Top Private Yacht Charter Destinations in the Balearic Islands
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The Balearic Islands are one of the most desirable places to go on a Mediterranean superyacht charter in summer, but they are popular and can get busy. Where are the top private yacht charter spots to explore whether cruising by sailing yacht or motor yacht? Each destination in the Balearic Islands is an opportunity to learn about the region's culture or explore under the water and encounter amazing wildlife.
From the party capital of Ibiza to romantic villages surrounded by deserted beaches, there is something to satisfy everyone in your group. Here are three excellent places to see on Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza - and why you shouldn't discard Formentera from your itinerary.
The enormous bay where Palma is situated has excellent coves where your yacht charter group can relax upon the sands sipping cocktails, or snorkel in the shallows and discover the region's wildlife swimming in transparent blue-tinged water. Dive sites cater to beginner and advanced levels with open water sites, wrecks and cave dives.
In Palma, bold harbour-side buildings give way to stately and imposing ancient architectural feats such as the Gothic Catedral de Mallorca just a short stroll from the marina. The Palma International Yacht Show takes place in spring and the nearby airport connects to international flights, making Palma an ideal stop to begin or end your Balearic Islands charter.
To the south of Palma, Ses Covetes is a sleepy port town sandwiched between two long sandy stretches. The Cabrera Archipelago National Park is a short cruise to the south and both locations provide seclusion and striking natural beauty and privacy away from the crowds and pressures of modern day life.
Discover the best culture of the Balearic Islands on a peaceful cruise around Port d'Alcúdia, which has all the benefits of modern life without the same throngs of tourists as other towns in the summer. Rest on tree-shaded beaches and dine outdoors while watching the sunset with friends and family. There will be plenty of opportunity to use all of the water toys, learn new skills or to wander through the cobblestone streets to find souvenirs of your perfect Mediterranean trip.
The long and varied history of this popular port town has left behind impressive religious sites, museums and galleries for guests looking for a day of culture, and Mahon has succeeded in maintaining its identity while still offering some modern delights. Mahon is breathtaking at night when a romantic atmosphere pervades the streets. Holidaymakers can try authentic Spanish cuisine in the restaurants or savour the atmosphere in peace from your sundeck before dipping into the Jacuzzi to relax and talk together throughout the night.
Yacht charter groups looking for an active social scene, cultural sites and untouched nature should consider the coast around Menorca city, where the group can snorkel, fish and Scuba dive to uncover the wonders under the water. Zip from one side of the cove to the other using the Seabobs and pass by thriving reefs covered in starfish and sponges, or kayak along the coast as you watch the wildlife.
Cala en Bosc
The shallow bays and steady winds along this stretch of the coastline are excellent for learning how to sail a windsurfer or boat, and the town and marina are small enough not to attract large-scale tourism.
The winding coastline on the southern side of Menorca has private anchorages perfect for a honeymoon charter or a special occasion: Platja d'es Banyul and Platja de Bellavista nearby are popular places to moor and savour the shallow water and peaceful setting for daytime fun with the water toys or a beach party under the stars.
Ibiza town is the party capital for Spain and there is a great selection of high end bars and restaurants for your group's evening entertainment. More than its party reputation, Ibiza has lots of cultural sites visitors can walk to from the marina, including Catedral de Santa Maria in the Old Town, Casa de la Cúria, and museums and art galleries scattered throughout the modern and ancient streets.
Portinax is at the very opposite end of the island from the bustling town and this north west settlement has a charming selection of restaurants and cafes where your group can sample the local cuisine. Beaches and shelteres anchorages are plentiful, as are Scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing spots for tranquil days of fun and discovery.
Sant Antoni de Portmany
Another town with a lively nightlife, Sant Antoni de Portmany offers luxury yacht charter groups an excellent natural harbour, shallow and sandy beaches as well as a botanical garden and historic sites on land. Water toys enthusiasts can use the kayaks and jet skis to explore, or try windsurfing and kite-surfing along the shore.
Take a break from the party lifestyle and cruise from Ibiza to Formentera, an underdeveloped island with long stretches of beach to the northeast and south. The shallow and clean water is perfect for young families to paddle in, while the adults put on a high-speed display with the jet skis, flyboards and water skis.