Its pleasant climate and natural beauty make Spain an attractive destination among tourists. Our article will help you decide when to go sailing in Spain. Also, we will provide you with suggestions for two seven-day-long sailing trips. If you take our advice, you can explore beautiful places.
This article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Climate: Diverse climate
- Ports and islands in Spain
- Sail in Spain: Spain sailing plans for one-week-long trips
- Marbella sailing. 7 days sailing itineraries Costa del Sol
- Spain sailing A week sailing itinerary Costa Brava
- Sailing from Denia. 7 days sailing itineraries Costa Blanca
- Palma sailing: A week sailing itineraries Mallorca
- Sailing from Las Palmas. 7 days sailing itineraries Gran Canaria
Spain has a very diverse climate. There are a large number of sunny days on the eastern and southern parts, with a small amount of precipitation and mild winters. However, there are large fluctuations in the inner areas. In the summer, the average temperature is 25 °C, while the maximum temperature can be as high as 35 °C. Thanks to the sea breeze, warmer temperatures are more bearable. Out of all the waters at the shores of the country, it is The Atlantic Ocean’s with the lowest temperature, around 20 °C.
The weather of the islands
The Spanish islands have a different climate. There is subtropical climate on the Canary Islands, with pleasant warmth and a small amount of precipitation. As for the Balearic Islands though, fluctuations are more significant. Even though the days are mostly sunny, it often rains in the summer. During the winter period, there is a larger amount of precipitation, and there are colds winds coming from the sea.
The sailing season in the middle of the Adriatic Sea starts in April and ends in October. Between the autumn and spring periods, stronger winds arrive at the Balearic Islands, such as the Mistral in the northwest, the Vendaval from Gibraltar, the Levante from the east and the African Sirocco. Summers are characterised by southeastern winds. If you would like to spend a lot of time on the beach, you should go in the summer, while the spring is ideal for exploring the historic and natural beauties of Spain. As for the autumn, it is worth spending this period in romantic Andalusia.
Spain has several ports. Get to know the significant ports of the most most important areas!
Ports in Costa Blanca
Real Club Nautico de Calpe
Calpe is located 122 kilometres from the exciting port city, Valencia. There are moorings for 264 yachts. The maximum size allowed is 30 metres in length; the depth of water here is 5 metres. They provide several services, for example, water, electricity security and fuel supply. Carrying out maintenance and repair is also possible here.
The recreational and touristic port offers many services both for visitors and yachts, for example, towing services, protection by 24/7 video surveillance as well as security staff.
Port of Valencia
Yachts are not allowed in the large commercial port of the city; they have two opportunities. One of them is Real Club Nautico in the south, and the other is towards Marina Real Juan Carlos I. in the north. In the past few years, both yacht ports have been extended significantly, providing more space for yachts.
Ports in Costa Brava
Port de Blanes
The port is operated by the Banes Sailing Club. They have 309 moorings for yachts with a maximum length of 24 metres. You can find a café, a restaurant and a sailing school in the club. They combine commercial fishing activities with recreational sailing.
Club Nàutic Estartit
The port is located in the L’Estartit resort. They have 643 moorings for yachts as long as 32 metres. The depth of the water is 2.3 metres. It is a protected port with several great services offered, and there is also a bar and a restaurant here.
The port in Costa Dorada
Thanks to the reforms introduced in the past few years, Club Nautic Cambrils is divided into two parts. There are 426 moorings here for yachts with a length of 8–25 metres. In the 8 designated areas, they offer a wide variety of maintenance and repair services. There is a bar, a restaurant, Wi-Fi and a staff available 24/7.
The port in Costa Cálida
The Puerto Deportivo Tomas Maestre port is located in the northern part of La Manga. It is accessible from the Adriatic Sea on a navigable canal. They have moorings for around 1800 yachts, with sizes between 7 and 30 metres.
Ports on the Balearic Islands
Club Nautic S`Arenal (Mallorca)
The port has 645 moorings. They offer modern equipment and perfect services to make sure your stay is pleasant. For instance, they have cafés, shops, medical service and Wi-Fi.
Puerto de Palma (Mallorca)
You can find one of the largest ports of the Adriatic Sea here. This commercial port including 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, which is more than half a mile long. Inside this area, the allowed speed for any vessel is 5 knots, while inside the yacht marinas it is 3 knots.
The port can be found on the western shores of Menorca. There are 170 permanent moorings for boats with a maximum length of 23 metres. You can choose from several services in the protected port. They have a bar, a restaurant, Wi-Fi and laundry service.
Puerto de Mahón (Menorca)
Mahón, which is the capital of Menorca, can be found on the eastern part of the island. The port of Mahón is the largest natural port in Europe. Sailing enthusiasts must definitely see this place. There are cosy cafés and restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Sant Antoni de Portmany Port (Ibiza)
This port is located in the northwestern part of the party island Ibiza, in Portmany Bay. Activities carried out at this port include fishing, recreational and commercial activities as well. They have 245 moorings for yachts as long as 30 metres.
Marina de Formentera (Ibiza)
The smallest member of the Balearic Island, Formenta, can only be accessed from Ibiza by boat. There are 64 moorings, and the maximum allowed length of boats is 38 metres. They provide water, electricity and technical services.
Ports on the Canary Islands
Puerto Deportivo Radazul (Tenerife)
The port is located on the eastern shores of Tenerife, and due to its design and location, it is well-protected from the wind. The maximum depth is 3.90 metres at low tide and 6 metres at high tide. There are several restaurants and cafés, directly accessible from the pier. They offer mechanical services, and the port is guarded 24/7.
Marina del Sur (Tenerife)
This port is located in the tiny fishing town of Las Galletas, in the southern part of Tenerife. They have 126 moorings for yachts as long as 20 metres. They offer running water, electricity and security service available 24/7. The maximum depth is 2 metres at low tide and 7 metres at high tide. They also have a crane on spot, which is really helpful for maintenance work. There is also a recreational centre as well as several cafés, restaurants and shops nearby.
San Miguel De Abona (Tenerife)
San Miguel De Abona has 344 moorings, and there are many services providing your comfort, for example, laundry, ironing service and the cleaning of yacht interiors. One of the most popular spots in the port is the onboard café, providing a wonderful view of the sea.
Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
The port La Luz, or often called Las Palmas Port, can be found halfway between Europe and the other two continents, Africa and America. Due to its suitable location, it has become one of the most important ports in the world in terms of international trade and maritime traffic. You can choose from several restaurants and bars here, and they provide drinking water, electricity, Wi-Fi and self-service laundry.
Marina Rubicon (Lanzarote)
The port can be found on the island of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca. They have 550 moorings for yachts as long as 50 metres or even 90 metres in more spacious areas. Every mooring has running water and electricity. They also have showers, changing rooms and Wi-Fi. You can choose from services such as unleaded petrol and diesel supply, laundry or personalised cleaning.
Sailing enthusiasts will find Spain a perfect destination. In the following sections, we are going to present a few great opportunities. We are leaving from Marbella, and this is where we will return after visiting the sights in the neighbouring areas.
Day 1. Marbella – Puerto de Cabopino (Marbella)
12.96 km (8.05 mi)
Day 2. Puerto de Cabopino – Fuengirola
16.02 km (9.95 mi)
The city is located at the feet of Sierra de Mijas. It is famous for the clean and well-maintained beach that is 7 kilometres long. There is also a park here, as well as several restaurants and other diverse programmes offered. The Bioparc Zoo has a wide selection of special plants, animals and natural beauties not only from Andalusia but the whole world. Spend the night in the port of Fuengirola.
Day 3. Fuengirola – Benalmadena
11.93 km (7.41 mi)
The town consists of three parts: the original settlement, Benalmadena Pueblo still has an authentic Spanish atmosphere. You should definitely visit the place, and explore the bars and restaurants. If you would like to go swimming, go to the long and sandy beach of Benalmadena Costa. Are you looking for entertainment? This is exactly the place you want: the town has a buzzing nightlife. Families with small children must see the Sea Life Aquarium and the Selwo Marina dolphinarium. Visiting the Tivoli World theme park and the Mariposario de Benalmádena butterfly park may also be a great experience. Spend the night in the port of the town.
Day 4. Benalmadena – Torremolinos
3.87 km (2.41 mi)
If you like quiet places, Torremolinos is a great choice. If you dock here, you can explore several sandy beaches in town, and there is also an aquapark called Aqualand. The main attraction is the wonderful botanical garden, the Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca. There is also a minigolf course and a crocodile park here, and another park called Parque de la Bateriam which has playgrounds and a boat pond. Spend the night in the port of Torremolinos.
Day 5. Torremolinos – Malaga
13.34 km (8.29 mi)
Malaga is the centre of Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and is a very popular destination. Would you like to swim? Then you should visit the Playa de Malagueta beach. If you love nature, you must see the botanical garden called La Concepción. Here you can found exotic palm trees, plants and ponds and even Roman statues. You can also take a nice walk in Malaga Park nearby.
If you are not in a hurry, the historic town centre is a sight that you must see. Malaga’s most famous street, Calle Larios can be found here; there are many restaurants, cafés and shops to choose from. We recommend Pimpi Bar in particular, as they serve amazing dishes with the delicious Malaga wines. You should also try the popular Spanish dessert, churros, in Casa Aranda.
Day 6. Malaga – Torre de Benagalbón
17.81 km (11.06 mi)
Day 7. Torre de Benagalbón – Churriana – Marbella
69.26 km (43.04 mi)
After visiting Churriana, we return to the starting point of our journey Marbella.
Popular beaches in town include La Fontanilla, Venus, El Pinillo and the most exclusive one, Nikki Beach. There is a 6-kilometre-long boardwalk along the shores. They have established a children’s park nearby, and adults can choose from great pubs and restaurants. The old city of Marbella has narrow crooked streets and squares with a great atmosphere. If you are looking for entertainment, there is a buzzing nightlife here; however, it is considered more expensive than most holiday destinations in Costa del Sol.
Day 1. Sitges – Vilanova i la Geltrú 8.45 km (5.25 mi), Day 2. Vilanova i la Geltrú – Torredembarra 29.31 km (18.21 mi), Day 3. Torredembarra – Tarragona 20.24 km (12.58 mi) , Day 4. Tarragona – Cambrils 16.83 km (10.46 mi) Day 5. Cambrils – L’Ametlla de Mar 30.91 km (19.21 mi), Day 6. L’Ametlla de Mar – Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre 21.48 km (13.34 mi) Day 7. Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre (Club Nautic Riumar) – Sitges 99.91 km (62.08 mi)
Day 1. Denia – Platja de l’Arenal
13.31 km (8.27 mi)
Day 2. Platja de l’Arenal – Calpe
27.91 km (17.34 mi)
If you dock here, you can enjoy great beaches located in a breathtaking natural environment. There are pebbly beaches in the northern part and fine sandy shores on the southern side. The beaches here are very long, so you can find a place even during the busier periods. Would you like to hike? There are impressive hiking routes leading up to the 332-metre-high Ifach Rock. Spend the night in the port of the town.
Day 3. Calpe – Altea
14.25 km (8.85 mi)
Although the wonderful Altea has a modern port, it still has an authentic atmosphere. They regard it as one of the most beautiful towns of Costa Blanca. Its crooked cobblestone streets lead to a beautiful square that provides an amazing view of Altea Bay and the Sierra Bernia mountains. There are several restaurants and cafés nearby. Spend the night in the port of Altea.
Day 4. Altea – Albir
2.19 km (1.36 mi)
Our next stop is Albir, which is quieter compared to Altea. If you would like to go swimming, go to the 590-metre-long beach that has a Blue Flag certification. The sand and the water are incredibly clean, and there are also services of high quality. Spend the night in the port of the town.
Day 5. Albir – Benidorm
11.69 km (7.27 mi)
If you dock here, you can explore sandy beaches such as Levante, Poniente and Mal Pas. All the three have a Blue Flag certification, so they are very clean and well-equipped. If you are not annoyed by the crowd, go to Levante, as Poniente is more peaceful, making it an ideal destination for families. Balcon del Mediterraneo is located between the two beaches. There is also a breathtaking view of the city from the viewpoint, surrounded by rocks. Are you looking for entertainment? There are dozens of discos, pubs and karaoke bars to choose from. Spend the night in the port of Benidorm.
Day 6. Benidorm – Villajoyosa
9.37 km (5.82 mi)
Villajoyosa its colourful houses, they often call it a “happy city”. If you want to go swimming, you can find several well-established beaches here. These are all ideal for enjoying the sunshine or doing watersports. The beach is mostly sandy, and there are many palm trees. You can find the Aguiló watchtower that was built in the 16th century here; it used to provide protection against pirates. Spend the night in the port of the town.
Day 7. Villajoyosa – Pueblo Mascarat – Denia
101.50 km (63.07 mi)
Day 1. Palma de Mallorca – El Toro 23.23 km (14.43 mi), Day 2. El Toro – Port de Sóller 8.24 km (36.19 mi), Day 3. Port de Sóller – Port de Pollença 65.76 km (40.86 mi), Day 4. Port de Pollença – Alcúdia 22.87 km (14.21 mi), Day 5. Alcúdia – Colonia de Sant Pere 19.48 km (12.10 mi),Day 6. Colonia de Sant Pere – Porto Cristo 48.06 km (29.87 mi), Day 7. Porto Cristo – Ca’n Pastilla – Palma 94.05 km (58.44 mi)
Day 1. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – El Pagador 28.04 km (17.42 mi), Day 2. El Pagador – Santa Cruz de Tenerife 74.85 km (46.51 mi) ,Day 3. Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Candelaria 19.11 km (11.88 mi), Day 4. Candelaria – Amarilla Golf 51.65 km (32.09 mi), Day 5. Amarilla Golf – Arguineguín 96.47 km (59.94 mi),Day 6. Arguineguín – Taliarte 52.94 km (32.90 mi), Day 7. Taliarte – Mercalaspalmas – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 18.94 km (11.77 mi)
If you would like to go sailing, visiting Spain with its pleasant climate will be an unforgettable experience. Dock at the wonderful towns and islands, and enjoy all the amazing beaches and exciting sights to see.Club Nautic Cambrils, Club Nàutic Estartit, Club Nautic S`Arenal, Denia - Alicante, Marina del Sur, Marina Rubicon, Port de Blanes, Port Vell, Portocolom, Puerto de Mahón, Puerto Deportivo Radazul, Sant Antoni de Portmany Port