperatures in the Balearics range between highs of 22C (71F) in May to 27C (81F) in August. The sea temperature in June is usually around 21C (70F), peaking to 26C (79F) in August.
Where can you visit on a luxury yacht charter in Spain?
The most popular places for a luxury yacht charter in Spain are Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Barcelona and the Costa Brava. The Balearics Islands are one of the most popular charter destinations in the Mediterranean, and superyachts are able to operate in Spanish waters with a charter licence.
What are the major yachting ports in Spain?
Barcelona’s One Ocean Port Vell is a purpose-designed and built luxury superyacht marina with all the amenities and facilities for guests on a luxury yacht charter in Spain. Located in the heart of Barcelona, it has easy access to the numerous restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cultural hotspots of the cosmopolitan city.
In Ibiza Town, Marina Ibiza caters to superyachts of 60 metres and larger, with an onsite concierge service, a beach club for daytime activities and a number of restaurants and cafes. The marina is a stone’s throw from a number of major attractions in the town, including its famous nightclubs and casino. For larger superyachts visiting Ibiza Town, the Sovren Ibiza marina has capacity for vessels up to 185 metres.
Mallorca has a number of modern and convenient luxury yacht marinas. In Palma de Mallorca, the Club de Mar has capacity for large superyachts, while the Marina Moll Vell is located closest to Palma Town, presided over by its famous Gothic cathedral, and a short walk from La Lonja with its range of interesting shops and international restaurants.
To the west of the island, Port Adriano is a modern superyacht marina designed by Philippe Starck. With 11 restaurants and shops featuring high-end fashion brands, watches and jewellery and lifestyle, it has plenty to offer to guests who rent a yacht in Spain coming ashore. As well as a fitness suite for marina guests, Port Adriano has a range of water sports activities available, from stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking to jet skiing and sailing.