Balearics

 

The Balearics are made up of Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca (all with airports), Formentera and Cabrera. Each imbued with their own character, these islands make a wonderful cruising ground for the savvy traveller. With a private yacht you can choose whether to laze by a secluded, warm sand beach, or tuck into a prime spot in a cosmopolitan marina before sliding into hidden, twinkling harbors for the evening. Many coves are only accessible to the knowing captain and this is what makes them so very special.

Mallorca is the ‘grown-up’ island with a sophisticated flair and rich history. Honeycomb coves and emerald bays; enchanting towns, steep hills and citrus groves; iconic hotels and restaurant hubbub. Palma, the capital, is famed for it’s immense cathedral, it’s superb Club de Mar Marina, bubbling café life and tapas bars, unique leather shops and the wonderful Abacos bar. Then there is classy Andraitx draped around its colorful harbour full of bijou shops and elegant restaurants. In the north, friendly Pollensa (brilliant market!) retains its original fishing village character where the evening paseo is still taken and local ‘news’ is exchanged in the square. The legendary Hotel Formentor is 5*, set in acres of Mediterranean gardens with one of the best restaurants in the Med. Why not stay here for a few days at the end of your cruise?

Ibiza!! What can we say? It’s all true… But much more lovely than has even been described. Not for no reason do the rich and famous come to live and play here. Fascinating and vibrant; beautiful old Ibiza Town is heartbreakingly pretty. White walls, flowering vines, arched windows, huge stone steps; musicians playing, people dancing, caves and tunnels; A living theatre that goes on through the night and continues into dawn. Pacha is the best nightclub ever. Ibiza is very cool, very friendly, very wacky and very fun – ‘anything goes’. Sailing round the coast you’ll find Salinas Beach for lunch at the Jockey Club, Beniras for drumming on the beach at sunset, Cala Jondal for dancing in the sound to live South American bands. Secluded anchorages where you can swim in gin clear waters with white monolithic rock structures around – Ibiza can be very gentle too.

Formentera. Just a skip and a hop away from Ibiza, this is where people come to chill for the weekend. Low lying with turquoise seas and the most heavenly beaches, unspoilt Formentera is the best place to rock ashore in your bikini and sarong for a very special lunch at Juan and Andreas Restaurant. The best fresh seafood, the coolest mix of people and the sand beneath your feet. Don’t miss the mud baths for a bit of naked overall skin pampering, then wash it all off in the sublimely clear warm sea Great for nature lovers and naturists.

Menorca. A slower pace of life. Lovely old towns. One of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Fabulous diving and snorkeling. Peaceful sailing and hideaway anchorages.

Cabrera. A National Reserve made up of 19 small islands in all: Beautifully raw and totally natural.Your yacht can arrange a special overnight permit for you to stay there. Only the sound of the cicadas at night.

Day One:

12.00 noon. Embark your yacht in the ancient city Palma de Mallorca or one of the excellent marinas on the south east coast – maybe Puerto Portals or beautifully designed Port Adriano – and set sail for a glorious little bay for a snorkel in crystal clear waters and lunch on the aft deck.

The afternoon is time to relax with a three hour sail with following breeze to Isla Cabrera. This archeapelago is a National Park with peaceful, unspoiled islands and beautiful waters.

Maybe an evening hike ashore, sundowners on the flybridge and dinner on board under the stars.

Day Two:

Explore more ashore or relax and enjoy these pristine waters before a sail back to Mallorca to Cala D’Or. Famous for it’s rock caves and sand coloured cliffs which conceal deep and protected bays, this is a heavenly place to spend the night.

Day Three:

A four hour sail back to Mallorca to the glamorous fishing village of Andraitx, stopping on the way in a bay for lunch on board and a swim. Dinner ashore in one of the many superb seafood restaurants. Andraitx is still a charming fishing village though now with a very cosmopolitan backdrop.

Day Four:

Seven hour sail from Mallorca to beautiful Benirras bay in Ibiza. Deep and protected with the monolith rock of Es Vedra standing like a great statue in the entrance, this is a beautiful place to drop the anchor. Iconic little beach bars ashore and sometimes a few sunset drums on the beach to keep the Ibiza mood alive.

Day Five:

Sail from Benirras to Cala Porroig or somewhere more busy if you prefer, stopping for lunch on board  in front of the stunning Es Vedra or one of the other hidden calas along the coastline. Golden rocks and aqua seas invite you to laze in their warm waters.

Day Six:

Set sail from Porroig to Islas Espalmador and Formentera to enjoy the best beaches of the Western Mediterranean. Low lying islands with exquisite turquoise waters, this is heaven on earth. The sand is perfect powder and the atmosphere laid back and happy. Famous for it’s natural mud baths and a discreet gathering place for the rich and famous, Formentera is truly a ‘must see’. We’ll help you arrange lunch at Juan and Andrea’s Restaurant on the beach. Style is barefoot and casual chic.

Day Seven:

Sail back to the island of Ibiza.

19 – 23 July 2018. Super Yacht Cup http://www.thesuperyachtcup.com. Palma, Mallorca. As it says on the packet, Super Yacht Cup – one of the most prestigious regattas worldwide. The Super Yacht Cup is a fabulous event for both participants and spectators alike. Worth being there just to oggle some of the latest yacht designs

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