5 Luxury Yachting Destinations in the Spanish Islands

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Isabel MollMenorca Sotheby’s International Realty

For crystalline turquoise waters, picturesque beaches, and vibrant nightlife, look no further than the islands of Spain. Near the mainland are the Balearic Islands, where Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca see many luxury cruisers make port; the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa offer another experience for yachters, with islands including Tenerife and Gran Canaria drawing visitors from all over the world. Yachting from port to port is arguably the best way to explore and enjoy these destinations while taking in stunning sunsets along the way. Get a taste of these islands on your sea journey; when you’re ready to settle down, luxury properties await.

Ibiza

Cala d’Hort in Ibiza, photo courtesy of Lukasz Janyst / Shutterstock Inc

Ibiza has earned a reputation for its active nightlife, and it doesn’t disappoint. After docking at the town of Ibiza and enjoying the thrill of the party scene, travel to the tip of the island to experience the natural beauty and tranquility of Punta Galera. Stone formations and rugged cliffs surround Mediterranean waters here, with flat rocks offering the perfect spot for sunbathing.

Barbara CapraraIbiza Sotheby’s International Realty

If the region speaks to you, there’s a nearby villa offering sunset, sea, and forest views, plus a secluded deck and pool. Call this six-bedroom home your own and return to paradise again and again.

Formentera

Barbara CapraraIbiza Sotheby’s International Realty

After enjoying Ibiza’s thriving nightlife and Punta Galera’s beauty, sail over to Formentera for more rest and relaxation on its many beautiful beaches. With more sunny days than the rest of the islands, a laid-back lifestyle where cocktail hour is a daily event, and excellent cuisine (especially Italian), you may never want to leave.

Barbara CapraraIbiza Sotheby’s International Realty

If that’s the case, this 4,854-square-foot oasis with sea views could be the property that calls you back time and time again. Located on Cap de Barbaria, this villa takes inspiration from architecture found on the island of Capri and boasts a guesthouse, juniper orchard, and a 1,076-square-foot swimming pool.

Mallorca

Alejandra VanoliMallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

A stop in Mallorca offers a taste of its opulence. Visit the Gothic-style Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma for impressive architecture, enjoy Michelin-star dining at restaurants around the island, and once you’ve fallen in love with this history-steeped, postcard-perfect place, explore the exclusive residential area of Port Andratx.

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There you’ll find this impressive Mediterranean mansion. With five bedrooms and bathrooms, beautiful gardens, covered and uncovered terraces, and an inviting swimming pool, it’s the ideal property for soaking up the Spanish lifestyle.

Menorca

Isabel MollMenorca Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re looking for a more subtle and traditional Spanish experience, set sail to Menorca. Full of original charm, towns here boast whitewashed buildings with splashes of color and wild flora. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993, the island is home to preserved natural areas full of wildlife.

Isabel MollMenorca Sotheby’s International Realty

A home on this island means access to the peace and beauty year-round—this sea villa in Mahón harbour includes spectacular views a heated pool, and rooftop terrace for evenings spent under the Balearic sky.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, photo courtesy of Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH / Shutterstock Inc

There’s a lot to do in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. From museums, to exciting nightlife, to historic cathedrals and bustling beaches, the city exudes energy and life. If you’re around long enough for a game, pick up your clubs and discover one of the world-renowned golf courses in Las Palmas. And don’t miss out on Maspalomas, a remote beach that features over a mile of rolling sand dunes as its backdrop.

Germán FeliuMallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

For unbeatable views of Las Palmas and its beaches, with a convenient location only a few minutes from the city center, this 4,305-square-foot San Agustin house is a perfect choice for a vacation home with its three levels, pool, and guest apartment.

Yachting around Spain’s islands is the ultimate luxury vacation, a way to experience the breadth of Spanish culture from the comfort of luxury accomodations. If you discover an island you don’t want to leave, coming ashore more permanently is always an option. Islands are, after all, the perfect home base for future sailing adventures.

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