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Barcelona to Mallorca

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Five Day Plus Itinerary

From anywhere on the island of Mallorca or Minorca, you can comfortably sail to Barcelona, but it will include an overnight passage. One overnight passage in a five day Charter is OK. Fitting two overnight passages into five days is possible, but it might be more night time sailing than is comfortable for your crew.

Our suggestion of a one-way charter that might work out like this below? Please contact us for more info.

Sailing Barcelona to Mallorca Itinerary

Travel from Barcelona International Airport (El Prat) is straightforward, and you can find several ways from the airport that best suits your plans.  Arrive at the yacht in the morning or evening (depending on availability). After the formalities, put your gear on the boat and relax. Perhaps you brought along a few provisions or planned to eat out after arrival? The choice is yours but remember to give yourself time to settle into your new home.

Plan to spend the following day provisioning the yacht for five days. Provisioning will take some hours (perhaps we already did this for you). After you settled in, you are ready to set sail. If you have a skipper, he will suggest a fairly light first day. This will give you a chance to re-discover your sea-legs. Perhaps a short shakedown cruise with an overnight in Sitges that’s just a few miles down the coast.

Day Two

After your first gentle day, maybe simply soaking up the marina atmosphere and giving yourself time to recover from the night before it´s time to set sail for Mallorca. Typically in Spain, the sky is blue, and the winds are gentle. You will be familiar with the yacht, and your crew will be ready for a comfortable adventure across Sailing from Barcelona to Mallorca.

With dozens of places to visit in Mallorca, this is where your pre-holiday planning will come in handy. If you have a professional Skipper, he will have already communicated alternatives. From a safety point of view, the Skippers choice of destination for your next day or night sail is his decision. Provided the weather and crew are up for it, a professional skipper will go with the flow, as they say. After all, it’s your holiday, and he is working for you.

Let’s say you are sailing from Barcelona to Mallorca. Leaving Sitges just after 10.00 am you should arrive Mallorca sometime before lunch the following day. That gives you plenty of time to cruise the island and check out some great locations for the next couple of days of relaxing and enjoying the Mallorca without the stress of a return overnight passage.

The magic of sailing at night by Rob Woodward

We slipped our lines just after 1600hrs from the fuel dock in Mahon Harbour, Menorca. It was the end of February. I recall the weather was changeable. The weather forecast gave a strong southwesterly wind warning earlier in the day hence the slight delay in our departure. A cold front would pass in the afternoon, linger for a while and then move North, followed by calm conditions for our overnight sail. Anyway, we had a heavy drinking night before, so a late start was good for us. Let’s see, the forecast for our overnight passage was for calm conditions increasing again to a fresh Southwesterly around dawn.

 As we left the shelter of Mahon Harbour, it certainly felt a little more than fresh to me. Wind speed was recoding a steady thirty-five Knotts…”mmm, that’s enough wind “! 

A couple of hours later, we were well into our stride, and although the wind had remained much the same, at least it wasn’t raining! We were cruising along at 6.5 knots in our fifty-foot Jeanneau that felt deceptively small as we lost the island’s shelter. Thankfully the wind started to ease a little as the evening slowly became night, and the miles slipped under the hull. 

With the autopilot set and lookout, rota agreed, there was nothing more to do than eat snacks. I am never hungry on the first night on any passage, although a good cook might have been able to persuade me. Not so on this trip, we were lightly provisioned, not intending to make too much of a mess cooking in a rough sea. After all, this was a straightforward delivery trip, and getting the yacht to Port Ginesta Barcelona without making a mess to clean was important. 

By now, the night was black. We had the moon at times, but it disappeared behind cloud more often than not. Our eyes quickly became accustomed to the night, and as always, after a while, it didn’t seem so dark. No sooner had we got settled, we lost all the moon’s trace behind a big black cloud. The wind had dropped to almost nothing, so we were forced to run the engine. 

As we continued into the black of the night, I felt spots of rain and hail as we pressed on into the night. The cloud was getting thicker until no stars were visible, and all traces of light were disappearing. By now, the sea was calm, but I was sure it was going to either rain or hailstone heavily as I continued to get hit by the odd frozen rain droplet.

We both sat in the cockpit, covered in every bit of heavy weather sailing kit we could find. My Musto Offshore Jacket and pants were wonderful. Every now and then, I would close my eyes for a few moments as I was toasty warm in my kit. Again the irritating hale droplet suggested things were about to change. Suddenly a shriek from my watch partner. Hey! Did you see that?  A flash of light caught my eye. “No, what the?” and then suddenly, as we both stared in the direction of the flash, we were instantly captivated as the yacht became surrounded by dolphins. I have never seen anything like it; the dolphins were glowing white, shimmering like ghosts. As they broke the surface, the wake and splash exploded into bright light as they sparked with effervescence. 

The light show continued for the next few minutes. I have no idea how long the dolphins stayed with the boat. Perhaps it was five minutes, and suddenly they were gone, and almost the second they disappeared, the heavens applauded with a massive hailstone shower that bombarded us. The hail was not so hard that we had to run for cover. It was soft, leaving the yacht glowing as the moon reappeared, just as if someone had turned the lights on after the show.

 What I do know is we talked about it all night long, hoping for an encore that never came. Having sailed for thirty years, I have never seen anything like it.

Sure I have seen plenty of effervescence in the past. More often, as one visits the loo, as the flushing water glows at night. The dolphin show was amazing, and certainly, worth the black sky we encountered to get the best effect. 

We pressed on through a fairly uneventful night until an hour before dawn when not only did the sky become totally black, but down came a fog.  It was a tense hour as we moved closer to the shipping lane of Barcelona. Soon enough, the fog lifted, and the first glimmer of light came over the horizon. Dawn came, and it was time for the night shift to get some sleep.  As if working a dayshift shift, up came the wind steadily increased back to where we started at 35 knots. By the time we got to Port Ginesta in Barcelona, it was blowing a hooley. We tied up in the Marina almost exactly twenty-four hours after leaving Mahon. We were still talking about the dolphins!


Day three

A comfortable cruise to find an anchorage for lunch before checking into a Marina for an evening ashore.  As many days as you want to cruise and to relax, swimming and just enjoying being on the yacht. If you have a professional skipper keeping you safe, enjoy picking up a few tips and growing your own confidence. Depart for Palma international Aiport for the flight home.

Our next five day plus charter will pick up the yacht in Mallorca and enjoy the same holiday in reverse. Perhaps spending a few nights in Mallorca before making the singe overnight passage, sailing Barcelona to Mallorca.

A great post is called the love of sailing. You might find it interesting. Our company is based in Port Ginesta, Barcelona