Ibiza has become in recent years a must for lovers of sailing and boating. Its crystalline waters, the good weather and the quality and functionality of the port facilities are the best assets of this island as refuge for the numerous boats of all kinds and lengths that arrive year after year.
Marina Ibiza, Ibiza Magna or the Puerto Deportivo Botafoch are some of the marinas in the municipality of Eivissa with magnificent views of the walled city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. They are modern nautical facilities that combine with an exclusive leisure and restaurant offer. Marina Santa Eulària and Es Nàutic, in Sant Antoni, are other very attractive options to dock the boat and enjoy the Ibizan coast.
All marinas have moorings to provide a personalised service to small and medium-sized pleasure boats and have specific berths for super-yachts. As a strategic place in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza also hosts many large-scale sports activities such as the renowned Ruta de la Sal, a regatta in which hundreds of boats sail from the ports of Barcelona and Denia to Ibiza. In addition, and due to the exceptional cultural, gastronomic and leisure offer, the port of Ibiza has become a benchmark in the cruise tourism sector. During 2019, a total of 160 cruise ships docked in Ibiza with more than 352,000 passengers on board.
The short distances on the island allow the cruise ship passengers to enjoy a day discovering the heritage of the walled city or visit the most exclusive shops in the centre of the city of Eivissa. As a sign of the interest the island arouses as a tourist destination, the cruise ships started to arrive in February and stopped to come at the end of November, allowing the island to extend the tourist season.