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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN THE BALEARIC ISLANDS

26 April 2021
BERNARD GALLAY,
West Mediterranean
Unspoilt Nature, Nightlife & Beach Clubs, Hidden Coves. Just three of the Highlights that make a yacht charter in the Balearic Islands very special.

UNSPOILT NATURE
There is no lack of beautiful scenery in the Balearics; visit its parks and reserves to enjoy nature preserved in all its glory. We particularly recommend the mountains of Tramuntana on the north coast of Menorca, whose dramatic appearance will take your breath away.

NIGHTLIFE & BEACH CLUBS
The rich nightlife of these islands is no secret; party until sunrise in some unique destinations, for example the Cova d’en Xoroi in Mahón, the capital city of Menorca – this disco, situated in a natural cave, is guaranteed to give you a night you will never forget.

HIDDEN COVES
Discover isolated coves along the rocky and sandy coastline. Be assured that you will be able to anchor in a paradise reserved for you: by yacht you will always be able to find privacy because many of the island’s beautiful coves and inlets are difficult to access except by private boat.

THE PERFECT 10-DAY ITINERARY
Below is a suggested itinerary for cruising and enjoying the Balearic Islands:

Day 1 Embarkation in Eivissa, Ibiza
Arrival in Ibiza where, if you have the time, we would highly recommend booking a table at the Heart restaurant, created by the Adria brothers (previously chefs at the Restaurant El Bulli) and the Cirque du Soleil, for a truly unique dining experience. Browse the countless luxury bars and boutiques before meeting your crew and embarking.

Day 2 Beaches in Formentera
Explore the beaches of the small island of Formentera, perfect for sailing, and even some kitesurfing if the weather permits. Relax on the sandy beaches, or go for a wander around the quaint village and visit the art market Le Mercat de La Mola if you’re looking for some unique artisanal creations.

Day 3 Isla de Es Vedra - West of Ibiza
Anchor in the bay in front of the beautiful rocky island of Isla de Es Vedra, the subject of various myths and legends which claim it has magical properties. Spend the day making the most of water toys, and relax on-board with a meal prepared by your chef whilst watching the incredible sunset. Set sail towards some of the little bays in the North Coast of Ibiza.

Day 4 Sant Elm & Dragonera Island - Palma de Mallorca
After a 6 hour passage overnight, dock at Sant Elm, a beautiful beach resort with a breathtaking coastline and multiple high quality restaurants. Catch a boat over to visit the Island of Dragonera, a registered natural park since 1995. Go for a hike amongst its beautiful scenery of untouched nature and witness its diverse flora and fauna, including rare species of lizards and birds.

Day 5 Port Soller - Deia - Palma de Mallorca
Dock in Port Soller to appreciate the beauty of the North Coast of Mallorca, where you take in the incredible Tramuntana mountains dropping down to the sea, the crystal blue waters and the dramatic scenery and sunsets. Visit one of the exceptional fish restaurants in Cala Deia and go for a stroll along the pebbled cove beach.

Day 6 Torrent de Pareis - Pollença
Experience the renowned hiking route through the Torrent de Pareis, a gorge declared as a natural monument thanks to its wild nature and unusual geological formations. Recover from your hike in the beautiful ancient town of Pollença – don’t miss its impressive main square which has a vast array of cafés and restaurants.

Day 7 Menorca - Ciutadella
Enjoy a delicious breakfast on board as you undertake the four hour sail to Menorca, where you can visit the small fishing town of Ciutadella, the old capital of the island situated inside a long bay going into land. Explore its impressive historic quarter Es Born, surrounded by medieval palaces, churches and fortresses, or discover the numerous coves and beaches nearby.

Day 8 Menorca - North Coast – Fornells & Es Grau
From Ciutadella, sail along the whole of the North Coast of Menorca, where you will discover countless small beaches and bays surrounded by crystal blue waters, perfect for making the most of paddle-boards for excursions and swimming to the beach. Explore the treasures of the S’Albufera Grau national park, such as the charming town and beach of Es Grau, or the beautiful coves at Cala Tortuga and Cala Pregonda.

Day 9 Menorca – Mahón
Dock in the port of Mahón, the capital city of Menorca, which is known for its incredible views thanks to being based around the biggest natural harbor in the world. Discover the history of the island by paying a visit to one of the museums, or one of the oldest Opera Houses in Spain, or try the local cuisine at a market or restaurant. For a unique nighttime experience, dance the night away in the Cova d'en Xoroi, the legendary natural cave disco.

Day 10 Menorca - South Coast - Mitjana
Travel down the south coast of Menorca to the beautiful white sand beach of Cala Mitjana, part of the Llevant Peninsula Natural Park, which is full of rocky scenery and unique vegetation. Enjoy the seclusion of this quiet beach away from civilization, and go scuba diving to make the most of the clear waters.

Day 11 Menorca – South Coast – Macarella & Macaralleta
Continue down south to the beaches of Macarella and Macaralleta, some of the most beautiful on the island with their stunning turquoise waters. Spend the day swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling, and pay a trip to the popular, local beach bar for a cocktail or two.

Day 12 Disembarkation - Alcudia, Palma de Mallorca
On your final day of charter, either disembark in the South of Menorca to head to the airport to fly home, or sail for several hours to Alcudia in Mallorca and disembark there, if you wish to prolong your adventure and if your return flight is from this airport. Spend a few days exploring the city of Palma where there is no shortage of luxury hotels, high quality restaurants, and rich cultural offerings, before returning to normality.