Mallorca has long been one of the yachting hubs of the Mediterranean. The largest of the four Balearics, Mallorca is a playground for boats, with hidden coves, luxurious marinas, staggering landscapes and a wealth of facilities.
Whether you’re on a 70 metre superyacht or an eight metre day cruiser, Mallorca happily accommodates.
While the waters are buzzing with watercraft throughout the high season summer months, there are plenty of places to find your own slice of Mediterranean paradise.
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What to See...
Palma is the capital of the island, home to the international airport, numerous marinas and several shipyards. Moor in the popular and busy Real Club Nautico (the largest marina in the Balearics) or nearby Club de Mar Marina and be within walking distance of the vibrant but compact city. Independent boutiques, excellent museums, buzzing bars and restaurants, and the beauty of the old city are on the doorstep.
Sail away from Palma and the island offers picturesque seaside villages, secret deep blue coves, and dramatic coastal mountains in sheer abundance. Cruise the navy waters of the west coast where the great pine tree covered Tramuntana Mountains drop sharply into the waters. Here tiny rocky coves hide even tinier fishing villages, rustic seafood restaurants and staggering natural wonders such as Sa Calobra and the Torrent de Pareis Gorge. Stop at Port de Valldemossa or the larger Port Sóller to explore the nearby beautiful villages nestled in the mountains.
The north of the island is characterized by two great swathes of beach, the Bay of Pollença and Bay of Alcúdia. As one of the island’s most popular tourist destinations, hotels line the coast here. Yet venture inland away from Port Pollença and Port Alcúdia, both which offer marinas, and visit the old towns for centuries-old architecture, quaint cobbled lanes and boutique wineries.
The east coast is a boater’s paradise. Pretty little sandy coves nestle in between larger resorts, and there are plenty of safe anchorages too. From here it is a short trip across to the neighbouring island of Menorca. The traditional fishing village of Porto Colom has the large, sheltered Club Nautico accommodating yachts up to 20 metres, while several small pretty little marinas such as the Club Nautico Cala Ratjada and Club Nautico Porto Cristo can accommodate smaller boats up to 10 metres and 15 metres respectively.
Venture south of Palma for some of the island’s most upmarket boating destinations. The glamorous Puerto Portals is a pocket of luxury, with exclusive boutiques, exquisite marina-facing restaurants and a handful of swanky nightlife venues. Likewise the ultra-luxurious Port Adriano in upmarket Calvia caters to superyachts up to 100 metres in length and has a wealth of facilities. Further on and Puerto Andratx is a plush yet laid-back marina, with seafront restaurants and luxury villas dotting the hills.
When to Visit...
Mallorca’s boating season gets into full swing in the high season summer months of June to September. Yet the shoulder seasons of April, May and October can offer pleasant conditions, with warm days, good sailing winds and less humidity. While the peak season of July and August sees the island filled with tourists, there are still plenty of places to find solitude and quiet.
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