They are situated roughly 120 nautical miles from Barcelona across open seas, so basically not a good idea to pick up in either Barcelona or Valencia and the islands should be considered a stand-alone destination. So unless you are chartering a large motor-yacht, it’s better to fly into Palma de Mallorca.
However, once there, things change and the Balearics have some delightful cruising grounds with many small bays, coves and beaches. Best cruising is circumnavigating Ibiza with a visit to Formentera. There is a wonderful mix of cruising, great food and nightlife!!
Their are many ferry companies that operate services between the islands’ main ports. You can also explore the archipelago in your own vessel and anchor off coves that are hard to access by road. Each port offers a range of rental options and an array of services for sailing enthusiasts. Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera are home to a major proportion of the recreational sailing options in the Mediterranean, with moorings available at more than sixty ports. Some allow boats to drop anchor within the harbour, meaning you can get into the centre of town in just a few minutes.
To go sailing and access the Spain’s most beautiful spots by sea, there are various types of vessel available to tourists: catamarans, motor yachts, sailing boats, etc. Many charter companies have qualified crews, the necessary licenses and the guarantees you need to feel confident. This means you can plan your outings with the security of instruction and advice from professionals. Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the wonderful experience of sailing on the calm waters of the Balearics.