Stunning view across Cala Saona Bay. Without doubt on of the best places to sail in Spain!

The Best Places to Sail in Spain — Our Guide

The Best Places to Sail in Spain

One of the best places to sail in Spain is Mahon Harbour
Mahon Harbour — Menorca

I have often been asked the question, ‘where are the best places to sail in Spain?’

A question which is impossible to answer as I am bound to upset someone! However, in my view and without doubt the waters of the Mediterranean Costa Blanca is my favourite area.

Shrieks of “Unfair” and probably some not so pleasant statements later, so I give my reasons why.

Firstly, the Costa Blanca is far less of a concrete jungle as is Malaga and south of there. I’ve never quite understood why the rich and famous (and infamous) congregate in the areas around Puerto Banus etc. Anyway, that’s a subject for another story!

Secondly, with the Costa Blanca, you definitely get some of the best places to sail to. Where you sail to in my view is probably more important than just the sailing alone. For me sailing is about the sport, the fun, the navigation, the feeling of exhilaration that you get when controlling a strong wind, and the social scene at the end of a great sail.

Puerto Banus Marina
Puerto Banus view from the water to the shoreline

It is the equivalent of golf’s nineteenth hole and it’s no good if one of those critical requirements is missing. If you sail out of The Marina de

Stunning view across Cala Saona Bay. Without doubt on of the best places to sail in Spain!
View across Cala Saona Bay — one of  the best places to sail in Spain!

Denia, on the Northern Costa Blanca coast, you have the fabulous Balearics within easy reach. A ten hour sail will get you to Formentera or Ibiza, two stunning islands well worth a long visit. Further afield, you have the islands of Majorca and Menorca, also well worth a visit. No other marina has this ease of access to the islands on offer

The islands of Spain are amongst the best places to sail in my view. All have a myriad of small bays (calas) where you can find a sheltered mooring by anchor for the night, and most have one or more bars, cafes and restaurants to discover. Cala Saona is the best stopping point on the trip from mainland Spain. There is plenty of space to moor and its well sheltered.

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2 thoughts on “The Best Places to Sail in Spain — Our Guide

  1. While I disagree on the sentiments expressed on Puerto Banus, I do agree that the Northern Costa Blanca is perhaps one of the best places to sail in Spain. Having made several trips from Moraira to Formentera and Ibiza on my friends almost new Jeanneau I can agree that the islands are quite beautiful. Watch out for marina charges though. If you like to tie up in these places (I don’t — to me they are the equivalent of a car park for boats) expect to seriously pay for the dubious privilege! Anchoring in the small bays is by far the most fun and, since you can choose to be sheltered, you’ll be quite safe. Last trip we had one night which was a bit tippy. I had a double aft bunk to myself so wedged myself in sideways. After that I slept soundly!

  2. I love the thrill of watching Formentera rise up as you approach. The whole crew come up on deck to view the island becoming bigger. It must have been that way for Christopher Columbus as he approached the New World. We had the most amazing time on Macato and thanks to the team behind this lovely yacht from Denia Yacht Charters, everything was perfect.

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