Chartering Spain & the Balearics
Camper & Nicholsons offers tips and advice on chartering Spain's notoriously tricky waters.
Not long ago chartering in Spanish waters was nearly impossible because of legal restrictions related to matriculation tax. In order to cruise these shores yachts need to have a Spanish Charter License, which used to be an expensive and complicated adminstrative process. As a result, only a small number of yachts had this license and until recently it was difficult to charter a yacht over 35m in Spain. However, with some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, including the white sands of Formentera, Spanish waters have always been in high demand and smaller and less sophisticated yachts with Spanish licences found themselves booked back to back. Yachts without the licence were allowed to cruise there, however the charter would have to start and finish outside of Spanish waters. This wasn’t really a feasible option for short charters and always quite expensive because of the additional costs of fuel. This complicated situation made chartering in Spain more trouble than it was worth for many.
Luckily, times are changing and Spain’s licensing rules are slowly but surely relaxing. As a result, those wishing to cruise the likes of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza now have a larger choice of yachts available to them as more owners have decided to apply for licence. Whilst the selection of yachts available in Spanish waters is still not massive, there are now some impressive and luxurious options available. Adding to the growing choice on offer is Natori, the fantastic 41.8m (137’1) motor yacht from Baglietto. Equipped with a brand new Spanish Chartering Licence, she is undoubtedly one of the finest yachts now available in the Balearics and is the perfect vessel to explore these iconic islands. Step onboard and she'll take you to the archipelago's greatest offerings, be it Ibiza's closing parties, luxurious beach clubs (the ethnically-styled Puro Beach on Mallorca is without doubt one of the best), or the most charming restaurants you’ll ever experience, such as the family-run Cap Roig on Menorca.
For more information the licensing laws or yachts available to charter in this area, please contact Camper & Nicholsons International. Or, for further information on chartering around Spain and itinerary ideas, please click here or contact a Camper & Nicholsons charter broker.