The Balearic Islands are a cruising playground for yacht charters with the main islands of Menora, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera all boasting many hidden gems just waiting to be explored. This stunning archipelago is wonderfully diverse and with some areas only accessible by boat, the Balearic Islands make for an idyllic yacht charter vacation.
Port Vendres - Ciudadela, MenorcaEmbark in Port Vendres and cruise to Ciudadela, Menorca.
Menorca, the ‘jewel of the Balearics’ has retained much of its virgin landscape and traditional Spanish heritage and is more suited to laid back, nature-loving trips. Menorca is blessed with a stunningly beautiful coastline boasting more beaches than all the other Balearic Islands put together and is consequently a veritable Eden for sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts. Menorca is most famous for its enticing coastal charms but it is also home to several other diverse natural habitats. All of these ecosystems harbour rich collections of flora and fauna, including a number that are specific to the island. In Ciutadella, peer into 19th century buildings carved from magnificent rose-colored sandstone. In the morning, visit the Pastisseria des Centre, which has sold flaky Balearic powdered sugar pastries called ensaimadas since 1881. Try the homemade almond ice cream at Sa Gelateria de Menorca, and visit one of the ubiquitous sandal shops.
Embark on an evening cruise to Mahon, Menorca. Visit Mahon, the capital, to make your island tour complete. Wander the streets and admire the Art Nouveau architecture around the cathedral and the magnificent views of the port. The enormous port has drawn visitors and traders for centuries. As a result, Mahon feels more open to the world than Ciutadella Historically, Menorca is one of the richest islands in the Mediterranean and is often referred to as an ‘open air museum’. It is permeated with archaic ruins, oldfortresses and ancient churches, all of which mark various periods in the island’s tumultuous history.
Mahon, Menorca - Andraitx, Majorca
From Mahon, Menorca, spend the evening cruising onwards to Andraitx, Majorca. Situated off the eastern coast of Spain to the south of Barcelona and east of Valencia, Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. Majorca is mainly loved for its sublime weather and beautiful beaches, with more than 200 to choose from.The dramatic coastline of Majorca presents a myriad of choices of beaches, while the mountains offer an altogether different holiday experience in picturesque hilltop villages amid lush landscapes; the mountain villages of Valldemossa, Deia and Soller have outstanding settings and lots of character. There’s a Cappuccino outlet in the middle of Port d’Andratx (Avenida Mateo Bosch, 31; 34-971-672- 214), and it’s situated perfectly for watching the fishingboats come in. Have a coffee before you visit the fish market here, which is a particularly satisfying one, with a vast array of often unidentifiable local sea critters. Leisure activities – including scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and other water sports, as well as golf, horseback riding, go-carting, hiking and cycling among many others – are numerous and can be enjoyed all around the island.
Andraitx, Majorca - Palma, Majorca
Spend the evening on your fourth day cruising to Palma, Majorca. Majorca’s biggest city is the cultural and historical capital of the Balearic Islands and attracts a huge number of visitors to its wonderful array of buildings, bustling nightlife and popular nearby beach resorts. With a lovely harbour, beautiful skyline, interesting museums and galleries and well-ordered streets, the city is easy to tour on foot. Palma has a very special ambience and the main sights are all grouped together at the heart of the city near the picturesque harbour. La Seu, the great Gothic cathedral and l’Almudaina Palace stand opposite each other and are the main tourist highlights, also nearby is Banys Arabs - the 10th century Arab baths, with their huge columns, intricate dome and lovely gardens and the Llotja exchange. Palma is also much revered for its wonderful ambiance, quality shops and arcades, and amazing nightlife that never seems to sleep.
Palma, Majorca - Island
From Palma, Majorca take an evening cruise to Formentera Island. Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, is located just off the coast of Ibiza and boasts a length of only 12 miles from tip to tip. It is often referred to as the ‘last paradise of the Mediterranean’ due to its lack of urban development and limit on the number of resorts that are allowed to be built.Visitors to Formentera are attracted by its breathtaking natural beauty and laid back, easy going atmosphere, a complete contrast to the crowds and commercialism of neighbouring Ibiza. The island is dominated by stunning beaches of pure white sand that lead down to the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Many beaches are deserted and it is possible to spend a whole day lazing on a beach and never lay eyes on another soul.Formentera is an excellent dive location, partly due to the fact that infrastructure development has been kept to a minimum resulting in little pollution, but also because the island is blessed with exquisite reefs, aquatic life, clear waters and underwater caves.
Formentera - Ibiza
Spend the evening cruising to Ibiza.Ibiza’s beautiful coastline is primarily what attracts most visitors, and with over 80 beaches to choose from it’s not difficult to find one that can meet all your requirements. Popular beaches include Cala Bassa in San Antonio; Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza; Cala s’Arenal Petit in Portinax; Cala Benirras in San Miguel and Cala Jondal in San Jose; as well as the quieter beaches of Cala Carb in San Jose and Cala Xucia in Portinax. Water sports are hugely popular along Ibiza’s shores.
Spend the day and night in Ibiza. Away from the bars and celebrated nightlife are the woods, coastal walking trails and quiet (if not deserted) beaches such as Santa Eulària d’es Riu and the small resorts and coves of the northeast are ideal for family holidays. Other fascinating sites are the Cora de Can Marca – the underground caverns; D’Alt Villa – an old walled town and UNESCO world heritage site; and Neccropolis del Puig des Molins an ancient burial ground.Other popular attractions are the old walled city of Ibiza Town, with its impressive cathedral and maze of narrow streets; the beach of Cala Llonga, where you can relax on its beautiful white sandy bay overlooked by steep pine-clad hills, the second largest town of San Antonio, as well as the rustic markets of Punta Arabi and Las Dalias. Also worth a look are the towns of San Jose,
Ibiza - Dragonera Island
Spend your eighth evening cruising from Ibiza to Dragonera Island.Sa Dragonera island was proclaimed Natural Park on January 26, 1995. It became a model of the defence of nature in Mallorca, after 20 years of popular claims and fight against its development carried out by ecologist groups leaded by GOB.It is 2,88 hectares big and it is 3700 metres long. Its highest hill is Far Vell hill (353 m). On the west coast there are spectacular cliffs that can be up to 300m high. The eastern part goes down smoothly towards coves and Cala Lledó natural port, where information on Sa Dragonera is displayed in the visitor´s centre. Seabirds, birds of prey and migratory birds are the most characteristic wildlife in Sa Dragonera. Small reptiles like an endemic lizard subspecies and the common lizard as well.Throughout history there has been human activity in Sa Dragonera, basically due to its resources, and quite conditioned by saracen pirate raids, who used the island as a platform to attack the mallorcan coasts. Llebeig tower, built in 1585 to avoid boats entry in Llebeig beach, is a vestige of that time.
Dragonera Island - Port Vendres
From Dragonera Island you will take an overnight cruise back to Port Vendres.
Disembark at Port Vendres.