One of the most popular sailing routes in the Mediterranean is from Dénia to Ibiza. The distance of the journey is around 55 nautical miles from the coast of Spain to the port of San Antonio on Ibiza’s western coast so the journey can be done in a day (around 9 hours on an average yacht under normal conditions). It is also just as easy to sail to the smaller, neighbouring island of Formentera however the mooring space there is less available. The currents that flow around this area of the Mediterranean are weak and provide no complications for your journey however close attention should be paid to the weather forecast in order to not get caught off guard by any storms: especially during the Autumn and Winter months.
Once in Ibiza, the island has plenty to offer any type of sailing enthusiast. As well as its most famous attribute: the nightlife, Ibiza boasts some of the most impressive dive sites in the Mediterranean and a wide variety of calm and relaxing beaches for those looking for a relaxing time.
Although this sailing route usually enjoys pleasant weather and calm conditions, make sure you feel confident in your sailing skills before disembarking. Dénia and Ibiza are both popular sailing destinations and you will be able to find plenty of local knowledge at either port. If you would prefer to make the journey with a skipper then there are plenty of pre-organised sailing itineraries available for holidays between Dénia, Ibiza and Formentera. This option would also bring the advantage of local knowledge and expertise, allowing you to make the most of your sailing holiday.
This sailing route doesn’t just hold value to holiday goers though as the most exciting sailing race on the spanish sailing calendar and the most popular sea navigation regatta in the Mediterranean takes place from Dénia to Ibiza every year: “La Ruta de la Sal” or The Salt Race. The race was started in 1991 and commemorates the journeys made in the 19th century by trade ships carrying salt or “White Gold” as it was known back then. Every year over 2,000 boats enter into the regatta in the various classes creating plenty of excitement in the sailing world. This takes place yearly in April and would be a great addition to any sailing holiday on the Levante coast.