Written by Missy Johnston
Sunset in Ibiza
Sitting almost at the western opening into the Mediterranean Sea, the Spanish Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Formentera, and Ibiza are a great location for either a sailing yacht or motor yacht charter. These islands offer isolated anchorages with beautiful water for a refreshing swim, little fishing villages featuring restaurants serving fresh local fish, along with the chic shopping and nightlife of Ibiza Town. Enjoy a one way itinerary from Palma to Ibiza on a yacht charter itinerary through the Balearic Islands of Spain.
Mallorca Palma Cathedral
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. Board your yacht in the harbor of the main island town of Palma. Palma is a lovely town, with a bit of a bohemian feel, and steeped in history. Explore Old Town, filled with little narrow streets, and home to cafes, music bars and restaurants. Be sure to visit La Llotja, the old fish market in Old Town, and the Palma Cathedral, overlooking Old Town and the harbor. Overnight.
Leave in the morning to cruise to Puerto de Andratx, an inviting little fishing port sitting at the head of a small narrow bay on the southern coast of Mallorca. Clustered around the head of the bay along the harbor promenade are a number of little cafes and restaurants, many serving fish caught fresh by one of the little fishing boats tied up along the Promenade. The main town of Andratx is worth visiting, especially if you can enjoy one of the many festivals or concerts. Andratx is home to artists and many galleries can be found along the streets. Town Hall is in an old Arabian Farmhouse from the 15th century, around which there is a market every Wednesday. Sail out of Puerto de Andratx, past the high cliffs, at the opening of the bay, where the Cabo de Sa Mola lighthouse is perched. Cruise up past the island of Dragonera, now a national park, and up to the northwest coast of Mallorca on the way to Port de Sóller. Overnight.
In the valley with Port de Sóller are the village of Fornalutx and the hamlet of Biniaraix. The valley is famous for orange groves and ancient olive trees planted in terraces and the river delta area is great for bird watching. A tram connects the Port de Soller to the main town of Soller further up the valley, once a thriving center of the citrus trade. In town, explore the famous botanical gardens and for the adventurous, head out to the surrounding mountain range, the ‘Serra de Tramuntana’, for great hiking or long relaxing nature walks. After enjoying lunch, leave for Puerto Pollenca . Overnight.
Puerto Pollenca, an old fishing port sits at the head of a long and narrow bay, and the populace, that once survived on fishing, now survive on tourism. Enjoy the main square filled with cafes and restaurants, which every Wednesday is home to the local market. Stroll along the Pinewalk, or enjoy one of the local beaches. At the tip of the peninsula is Cap Formentor, offering spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. After having lunch, cruise along the other side of the bay and stop to explore the oldest city of the island, Alcudia, founded during the Phoenician time period and once the capital of Majorca. In the late afternoon cruise to Ciudadela on the island of Menorca.
Enjoy an early morning walk around the historic town of Ciudadela clustered around a lovely little harbor filled with local fishing boats. There are many choices on Menorca of what to do and see. Perhaps, enjoy people watching sitting in one of the little dockside cafés along the natural harbor in Mahon. Or enjoy the peace and quiet of the lovely anchorage of Addaya or one of the many coves within the Bah’a de Fornells, ending with a refreshing swim in a secluded cove to overnight on anchor.
Leave early to cruise back to Mallorca to Porto Cristo and anchor for lunch. This area is famous for the caves discovered by Mea Martel in 1896, and was also a favorite summer holiday location of the Kings of Mallorca . If you enjoy caves, perhaps visit the Coves del Drac complete with a boat ride across an underground lake, and a concert. After lunch, in the afternoon, cruise to the Island of Formentera to overnight.
Formentera lies a few miles to the south of Ibiza. This island has a distinctive Caribbean feel with beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, and lapped by crystal clear blue and green waters. Spend time anchored along the long sandy spit of Illetas on the north side of the island, which is a favorite anchorage offering magnificent views across the straits. After lunch cruise into the main harbor of Ibiza. This busy seaside town comes alive at night with dancing until dawn; with party goers stopping only to welcome in the sunrise. This is the chic island of the Balearics and Ibiza Town has great shopping, restaurants and bars, where you never know who you might see. Don’t miss the rest of the island which is very pastoral, quiet and relaxed, and there are great restaurants outside of Ibiza town well worth the time and energy to find.
Disembark in Ibiza.