Menorca sailing area - sailing around the Balearic Islands

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Menorca

Menorca is a year-round sailing area and ideal for beginners. The charter season runs from April to October.

  • Good infrastructure
  • Many bays
  • Optimal wind conditions
  • Easy navigation
  • Blue-water sailing area

Menorca is the northernmost and second largest Balearic Island with an area of 700 square kilometers. Two regions characterize Menorca: the mountains in the north (Tramuntana) and the hills in the south (Migjorn). The northern part is mountainous, rural and the landscape is characterized by a rugged, craggy coastline with natural harbors and reddish-colored sand beaches. In the south the coastline is softer - there are some deep gorges, pine forests and rocky coasts, interrupted by long golden beaches. Monte Toro in the center of the island is 357 m in height and magnificent views can be seen from the summit. The island's capital Maó (or Mahon) is situated in a huge natural bay. This fjord-like bay is about 5.5 km long and up to 1,2 km wide and is the main base for Yachtcharter Menorca. It is the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean and the second largest in the world. Every day a ferry sails to Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Valencia. Maó has a lot of attractions such as the Sant Felip Castle at the harbor entrance, the fortress of La Mola, and the picturesque old town with winding streets. The 285 km long coast line is very diverse and offers a variety of sailing experiences. Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993 and today almost half of the island's land area is protected. There are many natural parks in Addaia, Es Grau, Son Bou and Son Saura. In the south there is also an impressive underwater cave system.

On the island there are two safe harbors: Maó in the east and Ciutadella in the west. In addition, there are many bays along the coast where it is possible to anchor. On the east coast there is the protected cove of Cala D'Addaya, a deep incision bordered by pine trees and rugged limestone cliffs. Another safe bay is Cala Fornells: in bad weather the only refuge from the entire north side of the island. Menorca is an ideal sailing area for beginners and less experienced yacht charter crews. Apart from the maneuvers in sometimes crowded and confined spaces, there are no real navigational challenges. There are few shallows and the flow is weak, but you should pay attention to the tide. The sailing area is buoyed. From Menorca you can also sail to the other Balearic Islands or to the Spanish mainland.

Harbours and Marinas in Menorca 

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  • Mahon Harbour
  • Ribera del Puerto Marina
  • Ciutadella Marina
  • Fornells Harbour

Sailing Routes Menorca

Sail between the lively Balearic Islands of Menorca and Mallorca and enjoy the dramatic coastlines brimming beautiful beaches, culture and nightlife. Mahon is one of the largest natural harbors in the world and has always been an important port. In Mahon you can witness the mixture of old and new architecture and see the way that maritime history has influenced the island of Menorca. Some may be interested in visiting the... more

Airports nearby Menorca

Airport Menorca to Mahon harbor: 6,4 km, 11 minutes

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Climate & Weather in Menorca

Menorca has a Mediterranean climate and it is possible to sail around the island throughout the year. Spring and autumn are pleasant, and the temperature ranges from 15 to 25 °C. The summer weather begins in April and lasts until late October. In August, the average temperature is 30 °C during the day, and the water temperature is 25 °C. The winters are short, mild and rainy with an average temperature of 12 °C.