Sailing Magnificent Mallorca

The Balearic Island of Mallorca is not one to be overlooked as a sailing destination. The ever-present sunshine and constant sea breeze mean that a sailing holiday around the island of Mallorca can be a brilliant way to spend a week. There’s plenty of glittering old fashioned towns, hidden like gems along the coastline and in one week you can sail the whole way round the island, stopping off at your leisure.

In the south west corner of the island you’ll find a treasure trove of towns, built out of golden stone, overlooking an expanse of olive groves. This combined with dramatic cliff tops looming over secluded coves, make this area perfect for anchoring.

What’s the weather like?

The Balearics enjoy a mild climate all year round, so ideal for an earlier or later season sail, with an average temperature of 21 degrees in May and October. In the summer months from June – September you can expect a comfortable 28 degrees.

In the western cruising ground the prevailing wind tends to be from the south west during the summer. If venturing east, towards Menorca, the prevailing winds are found from a north/north west direction. With winds reaching an average of force 3-4, it is great for those who want to kick back and relax.

Days 1 – 2, Palma’s promenade & traditional tapas

Once you are all checked in you will be shown your yacht and all its bells and whistles. Then it is time to tuck into some traditional tapas on Palma’s famed promenade! You will find a number of bars and restaurants, for your first evening of your holiday, all within walking distance of the marina. We also recommend a trip to the famous Cathedral!

Sailing south east from Palma will give you a lovely 30 mile sail to Cala D’Or. Cala D’Or is a town on the east coast of Mallorca, famous for its collection of white sandy beaches. The town has a quaint ‘road train’ which connects different parts of the town and the beaches.

Palma                                    Cala D’Or

Days 3 – 5, From Palma to the pearls of Porto Christo

As you meander up the Mallorcan coastline, don’t miss Porto Christo, Cala Rajada or Alcudia as they are all amazing overnight stops.

Porto Christo is a small town on the eastern coast of Mallorca unaffected by mass tourism. It is a modern yet unspoilt town. Its main attractions are two sets of caves, the ‘Coves del Drach’ and ‘Coves dels Hams’. Porto Christo, unlike other areas of the island, does not rely on tourism as the main source of income. Instead, they manufacture pearls! Perhaps a place to take the credit card?

Porto Christo Caves, Majorca  Cala Rajada, Majorca  Port dAlcudia - Balearic Islands
Coves del Drach                  Cala Rajada                        Alcudia

Days 6 – 8, Long sails back to base

Heading down the west coast of Mallorca is a great opportunity to get some sensational sailing in. The coastline is beautiful with great wind and so you can whack those sails up and truly enjoy sailing in the Balearics.

Stop off in the stunning port of Soller and amazing Andratx, before returning back to Palma, with one last day to finish your sightseeing before the journey home!

Palma Marina
  • Port de Soller, MajorcaSoller
  • Andraitx Andratx

Days 1 – 2, Arriving in Palma

Once you have arrived in Palma and met the local charter company they will get you all checked-in on your yacht. You are then free to explore Palma city. Palma de Mallorca is the capital and largest city in the Balearic Islands. You will find many bars and restaurants to keep you entertained for your first evening in Mallorca.

Nearby Santi is the stunning Mondrago Natural Park which is worth a visit and Santi also plays host to the a picturesque white sandy beach which is sheltered on both sides with its crystal clear blue waters in between, perfect for swimming!

Palma                                    Cala Santanyi

Days 3 – 6, Meandering up the Mallorcan coast

As you head further up the coast you will come across many beautiful towns surrounded by white sandy beaches and stunning yachts. The coastline is a popular tourist destination and a favourite for those luxury super yachts.

Moor up in Cala D’or and Cala Rajada for some relaxing beach time and a delicious taste of tapas. If you want to escape the crowds then head to Porto Christo.

Porto Christo is a small town on the eastern coast of Mallorca and is unaffected by mass tourism. It is a modern yet unspoilt town. Its main attractions are two sets of caves, the ‘Coves del Drach’ and ‘Coves dels Hams’ however Porto Christo is not like many other towns in the area dependant on tourism, it is the centre of the pearl manufacturing industry in Mallorca.

Cala D’Or                              Colom                                  Coves del Drach                Cala Rajada

Days 7 – 10, Sailing the Spanish High Seas

As you venture further round the coast you will sail past stunning coves and secluded bays with great anchorages. You may then come towards Alcudia and Pollenca which are great overnight stays.

Port d’Alcudia is home to long white sandy beaches and clear waters; and it’s also one of Mallorca’s largest beach resorts with a very swish marina. The area surrounding the fishing harbour is one of the most charming areas of Port d’Alcudia; here you’ll find fishing boats bobbing alongside yachts and a few restaurants to choose from close by.

Pollenca is a town found in the northern corner of Mallorca near the Cap de Formentor and Alcudia. The main town is around 6km inland from the Port de Pollenca where you will moor up if you stop here. One thing the town is often recognised by is the 365 step stairway north of the square which leads up to a chapel on top of the hill known as Cavalry.

Pollenca                                Alcudia

Days 11 – 13, Pretty Harbours and Spectacular Scenery

20 miles west from Pollenca you will come across Soller, a spectacular horse shoe shaped bay flanked by the Tramuntana mountains. We think it has the best of both worlds with a sea view and a tremendous mountain view. Whether you have chosen to anchor in the bay or tie up alongside local fishing boats, you can hop ashore and explore the little shops lining the front.

When heading down the west coast you must pull into Port de Soller. This beautiful harbour has a selection of great restaurants and bars to watch the sunset go down. Further down the coast there is also a fantastic anchorage and restaurant called Sa Foradada. Only accessible by boat, this restaurant is another must on your route.

As you sail further south you will find Andratx. Said to be one of the prettiest harbours in Mallorca, Port d’Andratx is a popular spot amongst crews visiting the Balearic Islands and is not to be missed. The harbour is home to a well-equipped marina which has room for 500 yachts, and you can pick up a canoe while there for a saunter round the bay.

Soller                                    Andratx

Days 14 – 15, The Last of Magical Mallorca

As it is nearing the end of your two weeks in beautiful Mallorca it is time to head back to Palma. On your last full day get up early and do the short 10 mile sail from Andratx to your base. This gives you plenty of time to fully enjoy the sights of Palma City before checking out the next day.

Palma Marina