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Ibiza prevailing winds & climate

12/02/2019 | Categories: Navigate
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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.

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Ibiza marinas & ports

12/02/2019 | Categories: Navigate
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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.

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Mallorca prevailing winds & Climate

12/02/2019 | Categories: Navigate
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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.

Prevailing winds

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.

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Majorca Ports & Marinas

12/02/2019 | Categories: Navigate
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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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Catamaran Charter in Mallorca, the most comfortable option

03/03/2016 | Categories: Navigate
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Mallorca has had over the millennia an irresistible attraction. The Phoenicians, the Romans and the Moors all found their way to the island, leaving their particular legacies. More esoteric latter day visitors brought fame and celebrity, Frederic Chopin, Agatha Christie and Joan Miró took the jewel like Mediterranean island as their muse. Contemporary aficionados include Michael Douglas, Claudia Schiffer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeffrey Archer. Of course native Mallorcan Rafael Nadal always knew how beautiful the island was. The Roman Empire has long crumbled and since the early sixties, the only invasion has been enlightened, sun seeking tourists, bent on nothing more than recharging their souls and sun tans in Mallorca's blessed summers.
 
One way to avoid this modern day invasion is to take to the water. Fortunately catamaran charter in Mallorca is easy, fun, hugely rewarding and surprisingly affordable. Equipped with the biggest fleet of  catamarans in the Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca is ready to provide you with an enchanting, water borne charter adventure you'll never forget.
 
The island, elegant, dramatic, romantic and essentially beautiful is arguably at its most enchanting from the constantly changing perspective of a sailing boat. Mallorca has for centuries been a home to seafarers, and has many natural harbors with their picturesque fishing villages and modern, full service marinas. This juxtaposition of ancient and current provides one irresistible reason to hire a catamaran in this beautiful island. Another seductive motivation to explore this island by catamaran is of course to experience the serenity and beauty of the endless bays, beaches, lagoons and magnificent coastal vistas, only available to those insightful enough to take to the water.
 
Geographically, climatically, aesthetically, culturally, the island makes its own demanding and irrefutable case, no argument.  The size of the charter catamaran fleet in Mallorca speaks for itself. Outnumbering monohulls many times over, catamarans provide the perfect, stable, comfortable platform for your holiday in this prettiest of Mediterranean islands. Space is never found lacking, you have the “front garden” of the boat, between the hulls, the net is a playground for the kids and wonderment for all as the mesmerizing, cerulean blue goes by below. The “back yard” catamaran cockpit provides, shade, shelter, comfort; a place to dine on delicious, fresh, local produce and enjoy the wonderful Spanish wines. Need a more panoramic ocean view? You could join the captain up in his “garret”, the helm station, and feel the sensuous power of the boat under sail. Then there is the capacious and comfortable accommodation inside the boat, a huge “living room”, the saloon, with its fully equipped “kitchen”, the galley. You will have as many homely and snug “bedrooms and bathrooms” or cabins and heads as your family and friends require. That's not to mention something the terrestrial home you left behind won't have, the ability to slip gracefully off the “back door steps”, the stern, into the exhilarating, crystalline, warm waters of a Mallorcan bay.
 
All these wonderful accommodations are provided in any combination and size to suit your group and budget. From owner's versions with intimate, luxurious personal spaces occupying all of one or both hulls, to four cabin, four bathroom cruisers with space still for a crew should you need them. Other configurations include four cabins, two bathrooms and three cabins with two bathrooms. The catamaran rental fleet in Mallorca includes popular and proven models such as the magnificent Lagoon 450, her smaller sister the Lagoon 380, and the endlessly popular and versatile Lagoon 421. Also available to charter are elegant and refined catamarans from Fountaine Pajot, such as the Lavezzi 40 and Hélia 44. You can also charter a luxury catamaran over 50 feet, like the Fountaine Pajot Victoria 67 or the luxurious Sunreef 62.
 
To hire a catamaran in Mallorca is an intoxicating combination of elements. A serene and graceful sailboat. A gentle, safe and stable holiday home moving from one spectacular, warm, pine scented Mediterranean cove, to another old world Mallorcan fish restaurant in yet another, charming Balearic fishing village. You simply can't miss, don't suffer the futility of forgetting your last catamaran holiday in Mallorca, your best bet would be to book another for next summer.
 

 

Dénia, a favourite sailing destination on the Spanish mainland

11/16/2015 | Categories: Navigate
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Costa Blanca (White Coast) is the name of your new destination. It stretches over 200 kilometres along the Mediterranean Sea on the south eastern coast of Spain. It is an ideal destination to charter a yacht for a sailing holiday. In particular, there’s a charming town standing out in the heart of the Costa Blanca, waiting for you, which name is Dénia.  
 
In fact, we are talking about a historic town situated between Valencia and Alicante; the first one 96 km up the coast and the second 86 km down. 
 
However, we have another surprise concerning Dénia’s geographic location: it is the closest mainland harbour to the Balearic Islands. If you are in the mood for a boat trip, and, say, you want to charter a boat in Dénia and go sailing, well, you have to know that only 100 nautical miles separate it from the exclusive island of Ibiza. 
 
The town has an impressive, new harbour where you will see from luxury yachts to local fishing boats. There is a direct ferry service to the Balearic Islands. In summer both ferries and boat charters sail frequently between Dénia and Ibiza. In front of the harbour there is a castle built by the Moors upon a rock crag in the 11th century offering a magnificent view over the shoreline and the sea. Inside the castle itself, visitors will find the “Palau del Governador” with its history museum.
 
It is undoubtedly true that the fishing port and the town itself have all sorts of cafes, bars and restaurants, both famous and not so famous. There is day life and nightlife as you please. It’s up to you whether you go for an early peaceful stroll along the soft beach or a late cocktail at a trendy bar. Whatever your choice, it is by no means uncommon to hear the suggestion that gastronomy is just outstanding here. There is plenty of fresh fish, there are a great variety of food styles and there is even a three star Michelin restaurant for the gourmets. 
 
In the most peaceful area of the Dénia port, next to the Raset beach, we find the “Marina el Portet”, “Marina de Dénia” and the Dénia Royal Yacht Club. They are very close to each other and they are connected directly through the promenade to the leisure commercial zones and the historic centre of the town. They all offer berths provided with all the proper services of a first class marina including yacht charter, of course.
 
Other local harbours you may wish to visit in the surroundings are Xàbia, Calpe and Altea. In this area there is the Sea Reserve of the Cape of Sant Antoni where you can easily anchor your boat and practise scuba diving, snorkelling or just sightseeing the beautiful caves or the amazing cliffs of the headland. 
 
No day out on a Dénia boat charter would be complete without anchoring off at some first class sandy beaches; this is why Dénia has a great variety of them that spread approximately over 20 kilometres along the east coastline. Having around 300 days of sunshine with an average temperature of 20º C, the beach frontage is a perfect place to enjoy the weather. The main winds are Llebeig, Poniente, Levante, Norte y Garbí. The Northern Beaches of Dénia have smooth golden sand and shallow twinkling waters such as Els Molins, L'Almadrava, Albaranas, Les Bovetes, Les Deveses, Les Marines and Punta del Raset.
 
Punta del Raset is the main beach in the Las Marinas area and is located next to the Port of Dénia. It has an excellent sandy area where there are some dunes and lots of vegetation around. 
 
Finally, it is worth mentioning that in Dénia there are interesting festivities happening throughout the year. Here, they’re called “fiestas” and they are perfect to observe local customs and traditions. For instance, the “Three Wise Men” Fiesta takes place in January, the “Falles” bonfire takes place in March and the “Bous a la Mar” happens every July.
 

 

Sailing in Mallorca

09/07/2015 | Categories: Navigate
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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Charter options

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

04/12/2015 | Categories: Navigate
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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

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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.

Illetas

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.

Cala Saona

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.

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The best anchorages in Menorca

02/24/2015 | Categories: Navigate
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Cala Pedrera
 
Situated in the Port de Maó and in front of Illa de Llazaret, it is one of the quietest coves. You can stay at its white sanded beach and enjoy various sports activities nearby. 
 
Cala Trebalúger
 
It is one of the best anchorages in Menorca that is exposed to the southern winds and is completely free of any building developments.  It features fine, white sandy beach and a fresh water stream that flows to the sea.
 
Cala Pous
 
Apart from being very good cove for anchoring, it is also suitable for scuba diving, as there are various sank ships in its vicinity. As it features no beach, it is a very quiet place with hardly any swimmers. It is, without a doubt, the best anchorages in Menorca to go diving to.
 
Cala en Porter
 
If you intend to anchor at night, it is advisable to do it close to the beach as this place is exposed to the southern winds and when it blows hard it is difficult to sleep. This cove is full of restaurants and other services and as such not the most beautiful, but rather a good place for stocking up on the provisions necessary for the boat trip.
 
Cala Escorxada
 
Good place for anchoring as it is exposed to the south wind; it is covered with pine trees and a place with very little tourism. With its fine, white sand beaches and turquoise blue water, it is one of the best anchorages in Menorca relax in, given that you come already equipped with all your provisions, as there are none here.
 
Cala Morell
 
Known for its underwater cove with fresh water, you would be able to anchor here but not to stay overnight, as it is privately owned. Its sea bottom is covered with rocks and sand and the waters are crystal clear. It is one of the best anchorage in Menorca as it offers the possibility of visiting prehistoric caves.
 
Cala Pregonda
 
Placed in a lovely spot makes this a good place to anchor, but it should be done with utmost care because of the rocks at the entrance to the cave. Nice place for snorkelling. One of its advantages that make it one of the best anchorages in Menorca is the natural swimming pool, at the east point of the cove.
 
Cala Pudent
 
Exposed to the north wind, this small cove is ideal to anchor in, as its entrance is one of the biggest ones. It is not accessible from the ground which makes it one of the quietest coves with the least tourism.
 
Cala Alcafar
 
This is one of the best anchorages in Menorca due to its lovely fishermen docks, its white houses on one side and its tower, constructed in the XVIII century, on the other. Should you wish to disembark, you may be able to delight in the historic walk along the “Camí de cavalls”. The cove is exposed to the south-east winds.
 
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