7 memorable Mallorcan destinations for a luxury yacht charter
Mallorca is an island of contrasts and, despite being something of a tourist mecca, on a luxury charter yacht here you will find peace and tranquility with some of the most beautiful of beaches, imposing mountain cliffs, sprawling vineyards and orange groves, traditional fishing villages and historical towns. And here are seven of our favourite ports and anchorages.
1. Palma de Mallorca
Palma is a very easy place to start and finish a charter but this capital of the Balearic islands is much more. Situated on the south coast of Mallorca and dominated by the Gothic Santa Maria cathedral is a delightful city that we do recommend you spend a little time enjoying. Palma de Mallorca comes as a surprise to many people - it is stylish, sophisticated, intimate, yet bursting with life. The old quarter with its tiny cobbled streets and characterful buildings is so easy to explore being only a little over one square kilometre and packed with a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars ranging from quirky little cellars serving local delicacies through to internationally renowned 5-star restaurants.
The shopping here is also an eclectic mix but there are a number of areas with stylish boutiques and shoe shops. There is an excellent night life, and yacht clubs, Club de Mar and the Real Club Nautico which hosts various superyacht and sailing regattas all year round. Palma is a marvellous blend of traditional and contemporary, with something for every inclination. The Palma Aquarium is considered one of the best in Europe and will captivate all marine life lovers. A feast for the eyes with its dazzling displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables straight from the land and a mouth-watering array of seafood, the Olivar Market is an authentic local experience where you will mingle with locals doing their day-to-day shopping.
2. Port d'Andratix
Located on the Southwest corner of Mallorca is a lovely village, Port d'Andraitx, that mixes traditional fishing port with an internationally classed yacht club, Club de Vela, and a string of cosmopolitan bars and restaurants lining the waterfront. There's nothing quite like sipping a cold quiet drink while watching the fisherman at their daily work - sewing nets, landing fish, hauling ice. And the shopping has a lot to recommend it as well with a little of everything there including some delightful designer clothes and jewelry shops.
3. Port Soller
The only village accessible by sea along the rugged west coast of Mallorca Port Soller is a gem nestled in the beautiful surrounding mountain range, the 'Serra de Tramuntana', a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there are a variety of bars and restaurants this is much more peaceful place than many of the better known towns and villages more easily accessible by road. And one should also take the tram up to Soller village. This is an enjoyable ride through the valleys and hills on a piece of history - the same tram with it's polished brass and wood has been travelling this route since 1913. Soller Village in itself is well worth visiting with a delightful old town, cathedral and narrow cobbled streets opening up into gracious plazas.
4. Port Pollensa
On the North coast is Puerto Pollensa, a typical Mallorcan town, with its maze of narrow streets and home to one of the most beautiful harbours on the island and also one of the deepest and most protected. The sheltered horseshoe shaped bay is set against the stunning backdrop of the Tramuntana mountain range, and it is blessed with calm, shallow waters which makes it popular with families. One of the most beautiful parts of Mallorca, this was the preferred destination for painters and artists at the beginning of the century. The landscape here is so diverse; steep mountains meet picturesque shores, the green of the pine trees contrasting with grey limestone rocks.
5. Cala Ratjada
Cala Ratjada sits on the most northeasterly point of the island on a small rocky peninsula. It is a lovely traditional fishing port surrounded by sandy white beaches and idyllic pretty coves. On a good day you can see right across to Menorca and the old town of Ciutadella. A popular spot in summer for surfers there are a number of bars and restaurants on the waterfront promenade as well as discotheques for later in the evening.
6. Porto Colom
Another attractive small village that has resisted large-scale development Porto Colom is set in a large natural harbour on the east coast of Mallorca. The entrance to the bay is signposted with a picturesque and photogenice lighthouse. Lovely pastel coloured houses line the waterfront along with mostly very traditional bars and restaurants, complemented with a myriad of small fishing boats.
7. Es Trenc
Es Trenc is justifiably one of Mallorca's most famous of beaches... three kilometers of fine white sand at the edge of beautiful clear turquoise waters. It is one of two official beaches in Mallorca with an area set aside for naturalists. Nearby the small coastal town of Sa Rapita with it's own beautiful 25km beach is also worth a visit.
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