10 Top Spain Superyacht Charter Destinations You Need to Know
When it comes to luxury yacht charter destinations in the Western Mediterranean, the French and Italian Rivieras certainly receive their fair share of attention, as do the Balearic Islands - yet the main Spanish coastline is an underrated spot in many ways. In Spain there are places where you can immerse yourself in the captivating Art Noveau works of Gaudi, the luxury lifestyle of Valencia or the solitude of the national parks, not to mention the Spanish cuisine and customs that make this charter ground so unique. From old favourites to captivating villages that attracted international artists such as Salvador Dali, these are the 10 incredible Spanish private luxury yacht charter destinations you should be considering for your next Mediterranean adventure.
Stop by at the Port Vell marina to for five-star services and facilities and to spectate in some of the incredible events hosted throughout the year. As a beach city, it's easy for your group to stretch out beside the water, or head into town for some one-of-a-kind cultural sights: Gaudi has left a lasting Art Noveau impression on colourful Park Guell and the iconic Sagrada Familia.
If you don't have time to pack everything in, the Gothic Quarter is only 10 minutes away from Port Vell and showcases everyday life among ancient alleyways and wide open squares lined with boutiques and bakeries.
From Barcelona, spend a day among the breath-taking beauty of Montserat and include the exquisite Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey into your trip.
2. Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands is the most popular superyacht charter spot in Spain, offering incredible natural beauty, numerous sandy beaches and a thriving party scene just a short cruise away from peaceful villages. Catch all the action with a night in Ibiza then wake up to breakfast in Formentera, where the remote location will provide tranquil seclusion and shallow water for learning new water toys.
Beaches, history, culture and fantastic shopping opportunities draw tourists to Malaga year after year. The area around the Costa Brava has kilometres of pale sand beaches for the group to while away the hot afternoons, and in the evenings guests can go ashore for authentic Spanish cuisine and locally brewed drinks in the carefully preserved taverns. The airport connects to international flights, so Malaga is the ideal stop to begin or end your Spanish superyacht charter.
The annual temperatures in Valencia average around 17°C/63°F and as a result, the city is a year-round destination where holidaymakers can sample the very best of the Spanish lifestyle. Its proximity to the Balearic Islands also ensures it is an easy addition to an itinerary, where futuristic buildings and old forts will give artists in your group plenty to capture on canvas.
High-end shopping, golf courses and a strong arts culture with plenty of festivities in the summer add a burst of life to your holiday and create happy memories that last a lifetime. Beach stretches to the north and south for water sports and relaxation anywhere you please.
Andalucia is a place that caters to the rich and famous, where guests who want some modern day luxuries in a nature-bound itinerary will have their fill of international brands, exclusive restaurants, clubs and bars and a social calendar that never ends throughout the summer months.
6. Costa del Sol
Live the high life on the Costa del Sol and add Marbella to your itinerary: The first-class marina is fringed by high-end boutiques, night clubs and restaurants, while golf courses and casinos enhance the on-land entertainment.
In the water there are a number of exceptional dive spots catering to all levels, where there are fuchsia and yellow gorgonias thronged by wildlife and you'll be tempted to spearfish for your lunch.
Follow the sandy coastline to the southern tip of Spain and uncover the wonders of Gibraltar, where the pristine Estrecho Natural Park is a haven for wind-based water toys, paddleboards and kayaks, and the distant Moroccan shores can be seen on the horizon.
Shoppers will feel right at home among the many high-end international brands and purchases are VAT free, although certain items may be subject to local taxes. The Rock of Gibraltar and its surrounding attractions is worth a day of discovery: Saint Michael's Höhle is a yawning cave used for holding concerts, while exhibitions, forts and castles mark the route down. Visitors can use the cable cars for a tranquil ride in either direction while admiring the views.
8. Costa Brava
'Costa Brava' literally means 'wild coast and when your luxury yacht charter group looks upon the rugged hillsides you will know how well it lives up to its name. Stretching from Blanes north to the French border, it includes Roses and Cadaquès however the southern section has many beaches only accessible by boat.
Warm, breezy weather produces the ideal conditions for sailing and similar water sports, while the clear water will stir guests out of their sun loungers to snorkel and Scuba dive among the reefs, wrecks and wildlife.
Anchorages are easy to come by in the Gulf of Roses and whether you have an hour or a day to while away, this ancient settlement between the hills and the sea has atmospheric ruins of Greek and Roman origin, stoic forts and medieval streets to capture on film.
The beach follows the coast right along the curve of the bay so whether you want a romantic sunset meal or a quiet place for quality time with the family, there is always a deserted section without hiding yourselves away in a cove. Dolphins often swim in the bay and you can play together with the high speed Seabobs or jet skis or snorkel and discover the other brilliant flora and fauna.
Cadaquès is to the north of Roses and brilliant white buildings capped with orange roofs offer a picturesque Mediterranean backdrop while you soak together in the sunshine or enjoy a spot of fishing. Add some surrealism to your luxury yacht charter and visit the magnificent home and gardens of Salvador Dali in Port Lligat, which is open to the public and provides a unique insight into the artist's life.