If discovering multiple stunning destinations on one sun-drenched holiday is your idea of paradise, then a Mallorcan yacht charter is definitely for you. Although the jewel of the Mediterranean is certainly loved for its usual suspects – dreamy beaches, turquoise waters and Caribbean-esque views – it also shines through its honey-stone villages, historical lighthouses and amazing wildlife.
From buzzy Palma de Mallorca to pretty Pollença, here is our suggested itinerary for a week of snoozes on locals’ beaches, drinks at waterfront bars and strolls along medieval backstreets, all enhanced by the thrill of living on a luxury charter yacht.
Day 1: Start your adventure with a scenic cruise from Palma to Port d’Andratx, a west-coast gem and favourite with yachting enthusiasts from all over the world. On arrival, you can kick back on Sant Elm’s laidback beach or hike to La Trapa Monastery and soak up breath-taking coastal and mountain views. Early evenings are reserved for strolling along the port’s pleasing promenade and bagging yourself the perfect table to people-watch.
Head north-east from Port d’Andratx and within 3 hours you’ll arrive in the Port of Sóller, a charming fishing village which surrounds an almost perfectly enclosed bay. Evening drinks in the port of Sóller are a must as mid-summer sunsets are something else – from the right vantage point you can see the sun sink into the sea and right between the jaws of the port’s two headlands.
Coast-hop north-eastwards throughout the morning to the Bay of Pollença. The port boasts spectacular views of Cap de Formentor and an alluring cafe-lined promenade. Alternatively, you can hop into a taxi and head a few miles inland to Pollença’s old town – popular with artists and artisans for its postcard looks and historic charm. Stroll through the narrow mediaeval backstreets to the sound of chirruping cicadas or sit at one of the main square’s terraces and watch the world go by.
Cala Rajada on Mallorca’s eastern coast is your next port of call. Here, you can hike to Punta de Capdepera’s 19th century lighthouse and be rewarded with spectacular views across to Menorca or enjoy Cala Agulla’s pale-sand and turquoise waters. Tranquil Cala Agulla, a Blue Flag beach backed by a pine-cloaked conservation area, is perfect for enjoying the lazy, languid warmth of a summer afternoon.
From quiet Cala Rajada head to Port de Cala d’Or, one of Mallorca’s most glamorous marinas. Its palmtree-lined quays boast oodles of buzzy bars, stylish restaurants and chic boutiques. As buzzy as the marina may be, stretched out on the beach is where you’ll want to find yourself. Cala d’Or’s five small calas all boast pretty cove beaches and calm, azure waters.
Nature enthusiasts will love the wilderness of Illa de Cabrera, one of 19 uninhabited islands and islets that make up the only national park in the Balearics. The Illa de Cabrera, the largest of the archipelago, is the only island you can visit and impresses with its extraordinary birdlife and rich marine environment. Keep your eyes peeled for cormorants, falcons or ospreys swooping overhead and – if you’re lucky – breaching bottle-nose dolphins.
From Cabrera, head back to cosmopolitan Palma de Mallorca for a glittering night on the town. We recommend sipping elaborate cocktails on a trendy rooftop terrace, such as 49 Steps, followed by a meal in one of the city’s many Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Adrian Quetglas or Marc Fosh.
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