Ibiza prevailing winds & climate
People from everywhere in the world and from all sort of conditions start at some point in their lives that pilgrimage to one of the Balearic Islands in search of a renewal, towards a new beginning or perhaps a complete go with the flow.
And it is understandable because Ibiza’s climate acts as a model climate of the Mediterranean. Predominantly mild throughout the year, the days get longer and sunnier from May on. From June to September summer awakens in its entire splendor, flooding everything with light, blue sea and heat. Rains, usually heavy rain, are virtually nonexistent in summer; however, they display their maximum in spring and autumn, particularly in the months of April and October.
Regarding the prevailing winds in Ibiza, we must affirm that during the summer they usually come from the east and are rather soft. On the other hand, in winter they tend to come rather from the west or southwest.
The beauty of the island is out of the question. Whitish sand coves, islets scattered haphazardly along 170 km of coastline, rugged and mountainous relief and lush vegetation all together give to this island its peculiar character and attraction.
As for the neighboring Formentera, we can add that its climate does not show significant variations in relation to the climate of Ibiza. Its surface is almost flat, except for the huge cliff over a hundred meters high called La Mola, a circumstance that makes Formentera a windier island than Ibiza.
Ibiza marinas & ports
Those who have already visited Ibiza they perfectly know that this island unfolds a remarkable number of harbours and marinas. The most important, no doubt about it, are located in the Port of Ibiza, sheltered from all winds and composed of commercial docks, fishing and recreational facilities. Placed at the bottom of the harbour we find the marina from Ibiza Yacht Club. Although comparatively smaller than others, Ibiza Yacht Club enjoys great views of Dalt Vila, the old and walled part of the city. In addition, it is equipped with all kinds of amenities and has 300 berths, of which 270 are used by partners and the rest are rented out.
Located on the north bank of the Port of Ibiza, Botafoch Marina is the first marina we met at the entrance of the port, to starboard, when accessing by sea. It has 428 berths between 6 and 30 meters, of which 107 disposed to rent and, of course, all kinds of complementary services for boating. It is also worth noting its shopping area, with more than 60 stores, emphasizing an attractive leisure area with nautical shops, a hotel, bars, restaurants, etc.
The last marina of Ibiza town we are going to mention is called Marina Ibiza. Located right next to the Ibiza Yacht Club, it is presented as one of the most exclusive and luxurious marinas of the Mediterranean. It is renown, among other things, because lots of huge yachts use to dock in there –it provides berths for yachts up to 60 meters length- and as well for hosting the most exclusive boutiques, the restaurant-cabaret named Lío…
On the east coast there is the marina Santa Eulària, located in the beautiful tourist town that bears its name. It is the nautical installation providing the highest number of berths of the whole island of Ibiza. Its privileged situation facilitates many excursions to the secluded coves of the north of the island and to the nearby and extraordinary islet of Tagomago. The modern marina offers to users a wide range of services, from a shopping center to a large dry dock.
Finally, we would like to say a few words about the Port of San Antoni de Portmany. Situated on the west coast of the island, the closest to mainland, it is the second major port of Ibiza. It has 245 berths, of which 20 are intended for rental. The port is well protected by a breakwater of 400 meters long.
Mallorca prevailing winds & Climate
The climate of Majorca is typically Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and mild winters. The rains are more frequent in autumn and spring, although they are very irregular, being able to vary considerably from year to year to the extreme of producing persistent droughts. In addition, most of the rain usually tends to be concentrated in a few days, which gives rise to the typical Balearic phenomenon of heavy, torrential rains.
The average temperatures in summer are of 29 / 31º C, although there are maximum temperatures every year rising till the 35º C.
The physical environment of Majorca, being an island, can not be other than the sea, a deep, closed and relatively warm sea with surface temperatures that reach 26º C in August and do not fall below 14º C in winter. The sea regulates the temperature and makes the thermal seasonality not as marked as in the continent at the same latitude. All this has an impact on the distinct features of the climate of Majorca.
The sea breeze in Majorca is called "embat"; it is a type of wind originated locally by daytime land warming in relation to the sea. When the sun is up, the land heats up very quickly and the air above it warms up a lot more than the air over the water. The warm air over the land is less dense and begins to rise. This draws cooler sea air towards the interior of the island causing that daytime temperatures in summer use to be mild in coastal zones.
As for the prevailing winds of Majorca, the strongest wind blowing in the northwest area -mainly in the winter season- is called Mistral, while in the north blows the powerful and renown Tramontana. During summer season, on the south-eastern coast, between Ses Salines and Cap de Pera, the prevailing winds are the warm winds of southern origin, such as Xeloc, Mitjorn and Llebeig. Regarding the northeastern coast -from Cap Formentor to Cap de Pera- is influenced as well by these warm winds, although perhaps Xeloc is dominant. On the other hand, on the beautiful northwestern coast -from Dragonera to Cap Formentor- the winds are variable and in the southwest -from Ses Salines to Dragonera- probably Llebeig is more frequent.
Of course, to sail round the island and in order to enjoy a more pleasant navigation we recommend the summer months, starting off the day’s run counterclockwise.
Majorca Ports & Marinas
In Palma we would like to highlight Club de Mar Mallorca (tel: 971403611). It is located in front of the harbour mouth and has 625 berths in three docks and all kinds of services such as specialized companies in the nautical sector, a small hotel, shops and luxury restaurants. This marina in Majorca is pioneering offering services to boats of great length in the Mediterranean (maximum length: from 6 to 50 m) and has the certificate of environmental quality.
On the city’s promenade seafront we can find Puerto Deportivo Pantalán del Mediterráneo (tel: 971458211). It has 62 berths and they are specialists in assisting boats with large lengths. One of its berths has the capacity to take in boats of up to 100 meters.
Marina Port de Mallorca (tel: 971289693) is also located on Palma’s promenade seafront. This marina stands out for the comfort and wide range of services offered to the navigator. It has 152 berths -of which 70 are for hire- for boats of different sizes, equipped facilities and qualified personnel. The maximum length is from 6 to 30 m.
Also located in the heart of the bay there is Real Club Nautico de Palma (tel: 971726848). This marina has everything: swimming pools, library, an impressive track record of international boat races, etc; it has 946 berths with the best possible services, of which 589 are employed by partners and the rest are used for rent.
To the east of the island you will find Puerto Deportivo de Portixol (tel: 971415466), Club Náutico Molinar de Levante (tel: 971249460), Club Náutico Portocolom (971824658), Club Náutico de Cala Gamba (tel: 971261849), Club Náutico Porto Cristo (tel: 971821253) and also Marina de Cala d'Or (tel: 971657070), with 563 berths and all kinds of services. On the west coast, in the charming port of Sóller is located Marina Tramontana (tel: 971632960); in the south there is Club Náutico Palma Nova (tel: 971681055), Puerto Portals (tel: 971171100), Port Adriano (tel: 971232494) and Club de Vela Andratx (tel: 971671721); and finally on the north coast there is Alcudiamar marina (971546000) with 745 berths of which 182 for rent and Reial Club Nàutic Port of Pollença (tel: 971864635) which has 375 berths.
All leisure harbors and marinas of the island of Majorca are in the radio channel 9 VHF.
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Sailing in Mallorca
Renting a sailing yacht in Majorca to revel in the unparalleled beauty of the island is a popular pastime during the spring break or summer holidays
What’s the best plan for a weeklong sailing holiday?
Getting to know Majorca aboard a sailing yacht is the best way to be in touch with the nature, explore all the quiet spots and anchorages of the island, and escape the beaten path of summer vacationers. Be it for a quiet holiday with your significant other or family, or for an adventure type of vacation, the island is a destination that fits your holiday plans.
Here is our top list of activities to discover the best Majorca has to offer:
- Discover the best anchorages and beaches. We recommend exploring the anchorages of Cabo Blanco, Cala Pitomar, Cala Varques and Cala San Vicente, or simply enjoy the beaches of Calas Figuera, Antegora or Mondragó, and swim in the pristine waters bathing the island.
- If you enjoy walking, we recommend combining anchoring with walking or hiking. Isla Dragonera is an amazing spot to discover on foot. Simply walk towards Faro Viejo, Faro Tramontana or Mirador de Na Mirada for splendid panoramic views. Besides being one of the oldest settlements on the island, Cala Boquer is an unmissable romantic spot thanks to the ancient Roman ruins of Bocchoris.
- Majorca is a great diving and snorkeling spot, and both newbies and experienced divers can enjoy its aquatic splendour directly from a boat all year round. You can also experiment with underwater photography. The submarine scenery of Mallorca is extremely varied and comprises of caves, reefs, archaeological remains and rich marine life. Some well-known diving spots include Tramuntana, Isla de Dragonera, Bahía de Palma, and the north-eastern and eastern parts of the isle.
- Experienced divers can also explore marine caves in D’Es Coloms and Ses Llàgrimes.
Why opt for yacht charter in Majorca?
Owning and maintaining a boat can be extremely expensive, especially when this is used for a short time, typically less than 30 days a year, which is too short to cover for the purchasing expense, while still incurring additional costs.
Besides saving up on maintenance costs, another advantage of approaching a sailboat rental company in Majorca is that you can have all planning and organizing sorted out so you can focus on what’s most important to you: enjoying the holiday!
Rental options include bareboat and crewed boats, as well as contracting a cook, to make sure you sample the finest cuisine during your sailing trip. And if you haven’t visited Majorca before, or don’t have the time to organize your holiday, we can work with you to design a sailing plan according to your needs and help you discover the most beautiful places around the island.
Sailing Dreams is a company founded in 1998 offering services of yacht charter in Majorca.
Sailing holidays in Formentera
The unspoiled nature and the promise of authentic tourism that blends in with the environment have gained the fame of this small Balearic island, unsurprisingly dubbed the last Mediterranean paradise.
Exploring Formentera requires arranging your yacht charter from Ibiza island. Once at sea, the first place to discover is a wild unspoiled island, Isla de Espalmador; you can enjoy a free natural beauty treatment in the sulfur mud baths surrounding this island. Depending on the type of boat you rented and wind direction, there are two anchorages you may wish to explore: Torretas cove and the port of Espalmador. Other options for mooring are the Es Trocadors beach, famed to be the best beach in Formentera, and Illetes beach. If you sail by Sa Platgeta des Carregador or S’Estany des Peix, stop to enjoy a delicious seafood meal, or to get supplies for the rest of the trip. If you decide to set anchor in the port of La Sabina, rent a motorbike and explore the many beautiful places and cliffs around the island.
The seabed close to Formentera is amazingly beautiful and easy to explore, since the waters are crystal clear and spotlessly clean; don’t forget to bring along your snorkelling or scuba diving equipment to enjoy its natural beauty. Punta Rasa is probably the best spot for snorkelling. There are numerous other small coves around Formentera that are probably more difficult to access by boat than the known ones. Check our blog post about our selection of coves in Formentera to help you plan your sailing route and anchorages ahead of time.
Given the short distance between the two islands, you can plan your yacht charter from Ibiza and explore Formentera as well, thus enjoying very different geographies and landscapes, all the while with safe anchorages when wind changes direction. Check our tips for planning your route and anchorages in Ibiza.
Best anchorages in Formentera
Isla de Espalmador
Only exposed to west winds. This is part of a nature reserve with white sand beaches. Anchoring is over the same sand with weed patches. You must avoid anchoring in the meadows of Posidonia grass which are vital for the regeneration of the marine habitat and are protected as part of the nature reserve.
Here you’ll be exposed to winds from the north and north east. Anchoring is over clean sand. Along the east side of this anchorage are probably the best beaches the Baleares islands have to offer. Gently shelving crystalline water over brilliant white coral sand. Because of this mixed blessing it is a CGI crowd scene during summer. For those who find solace in places like Cala Sardina it will amount to a living, summertime hell. There are various restaurants, among the most well known are Juan y Andrea and Es Moli de la Sal.
Playa de la Savina
Exposed to winds from the north through the north east. Anchoring again, as is common on Formentera, in clean, white sand. Aquamarine water of startling clarity with beaches of brilliant white coral sand. This anchorage is near to the recreational marina of Formentera. The beach bar Tiburón would be an ideal location to have a cocktail and enjoy another divine sunset vista courtesy of the Pitiusas islands.
Playa de Levante
Expect to be open to the east wind this time, on the opposite side of a narrow spit of land from Illetas. As beautiful as Illetas but with far fewer boats as the predominant summer winds are south easterlies here. More of that almost infinite Formentera white sand to anchor over.
Es Calo des Mort
Open to the east with the anchorage over sand with the occasional rock. Our favorite hideaway on Formentera, a natural corner, a rare peaceful and idyllic sanctuary. Without any doubt, one of the best anchorages in Formentera.
Between Es Pujols y Punta Prima
You’ll be anchoring over sand and exposed only to the wind from the east. A divine little location with good shelter from the south winds. Take great care with the rocky bottom near Es Pujols. From here you can approach the village of Es Pujols to provision or eat in one of the restaurants there. You should avoid approaching the shallow, rocky anchorage area near Es Pujols at night.
Open to the west and anchor over sand again. A pristine and pretty cove with crystal clear water and warm Autumnal colors to the surrounding rocks. Again if you want to argue it out over a beer, possibly the best anchorage in Formentera to watch the sunset. Expect an over-ample supply of people to discuss this with during July and August however.