Sailing area : Balearic islands

Sailing area: Balearic islands

The Balearic islands form a group of islands in the Mediterranean to the east of the Spanish coastline, not far from Valencia. This archipelago comprises five main islands and few smaller islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Cabrera, Ibiza and Formentera.

Sailing in the Balearic Islands

The sailing basin is divided into two parts: the first, which includes Ibiza and Formentera, with 300 days of sunshine a year, a Mediterranean climate and south-easterly winds of about 15 knots, and a second eastern section with north-westerly winds. In the first zone, the northerly Tramontane wind blows from March to June and from September to October. It is replaced by warm winds in the summer around Ibiza and in the southern part of Mallorca. Western winds from the Gulf of Lions dominate in Mallorca. In the area around Mallorca, the winds are light in May and June and come from the sea in July and August. Departing from Palma, Coolsailing offers you the chance to visit Porto Colom, then Ibiza before heading to Minorca.

Places to visit

Before embarking for your cruise, we suggest you visit Palma De Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands which has become a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. Start by visiting the famous and very impressive Gothic cathedral of Palma which has the largest rose window in Spain. Then pay a visit to the village of Nuevo Pueblo Español where you will find recreations of various Spanish monuments, such as the Court of the Myrtles in Granada, the El Greco Museum (Toledo) and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca. Then, take the picturesque train to Soller, a small village in Palma between the sea and the mountains, perfect for snorkelling. In the evening, enjoy a horse-and-carriage ride in Palma (you will find some near the town centre), then spend some time in the many restaurants and end your evening watching a flamenco show!

Next, stop off in Porto Colom, the perfect place for relaxing in the sun. You will be able to swim and enjoy the sun with your children at the main beach of Cala Marcal, which is near the town centre, or at the other fine sand beaches: S’Arenal Gran and S’Arenal Petit, S’Algar cove (accessible only by boat), etc. Also, pay a visit to Hams Caves: you will find many stalactites and stalagmites there as well as an underground lake. Water sports enthusiasts will not be left out. Porto Colom is the ideal destination for scuba diving, water-skiing, sailing, fishing and other sports, such as golf, tennis, horse-riding and cycling.

Next, stop off at Ibiza, the party town! This island is not only the world capital of partying and night-life: With its 210 km of beaches, Ibiza is also a paradise for sports enthusiasts. There, you can enjoy surfing, diving, bungee-jumping and canon-ball. Away from the beaches, Ibiza holds many astonishing historical treasures. That is why UNESCO has protected a number of them since 1999: Sa Penya and Es Soto, particularly popular with artists, the former vegetable gardens of Ses Feixes, the Phoenician site of Sa Caeta and the Punique de Puig des Molins Necropolis. Ibiza can also be discovered through its shopping galleries, markets and pottery workshops. When evening time comes, there is always somewhere for you to go for a party: the Privilège, the Space, the Pacha, etc.

After this, stop off in Minorca and enjoy its fifty incredible beaches, deep coves and turquoise blue lagoon. Indeed, Minorca is the symbol of a calm sea, radiant sunshine and blue skies. Discover the beaches of Macarella, Son Tomas, Son Bou, Cala en Boch, Cala en Turqueta, Galdana or Mitjana. Magnificent footpaths also wind their way around Cape Favaritz to the east, Cape Cavalleria to the north and Cape Menorca to the west. You will be in complete harmony with nature as you contemplate the beauty of the rich and well-preserved wildlife. In the town, pay a visit to San Fernando street and enjoy a drink at Ars café or the Mambo, you will not regret it.

Wait no more to rent your boat in the Balearic Islands, we can offer several ranges of boats, from catamarans to luxury yachts, with or without a skipper. You can also set sail and benefit from half-board or an all-inclusive package. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you!

Worth knowing/Advice

  • Suitable for experienced sailors, don't hesitate to hire a skipper.
  • Many quiet anchorage points.
  • Cabrera, Formentera and Minorca are the most peaceful islands.
  • Cabrera and Sa Dragonera nature reserves.
  • Palma de Mallorca.

The ports in this sailing area

Alcudia, Andtrax, Cambrils, El Arenal-Club Nautic s'Arenal, El campello, Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Mao - Minorque, Minorque, Palma, Porto Colom, Puerto de Mahon, San antonio, soller ...


To sail to the Balearic Islands, you will need:

  • A sailing licence
  • An up-to-date sailing resume

When to travel?

  • The best conditions are from June to September.
  • Sailing is also possible from March to October
  • Go on the Italian website Lamma for reliable weather conditions during your cruise.


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