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Marinas and Berths in the Balearic Islands

Marinas and Berths in the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands have been a highly popular European holiday destination for decades, and form one of the most established and appreciated cruising regions in the Mediterranean.
Marinas, and more generally yachting related infrastructures, have developed in parallel to the archipelago’s evolution as a major tourist destination. With the rapid growth of boating in the 1960s and the introduction of fiberglass (or GRP) hulls, the Balearic Islands were amongst the first regions of Europe to have seen the fast growth of yachting in the latter part of the 20th century.
The Balearic archipelago is ideally located in the Western Mediterranean and comprises several islands, the largest being Mallorca (or Majorca), Menorca, Ibiza (Eivissa) and Formentera. There are other, smaller islands, such as Cabrera (to the South of Mallorca), S’Espalmador or Dragonera, as well as many islets scattered all around the four main islands. This makes ideal cruising waters for boat owners and yachts of types. You can spend an entire holiday cruising or sailing around one of the main islands, from cove to come and port to port, or you can “hop” from one island to the other, if you like a greater change of scenery. Of course, the Balearics attracts yachts of all sizes visiting from other destinations, such as mainland Spain (Costa Dorada and Costa Brava mainly), from the Southern Coast of France, as well as from Italy.
The main yachting hub of the Balearics is unquestionably Palma de Mallorca, which is also the capital of the archipelago. This is where most of the region’s yachting support infrastructure and services can be found. It is no wonder that the Bay of Palma also has the highest concentration of berths, within the huge Port of Palma, but also in the many more secluded and residential marinas along the coastline.

Unlike harbours in most “island destinations” in the Mediterranean, some Balearic marinas retain high occupancy levels in the low season. The accessibility of Palma and its airport contribute to making the local boating world active throughout the year. Whilst most Mediterranean islands find themselves in most parts deserted in the winter, yachts of all sizes can find all they need for wintering, maintenance, repair and storage, on the main island of the Balearics.
The Balearic Islands have known a wave of marina developments in the 1960s and 1970s to be able to welcome the affluence of boats coming to their shores and sustain the growing tourist industry. Many of these developments were funded and managed by private companies and entities which could then sell long term leases to use or rent out the berths over the duration of their concession. The high demand for mooring in some of the most popular parts of the Balearics gave rise to a berth market, still active today, where private individuals (most often boat owners) can buy and sell yacht berth leases in marinas, either to be guaranteed a mooring over the years to come, or as an investment.

The harbours built during the first waves of development did not all foresee the growth of luxury yachts and superyachts. Some marinas were built later, to provide berthing specifically to the high-end and larger yachts, such as Puerto Portals, constructed in 1984, or the recently built and ultra-modern Port Adriano in El Toro.
Though the Balearics form a small insular world of their own, each island retains its own character, with a variety of cultural influences and sites, thus attracting all types of visitors and expats. Development of tourism (the islands’ economic backbone) began in the 1950s and continued throughout the 20th Century, drawing people from abroad and from mainland Spain. Since then the islands seasonal and all-year-round population has massively increased. In the island of Palma alone, it has trippled since the 1960s.The atmosphere on all islands shifts annually from low-season to high-season, with visitors from all over the world but primarily from Northern Europe, the most prominent and noticeable visiting nations being Germans and the British, each representing approximately 40% of all tourists travelling to the Balearic islands. All kind of holiday-makers come to the Balearics, from various walks of life, from campers to jet-setters. Over the years, there have also been growing communities of foreign European residents moving to Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca, making the islands a highly cosmopolitan archipelago, where Castilian, Catalan and English are widely spoken.



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Cape Formentor, in the North of the Island of Mallorca.


Ibiza : its marina and its old town.

View of Ciutadella de Menorca, in the West of Menorca, Balearic Islands.

Port de Soller, in the North of Mallorca.

The Port of Palma, Mallorca, by night.




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