Thousands of boat owners from all over Europe keep their boats in the Balearics, drawn by the excellent facilities, congenial climate, easygoing life, and warm, clear waters. Even on a cold and dreary February day in most of Europe, the sun is more than likely to be shining in the Balearics.
Mallorca is the largest and highest of the Balearic Islands, and along with its sister islands of Menorca, Formentera and Ibiza, lies in the Mediterranean Sea off the south-east coast of mainland Spain. Only 45 miles north-east of Ibiza, and just 20 miles from Menorca at the shortest point, Mallorca is the perfect base for a summer Med season.
Mallorca has a mountainous stretch right down to parts of the coast so that there are few shelters on the north-west coast. In fact, most of the marinas are concentrated in the south west of the island.
Flying time from most UK airports is around two to three hours and on arrival, local time is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Mallorca is typically Mediterranean with hot, dry summers in the high 20°s and mild winters, with the temperatures roughly half that of summer. The sea regulates extreme temperatures and pleasant sea breezes also keep hot days from becoming too unpleasant. Mallorca experiences irregular rainfall, mostly tending to fall between autumn and winter.
When strong winds do set in however, they can be menacing so do keep an eye on local forecasts which are posted at all marinas.
There is little tidal activity in the area, with 1m maximum. Variations in sea level are generally due to weather conditions. Water temperature reaches approx 26 degrees celsius in the summer with little rainfall. There are very few currents.