Balearic Islands Yacht Charter Guide

These golden Spanish isles have evolved to be among Europe’s most glamorous holiday hot spots.

From spring through to late October, enjoy long summer days that adorn the islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca. Join the ranks of the well-heeled travelers who enjoy hip, world-class hangouts during a Balearic Islands yacht charter. You will be treated to stunning beaches and clear water bays punctuating their breezy coastlines, while ashore, Michelin-starred restaurants and state-of-the-art marinas welcome you in style.


Over the past few decades, Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, has established itself as one of the Mediterranean’s most exclusive destinations. When you arrive, you will find that Mallorca is all about long, lazy lunches anchored in secret coves, ambling through ancient streets and finding yourself in the latest nightclub (should it take your fancy). Should you tire of picturesque ports, golden-sand beaches and rustic villages, then Palma, the island’s capital, offers a cool contrast from the quieter sides of the island.

Ibiza, meanwhile, has a bohemian attitude and is the perfect place to enjoy an alternative lifestyle. Ibiza Town is the place to go if you want to party like a free-spirited twenty-something. The island is stealing St. Tropez’s movers and shakers. A smattering of chi-chi beach bars and vibrant beach clubs dot the coastline — many of which appeal to those who prefer relaxing to raving. Ibiza also boasts some of the most inspiring dining establishments in the Mediterranean. While the island may have an amazing party scene, it also offers deserted bays and serene stretches of white sand where the loudest noise is the waves lapping the hull of your yacht. Alternatively, the tiny island of Formentera to the south of Ibiza is relatively peaceful, even during the peak summer months.

The lesser-known and often overlooked island of Menorca welcomes you to its beautiful interior, countless secluded coves and more miles of beaches than Ibiza and Formentera combined. This is the island you graduate to when feeling jaded from the party crowd on Ibiza or need some downtime away from the glamor and sophistication of Mallorca.

Whichever yacht you choose to explore Spain’s Balearic Islands, you can expect sun, sand and carefree nights (wild as you wish) the moment you embark on a Balearics yacht charter.

Charter Highlights Balearic Islands

  • Reserve a table at Marc Fosh or Zaranda, Mallorca
  • For cabaret and gastronomic splendor head to Heart, Ibiza
  • Enjoy the magnificent anchorage of Espalmador
  • Dive underwater flora and fauna at Cabrera National Park
  • Spend your days beachside at Cala D'Albarca, Ibiza
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Balearics Yacht Charter FAQ

Why charter a yacht in the Balearics?

There are many reasons why you should charter a yacht in the Balearics, including stunning beaches, scenic coastal towns, and vibrant nightlife.

  • Beaches
    The Balearic Islands are known for their stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, ideal for making the most of your yacht’s tenders and water toys. Cruise the coastline, and you’ll discover hidden coves and bays accessible only by boat. Have your crew prepare a beach picnic for a luxurious day in the sun.
  • Coastal towns
    All the Balearic Islands boast pretty coastal towns, each with its own unique character and attractions. Explore cobbled stone streets flanked by local boutiques and eateries.
  • Nightlife
    The island of Ibiza is renowned for its legendary super clubs attracting international DJs. Some of the most exclusive include O Beach, Pacha, Cova Santa, and Ushuaia. By day, cruise the coastline and explore secluded coves and pretty seaside villages.

Of course, when you charter a yacht in the Balearics, you will enjoy all the benefits of a crewed yacht vacation, including elevated leaves of exclusivity and privacy, exceptional service levels provided by your yacht’s crew, and a bespoke itinerary that meets your needs. If you want to rent a luxury boat in the Balearics, contact Northrop & Johnson today. We boast a stunning fleet of fully crewed sailing yachts, motor boats, and multi-hull vessels, including catamarans, featuring stylish interiors and superb amenities. Our charter experts will listen to your needs and help select your perfect vessel.

What to do on a Balearic Islands yacht charter?

With over 150 islands to explore, including the main islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, there are a wealth of things to do on a luxury yacht charter in the Balearic Islands for all ages. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Visit Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearics. Must-visits include the Catedral-Basilica de Santa Maria de Mallorca, Bellver Castle, one of the few remaining circular castles in Europe, exploring the pretty Old Town, including the Arab Baths.
  • Explore the island of Formentera; make sure you drop anchor at Playa Illetes, considered one of the best beaches in Europe.
  • Soak up the sun at Nikki Beach Ibiza, one of the Mediterranean’s most exclusive beach clubs.
  • Reserve a table at Zaranda, a gourmet Michelin-starred restaurant in Palma de Mallorca that boasts a refined menu that reflects the rich culture of the Balearics.
  • Enjoy a hiking or cycling adventure in Cabrera Archipelago National Maritime Park, an uninhabited island with striking scenery.
  • Sink beneath the waves and discover vibrant marine life, fascinating shipwrecks, and underwater caverns. Some of the best scuba diving spots include the Cave of Jeroni, La Catedra, Pont d’En Gil, Palma Wrecks, which boasts an impressive 40-meter long cargo ship, and Don Pedro, home to the Mediterranean’s largest shipwreck at an epic 142-meters long.
  • Feast on spectacular Spanish cuisine and tapas, including local delicacies such as Cocarrois, Arros Brut, Trempo, Tombet, and Sobrassada. Of course, your yacht’s experienced crew and private chef will be able to prepare elegant dishes to your liking to be enjoyed aboard the privacy of your luxury yacht rental.

If you want to enjoy an unforgettable experience aboard a luxury private yacht in the Balearic Islands, contact the yacht rental specialists at Northrop & Johnson.

What islands to visit on a Balearic yacht charter?

The Balearics boasts more than 150 islands, many of which are uninhabited. The islands that should be at the top of your luxury yacht charter itinerary include Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.

  • Mallorca
    Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, boasting world-class service providers and marina facilities. Here, you’ll find the vibrant city of Palma de Mallorca, boasting world-class galleries, museums, boutiques, and superb restaurants. Make sure you set aside a day to explore this wonderful city.
  • Menorca
    Menorca offers a quieter pace and will appeal to those searching for a more low-key destination. The island is best known for its idyllic white sandy beaches that pepper its coastline and stunning natural parks.
  • Ibiza
    This island’s nightlife is legendary, home to the world’s largest superclubs. Beyond the nightlife, you’ll also find exclusive beach clubs, gourmet restaurants, and striking scenery, making Ibiza a must-visit.
  • Formentera
    Lesser-known Formentera is the most southern island in the Balearics and is part of the Pityusic Islands. The island doesn’t have an airport, which helps to ensure it remains peaceful and exclusive. Spend lazy days on pretty beaches and exploring the stunning interior dotted with ancient olive trees.

What to do on a Mallorca yacht charter?

Some of the best things to do on a Mallorca yacht charter include:

  • Spend a day exploring Palma de Mallorca, especially the pretty Old Town. Browse the local boutiques and art galleries and enjoy the best local cuisine at one of the many eateries.
  • Drop anchor at Deia, a pretty village of honey-colored stone cottages that hug the Mediterranean Sea. The village boasts several chich boutiques and galleries.
  • Head inland and enjoy a private wine-tasting experience and tour one of the island’s many wineries.
  • Cruise the coastline, discover hidden coves and beaches, and make the most of your luxury yacht rental’s water toys.

What to do on an Ibiza yacht charter?

Some of the best things to do on an Ibiza yacht charter include:

  • Enjoy a day at the island’s most exclusive beach clubs, including Nikki Beach, Amante, El Chiringuito, Beso Beach, and The Beach by Ushaia
  • Party at the world’s most exclusive superclubs, including Ushai and Lio.
  • Explore the island’s pretty interior with olive farms making some of the best olive oils in the Mediterranean.
  • Spend some time discovering Ibiza’s Old Town, including Dalt Vial, the oldest part of Ibiza Town.

What to do on a Formentera yacht charter?

Some of the best things to do on a Formentera yacht charter in Spain include:

  • Make the most of your yacht’s water toys courtesy of Formentera’s stunning azure blue waters and pretty white sand beaches.
  • Visit one of the island’s open-air craft markets and peruse local handmade goods. Popular markets include La Savinia market, La Mola craft market, and Es Pujols market.
  • Re-connect with nature and cycle or hike the island’s pretty interior.
  • Explore Formentera’s capital, Sant Francesc Xavier.

What to do on a Menorca yacht charter?

Some of the best things to do on a Menorca yacht charter in Spain include:

  • Drop anchor and explore the pretty fishing village of Binibeca with winding cobbled streets and white-washed houses.
  • Sail the picturesque Menorcan coastline.
  • Visit the Menorcan vineyards and enjoy the island’s best wines.
  • Explore Monte Toro, the tallest point on Menorca, and enjoy panoramic views of the island and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Finally, enjoy a stroll around the island’s historic capital, Ciutadella, and enjoy the many eateries serving up mouthwatering local dishes.

Motor or Sailing yacht charter in the Balearics?

Whether you cruise the Balearics, Spain, on a motor boat or sailing yacht, you are guaranteed an incredible charter experience.

Motor boats offer elevated comfort levels and often boast more amenities than a comparatively sized sailing vessel. Motor yachts are especially popular with families thanks to their large interior volume and enhanced levels of accessibility.

Sailing yachts are popular with those seeking a more sustainable way to explore the Balearic Islands. Mallorca is an especially great sailing destination, with first-class facilities, crystal-clear waters, and small sandy coves.

When is the best time to go on a Balearic Islands yacht charter?

The best time to visit the Balearic Islands on a yacht charter is during the summer months of June, July, and August. This is when temperatures are at their hottest – with averages of around 26C to 31C (79F-88F) – and the chance of rainfall is at its lowest. The shoulder months – April, May, September, and October are also a great time to visit Balearics on a yacht charter. The weather is still lovely and warm, and you’ll benefit from the island’s being less busy.

How are the winds in the Balearics?

The winds in the Balearics are excellent for sailing, with the prevailing Mistral wind which blows from the northwest. In the eastern part of the archipelago, there is also the Levante wind, which can bring strong gusts. In addition to these prevailing winds, expect coastal breezes that ensure a thrilling sailing experience. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or venturing on your first sailing yacht charter, your yacht’s captain will have expert knowledge of the region and up-to-date weather reports to ensure you enjoy a safe and enjoyable charter experience.

Are there sailing regattas in the Balearics?

Yes, there are multiple sailing regattas in the Balearics! Some of the best include:

  • The Superyacht Cup, the longest superyacht regatta in Europe.
  • The Copa del Rey Mapfre.
  • The Illes Balears Classics.
  • The Ibiza Joy Sail.
  • The Puro Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week.

If you want to enjoy a sailing yacht regatta in the Balearic Islands, Northrop & Johnson can help. Contact our team today.

Where to best embark on a yacht charter in the Balearic Islands?

You can embark on a yacht charter in the Balearic Islands from any port; however, popular embarkation spots include the islands of Ibiza and Menorca due to their larger airports that serve major international hubs. Your yacht charter specialist at Northrop & Johnson can work around your favored embarkation spot. 

Which airports are on the Balearic Islands?

Airports in the Balearic Islands include:

  • Palma de Mallorca Airport
    Located on the Island of Mallorca, this is the busiest airport in the Balearics, with commercial flights to major international hubs. The airport also includes a dedicated private jet terminal offering the utmost convenience and comfort for those embarking on a yacht charter.
  • Ibiza Airport
    Located on the island of Ibiza, this airport offers private jet services through its general aviation department but does not have a dedicated private jet terminal. Commercial flights to major hubs in Europe.
  • Menorca Airport
    Located on the island of Menorca, this airport offers private jet services through its general aviation department but does not have a dedicated private jet terminal. Commercial flights to major hubs in Europe.

If you want to enjoy a vacation in the Balearic Islands, Spain, aboard a superyacht, contact Northrop & Johnson. Our charter specialists will craft a bespoke itinerary and provide assistance with travel to and from your boat, ensuring a door-to-deck service that is second to none.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht in Ibiza?

The cost of chartering a yacht in Ibiza depends on several factors, including the size of the vessel, the shipbuilder and year of build, the yacht’s onboard amenities, and your cruising itinerary. Expect to pay upwards of at least US$50,000 per week for a yacht charter in Ibiza, with the most luxurious superyachts commanding over one million per week. On top of the base charter rate, there is also the Advanced Provisioning Allowance – typically about 10% of the base charter fee – and VAT. Northrop & Johnson has access to the best yachts for charter in Ibiza, from elegant 30m motor boats to the most spectacular mega yachts. Contact our team today.

What is the VAT for chartering a yacht in the Balearics?

The VAT or Value Added Tax for yachts with a Spanish charter license is 21%. Both European Union and non-EU-flagged yachts are permitted to charter in the Balearic Islands. The VAT rate will be added on top of the base charter fee. Your charter specialist at Northrop & Johnson will advise the total cost of the VAT.

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