Spain is a rich and diverse destination ideal for boating holidays. Enjoy wild untouched countryside, ancient sights, remarkable modern architecture, bustling cities and deserted bays. In Spain you’ll be spirited along with vibrant nightlife, sensual flamengo, delicious tapas and fragrant paella.
Spain just gets under your skin and on a yacht you can explore it in the most beautiful and adventurous way.
3+1 tips on where to go in Spain on a yacht
Spain is a truly diverse destination for yachtsmen. It boasts over five thousand kilometres of coastline and numerous islands and islets. As islands are further apart than in Croatia, it’s best to rent the boat for at least 14 days.
For lovers of unspoilt nature
The Balearic Islands are enchanting, with breathtaking natural scenery, beautiful harbours and deserted beaches. Particularly, be sure to visit the more remote island of Formentera. It is untouched, stunning and accessible only by boat. Formentera is renowned for its white sandy beaches, azure Caribbean-like sea, and pure tranquility. No wonder it’s called the last Mediterranean paradise.
In summer, the weather in Balearic Islands is relatively stable and suitable for less experienced sailors. But if the mistral blows, you’ll also enjoy the rush of adrenaline.
For experienced sea dogs
Yachting in Spanish waters around the Canary Islands is a whole different story. Here you will experience particularly demanding ocean yachting.
The route promising the most excitement is from Gran Canaria or Tenerife towards the three smaller islands absorbed by the wild Atlantic - La Palma, Gomera and Hierro. The islands are off the beaten track with wild and beautiful ocean-whipped terrain. It's an irresistible yachting challenge.
For lovers of architecture
The Catalan coast from Barcelona north to France called the Costa Brava (Wild Coast) will provide a good base for exploring architecture. Boat rental in Barcelona offers you a unique opportunity to discover a city full of Gaudí’s infamous modern architecture, monuments and bustling city life with street music and renowned tapas bars.
For lovers of diving and snorkelling
The Canary Islands captivate the heart of every sailor with a passion for diving. The average visibility is over 30 metres and the temperature doesn’t drop below 20°C in winter. Enjoy stunning dives between volcanic rocks and cliffs. The Atlantic is much more varied than the Mediterranean Sea, with shoals of colorful fish, giant shrimp, tuna, barracuda, moray and eels, octopuses and turtles all waiting to be discovered. You’ll may also encounter dolphins and even whales or mantas.
Diving in the nature and marine reserve around the island Lanzarote is a truly unforgettable experience. It stretches from the northwest coast to the islands of La Graciosa, Montaña Clara and Alegranza. Fishing is prohibited here and diving is subject to a special permit.
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