Join us for an authentic sailing experience
Join us for an authentic sailing experience
Join us for an authentic sailing experience
Set sail for a holiday full of life and party aboard a rental boat
There is no doubt that Spain is one amazing boat destination, as it offers the best of both worlds for a sailing charter holiday: life and fiesta, but also relax and peace. With more than 6000km of coast, many are the possibilities you can find if you decide to live a full-week long yacht charter in this country. Whether you feel like joining the party, practising water sports or relaxing away in a sheltered bay, each coastal area has its distinct, strong character and all your travelling expectations will be met! Rent a catamaran, sailboat or motorboat in Spain and be ready for an explosion of colour and flavours and beautiful views!
Located in Southern Europe, this vibrant country boasts a wide range of different cultures and landscapes from North to South, including the islands both in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. With a private charter boat around Spain, you will find from glittering white beaches to dramatic black sand shores, to rocky bays, unspoiled caves, small fishing villages, cities bursting with life, lovely beach bars, upscale restaurants... and much more! You will realise that moving about with a rented boat is the best idea, and you will have also the option to sail with a professional skipper if you desire!
Spain sailing boat charter Guide
Although the number of places to visit and things to do in Spain may seem enormous, a boat charter holiday will be the perfect option to experience and discover all the treasures with a total feeling of freedom and independence. Just think of what kind of sailing vacation you want to live and which are your preferences! It is also very decisivie to know what kind of yacht charter you desire. But if you are still not clear which plan will suit you best, do not worry! Our experienced team will help you clarify your sailing doubts and help you organise your so dreamed boating rent!
Therefore, if you are in need of some inspiration, a piece of advice, or just a list of places you cannot miss during your yacht charter in Spain... Keep reading this brief list of recommendations we have prepared for you! Get ready to explore the beauty of this land in one of the best ways: a full week-long boat charter vacation!
What to see in Spain when you are on your rental boat
Spain perfectly combines coast destinations with cultural or natural visit options. With a long history and European and Arab influences, there is a great architectural heritage to know, from the Alhambra in Granada to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Throughout the year there are festivals in various cities that are cultural heritage, such as Easter, Carnival, San Fermin or the Fallas. But one of the biggest attractions in Spain is the beach, thanks to good weather and the infrastructure of a country that lives devoted to tourism. From north to south, there are different options for everyone. From overcrowded long sandy beaches, for those who prefer animation, to hidden rock coves for the greatest tranquility where you can enjoy your experience on a rental boat.
The best beaches in Spain to visit during your boat charter
This country is formed by a peninsula surrounded almost entirely by water and two main archipelagos, the Balearics and the Canaries, so the beaches in Spain are endless. The various seas surrounding the peninsula and the Spanish climate and landscape diversity supply Spain with a wealth of very different beaches for all tastes, and boat rentals in Spain will allow you to know them all. The ones bathed by the Atlantic usually have colder water, and in the Mediterranean, there are a lot of sandy and several kilometres long beaches. Below there are detailed some of the best beaches in Spain.
- Ses Illetes
Ses Illetes beach is on the island of Formentera, in the Balearic Islands. Travellers have considered it the best in Spain and one of the best in Europe and the world recently. It is located in the north of the island.
Bolonia beach is on Tarifa, Cadiz. It is almost four kilometers long and is of fine sand and high dunes at some points. Usually there it blows a strong wind, making it one of the best beaches in Spain for surfing and windsurfing.
- Las Catedrales (As Catedrais)
Known as As Catedrais (The Cathedrals), Carricelas or Aguas Santas, this beach is in Ribadeo, Galicia. Usually it has a lot of affluence in both summer and winter because it is a natural monument of great beauty. It consists of rock cliffs and vegetation, various caves and small strips of sand, which are accessible only at low tide.
Cala Macarella and his little sister Macarelleta are movie beaches. Not surprisingly, Macarelleta was the filming location of a popular Spanish beer commercial in 2010. The Mediterranean stamp that they both offer is wonderful. Small white sand beaches and crystalline waters, all surrounded by lush green vegetation. Both are ideal for approaching by sea, so boat charters in Menorca are the best choice to access them.
What to eat in Spain?
The cuisine of Spain is based on the Mediterranean diet. It is healthy, complete and tasty. It is also very varied because of the different landscapes, climates and cultures in the country. The olive oil is present everywhere, and it is used for cook or dress many dishes, both raw and cooked. There are excellent quality vegetables and local fruits, seafood from the coast and meat.
Beyond the well-known paella, each area of Spain has its own star dishes like Galician octopus, the Madrilenian stew, Andalusian gazpacho, Canarian wrinkly potatoes or Catalan bread with tomato. To make a good meal and try a little of everything, tapas are highly recommended.
In recent years, the cuisine of Spain has gained international renown for its chefs and restaurants that have won numerous awards. Ferran Adrià was the best chef in the world for several years, when he was running the restaurant El Bulli. Now El Celler de Can Roca in Girona and Mugaritz and Arzak in San Sebastian fight for the top places in the list of the best restaurants that writes each year the Restaurant magazine.
Climate and sailing conditions in Spain
- Boating season
As usual in the Mediterranean, the best time to enjoy your boat charter in Spain is between May and October, when temperatures are higher, rainfall is at its minimum and the wind blows with less intensity. It is more comfortable to sail during these months, but boat rentals in Spain are available all-year long and in autumn and winter there are enough sunlight hours to enjoy the sea.
The temperature in Spain varies substantially from north to south and from coast to the inner areas, as well as in the Canary Islands. The Mediterranean coast rarely reaches average temperatures over of 25 degrees Celsius in summer, while the Atlantic is around 20 in August. Winter temperatures are mild near the sea, approaching 10 degrees Celsius on the north coast and with higher temperatures in the Mediterranean area. In the Canary Islands there is a moderate climate all year round, with temperatures that often are between 20 and 30 degrees.
The North Coast is the rainiest area in Spain, highlighting particularly Galicia and the Basque Country. Autumn is the rainiest season in Spain. In the Mediterranean coast usually it rains less as we go south, and in consequence the landscape becomes more arid. In summer on the Mediterranean coast there are just a few rainy days.
- Sea temperature
The temperature of the sea in Spain also varies by region, being colder in the Atlantic and the Cantabrian than in the Mediterranean. The water in the north of the Mediterranean coast exceeds 25 degrees in midsummer and the Costa del Sol average temperature is 28 degrees, reached in August. In the Canary Islands the water temperature does not usually go below 20 degrees on average. In the Bay of Biscay in summer the sea is around 20 and in winter it can drop to about 11 degrees.
Like the other climatic characteristics, the wind varies in Spain depending on the area. In the Mediterranean, one of the main winds is the Levante, east, reaching its highest speed near the Strait of Gibraltar. The west wind in this area softens winter temperatures but also increases them in summer. In the Atlantic and the Cantabrian this wind drags storms along the coast. The Tramontane, north, blows strongly in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. The Canaries have the dominated the trade winds constantly blowing from east and northeast.
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