Menorca Yacht Charter, Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands are one of the most popular luxury yacht charter destinations in Spain and the Western Mediterranean where a short cruise will take your from exclusive beach clubs to impressive cities or out into the uninhabited wilds.
The islands are famed amongst Scuba divers for the number of sites available to all skill levels and the cave systems in particular are a satisfying challenge for more advanced divers.
Water toys enthusiasts will also be in their element with the number of beaches both sheltered and exposed to the elements to choose from, and there are ideal places for young families to splash around without the worry of sharp rocks or strong currents.
From built-up cities with winding streets to small settlements along the coast, there are many options for how to spend your holiday and your money; high-end restaurants and delectable cafes are side-by-side with bars, clubs, boutique shops and spas, and Mahon in particular has a tradition of shoe-making for a practical souvenir of your travels.
Skip the crowds and worries over transport and explore Menorca and the other Balearic Islands by luxury yacht, taking with you your water toys, plush accommodation and expert crew who will cater to the group's dietary requirements throughout the trip.
There has never been a better time to visit the Balearic Islands: Since the anchoring regulations for luxury yachts with 12 or more passengers have been lifted in 2019, there is now an even greater selection of sailing yachts and motor yachts to choose from for anchoring overnight in private bays and coves, which were before limited to staying overnight in ports and marinas.
Five quick reasons to visit Menorca
Atmospheric towns and villages, World-class museums, Flavoursome local cuisine, Scenic bays, Lively nightspots
More about this part of Spain
The Balearic Islands first gained popularity as a luxury yachting destination in the mid-20th Century for their enchanting natural beauty and picturesque villages, and for the most part this has remained unchanged away from the party capital of Ibiza Town. Every year, international DJs come to the island to perform at some of the largest parties in the Western Mediterranean, while the beaches on Formentera offer a quick escape back to nature.
The north of Ibiza has a reputation for upscale restaurants and relaxation amongst pine forests and secluded coves, while Mallorca will satisfy culture seekers with UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Gothic Catedral de Mallorca and myriad villas, galleries and museums to while away the hours.
Menorca is very much about taking life as it comes and leaving behind modern distractions... although it's always possible to cruise to a beach club or town for some modern day indulgences and a lively social scene.
Barcelona is only a short cruise away and its international airport makes this an excellent destination to begin or end a Balearic Islands luxury yacht charter: The city is filled with landmarks dating all the way back to Roman times and some of the country's most prestigious artists and architects. When you want to celebrate a special occasion in style, the OneOcean Club in Port Vell is a lavish and sophisticated venue well known in the luxury yacht industry for hosting prestigious regattas.
Menorca yacht Charter Experiences
Menorca's capital of Mahon (known locally as Mao) has a reputation as an open-air museum for the number of forts, churches and ruins that can be spotted as you cruise into port. The city itself has art noveau elements in its architecture as well as 18th century period features left behind from British colonial rule. Cobblestone streets lead to eateries which are towered over by the Santa Maria de Maó church. The Museum of Menorca has comprehensive displays on the settlement history from founding up until modern times, and visitors will have an impressive selection of sculptures and paintings to peruse out of the midday heat.
Spend your afternoon amongst the incredible Menorca beaches making use of your full selection of water toys: Snorkel, kayak and Scuba dive through the clear warm waters and interact with the intriguing local wildlife. North of Mahon is the Parc Natural de s'Albufera des Grau, where Herman's tortoises and eagles can be observed within the park.
Catch your lunch fresh from the sea and have it prepared by your expert on board chef, or visit one of the local vineyards for a wine tasting session in the picturesque countryside.
As evening comes around, make your way to the marvellous beach clubs along the southern side of the island, or cruise to Ciutadella de Menorca for your pick of the nightlife. Ciutadella has plenty of indulgences from spas and top quality restaurants (should you fancy a change from dining on board) to ice cream parlours and other mouth-watering sweets.
During the day, there is the Castillo de Sant Nicolau, Catedral de Santa María de Ciutadella and Museu Municipal de Ciutadella to satisfy culture lovers.
Luxury yacht charter groups have the choice of remaining in port close to the social scene, or sailing off to a quiet anchorage to enjoy starry skies in peace and quiet or for a private party to go long into the night.
Things to Consider:
Yachting Seasons & Climate:
Menorca is wonderfully warm from May until October, with the peak summer months of July and August experiencing an average of 29°C/84°F. June is the driest month and rainfall throughout summer is uncommon, but chances of a shower increase significantly during the shoulder seasons.
July has the most hours of sunshine at an average of 12 per day, and more than 8 from March until September.
Sea temperatures reach 26°C/79°F in August and are comfortably warm from June through to October.
Clothing to Pack For Your Charter:
Away from the beach the typical style of clothing is smart casual, and away from the cosmopolitan party hotspots dress is typically conservative.
When visiting religious sites, both men and women should have shoulders and thighs covered and in some places footwear such as flip-flops may be prohibited.
In June, July and August rainfall is low, however a light waterproof layer and umbrella should be packed for times when the weather is unpredictable.
Due to the breezes along the coast, a jumper or other additional layer is recommended outside the summer season and for spending time outside in the evening even in July and August as well as for air conditioned environments.
Main Ports and Marinas
Mahon Marina, Ribera Del Puerto Marina, Cala Llonga Marina, Villacarlos Port, Cala Font Marina, Cala En Bosc Marina, Ciutadella de Menorca Port, Bahia de Fornells Marina, Port D'Addaia, Es Grau Marina
Famous Restaurants & Clubs
Smoix restaurant (Ciutadella), Café Balear (Ciutadella), Gorgeous Bar Oliver’s (Mahon), Big Apple Karaoke Bar (Cala'n Bosch), Tony's Bar (Ciutadella), Moonlight Cocktail Bar (Ciutadella) Cala d'en Xoroi (Cala'n Porter)
A Must See Attraction
Castillo de Sant Nicolau, Catedral de Santa María de Ciutadella, Museu Municipal de Ciutadella, Santa Maria de Maó, and Museum of Menorca
Best beaches to visit in your yacht
Cala Macarelleta, Cala Mitjaneta, Calo Blanc, Cala Mesquida, Cala Trebaluger, Cala Escorxada, Platges Son Saura, Cala Turqueta
Local Yacht Events
Vela Classic Menorca - Mahon Regatta, Mahon Classics Regatta
Best time to go
Menorca is a year-round destination however the best time to visit is in the summer months, when regattas take place in August and services on the island are running at peak performance. Menorca is far away from the party capital of Ibiza and while your luxury yacht affords you your own personal space away from the crowds, day and night, visitors looking for a more sedate experience while exploring the local landmarks might prefer the shoulder seasons.
Further Charter Information
Yacht Rentals Available: Go here for the current list of yacht rentals in Menorca.
Full Balearics Yacht Charter Guide: Go here for the essential Balearics yacht charter guide.
Spain and Balerics Itineraries: Here is a selection of broker itineraries for Spain and the Balerics.
News: Read the latest superyacht news about Menorca.
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