Mallorca is the largest Balearic Island, offering more than 500 km of Mediterranian boating coastline. Thanks to the variety of sailing and the excellent climate, a sailing trip in Majorca is a great option for both beginners and experienced sailors.
The island is famous for its beautiful coastal landscape. As you cruise the coast, you will discover turquoise-blue waters, sandy beaches, secret bays and bold cliffs. The impressive Tramuntana mountains run all the way to the sea. For experienced sailors, Majorca is a good option at any time of year. However, beginners should aim to sail during the summer season from April till October because storms in the Mediterranean can be severe during the winter.
Mallorca offers dozens of harbours and many small bays for anchoring. The sea level can rise to 4-metres, depending on wind force and direction. There is no exact measurable tidal range. If you want just to lay back and take it easy at sea, without worrying about such things, we recommend that you charter with the help of a professional skipper.
The Balearics to Barcelona
Sailing from The Balearics to Barcelona is one of the most exciting yet straightforward overnight passages that one can take in a yacht. Also, navigating from Barcelona or nearby Port Ginesta to Mallorca is a simple exercise, so it might be worth considering a charter from Port Ginesta if you are planning a week-long stay in the Balearics. There are often more yachts available at Port Ginesta than in Mallorca, plus you can factor in a quick visit to Barcelona city before you leave.
The bays along the east coast of Majorca can only be reached from the sea. Coves and beaches are often untouched, just as they have been for thousands of years. Sailing along the east coast, you can enjoy views of the 500-metre high mountains of Serra Levant.
Cabrera a military area until 1968
Around five miles away, lies the small island of Majorca Cabrera, which was a military area until 1968. After this regime ended, the island was declared a nature reserve. Getting a free sailing license to the island is well worth the trouble as only fifty sailing boats at once are allowed to visit Cabrera. There are just two bays which can be approached, Es Port and Cala Es Burri. Anchoring is forbidden so vessels must use the moorings. Additionally, you need a special license. Despite the regulations, a sailing trip to Cabrera is a great way to admire the natural beauty of the island and discover the old Castell and museum.
Sailing in the bay of Palma
In the open bay of Palma, you will encounter the biggest harbour on the island. It’s tough to get a last-minute mooring here, which is why you should pre-book as early as possible. The port of Can Pastilla offers moorings for up to 500 sailing boats with a maximum draft of 3 metres. For spontaneous sailors, overnight accommodation might be available by anchoring directly in front of the Cathedral La Seu. The bay of Palma is an ideal starting point for excursions to the capital of Majorca.
When you visit Mallorca, sooner or later you will end up in Port d’Andratx. This is a beautiful, safe harbour found on the south-west coast of the island. Andratx has 500 moorings, and the dock offers plenty of space for anchoring. The Sierra de Tramuntana mountains begin in Port d’Andratx, which is perfect for a hiking trip after sailing. The sailing here is beautiful and impressive, and a steady wind usually accompanies the breathtaking landscape. Many well-heeled sailors choose to come here, and you may encounter some high quality, remarkable sailing yachts in the harbour.
Port de Sóller, the west coast of Majorca
Many sailors enjoy sailing all around Majorca in one week. It is a little tricky to navigate the west coast of the island since there are few moorings other than the safe harbour of Port de Sóller. The west coast does offer a beautiful reward if you sail in this area. This is the sight of the Tramuntana mountains extending all the way to the shore with stunning cliffs. However, sailors should be aware of the strong winds that occur here regularly.
The north coast of Majorca offers the elongated bay of Alcúdia along with one of the largest harbours of the island, Port de Pollensa. Sailing here is amazing. The water is turquoise-blue and crystal clear. Long, white sandy beaches invite you to stay and never leave. Sailors can admire the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains at Cap Formentor from the sea. You should, however, be aware of the sudden strong swells which can occur in this sailing area.
Cala Ratjada is a fishing harbour at the northern peak of the island. This harbour is well worth seeing. In the port are the “Langouste houses” which are now under protection. While sailing along the coast, you will also see some beautiful watchtowers and lighthouses. Around the harbour are many possibilities to anchor. Consequently, this gives you time to relax, take a break and enjoy the fantastic view of the cliff coast of the Serra Levant.