Yacht Itinerary for Spain and the Balearic Islands
Why choose the Spanish cruising grounds?
Simply put, the Spanish luxury yacht charter grounds has something for everyone, no matter what their interests: Barcelona is a major culture capital in Europe and there are few cities where artists such as Gaudi have had such a visual impact on the surroundings. Theatres, museums and galleries line ancient streets alongside atmospheric cafes and Michelin-starred restaurants, while high-end and bespoke shopping opportunities are abundant.
Evening entertainment provides plenty of bars and clubs for your group to fill the darkest hours, or if you prefer a night under a star-filled sky there are quiet coves just a short distance away from the biggest settlements. Whatever the age of guests on board the sandy white beaches and clear blue waters are the perfect place to practise swimming, play on the jet skis or Scuba dive among the numerous caves and wrecks along the coastline.
As the Western Mediterranean’s most famous party destination for the rich and famous, the Balearic Islands are the perfect place to enjoy a luxury cruise throughout the year and there are itineraries ranging from a week in length and more to sample some of the best destinations the region has to offer.
Spain and the Balearics Yacht Charter Itinerary
Day 1: Barcelona
Begin your Spanish luxury charter in the magnificent capital city, where the streets are lined with Michelin restaurants, galleries and bespoke shopping opportunities: Fly in to the international airport then connect with your luxury yacht a short journey away in the Port Vell Marina, home to the lavish OneOcean Club where celebrities party until the early hours enjoying cocktails and top quality cuisine from the restaurant. Culture seekers will never be at a loss on how to fill their hours: Gaudi made the streets of Barcelona his living canvas with the marvellous Casa Battlo which went on to inspire the vibrant Art Noveau Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord), in addition to the artist's whimsical Park Guell and the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Step back in time and wander the narrow streets of the atmospheric Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) and finish you visit with a trip to the Picasso Museum, which showcases the artist's earliest works as well as some of his most famous pieces. Watch a concert beneath the stained glass ceiling at the Palau de la Música Catalana, then end the day with an evening stroll through La Rambla and enjoy a coffee or a nightcap while watching the local street performers.
Location highlights: One Ocean Club, Casa Battlo, Park Guell, Illa de la Discòrdia, Sagrada Familia, Barri Gotic, Picasso Museum, La Rambla, Santa Maria del Mar Church, Palau de la Música Catalana
Day 2: Palma
As you sleep off your excesses from Barcelona your captain will cruise on to Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, for a whole new adventure. Similar to Barcelona, Palma has a wealth of culture guests can access from the marina: The UNESCO World Heritage Site Catedral de Mallorca is an imposing Gothic structure that also features a rose window by Gaudi, and modern art galleries, bars and Michelin-starred restaurants such as Marc Fosh and Adrián Quetglas are all within walking distance down the beautiful timeworn streets. Guests looking to break out the water toys or sunbathe on sandy shores have a number of options close to the city: To the east there are long golden crescents while a short journey east will take the group to secluded coves ideal for snorkelling and Scuba diving.
Location highlights: Catedral de Mallorca, Lonja de Mallorca, Museu De Mallorca, Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Mar Fosh Restaurant, Adrián Quetglas Restaurant
Day 3: Sa Dragonera
The coast from Palma to the old smuggler's hideout on Sa Dragonera near Port Andratx there is a wealth of dive sites ranging from beginner level through to advanced, including a wreck dive. Seahorses and stingrays are some of the possible local inhabitants you will encounter in the clear blue seas, and after a dive guests can rest in the sunshine with a cocktail on the sundeck, or take the afternoon to explore the scenic port-side villages along this stretch of the coast.
Location highlights: Sa Dragonera Wildlife Park
Day 4: Sóller & Alcúdia
From Sóller to Alcúdia guests can take life at leisure and stop off at the remote beaches along the route for tranquil family time. Catch your dinner over a languid afternoon and have your expert on board chef use it as an ingredient in a mouth-watering three-course meal. Sa Dragonera Wildlife ParkAlcúdia boasts an eclectic mix of architectural styles and archaeological sites that have been left behind by ancient cultures, added to which are modern golf courses, bars and clubs and the natural beauty of the long beaches curving along the coast. Both Sóller & Alcúdia have excellent conditions for wind-dependent water toys such as kite surfers and windsurfers, and the clear shallow waters will give confidence to beginner swimmers. End your day with a relaxing evening in town or soak in the ambiance from on board your yacht.
Location highlights: Parc Natural de s'Albufera de Mallorca, Maca de Castro Restaurant
Day 5: Ciutadella de Menorca
If you're looking to taste the authentic flavours of the Balearic Islands then the streets of Ciutadella de Menorca will tempt you at every corner with restaurants serving freshly caught sea food and ingredients bought from the local market that morning. Museums and galleries are interspersed among the houses along the seafront, and artists and photographers will find no end of opportunities to capture the Mediterranean light and colours. Ciutadella de Menorca is also a great location for land-based trails and water sports: Follow the coast by kayak or sailing boat, snorkel in the coves or Scuba dive along the western coast with sites suitable for beginners through to advanced cave divers.
Location highlights: Castillo de Sant Nicolau, Catedral de Santa María de Ciutadella, Museu Municipal de Ciutadella
Day 6: Cabrera National Park
After the sensory delights of Menorca cruise to the isolated Cabrera National Park and detox on the verdant uninhabited island. Dolphins and whales have been spotted passing through its waters and rare species such including a type of black lizard and various sea snails are most likely to be found within the archipelago. Walk or bike the island trails and discover the 14th century Castillo de Cabrera and the lighthouse - the only place on the island serving food - before returning to your bay for a cooling swim in the sea. Watch the sunset on your sundeck as you sip on a cocktail or savour a meal prepared by your expert chef, and spend the night stargazing through unpolluted skies.
Location highlights: Castillo de Cabrera, Punta Anciola Lighthouse
Day 7: Formentera & Ibiza
Cruise south overnight and wake up along the white shores of Formentera, where the beaches stretch for miles and the beautiful scenery is a patchwork of farmland, villages and untouched coastal woodland. The north eastern side up by Llevant Beach has shallow clean water for children and conditions ideal for wind-powered water toys. Unwind in the sunshine with an hour of yoga and a massage, then head up to Ibiza which by now will be awake and ready to impress. Daytime in Ibiza is a calm and cosmopolitan affair, where visitors dress to effortlessly impress in their beachwear while shopping the perfect accessories and souvenirs. Pass through the old quarter of Dalt Vila and visit Obispado de Ibiza for the incredible view over the harbour before preparing for a night of complete abandon among the clubs, bars and the casino. May and October are the best time to go for the parties because of the hedonistic opening and closing ceremonies for the summer season. When you want to escape the bright lights and noise, quiet coves like Cala d’Albarca and Cala Codolar to the north west will provide a more intimate environment to host your own party on board. The underwater sights are just as stunning, and divers have a variety of caves, wrecks, and open sites such as the meadow of Neptune Grass between Ibiza and Formentera to awe and inspire.
Location highlights: Platja Llevant, Platja d'en Bossa, Dalt Vila, Obispado de Ibiza, Cala d’Albarca, Cala Codolar
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