Spain

Essential information

Mallorca

Location

Our Palma base is located just 20 minutes from the airport. The base is just a short walk from the city centre, with quick access to supermarket, restaurants, banks, post office, laundry, shopping and much more. Palma is a great place to spend time before or after your charter with many regattas and events taking place throughout the year.

Contact details

Office location (for post only)

Avenida Ingeniero Gabriel Roca 4
07014 Palma de Mallorca

Marina location

Marina Naviera Balear
Paseo Maritimo n°4
07014 Palma de Mallorca

Open hours

Base office hours are from 9am-7pm. In the event of an evening start at 6pm, staff will be on site to greet guests.

Base/shore facilities

On site marina facilities include: showers, toilets, fuel, and water. Ice is provided by the base. The island offers a blend of bustling fishing ports like Andraitx, Sóller and Pollenca, where some of the finest restaurants and shops are to be found, while the rugged west coast offers fascinating landscapes with lofty mountains dropping steeply into the sea.

On site amenities include closed circuit camera system, recycling area, toilets, showers, vending area, fire fighting system, electricity and water at each slip, fuel service in berth, wastewater extraction and wireless Internet access.

Arrival and departure

Charters are available to start from Saturday only.

Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) 

Mallorca's airport is situated five miles east of Palma and five miles from the island's capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma. There is a motorway that circles almost the entire island.

Transfer time: Approximately 20 minute drive from the airport to the our base, depending on traffic. The airport has four terminals of which terminal A is used for domestic flights and terminal B, C, D is used for international flights.

Airport buses are available and run throughout the day at 30-minute intervals to Palma.

There are no trains operating to La Palma airport.

Passports and visas

Clients must have a valid passport to enter Spain. Citizens of the EC, USA and Canada do not require visas for stays of less than three months duration. We recommend that clients contact their local consulate for advice on visa and passport requirements.  

People visiting Spain from the EU do not need visas to enter the country and can stay as long as they like simply by showing their passport, or ID card if their country has a system implemented.

Citizens from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand also don't need visas if they are staying for less than three months but should ensure their passports are valid for at least six months past their intended stay. Visitors from other countries should check with Spanish embassies or consulates in their country for visa information.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information before you leave. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Taxes and departure tax

Departure tax is not applicable.

Local transfers

Taxis are available outside the Arrivals hall. The cost for getting a taxi is about 25€ from the airport to the base - there is an airport surcharge of EUR 1.65 at night between 10pm–6am. On Sundays and holidays the prices are approximately 20 percent higher.

The cheapest route into the city is on the shuttle bus, which runs every 15 minutes from 6.10am-2.15am, and costs around EUR 2 per person. Its route goes from the airport on to the Plaza Espana in the centre of the city, then on to the ferry terminal and port area.

Car rental

In the arrivals hall there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Betacar, Cicar, Atesa, Autos Ancar and Hertz, or you can hire a car at the Port.

Public transport

The No 1 bus takes you from the airport direct to the marina Alboran (bus stop Costa Azul). The bus takes 30 minutes and costs ERU 6 per person.

Minibus of coach for groups

Sunsail can reserve a minibus or coach for groups one way: 5-7 people EUR 50 or 8-12 people EUR 70.

Parking (at the base)

A secured car park is located at Joan Miro Av, 65 971 18 09 59. The cost is: 24 hours: EUR 14; one week: EUR 74.

Arrivals, departures and late arrival procedures

Saturday–Charter start and end day

Start: 6pm

End: 9am

Early boarding available: 3pm

Charters must return to the base the day before the end of charter at 5pm

Embarkation time: 6pm

6pm is the contractual time when you can board your boat.

Sailing instructions will be handled beforehand at the welcome desk in the marina.

On arrival

Arrive by 6pm, boat briefing.

Late arrival

The base staff will wait for clients until 8pm.

After 8pm, you will find a sign at the marina entrance with a message advising you of your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name.

The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be at your disposal the next day from 9am and will then hand over the boat to you.

Sailing information

Sailing experience: Level 3

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area.  

Get more information on Mallorca's sailing conditions.

Wind: 10-25 Knots

Navigation: understand tidal variations, ability to cope with strong currents and be able to make a passage plan.

Moorings: primarily anchoring, some slightly more exposed anchorages with poor anchor holding ground.

Sailing licenses

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Spain. 

Night time sailing

Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Sailing area limits

The cruising area encompasses the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera in the Mediterranean off the eastern coast of Spain.

Restricted zones

This information is covered in the chart briefing.

Marinas

No reservation is possible in marinas in the Balearics. A passing-through berth is generally available for the night. In August, especially in Ibiza some Marinas are already full by early afternoon. Announce yourself on VHF channel 9. The prices for one night are between:

EUR 70-100 for a 41’ Monohull

EUR 90-130 for a 44’ Catamaran

Guests slips are often free at local yacht clubs.

Moorings fees and taxes

There are very few mooring balls. Generally you will be anchoring or mooring “Med Style”, which consists of dropping anchor and backing onto a village quay. There are some marinas, where you’ll be able to pay a fee based on boat length for a berth for the night. Your onboard cruising guide will give you complete details of each anchorage.

National park permits

Below are suggested parks accessible along the cruising itinerary. All park entry fees are paid upon arrival.

La Rapita
Founded by Charles III of Spain as a port to serve trade with the Spanish colonies, and constructed in the neoclassical style of the period. The town has two large marinas, a beach, a market and many shops and fish restaurants. Shellfish or prawns are excellent here, as this is a major fishing port.
Porto Cristo

Porto Cristo is a typical Spanish fishing village, a quiet resort, perfect if you want to retreat and get away from it all. Porto Cristo beach is well protected from the wind and seaborne storms. The situation of the beach means that it is an ideal spot for swimming right from the start of summer.

Porto Petro

A small port with wonderful coves for swimming such as Cala Barca. Cabrera is a Natural Reserve since 1991. Just over an hour sailing from Majorca, this group of islands and rocky isles, fantastic wildlife flora and fauna and a 14th century Castle make it well worth a visit.

Formentera

Formentera lies a few miles to the south of Ibiza. With its palm-fringed sandy beaches and clear, turquoise waters, this island is reminiscent of the Caribbean when the temperatures really rise in the summer. The long sandy spit of Illetas on the north side of the island is a favourite anchorage with magnificent views across the straits.

Ibiza

A 50-mile sail southwest of Mallorca, Ibiza is blessed with excellent harbours and marinas, beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters over a sandy floor. Offering superb opportunities for swimming and snorkelling, there are also great facilities ashore, with restaurants, many shops and non-stop action and nightlife in old Ibiza.

Mallorca

Our base in the islands is at the Real Club Nautico de Palma (Royal Palma Yacht Club), framed by the gothic cathedral and citadel. Mallorca (Majorca) is an island of contrasts offering a blend of bustling fishing ports, such as Andraitx, Sóller and Pollença, where some of the finest restaurants and shops are to be found, while the rugged west coast offers fascinating landscapes, with lofty mountains dropping steeply into the sea.

Menorca

Just a half day’s sail from Cala Ratada on Mallorca will bring you to the least populated of the main islands, Menorca. On the west coast lies the historic town of Ciudadela with a delightful harbour and fishing boats. The dockside cafés and restaurants of the natural harbour on Mahon on the southeast coast buzz with activity, while you’ll find total tranquillity in the sheltered inlet at Addaya or in one of the many coves within the Bah’a de Fornells.

Charts and pilot book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht.  Charts and pilot books can be purchased from the Sunsail booking location.

Fuel

We would highly recommend that you prepay for fuel. Fuel is available at the base, however, keep in mind that the nearest fuelling station from the base is quite a distance away, meaning the boat will not be full when handed back to us

Cool boxes

Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge, only one per boat. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement.

Skippered charter information

For an additional fee, skippers are available for hire on a Sunsail Yacht Charter in Palma. The skipper will give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are the responsibility of the client. skipper provisioning should be added to your contract at the time you request a skipper. The fleet available in Palma only has one head, and the skipper must be permitted to use these facilities while on charter. skippers must be provided accommodation in the saloon, or cabin, if the cabin is available.

The skipper’s time is booked from 9am-9pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved your skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, your skipper will use this time to ensure he or she is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter he or shee will start at 9am on that day.

Your skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. They must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper's time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

For one-day check out skippers it is the client’s responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get the skipper back to the base. The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at the client’s discretion.

Electricity

Mains power is 220 volt, 50 Hz. Two-pin round plugs as in the rest of continental Europe are standard on board all yachts in the Balearics. Customers are advised to obtain an adaptor before leaving as they are very hard to find.

Banks and money exchange

Banks

Bank charges in Spain are quite high and free banking is very rare. It's quite common to be charged for everything, including withdrawing money from ATMs. When using ATMs you are advised to check what the charges are as they vary between systems.

Currency

The unit of currency in Spain is the euro (EUR). Currency exchange is available at the airports, banks and exchange shops in most coastal resorts, but commission rates can be high especially in the airport and exchange shops where the commission varies according to the amount exchanged.

We recommend you exchange money at the departure airport, as it is often cheaper. Spanish airport banks close on Bank holidays. Money can be changed at hotels but commission is again often high or rates poor.

Credit card facilities are widely available and Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants.

Banks are open Mon-Fri from 9am-2pm and Sat from 9am-1pm. In summer they may close slightly earlier. Most banks have English speaking staff and all can cope with International transactions. Commissions may be charged on foreign transactions and passports will be required for most.

Credit card information

Most major credit cards are accepted all over Spain, although some establishments may put a limit on the amounts you can withdraw or spend and sometimes there may be a surcharge.

Most places now have ATMs for withdrawing cash, at which most cards will work. Most machines have the instructions in several languages and even the smallest of towns are now getting the machines. They can be a godsend at evenings and weekends and on holidays when banks can often close for several days at a time. Make sure you keep a separate record of your credit card numbers.

General information

Geography

Palma is the major city and seaport geographically located in the southwest of Majorca. The city lies on the large coastal Bay of Palma in the western Mediterranean Sea. The land area of the city is about 21,355 km².

Palma is bordered by rocky inlets and marinas on the south side, whilst many of the tourist resorts are positioned towards the east side of the city. The central zone that extends from Palma is generally a flat fertile plain known as Es Pla. There are two uninhabited islands: Cabera, which is located southeast of Palma and Dragonera, which is west of Palma.

Language

The official language of Palma is Spanish. Although Spanish is the language of the land, English, French and German are generally understood at most attractions, museums, hotels and restaurants that cater for visitors. Castilian Spanish is the official language but in the regions, Basque, Catalan and Galician are spoken. In smaller towns and villages a phrase book is a useful item to carry.

Business hours

Business hours tend to vary considerably but generally tend to be 9am-1.30pm and 5-6pm. Banking hours are Mon-Fri from 8.30am-1.30pm

Generally shops and businesses in Mallorca open from around 8.30am-1pm and then close for a traditional afternoon siesta, reopening from around 4pm-7pm, although some shops do stay open later in the summer.

Tipping

Tipping is standard and hotel and restaurant bills usually include a seven percent tax, and additional tip of about 10-15 percent is preferred.

Restaurants, bars and nightclubs: 10-15 percent of the bill is generally acceptable if it has not already been added to your bill.

Taxi drivers: 10-15 percent of the fare and usually charge baggage by the piece.

Tour guides: 5-10 percent.

Currency

Local currency is the euro (EUR).

Time

Standard time zone UTC/GMT +1 hours

Daylight Saving Time: DST in use +1 hour

"Daylight" saving's time (summer time) moves the clock one hour ahead of standard time.

DST starts on Sunday 25 March 2012, 2am Palma standard time and ends on Sunday 28 October 2012, 3am Palma daylight time.

Festivals and holidays

Mallorca is a lively island, with many of its principal resorts hosting all kinds of summer events. The island's biggest cultural festivals and religious processions tend to take place around Palma.

Banks, government offices, post offices, and many stores, restaurants, and museums are closed on the following legal national holidays:

Mallorca national public holidays

1st January: Año Nuevo/New Year's Day

5th January:Epifanía/Epiphany

19th March: Dia de San José/St. Joseph's Day

Late March or early April: Jueves Santo/Maundy Thursday

Late March or early April: Viernes Santo/Good Friday

1st May: Fiesta del Trabajo/Labour Day

15th August: La Asunción/Feast of the Assumption

12th October: Nacional de España/National Day

1st November: Todos los Santos/All Saints' Day

6th December: Dia de la Constitución/Constitution Day

8th December: La Inmaculada Concepción/Feast of the Immaculate Conception

25th December: Navidad/Christmas Day

Post office

Regular mail (carta ordinaria) sent within Spain and Andorra takes approximately three working days for delivery. Mail sent to European destinations takes two to four working days.

Stamps (sellos) may be purchased at post offices and tobacconists (estancos) as well as some stationary shops. Stamped mail can be posted at a post office or a public post box (which are yellow).

Internet

Public access to the Internet is easy to find, with terminals appearing in cyber cafés, shopping centres, hotels and hostels throughout the city centre.

Cellular phones

Your cellular phone may work in Palma de Mallorca. Please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs as you may need to activiate international call roaming on your contract.

Music/iPods

All boats are fitted with a AM/FM radio and CD player with cockpit speakers. There is a MP3 input if you wish to listen to your iPod while sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

Restaurants

Dining patterns are typically Spanish. Many establishments close mid-afternoon for a siesta and do not open for evening meals until 7pm or 8pm.

Palma has a wide and exquisite gastronomical variety. The offering extends from the excellent Majorquine cuisine, through tapas bars and specialities' restaurants to classic international cuisine.

Hotels

  • Hotel Born 2-Star Hotel
  • Hotel Tryp Bellver 4-Star Hotel
  • Gran Hotel Uto Palace 4-Star Hotel
  • Hotel Puro 4-Star, stylish hotel in the old town
  • Hotel Portixol 4-Star, small hotel at the harbour of Portixol 

Taxes

The internal sales tax in Spain is known as IVA and varies between seven and 33 percent, depending on the item. Food, wine and basic requirements are taxed at seven percent, most goods and services are charged at 16 percent and luxury items such as jewellery and cigarettes attract 33 percent tax. Hotels have a special seven percent rate.

Clothing suggestions

Be sure to bring the appropriate sailing gear when visiting Palma, hat, sunscreen, long sleeved tops. Layered clothing and a jacket are recommended as the weather can be variable.

Tourist information centre

Mallorca Tourist Information Service (OIT-Oficines d'Informacio Turistica de Mallorca) has its head office at Parc de les Estacions in Palma de Mallorca; phone: +34 902 102 365; email: palmainfo@a-palma.es

There is also a tourist information office at the airport-Aeropuerto Palma de Mallorca; phone: +34 971 789 556; email:oita@conselldemallorca.net

These tourist offices can point you in the right direction and have free maps and information on attractions and public transport on the island.

Activities

Shopping

Palma-The Plaza Juan Carlos I, next to the cathedral, and the streets around are probably the best shopping areas. Shops usually open from 10am and close at 1.3pm, to open in the evening from 5pm-8pm. However, big shops usually do not close for lunch and are open all day. On Sundays all shops are closed. Keep in mind on Sundays only the bars and restaurants are open.

Supermarkets

If you wish to do your own provisioning, the Supermarket Mercadona is only a five-minute walk from the marina. For more convenience, you can bring the trolley over to the marina and leave it there, and the supermarket staff will come and pick up trolleys from there.

As soon as you have finished, we will pick you and your goods up and drive you back to the marina, you just have to call us. This service is free of charge.

Palma's supermarkets are open daily from 10am-9pm or 10 pm (except for national holidays and Sundays). Shops are usually open Mon-Fri from 10am-7.30 pm, Saturday 10am-1.30 pm and closed on Sunday.

There are also some small supermarkets along Paseo Maritimo near the marina where you will find basic food (bread, milk, etc). Some of them are open 24 hours a day.

In the tourist villages and on the beaches, shops are generally open all days.

The Santa Catalina market is located at Av Argentina where you will find fresh produce until 2pm.

Provisioning

We offer a wide range of food and drinks packages to suit your party’s needs.

Find out more about our provisioning options.

Water sports

Fishing

A fishing license, or rod licence (permiso de pesca), is required to fish both inland and sea waters in Spain.

The Balearic Islands are very popular for sea fishing; to fish, it is obligatory to have an: Individual recreational fishing licence (Llicència de pesca marítima recreativa individual): which allows the person to fish from land or boat, for people over 14 years of age.

There is no fishing allowed in any of the harbours in Majorca or any other Balearic island. In addition you must not fish within 250 meters of professional fishing boats or within 100 meters of other shore users (i.e. sun bathers, swimmers, etc.).

Licenses can be obtained from the Director General of Fishing (Dirección General de Pesca) at C/ dels Foners, 10-07006, Palma.

Getting your license in person is actually very quick, but the process may be a little strange to the uninitiated. Fill in the application form (available in English) and hand it in. You will then be given an invoice, which you take to the local bank where you pay the license fee. The bank will give you a receipt, which you then return back to the office where they will issue your license.

There are four marine reserves around Majorca, all marked by large white post along the coast. You are allowed to fish the reserves in places, at certain times of the year and on specific days of the week. A booklet is given out when you get your license explaining where the marine reserves are located and the restrictions placed on them.

Licenses are only available for sea fishing and each license covers all the Balearic Islands.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling equipment (fins, masks and snorkels) will be available for use. A dinghy and outboard will also be provided.

Standup paddleboards

Standup paddleboards are available to hire at a cost.

Health and safety

Emergencies

Dial Tel: 112 free from any telephone (mobile/cellular or fixed-line). The operator will put you in contact with the emergency service that you require.

Ambulance: 061 Tel: 971 204 111

National Police: 091 Tel: 971 266 262

Local Police: 092

Fire Service: 085

Sea Rescue: 900 202 202

Pharmacies: 971 402 133

Hospitals

Hospital Universitari Son Espaces

Hospital de la Cruz Roja

Manacor Hospital

Hospital San Juan de Dios

Illness and injury

A chemist or drugstore is known as a farmacia and they can be identified by a large green or red cross sign outside. They tend to keep the same working hours as other shops and if closed, usually display a sign indicating the nearest pharmacy that is open. As well as selling prescription medicines, they also offer free advice about minor injuries or ailments and they will happily suggest non-prescription treatments.

For more information go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-count...

If you are visiting Spain, you should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Spanish nationals so if a Spanish national is required to pay a fee towards their treatment, you would also have to pay the same fee. The EHIC will not cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

Travel insurance

Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all Sunsail bookings and it is a condition of accepting your booking that you agree you will have obtained adequate and valid travel insurance for your booking by the date of departure.

You can add travel insurance to your booking when you call 0844 463 6817

Get more information about our travel insurance.

Vaccination and immunisation

Travellers should be up to date with routinely recommended vaccinations according to the UK schedule. Contact your GP around eight weeks before you travel to check whether you need any vaccinations or other medication.

Weather

You can expect a year round, dry sunny climate with some rain in April. Winds 5-15 knots, southeasterly in the western part of the cruising area and northwesterly in the eastern part of the cruising area. The island enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean climate. The shoulder seasons (April-May and September-October) are perfect to get the best of the weather and to avoid summer crowds.

In the western cruising area, southeast winds generally prevail in the summer months. In the eastern cruising area, including Menorca, winds are generally from the north/northwest throughout the year. East Mallorca to Menorca northwest and Ibiza to west Mallorca east/southeast 5-15 knots (Force 1 to 3). The area enjoys a dry, mild climate year-round with some rain in April.      

There are two main weather systems in the Balearics either side of a line bisecting Majorca in a NNW-SSE line.

The western side of the line, which includes Ibiza and Formentera, is subject to the weather system on nearby mainland Spain (only 50 miles away). The wind directions are variable but in general in summer months SE winds prevail. Gales are rare in summer apart from mid-August when there will be a storm lasting one to two days, when the NW Tramontana/Mistral blows in the Gulf of Lyon. There is little rainfall in summer.

The eastern side of the line, including Menorca, is subject to the same weather system as the Gulf of Lyon to the north and lies in the direct path of the Tramontana/Mistral. Winds from the N-NW predominate throughout the year, bringing more rain but better visibility.

In all the islands a sea breeze will be experienced near the coast, which will be stronger where it funnels into a large bay. These breezes usually start at about 1000 increasing until 1400/1500 and dying away by 1700.

Weather forecasts can be obtained from the Sunsail Base in Palma and are posted in most marinas. There are regular weather forecasts broadcast on VHF channel 16 at 6.35am, 9.35am, 11.05am, 2.35pm, 5.05pm and 7.35pm daily.

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