Palma de Mallorca offers the ideal starting point for a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea. If a change in scenery is crucial to your holiday, a sailing trip starting in Palma de Mallorca is the right place to start. Majorca’s capital city stretches along the 20-kilometer long Bay of Palma and is home to over 400,000 people. The city’s population is half of the Balearic island’s total population, making Palma de Mallorca also the supply center of the island. Major authorities, the largest ports, as well as an extensive transportation network, the University of the Balearic, industrial companies, local newspapers and radio stations and the seat of the islands are all in Palma. The island’s comfortable, mild average temperature of 18º (64.4ºF) and usual seven to ten hours of sunshine per day have certainly also contributed to Palma de Mallorca’s development in the last 20 years to it becoming a real tourist magnet. Along the palm tree-line promenade on the beach in Palma are many cafés and restaurants, which are all the more inviting for a refreshment and siesta after a long stroll around the central part of the city. The azure-blue Mediterranean, the numerous well-maintained port facilities and the modern yachts create a gorgeous picture-book panorama. Yacht charter providers of all types can be found on a walk along the beach at several locations, and offer everything from sailboats to catamarans, making no wish unfulfilled for people who love water sports. In addition, Palma de Mallorca offer further ways to cool off on a hot summer day. The options of fun on the sea range from jet skiing and kayaking to scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing. In the last few years, the surf scene in Palma has also exploded, so there is an abundance of surf schools on the beaches here. Palma’s location of course also offers itself to longer cruises away from the hustle and bustle of a populated city, for instance east to Platja de Palma or towards to west to S’Arenal.
The possibilities to charter a shiny new yacht in Palma de Mallorca are endless. Whether in the Real Club Nautico Yacht Club, the Marina La Lonja, Marina Alboran and Marina Joyeria Relojeria or on Pier 46, almost 200 sailboats, motorboats and catamarans are in the well maintained docking areas, waiting to be chartered. With the appropriate favorite water vessel, a very special and personal discovery of the island’s southern coast can begin. For example, catamarans have no keel and therefore do not weigh a lot, which makes them very fast boats. This makes the catamaran a wonderful and luxurious choice to explore the many beautiful corners of Palma de Mallorca. A quiet sailing cruise from the marina also goes by the giant mega-yachts that are anchored there, including the largest private sailing boat made of wood. The “Creole” is 60 meters long and belongs to the Gucci family, of fashion fame; the Emir of Qatar also often has his luxury yacht in the bay, in order to enjoy the idyllic view of the old city from the water. A secret that the super rich also want to take advantage of is Phillipe Starck’s Mole, including the specialty restaurant of the Sylt-Zanzibar owner, which was re-launched in the last year. For a longer trip, writing up a detailed list of advice and recommendations is a good idea in order to have a dream vacation on this Balearic island. Experienced sailors can also use Palma de Mallorca as the perfect point of origin for a trip to the neighboring islands Menorca and Ibiza and even for a trip ashore in Barcelona. Sailing route suggestion for Majorca.
Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, with an average of 303 days of sunshine annually in Palma de Mallorca, it is always sailing season here. Even early in the year and in the fall, the temperatures are a mild 15 to 25º (59-77ºF) and even in the winter they often stay above 10º (50ºF). Better yet, it seldom rains, so just with the proper type of clothing, an excursion at sea is possible throughout the year. The island has many aspects that boat enthusiasts already enjoy no matter the time of year, but naturally they love it even more in the summer, when the water temperature is usually about 25º (77ºF) and is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Despite the at times very crowded and therefore quite tight port facilities, which can then be difficult to maneuver through, the entire Mallorca area is a perfect region for beginner and less experienced yacht charter crews. Due to the shallow waters and almost non-existent current, there are hardly any navigational challenges in these waters. However, wind prediction in the area tends to be difficult. Generally, though, winds tend to blow at 2 to 4 on the Beaufort scale (Bft), and the Mistral and Tramontana winds only rarely create challenging conditions. The cruising area is also has consistently spaced buoys and beacons. However, it is recommended that, if you have any uncertainties at all when you are booking, that you hire a skipper and crew directly with your yacht charter, which is very simply with YACHTICO.com. If you don’t have a boating license, there are numerous and varied renowned schools in Palma de Mallorca, where you can earn your full sailing license in a few days. A sound knowledge of navigation, such as by map and compass; the safety equipment on boar; mechanical engineering; various sailing knots; and meteorology are also necessary for a safe and relaxing sail, and these skills, too, can be refreshed at the schools in Palma de Mallorca. Currently in Mallorca, it is not a problem to sail a boat of maximum 15 PS and four meters in length without a sailing license, and in smaller motorboats just four people are allowed on board. In 2014, it is expected that boats up to six meters long will also be allowed to be chartered without any special training.
Palma de Mallorca also offers tons of popular attractions for those who want to take a land break from the Mediterranean Sea. When booking your accommodation, it is worth it to keep an eye out for options with a roof terrace. Nothing is so relaxing as, on the first day of your holiday, to look on the roofs of the city and start the day with the first rays of warm sunshine. In the morning, you should visit the impressive La Seu Cathedral, an important Palma landmark, and one of the largest churches in the world. And it is not for nothing that it is also called the Cathedral of Light – gorgeous light reflects through the entire height and width of the nave, with an extraordinary effect. Follow your trip to the Cathedral with a stroll through the trendy “Little Scandinavia,” west of the old city. Penthouse apartments and Fibonacci bakeries as well as coffee shops line the path. Then head to the magnificent old town, where the small and inconspicuous streets often produce the most interesting shops. The traditional café “Ca’n Joan de S’aigo” is a very popular chocolatier, and locals love it for the homemade almond ice cream as well as for the ensaimadas, which are the typical biscuits with a lot of powdered sugar. For a heftier spot for lunchtime, “Bar Joan Frau”, near the market hall, is a snack bar that is said to have the best paella in Mallorca. The neighborhood’s meeting place is the Sifoneria, where Majorcan wine is bottled and sold directly from the barrel. Just in time for siesta, a nice shady spot invites you to sit with a glass of the island’s schnapps, caramel liquor with gentian. In the early evening, beach clubs attract many people with their great lighting and lounge music, and you can sit and watch the last rays of sunshine for the day. Roxy Bar in Portals Nous and Balneario Illetas, west of Palma, are especially popular. Then let the day wind down in the show kitchen of the star chef Marc Frosh, before heading to one of the trendy clubs in exciting Llonja and dance the night away.
A week in Palma de Mallorca is very relaxing and not expensive at all. With the extensive platform YACHTICO.com offers, more than 200 boats of all kinds are available to be booked for the next holiday in Mallorca. Catamarans, sailboats, and motorboats as well as yachts of all ages and from well known manufacturers can be sorted by starting port, the number of cabins and berths, boat model, price, and special options and then selected and booked – all in just three clicks. Depending on individual preferences and requirements, prices for the boats range between about 1000 and 6000 Euros per week. For the perfect cruise around the Balearic island, skippers and leisure sailors can find further practical, useful information about the region at YACHTICO.com.