Rent your sailboat
The Balearic Islands are located in such a way that they form a Mediterranean front, which means the local winds are extraordinarily favourable for sailing. The conditions are usually only bad when other fronts dominate, which may occur during the winter months. The calm waters of the natural indentations, bays and calas (inlets), which are found anywhere on Mallorca's coastline, are ideal places to drop anchor.
The ideal wind conditions allow inexperienced sailors to practice in a safe environment. In the sheltered bays, beginners can learn to sail without having to worry about the strong wind and threatening waves. During the summer months, thermal winds provide calm sea breezes from early morning to late afternoon. The many bays are well-protected and larger waves are kept away from the coast. However, some calas are more vulnerable than others. Puerto Pollenca is a popular destination for water sports such as kite-surfing.
The wind by the coast of Mallorca is normally very reliable and summer winds provide a steady breeze throughout the day, perfect for yachting. Even in the winter months, there are bays in Mallorca that remain protected by the mountains - such as Puerto de Pollenҫa and Port d'Alcúdia. Larger vessels can handle the stronger winds further away from the coast and travel around Mallorca’s 554 km long coastline. In the winter months, the waters in the channel between Mallorca and Menorca can be relatively rough, and waves often hit the east coast of Mallorca.
Mallorca is a part of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago full of contrasts - a cultural mosaic of past and present. Along the south-east coast, you will find deep calas (inlets) that are often only accessible from the sea, impressive caves and small villages where life passes on quietly. In livelier Alcúdia, Port de Sóller and Port d’Andratx, you can dock at atmospheric ports among local fishing boats.
With more than 300 sunny days a year, Mallorca is made for sailing – in spring and summer the area around Mallorca is dominated by lovely warm breezes.
The Balearic Islands, of which Mallorca is a part, are affected by two weather systems – with Ibiza and Formentera subject to the same system as mainland Spain, which is only 50 miles away.
The sailing season starts as early as April, but the sea temperature is more suitable for a dip in May. Mallorca is a relatively large island, so there will usually always be room in its ports and marinas. In general, the peak months for a sailing holiday in Mallorca are June, July and August – to mid-September. During these months it is busy ashore and there is plenty of service in all ports. The islands' weather is ideal for swimming and beach life - remember to use sunscreen and protection, however, as the sun can be extremely merciless at sea. The sea temperature will rise as the summer progresses.