A boater’s guide to Mallorca by Princess Motor Yacht Sales
The Balearic Islands have been at the forefront of the luxury yachting scene for many years – and it’s not just because of the white beaches, blue seas and year-round sun. It’s because of the archipelago’s spectacular variety. With their secluded coves, ancient monuments and protected marine parks, Menorca and Formentera are famously serene yachting destinations. With 2,700 years of history, as well as 24-hour clubbing, upmarket food and artisan shopping, Ibiza delivers a far more textured yachting experience than many people imagine. And with its combination of infectious party hubs, traditional fishing towns, natural loveliness and high-end refinement, Mallorca is the equal of any yachting destination in the world. With a vast range of luxury yachts, pre-owned boats for sale and tempting yacht charter options in Cala d’Or, Port Adriano and Puerto Portals, Princess Yachts knows how special Mallorca can be. From Soller to Pollensa and Camp de Mar to Palma; and from the best beaches to the best beach clubs and golf courses, our immersion in the Mallorca yachting scene puts us in a great position to bring you all the must-see highlights.
Yacht in Mallorca: the north
The renowned superyacht hub at Port d’Alcudia has become northern Mallorca’s largest holiday resort and it’s not hard to see why. Perched up in the northeast, it offers a pair of huge white sandy bays with easy gradients and warm shallow waters for safe family fun. And when you step inside the ramparts of the lovely old town, the traditional beach entertainment gives way to a mix of boutique shops, lively markets and quality restaurants with all the cool continental chic you could want. As the recipient of extensive investment over the last decade, Puerto de Sollér is also one of Mallorca’s most lavish charter hubs. Like most Balearic ports, it is home to a harbour that divides its attentions equally between fishing and recreation. The generous bay provides a sheltered playground for a picturesque anchorage, the half-mile beach is perfect for active watersports and the yachting facilities are absolutely first-class.
Yacht in Mallorca: the south
The south of the island is a more rustic place to go boating with plenty of magical beaches and slow traditional fishing villages. One of the island’s finest yachting beaches is undoubtedly Caló del Moro – a superb little cove with plenty of opportunity to anchor your yacht and head ashore in a tender. And while Playa Es Caragol remains impressively untouched by tourist facilities, its natural setting, with white sands and warm, shallow waters, presents an equally memorable escape. But for those keen to capture the cultural essence of the south, the traditional Mallorcan village of Porto Cristo is a wonderful place to rest up for a few days. Though it’s quite remote, it features a lovely natural harbour with an active fishing fleet, alongside a fine beach that hums with a happy mix of locals and visiting yachtsmen. The nearby Cuevas del Drach underground caves are well worth a visit and, toward the southernmost tip of the island, Colonia Sant Jordi features a laid-back marina, with a scattering of eateries and easy access to the lovely cruising grounds of the Cabrera Island nature reserve.
Palma de Mallorca
Wherever you choose to cruise in Mallorca, the island’s capital city, Palma de Mallorca, is a very satisfying pace to visit. Effortlessly suave, infectiously arty and ultra cosmopolitan, it’s a wonderful place to sit at a decadent street café and soak in the atmosphere while beautiful people meander past. In addition to providing a home to more than half of Mallorca’s population, its impressive yacht marina sees the local numbers swell in peak season, as excited cruise ship tourists explore the city’s labyrinth of backstreets. As the tourist guides testify, Palma’s vast gothic cathedral is certainly worth a visit but for many, it’s the buzzing bars, the lovely walks, the beautiful beaches, the delectable food and the thriving local galleries that continue to set the place apart.