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Location of Spain
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is an independent nation in Southern Europe and West Africa. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula along with Portugal and Gibraltar. Bordered by the Bay of Vizcaya from the north, the Atlantic Ocean from the west and by the Adriatic Sea from the south and the east. It shares borders with Portugal, France, Andorra, Gibraltar and Morocco on the land.
Beside the land, the Balearic Islands on the Adriatic Sea and the Canary Islands on the Atlantic Ocean also belong to the kingdom, and so do Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa, as well as several islands on the Adriatic Sea near the Strait of Gibraltar. The capital of Spain is Madrid.
History of Spain
After the conquest, the Iberian Peninsula became part of the Roman Empire, by the name of Hispania. In the early Middle Ages, Spain was under the dominion of the Germans, and later it was conquered by the Muslims. The northern Christian kingdoms repelled the dominion of the latter. In 1492, a world empire was established, making Spain the most powerful nation in Europe. In the 16th century and at the beginning of the 17th century, it was a dominant power in the world. The continuous wars and other issues, however, were not in their favour. France invaded Spain at the beginning of the 19th century, and in the 20th century, there was a civil war. In 1986, Spain joined the European Union, which resulted in significant economic growth.
Weather in Spain
The large country has a very diverse climate. There are large fluctuations inland, and there is a great number of sunny hours in the eastern and southern parts with a low level of precipitation. Summers are hot everywhere, with the exception of the Atlantic shores. The average temperature is 25 °C, and the maximum temperature can get as high as 35 °C. Out of all the waters at the shores of the country, the Atlantic Ocean’s is the coldest. The average temperature is around 20 °C.
The Spanish islands have a different climate. The Canary Islands have a pleasant subtropical climate, while there is a greater fluctuation on the Balearic Islands. It often rains in the summer, and the amount of precipitation is higher during the winter. Between the autumn and spring periods, stronger winds arrive, for instance, the Mistral, the Vendaval or the Sirocco. We recommend water enthusiasts visit Spain in the summer, and the autumn period is perfect for visiting the historic and natural sights.
Main sights in Spain
If you love nature, you can visit beautiful national parks such as the Teide, the Picos de Europa or the Timanfaya. Of all European countries, the most IBAs (Important Bird Areas) can be found in Spain. We also recommend that you visit the Marimutra botanical garden where you can admire 6,000 different flowers and plants. This wonderful place can be found in the southern part of Costa Brava<, in Blanes.
Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain and an important port of the Adriatic Sea. The main sight here is the La Sagrada Familia – the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, which is a World Heritage Site. Further famous sights include the Santa Maria del Mar cathedral and the Picasso Museum. The town centre has a green area called Parc de la Ciutadella; its fountain was inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Gastronomy of Spain
The paella is among the greatest delicacies; it is made with good quality rice coloured yellow by saffron. They put many types of meat and vegetables in it. Popular soups include cool gazpacho and warm cocido. The tapas is also popular, and we differentiate several types. They prepare it with olive, sausage, vegetables or cheese. The famous Jamon Serano ham is a delicacy that you must definitely taste. Churros is a popular dessert, and so is the Madeleine called Magdalena. As for drinks, they have sherry, Malaga wine and Sangria.
Beaches in Spain
Spain has a long and picturesque shore segment with both busier and more peaceful parts. Many of them have a Blue Flag certificate. We recommend the following beaches in particular.
El Salon Beach (Costa del Sol)
It is a sandy beach with clean and shallow water, making it ideal for families with small children. It is 200 metres long and 20 metres wide on average. Are you looking for a breathtaking view? Explore the so-called Balcony of Europe. It is something you definitely must experience: you can see the sea from an ancient castle.
Playa d’en Bossa Beach (Ibiza)
The longest sandy beach on Ibiza can be found here with several watersports opportunities such as jet-ski. Would you like to visit the aqua park? Go to Aguamar. Playa d’en Bossa offers several clubs, for example, Space, if you want to go to a party. The club called Bora Bora will not disappoint you either.
Punta del Papagayo (Canary Islands)
This popular beach is located in the southern part of the Canary Islands, in Lanzarote. The transparent, emerald green water is not only ideal for families with small children, but it is also suitable for beginner divers and those who want to explore the sea bottom.
San Agustín beach (Canary Islands)
It is located in the southern part of Gran Canaria. If you do not like crowds, this is the perfect spot for you. The shore segment is visited less frequently, making it ideal for spending a pleasant day here. It is more than 600 kilometres long and has fine dark sand. You can rent sunshades and lounges, and there are great restaurants and parts on the boardwalk.
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Puerto de Palma (Mallorca)
You can find one of the largest ports of the Adriatic Sea in Mallorca. This commercial port including the 9 yacht marinas can accept thousands of yachts. It is protected by a one-mile-long breakwater from the southeast, while it is bordered by a commercial mole from the northeast. Inside this area, the allowed speed for any vessel is 5 knots, while inside the yacht marinas it is 3 knots.
Marina Rubicon (Canary Islands)
Marina Rubicon has 550 moorings for yachts as long as 50 metres. They provide drinking water, electricity, showers, changing rooms and Wi-Fi. You can choose from services such as unleaded petrol and diesel supply, laundry or personalised cleaning.
La Luz (Canary Islands)
The port of La Luz, or often called Las Palmas. Port is one of the most important Spanish ports. It is because of its ideal location: it can be found halfway between Europe and the other two continents, Africa and America. They provide drinking water, electricity, Wi-Fi and self-service laundry. If you are hungry, you can choose from several restaurants and bars.
If you sail around Spain, you can explore the other wonderful areas, leaving from Malaga. Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas Costa and Marbella are also great destinations with several exciting things to do. Find catamaran routes in Spain or choose another luxury catamaran charter
The geographical location, as well as the orographic conditions of Spain, made its climate particularly diverse. Spain is the most climatically diverse country in Europe. Spain is characterized by the overlap of one fundamental climatic division (between humid and semiarid and arid zones) by another (the threefold division of the peninsula into maritime, continental, and mountain climates).
Some regions can very cold during the winter and extremely hot in the summers. The vast central plateau, or Meseta, has a more continental influenced climate. On the Mediterranean coast, the climate is moderate with rain in spring and autumn. The Balearic Islands have a maritime climate, with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.
On the central and southern coast of the Mediterranean, the sun shines quite often even in winter. In the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and in the small Atlantic coastline of the Gulf of Cádiz winter is mild. Temperatures range between 20°C and 30°C. Wet periods are between September and October. The months of January until February provide the coldest time of the year. In comparison with the northern coast, the rains are rarer and sunshine is more frequent. This is due to the fact that the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, exposed as they are to the east and south, are relatively sheltered from Atlantic weather fronts. Along the Mediterranean coast and in the Balearic Islands, summer is hot and sunny, as is typical of the Mediterranean climate, the air is humid but sea breezes temper the heat during the day.
Summer is cool and quite rainy on the Atlantic coast, where even in July and August the sky is often covered with clouds, and the sea is not warm, barely touching 21 °C in August.
Coastal Mediterranean region is marked by Leveche winds: hot, dry, easterly or southeasterly air currents that originate over North Africa. The climate and landscape are determined by the Atlantic Ocean winds whose moisture gets trapped by the mountains circumventing the Spanish Atlantic coast.
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Balearics catamaran itineraries
Menorca catamaran itineraries
Day 1. Ciutadella – Cala Galdana 20.88 km (12.97 mi), Day 2. Cala Galdana – Cala Ratjada 40.54 km (25.19 mi) Day 3. Cala Ratjada – Colonia de Sant Pere 26.48 km (16.45 mi) Day 4 Colonia de Sant Pere – Alcúdia 19.48 km (12.10 mi), Day 5. Alcúdia – Port de Pollença 22.87 km (14.21 mi), Day 6. Port de Pollença – Cala Sant Vicenç 29.79 km (18.51 mi), Day 7. Cala Sant Vicenç – Cala en Bosch – Ciutadella 77.75 km (48.31 mi)
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Day 1. Maó-Mahón – Cala en Porter 27.95 km (17.36 mi), Day 2. Cala en Porter – Son Bou 6.74 km (4.19 mi) Day 3. Son Bou – Cala Galdana 11.74 km (7.30 mi) Day 4. Cala Galdana – Port de Pollença 75.63 km (46.99 mi), Day 5. Port de Pollença – Alcúdia 22.87 km (14.21 mi), Day 6. Alcúdia – Colonia de Sant Pere 19.48 km (12.10 mi), Day 7. Colonia de Sant Pere – Cala Ratjada – Maó-Mahón 107.17 km (66.59 mi)
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Costa Brava catamaran itineraries
Day 1. Barcelona – Castelldefels 30.40 km (18.89 mi), Day 2. Castelldefels – Sitges 9.85 km (6.12 mi), Day 3. Sitges – Vilanova i la Geltrú 9.54 km (5.93 mi), Day 4. Vilanova i la Geltrú – Tarragona 48.23 km (29.97 mi), Day 5. Tarragona – Cambrils 17.13 km (10.65 mi), Day 6. Cambrils – Coma-ruga 44.00 km (27.34 mi), Day 7. Coma-ruga – Garraf – Barcelona 63.72 km (39.59 mi)
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Day 1. Roses – Cadaqués 17.37 km (10.79 mi), Day 2. Cadaqués – El Port de la Selva 20.76 km (12.90 mi), Day 3. El Port de la Selva – Portbou 11.39 km (7.08 mi) , Day 4. Portbou – Salses-le-Château (Port Leucate) 54.58 km (33.91 mi) Day 5. Port Leucate – Narbone 36.40 km (22.62 mi), Day 6. Narbone – Lagoon La Berre (Port la Nouvelle) 15,83km (9,83mile), Day 7. Port la Nouvelle – Roses 102.51 km (63.69 mi).
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