Sail in the beautiful Balearics, which in ancient times were the sailing crossroads of the Mediterranean. These are the waters of not only Spaniards, but Greeks and Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs, Byzantines and Vandals. Today these islands are a favorite playground for Europe, and what better way to enjoy their sun-filled days than by sailing around rocky outcrops, finding picturesque anchorages and secluded beaches, and visiting medieval fortresses and trendy nightspots.
After the flight to Palma de Mallorca via Barcelona, you will have time to explore this bustling, historic city and its grand Gothic cathedral, which dominates the waterfront from high on a hilltop. Or simply stroll the maze of narrow lanes of the old town searching out beguiling Renaissance mansions. In the evening, enjoy cocktails and dinner at a fashionable restaurant featuring Catalan cuisine.
This charter location has plenty of sailing – a number of medium-to-long-distance days at the beginning would allow you to circumnavigate Mallorca. Heading south and west from Palma, you will sail the northwest coast stopping at Port de Soller. Then, on around Cap de Formentor to Port de Pollença, and next to Porto Cristo (where there are some absolutely spectacular caves). At this point, you might take a more leisurely approach to have time to explore the attractive calas (bays) along the southeastern coast. A peaceful overnight at Illa de Cabrera, a national maritime park, will freshen you for the crossing southwest to Ibiza with its incredible fort and it is well worth while making a stop at Formentera.