Poor Tourism Management Has Become a Threat to Ibiza’s Environment

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Some of the world’s most spectacular coastlines are in Spain, which has led to it being considered one of the world’s most popular yachting and tourist destinations. Unfortunately, with growing tourism comes a threat to Spain’s most revered locations, including Ibiza and other key wilderness areas that are being severely neglected by the Spanish authorities, a recent study reported. The protection and maintenance of 3 out of 5 of Spain’s most iconic landscapes; Ibiza coastline, Andalusia’s wetlands and Canary island of La Gomera, that are under Unesco World Heritage protection status, have come under criticism from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

girl in a boat on ibiza beach
Ibiza
Chartering in Ibiza’s coastline attracts millions of tourists annually, which has put the magnificent Island’s natural ecosystem at risk. The seemingly uncontrolled tourism has led to problems that include sewage pollution for the countless yachts and boats in the area as well as various other threats that vary from disposal of improperly treated land sewage to  an excess of visitors disrupting the protected areas of the UNESCO sites. The World Heritage Outlook report also stated that there are concerns that include, along with climate change, intentions to place a new submarine electric cable between the Islands of Ibiza and Formentera, along with an oil exploring and drilling project in the Ibiza channel, all major causes for concern.

One of the biggest wildlife aspects that IUCN is particularly concerned about in relation to the human impact on the area are the areas Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows, associated biodiversity as well as the Balearic Shearwater population. UNESCO is concerned that if this environmentally unsound trend persists, these once pristine landscapes will enter into the critical conservation state sooner rather than later. Apparently one of the main reasons for the current hazards affecting the Ibiza coastline is a major lack of efficient management of the environment. committed enforcement of the borders, insufficient staffing, border enforcement, visitor control, the current legal structure are evidently insufficient and part of the overall problem is a lack of monetary resources.

Doñana National Park
The IUCN is also apprehensive about a long term issue of Doñana National Park water levels, a landscape that includes wetland wilderness located near the breathtaking Andalusia’s Atlantic coast (also home to the world’s most significant population of Iberian lynxes). While the park’s management is said to be significantly more effective than in Ibiza, it doesn’t have an influence on agricultural guidelines outside of the park that have caused the long term and ongoing decrease in water quantity as well as the barrier effect brought on by the bordering uses of the land. The majority of the encompassing farmland is used to irrigate the areas heavy production of strawberries.

Garajonay National Park and Garajonay
The Garajonay National Park, located on La Gomera, is an environmental concern as well due to the destruction experienced in a fire that took place on the island 2012. The problem is that in the Ibiza area, fire hazards are amplified because of a lack of efficient maintenance of the woodlands, the urbanization of forested areas and more. Climate change and a boost in tourism are among the causes of the environmental vulnerability at Garajonay, however the situation appears to be improving.

The good news is that, at least for the time being, two of Spain’s Unesco Heritage sites passed the test, including Teide National Park in Tenerife’ and the Aragonese Pyrenees’s Monte Perdido.

Planning Your Dream Yachting Holiday Along Spain’s Magnificent Coastline

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ibiza-charter-destinationsThanks to it’s approximately 5,000 miles of breathtaking coastline to explore and over 320 unique marinas, it’s obvious that Spain is an unmatched paradise for sailors of all experience levels. Just imagine sailing your own vessel through the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, stopping along the way to relax on captivating beaches in the Balearic Islands, or perhaps sailing the same challenging course that was taken by America’s Cup in spectacular Valencia, Spain. Then there’s the northern Galicia region, definitely worth exploring or dropping anchor in Barcelona to check out the many impressive cultural attractions. Whether you’re an experienced yachtsman or a novice sailor, with just a bit planning, you’ll experience a yachting holiday you’ll never forget.

Novice Sailing Destinations
Barcelona is the perfect yachting destination for novice sailors. Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, there are a number of yacht charter companies that cater to visitors who don’t have a lot of sailing experience. Sailing in the Barcelona vicinity presents exceptional views of its most impressive landmarks, including the renowned Sagrada Familia cathedral. You’ll also want to make time to stop by the Olympic Marina, constructed during the Olympic Games, for a delicious meal, followed by sunbathing on one of the many beautiful Barcelona’s beaches.

Best Locations for Swimming and Sunbathing
Beside Barcelona, other great places to relax on the beaches and swim are the Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Menorca, Mallorca and Formentera, located in the western Mediterranean Sea. There are several tranquil, coves to stop by along the way during the day and as evening sets in you can return to the harbor and enjoy a wonderful meal followed by a night full of partying in Palma or Ibiza. Thanks to the almost year round moderate climate, the area is ideal for sailing.

Experienced Sailors
Skilled sailors should sail to Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, where the conditions are a sailor’s dream and the only European city to ever host the America’s Cup. Because of the level landscape that doesn’t obstruct the wind and the year round sun drenched climate, the breezes are ideal for sailing. Valencia’s port was refurbished in 2007 ( for the America’s Cup), a renovation that included building a wall between the sailing venues and the commercial port to keep the water’s pristine.

Off the Beaten Path Sailing Destinations
There are a lot of great places along Spain’s coastline for sailor’s who appreciate “off the beaten path” sailing, however Galicia, in Northern Spain along the Atlantic coast is one of the best with its untouched beaches and pristine coastlines.

Plan Ahead
Most regions of Spain are great for sailing between May and October however, if you’re planning on chartering a yacht in July and August, you’ll need to book your charter at least 6 months ahead of time to ensure that you have access to the yacht or sailboat of your choice. If you reserve your yacht during the winter for a summer holiday, you’ll find that quite a few charter companies offer discounts. In addition, make sure you have all the necessary documentation in place in advance and charter a yacht or sailboat that comfortably fits your budget. On the other hand, you only live once so if it’s doable, there’s nothing like exploring Spain’s magnificent coastline in a luxury yacht.

Welcome Aboard Feadship’s Como

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Feadship-Como-super-yacht Feadship has once again affirmed their position as the leading force in the superyacht industry with the launch of the Como, a 46.22 metre masterpiece. Thanks to the Dutch ship builder’s innovative use of glass, the Como features astonishingly large windows (at her owner Neville Crichton’s request), showcasing magnificent panoramic views from her brilliantly designed interiors. Thanks to her stunning use of glass that showcases dramatic views from anywhere you are on board; her guests feel a remarkable sense of freedom. Feadship’s manager of knowledge development Bram Jongepier has stated that the Como project led to a research and development programme focused on using very large glass panels, the implementation of glass for durability, and the influence that glass can have on interior comfort levels.

The superyacht makes a powerful and impressive statement, with her sleek exteriors, well thought out lighting and gorgeous contemporary interior designs, providing an unmatched, luxurious yachting experience, thanks to its impeccable craftsmanship, technicological embellishments and perfectly balanced design. The Como’s exteriors were designed by legendary Dubois Naval Architects, presenting its fascinating, large windows, which are positioned on top of the metal instead of counter sunk into it. The glass encompasses Como’s framework in a continual band and there’s a sleek conversion from glass to paintwork and vice versa which results in a flawless, sleek appearance.

The superyacht’s owner, Neville Crichton, a highly experienced New Zealand yachtsman, commissioned the Dutch shipyard to construct a fully custom, spectacular vessel of the utmost quality and he closely following the construction process through all stages. Crichton was happy to report that Feadship more than exceeded his expectations in every aspect, from beginning to completion, with the end result being the magnificent superyacht he ended up with, a stylishly elegant vessel with gorgeous, contemporary interior designs. Como features include an airy, open floor plan with a main saloon designed with a generous touch of contemporary glamour; it’s a combination of comforting white with attractive stainless steel touches.

Feadship-Como-super-yachtsThe superyacht’s cozy, welcoming central lounge is designed with a semi-circular sofa nestled around a huge glass table, along with big comfortable armchairs, with pristine white upholstery accented with stylish dark piping. The creative use of white, stainless steel highlights and the gorgeous high gloss dark timber of the cabinetry and some of the furnishings dramatically add to the overall appeal, along with the incredible walls of windows that idyllically frame the surrounding views as they let in lots of natural light. The ship manages to provide a splendid sense of intimacy, especially in the inviting dining area, as well as the main saloon area which can comfortably seat up to 8 guests. There’s also a wonderful bar area located on the yacht’s exterior aft deck which ideally integrates both the interior and exterior sections.

An outstanding vessel even by Feadship’s impeccable standards, the Como definitely sets the standard in most areas when it comes to superyacht construction and it is a perfect example of perfection when it comes to yacht design and construction. Feadship’s technological mastery, superb craftsmanship and incredible vision have led to the creation of the Como, a truly magnificent masterpiece when it comes to superyachts.