Yacht Charter Spain – Land of Perpetual Sunshine
With a list of destinations that include the Balearic Archipelago and the Canary Islands, not to mention the Costa del Sol, yacht charter Spain
ranks among the most visited summer destinations in Europe, with ever increasing numbers of western and northern tourists ending up buying summer homes here.
Spanning on most of the Iberic Peninsula, yacht charter Spain
is one of those exotic countries where you can still enjoy the European climate yet with African and Arab influences. The fine weather and the laid back (some would say too laid back) locals, come to complete the reasons of visiting this fine country.
The biggest tourist magnets on the mainland are the big cities on the coast such as Barcelona
and Valencia, but there is also the capital city of Madrid in the heart of the country which also draws some decent crowds. Then, there are the offshore islands of the Balearics, which have made a name for themselves in the past decades, so much so that they now make up an impressive percent of Spain’s total of tourists every year.
and Menorca have become synonymous with summer fun and more and more arrive here to enjoy the Mediterranean
sun. Incidentally, this is also one of the best sailing spots in Spain, with a lot of marinas and plenty of things to see and do along the coast.
Further to the southwest, the Canary islands near the African coast are a bit harder to reach but present an equal interest to true, sailors, especially those looking to do an Atlantic cross, since is the departure point in most of these journeys.
The local laws stipulates that any person wanting to sail a boat longer than 4m and with a motor with an output bigger than 10kW needs a sailing license. This means that those who have obtained a permit in their country have to show it to the Maritime Authority which will then issue to you a local equivalent that will allow you to legally sail in Spanish territorial waters.
Most of the local yacht charter companies will actually take care of this for you prior to your arrival. All you need to do is provide the required paperwork and proof of insurance in case you’re sailing your own boat. Speed boats fall under a different category and need specific travel plans and mooring locations.
Another reason why yacht charter Spain
is such a popular country is the fact that it’s really accessible in terms of immigration. Citizens from the EU, Norway and Switzerland need only a valid ID card for a stay of up to 90 days regardless of the purpose and length of their stay while the people from the Schengen Agreement countries need just a valid passport.
American, British, Canadian and Australian tourists need a passport which will be valid for the duration of their stay but also they need to apply for a “Carta de Invitation” at a local police station.