Guide to Sailing around Mallorca

If you are looking forward to a wide variety of landscapes and multiple choices of anchoring on a sailing holiday, then sail along the beautiful coastline of Mallorca. The typical setting amidst the Mallorca’s coastline means admiring the shallow turquoise waters against the theatrical mountains and dive into the sea whenever one wants. You can halt at those secluded beaches dotted with idyllic coves and dunes. You would just want the time to stand still and enjoy the glorious weather, the fantastic sea, and the excellent sailing trip.

Where is Mallorca?

Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is the largest island in the Balearic Islands and is located in the Mediterranean. The Balearic Islands are part of Spain, and Palma is the capital of the Mallorca island. Like the other Balearic Islands, Mallorca is a trendy holiday destination and lures tourists from all across the world, especially Europe. Mallorca is a paradise for sailing buffs and beach lovers.

Chartering a boat or a yacht

Before you go ahead and book a yacht, it is essential to know the number of people going for the trip, the number of days and if there is a need for a skipper.  You will come across countless charter companies offering all kinds of boats and yachts of all different shapes and sizes. You could look for motor yachts, catamarans, sailing yachts, speedboats, and more. One can go for a sailing or motor yacht experience, and there is a significant difference between the two.

  • Sailing charter – Most people prefer operating a sailboat or a sailing yacht to get that authentic sailing experience. After all, nothing can be more dramatic than gliding through the water and without any sound of engines. Sailing yacht charters are cheaper because of the lower fuel costs.
  • Motorboat or yachts charter – The motor yachts or boats are the right option for those looking for luxury, comfort, and speed. One can discover as much of Mallorca’s coastline as possible when sailing on those motor yachts. 
  • Bareboat charter – Bareboat charter is suggested for those with a qualified skipper in their group and who can be in full control of the sailing group. Charter companies would demand a certificate that proves their Skipper qualification.
  • Crewed charter – A crewed charter is perfect for those who want to charter a larger boat, but no one in the group knows how to sail. The local skipper can help plan out a great itinerary and what places to sail to in Mallorca.
  • Catered charter – A fully catered charter provides complete provisions that you would like and private chefs and caterers to prepare and serve the meals for the full trip.

Preparing for the sailing trip

Before you board the yacht or the boat, it is essential to know what all you need to carry and bring with you. Depending on the locations you are traveling to there would be entry, exit, and visa requirements. You must have the correct travel documents such as passport and tickets with you. Other mandatory sailing requirements include sailing licenses before arrival. A typical packing list includes soft-sided bags to carry light clothing, swimwear, sandals, hiking boots, hats, and sunglasses. Bring travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products, pain relievers, and medication for motion sickness relief.

Typical sailing itinerary & highlights

When sailing around Mallorca, one can head towards the North Coast, the South Coast, the East Coast, and the West coast. One can plan a sailing itinerary based on popular sailing spots along the coast. You are sure to remain spoilt for choices when it comes to designing an itinerary or a sailing yacht for your sailing trip that could be for a day, a week, or even months.

Sailing along the North Coast

As the north coast boasts of a wide selection of charming bays, it is a popular spot for yachting. As there are an endless number of bays, you are sure to find a quieter area nearby if one bay is too busy for your liking. Discover several rocky coves and sandy beaches in the area as you sail along the coast and anchor at some of the most popular spots like Cala Boquer, Coll Baix and Formentor Beach. Cala Bóquer is a peaceful spot and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling because of its clear waters. Formentor Beach is a top-rated beach that is lined with luxury hotels, bars, and restaurants. Coll Baix is an open cove with rocky cliffs and high headland and is located north-east of Alcúdia.

Sailing along the East Coast

The east coast of Mallorca is well famous for its caves and coves and offers plenty to do and see and keep one busy for hours. You will come across some of the most beautiful beaches and bays of Mallorca along the east coast and will find boats and yachts of all shapes, type, and sizes moored along the coast. Cala Santanyi, Cabrera and Colonia de Sant Jordi are essential points of interest on this itinerary.

Sailing along the South Coast

South coast boasts of many quality bays and several places to drop anchor on a sailing trip. Explore those glorious beaches with secluded bays and clear waters and enjoy fantastic meals at fabulous restaurants and beach clubs that serve paella and seafood. Popular spots include names like Puerto Portals, Portals Vells, Palma de Mallorca, Illetas, Port d’Andratx, Sant Elm and more.

Sailing along the West Coast

As the west coastal side of Mallorca is made of a rocky coastline, it is often ignored by the sailing enthusiast. However the yachting world has a lot to explore along this coast and venture further afield and discover the nooks and crannies of the cliffs. Popular spots for anchorage include Cala Deia and Port de Soller.