Skippered yacht charter in the Mediterranean, sailing around the Balearic Islands
During the summer we will also sail on the western part of the Mediterranean with the Dutch sailing yacht “Cherokee”. The area of the Balearic Islands is magnificent and perfect for our sailing holidays. With wind (in contrary to the eastern part of the Mediterranean), a lovely temperature, sunshine and crystal clear water it is an area comparable to the Caribbean.
The western part of the Mediterranean is Spanish and provides a challenging sailing holiday in the Mediterranean, with a lot of opportunities for sheltered anchoring. There are many enjoyable ports and beautiful anchorages (called Cala’s). Since there are plenty of possibilities, the planning during the sailing holiday around the Balearic Islands is mainly determined by the weather.
Sailing holiday around the Balearic Islands: Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca
The Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares) is a group of islands located in the Mediterranean Sea, east of Spain. The islands Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca offer a wide variety of landscapes, from lively beaches, rocky coastlines to lush subtropical landscapes.
During the sailing holiday around Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca we will visit beautiful bays where we can go at anchor with the “Cherokee”. There are many fish that keep swimming in the shadow of the boat, which is beautiful to see.
The Mediterranean is crystal clear and about 24 degrees Celsius, perfect for snorkeling after a beautiful day of sailing. This area is a quite popular European destination for a relaxed holiday.
Sailing holiday around Mallorca
The largest of the Balearic Islands is Mallorca which is a popular holiday destination. Of all the islands in this area Mallorca possesses the largest cultural diversity as well as the largest variety of landscapes. Mallorca has many crowded beaches, but also more quiet beaches. The more north you reach the island, the rougher the coast becomes.
The capital, Palma de Mallorca, offers culture, history, good restaurants, nice shops and a lively nightlife. In addition, Palma city also some interesting sights:
– The Cathedral La Seu is visible when we arrive sailing from the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most monumental cathedrals in Europe.
– The Castell de Bellver castle built in the 14th century is a magnificent Gothic edifice, it is also visible from the marina and nice to see as we sail to Mallorca.
– The Banys Arabs is a hammam from the 10th century and belongs to the best preserved baths in Spain.
Sailing holiday to Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera
The distance between Ibiza and Mallorca is 60 miles. This is a considerable distance, so if we sail from Mallorca to Ibiza (or vice versa) we will arrive late at the port or anchorage. We eat at sea during the sailing trip and hopefully we see a beautiful sunset. This also applies to a crossing from Ibiza to the mainland of Spain.
Despite of the stigma of Ibiza being a party island, Ibiza is also really a great island for a sailing trip and of course to have a beer or a yogurt ice cream. Even Ibiza Town (Eivissa) has an atmospheric ancient citadel besides the harbor. The harbor is large, the port fees astronomically high and there are many (other) luxury yachts.
South of Ibiza lays the small island of Formentera, a beautiful little pearl where the jet resides. You can only reach Formentera by boat, which is convenient. To protect the nature of Formentera permission is required for some of the most beautiful anchorages. One of the advantages of sailing with Offshore Yacht Charter is that we know the beautiful places and ensure that the permits are in order.
Sailing holiday to Menorca
Like Mallorca, Menorca is also a fairly large island, but Menorca is a lot more quiet. Due to the relative inaccessibility of the island, the tourist flows are limited. Menorca is inspired by eco-tourism and a quieter pace of life. Besides beautiful bays, coves and enjoyable ports there are also many megalithic sites on the island. Perfect for a sailing holiday.