The Iberian peninsula and its islands are some of the most desired destinations regardless of the season. Especially British and Italians really love to sail in Spain. The climate, the excellent value for money, as well as ports and facilities for sailors, the exquisite food and rich cultural heritage, the good air connections, the hospitality, in addition to the various tourist offer are all good reasons to choose this country as a holiday destination.
The atmosphere is what makes it so unique. Spaniards love to have fun and relax. If you seek a vibrant nightlife, well the “fiesta” in Spain never ends. Clubs and bars are open until late and people love hanging out and sit at a sunny outdoor terrace to have their daily cafés or beer while eating tapas.
Foodies, history buffs, nature lovers can enjoy the wide range of opportunities that Spain provides. Cultural cities and picturesque villages, Unesco World Heritage Sites, food and wine itineraries, hiking routes surrounded by nature… in Spain you will find loads of opportunities for fun and entertainment for the whole crew.
However, if you hadn’t the opportunity to visit it yet, here are five reasons to sail in Spain immediately!
Beaches and islands
Ok, we are not telling something new. But it is almost mandatory to highlight its impressive array of beaches both on the peninsula and on the islands. From the Iberian coastline to the Balearics and Canary Islands, all the beaches are beautiful, scenic and incredibly relaxing.
Costa Brava is the perfect place for getting away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. Famous for its lonely beaches, clear waters and hidden coves, this coastal stretch extends from Blanes to the border with France. It is ideal for those who want to enjoy a holiday of complete relaxation or with children, for instance. Tossa de Mar, Cadaques, Calella de Palafrugell, and Palamós are all suitable seaside resorts to spend a less hectic vacation.
The Balearic Islands are well-known to be the backdrop of big parties. But actually, the archipelago is also the favourite destination for those who love nature and culture. Kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches, blooming nature, excellent restaurants and an exuberant nightlife: you will be spoilt of choice of things to do! But you will surely find the best way to spend your sailing journey between Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.
The Canary Islands are the perfect place to escape winter blues. Only by evoking its name a picture of sunny landscapes comes to mind. Just off the African coast, the archipelago offers a collection of incredible beaches, otherworldly landscapes, subtropical vegetation, mild climate all year round, and verdant woods. Each island is characterized by a panorama that seems to belong to another planet, with waterfalls, pine forests and black beaches. Renting a boat in the Canary Islands is also ideal if you wish to do island hopping.
Spain has beautiful natural landscapes. Many Spaniards love to take advantage of a sunny day to go for a walk surrounded by nature enjoying all the benefits it generates. In the country with the largest number of Biosphere Reserves in the world, you will find lakes, mountains, volcanoes, swamps, woods, valleys, dams… the diversity of Spain’s landscapes will never cease to surprise you.
The path of the Camí de Ronda among Costa Brava’s cliffs, the Sierra Tramontana in Majorca, the historical route of the Camí de Cavalls in Menorca, the Mount Teide in Tenerife, Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote are all good options to spend a different day during your sailing holidays in Spain.
Spanish food is surely a good reason why you should sail in Spain next summer. Spanish cuisine presents the key features of the Mediterranean diet but with strong Arab influences. From tapas and jamon to excellent meat and fish main courses, cheeses and cold cuts, you will always find mouth-watering specialities. Some more popular, others less known, but each region or island has its own traditions. Wherever you will go you will run into high-quality products, dishes and a wide range of restaurants for all budgets. Spain is therefore particularly suitable for satisfying gourmet palates.
Cosmopolitan cities, towns, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
It is undeniable that Spain is blessed with stunning nature. But the landscape is made even more special by the legacy of monuments, ancient ruins, works of art, and architectural masterpieces. Spain is one of the richest countries from a cultural point of view in the Mediterranean. You will find churches, palaces, and entires old towns considered among the most incredible places that have ever been erected.
As soon as you start walking through the streets of a big city or of a small town, you realize how rich the history of this country is. There are finds dating back to the Roman Empire, prehistoric ruins, and also cave paintings that date back to 8000 BC, like the one in Menorca.
Fiesta, Festivals, and cultural offerings
Spaniards love to party. There is no question about it and, actually, Spain hosts numerous festivals of all kinds. La Tomatina in Buñol, Las Hogueras de San Juan, Las Fallas in Valencia, La Feria de Malaga, just to name a few of the numerous events they celebrate throughout the year. For any celebration, Spain has a dedicated festival. Rituals and tradition are so important for Spaniards to celebrate them with passion and enthusiasm.
Furthermore, every year more and more young people decide to sail in Spain, especially in the Balearics, by renting a boat. Of course, Ibiza highly requested. It hosts the best worldwide clubs, DJs, and parties of all Europe. Definitely, it is the best island to spend a sailing trip if you’re a party and nightlife lover!