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Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are a group of islands located in the western Mediterranean off the east coast of Spain and are a must for any sailor. Whether you are professional or beginner, the various Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Menorca and the Cabrera archipelago are a very attractive sailing area for everyone. The main island of Mallorca is also easily accessible from most European airports, so early and late in the season a spontaneous trip can easily be made after a short journey by plane.

Those who come to Mallorca to sail have the option of mooring in state ports, private clubs or in a large number of dreamy bays. The private clubs have higher berthing fees than the often crowded state harbours, but also offer much more comfort. However, many crews only call at the harbours and marinas to refuel and fill up with water and otherwise enjoy the special charm of the many cosy bays (in Mallorcan "calas") and anchorages. 

Sailing takes place year-round and cruises around Mallorca at Christmas and New Year's Eve are becoming more and more popular. Many crews consciously avoid the high season of the hotter months of July/August during their holidays in Spain and prefer the season from March to June or September/October for their sailing trip. If the crew prioritises bathing stops, it is usually possible until November without any problems. The bays and marinas are also much less crowded from the beginning of October, which facilitates spontaneous mooring and makes autumn an attractive sailing season. Winter and spring are particularly suitable for sports sailing and training trips, and offer the luxury of pleasantly empty bays and marinas.

Mallorca

Mallorca is the main island of the Balearic Islands and impresses with its beautiful landscapes, picturesque bays with crystal-clear water, impressive stalactite caves and quaint harbour towns as well as its art, culture and urban flair and famous clubs. The preferences of a crew can be quite different, but with good cruise planning, there is something for everyone on Mallorca ... and there is also Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca!

Club Nàutic Arenal in the Bahía de Palma (Bay of Palma) is the ideal starting point for any sailing trip, whether it's a circumnavigation of Mallorca, island hopping or short excursions to enchanting bays or Cabrera. The club can be reached in less than 15 minutes from Palma airport. A berth at Club Nàutic Arenal is available to our charter clients free of charge during the entire charter. Families in particular appreciate this combination of a sailing holiday and the amenities of a private sailing club for overnight stays. In addition, Playa de Palma offers everything a holidaymaker's heart desires. A long sandy beach that invites you to stroll all the way to Palma de Mallorca, a variety of trendy bars and good restaurants, the best shopping opportunities and, in addition to sailing, every conceivable water sport from swimming and snorkelling to stand-up paddling, canoeing, surfing and even a water slide park.

In terms of sailing, there are a multitude of destinations around Mallorca. We have summarised the most beautiful calas and harbours for you here. To prepare for your trip, we also recommend taking a look at our sailing tips. Let yourself be inspired by our cruise suggestions for one day to two weeks and start planning your own Mallorca cruise!

Ports and Bays

(List clockwise)

Bay of Palma

Cala Blava & Cala Veya

(39º 29. 1’ N 002º 43,9’ E & 39º 26,4’ N 002º 44,6’E)
Cala Blava is just one nautical mile southwest of our charter base at Club Nàutic Arenal and is a great place to stop for a swim. It is known for its large buoy field. Please note: buoys must be reserved in advance and anchoring is not allowed here.
Gleich nebenan liegt die Cala Veya, ein malerischer Ankerplatz unter hohen Felsklippen mit kristallklarem Wasser. Dies ist ein idealer Ort zum Schwimmen, Baden und Schnorcheln – fernab der großen Strände. Von Mai bis Juli empfehlen wir den Badestopp für vormittags oder abends einzuplanen, da sonst der lokale Wind „Garbi“ aus Südost weht und es wellig werden kann.

Club Nàutic Arenal

(39º 30,2’ N 002º 44,6’ E)
Club Nàutic Arenal is a private yacht club with all the amenities of a large port and the ambience of a small marina. Surrounded by sandy beaches and just a stone's throw from the vibrant nightlife of Playa de Palma, this is the perfect place to start a Mallorca cruise or spend a night in safe harbour. IRIS Yachtcharter, the exclusive sailing charter company at the club, has its charter base here. Our charter guests can use many of the marina's facilities such as the bar and restaurant, pool, parking and sanitary facilities and enjoy their holiday to the fullest from the first to the last moment.

Palma de Mallorca

(39º 33,0‘ N 002º 38,8’ E)
Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands and a bustling metropolis that really offers everything to excite sailors. As many yachts call at Palma on Fridays and Saturdays for crew changes and it can get quite crowded then, we recommend visiting Palma anti-cyclically from Sundays to Thursdays. There are many marinas that offer guest moorings, some of which are far from the city centre. Those looking for a combination of mooring and beach will hardly get their money's worth in Palma, unless they anchor directly across from the cathedral. This is certainly a very special experience and an extremely popular photo motif.

Illetas

(39º 31,7‘ N 002º 35,0‘ E)
The turquoise waters of this well-protected anchorage invite many crews coming from Palma to make an obligatory first stop. As a result, it can get very crowded, especially on the weekend. Our recommendation is therefore to head for Illetas preferably during the week for carefree swimming fun. Illetas is also a popular destination that is easy to reach as a (family) excursion from S'Arenal.

Cala Portals Vells / "Three Finger Bay"

(39º 28,3‘ N 002º 331,6‘ E)
Surrounded by no less than three popular sandy beaches, this well-known bay with its characteristic three fingers can get quite crowded in the high season. The most famous of the three beaches is the nudist beach Platja del Mago, named after the 1967 film "The Magus", which was shot here. We recommend anchoring overnight only in westerly winds or calm conditions, as the bay is open to the east. A small yacht club at the northernmost cala and offers some moorings.

Mallorca's West Coast

Port Andratx

(39º 32,5‘ N 002º 22,6 E)
Port d'Andratx is surrounded by the high mountains and hills of the Serra de Tramuntana and attracts visitors with its beautiful scenery. Even from the harbour, you have a perfect view of Mallorca's spectacular nature. Of course, the harbour and the picturesque alleys of Andratx also offer everything else a sailor's heart could desire. In addition to safe moorings and buoys, you will find good restaurants, bars and shops.

Sant Elm & Isla Dragonera

Sant Elm (39° 34,5‘ N 002° 21,0‘ E) 
Isla Dragonera (39º 35,0‘ N 002º 19,2’ E)
Sant Elm is on the same level as the protected island of Sa Dragonera and offers buoys that are very popular in the summer months and must be reserved in advance. The 274-hectare nature reserve of Sa Dragonera is home to impressive biodiversity, such as the well-known "Lagartija Balear", the Balearic wall lizard. If the sailing schedule allows it, a visit to Sa Dragonera is definitely worthwhile! Permission must be obtained online beforehand.

Cala Banyalbufar

(39º 35,0‘ N 002º 19,2 E)
Cala Banyalbufar offers magnificent views of the Serra de Tramuntana and the terraced landscape built during Moorish rule in the 13th century from the sea. Anchor off the bay to a depth of approx. 10m.

Cala Deia

Cala Deià (39º 45,8’N 002º 38,45’ E) 
Na Foradada (39º 45,3’ N 002º 37,2’ E)
The beautiful Cala Deià is three nautical miles from Port de Sóller. Among other things, you can anchor here on a sandy bottom with water depths of less than 10 metres. In summer there are several restaurants.
Na Foradada is immediately recognisable by a huge rocky outcrop with a hole. The water depths here are over 10 metres. It is recommended to land below the restaurant with the dinghy and climb up to the Son Marroig estate, 250 metres higher, in about an hour. The Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator lived here at the end of the 19th century. The view of the sea and the mountain scenery is worth it!

Port de Sòller

(39° 48,0‘ N 002° 41,2‘ E)
Port de Sóller ist der einzige Schutzhafen im Nordwesten des Tramuntana Gebirges und zugleich ein malerisches Dorf, das Segler, Touristen und Einheimische gleichermaßen anzieht. Eine Fahrt nach Sóller mit der historischen Holzstraßenbahn ist ebenso ein Muss, wie ein Restaurantbesuch mit herrlichem Meerblick. Ein Liegeplatz kann online über www.portsib.es reserviert werden. Alternativ kann auch geankert werden. Der kurze Weg zur Kaimauer lässt sich leicht mit dem Dinghi zurücklegen. Achtung: Port de Sóller bietet gegen Schwell nur einen geringen Schutz!

Cala de sa Calobra

(39º 51,6’ N 002º 47,8’ E)
Cala de sa Calobra, into which the famous Torrent des Pareis flows, is considered by many to be THE bay on Mallorca. It is best reached from the sea. The imposing cliffs surrounding Sa Calobra, over 200 metres high, make it the perfect open-air stage for the annual 'Concert de Sa Calobra' on the first Sunday in July. A restaurant is located on the south side of the bay.

Bay of Pollença and Bay of Alcúdia

Colònia de Sant Pere

(39° 44,3’ N 003° 13,3’ E)
Der Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang vom Club Nàutic in der Colònia de Sant Pere hat schon viele begeistert und nicht wenige dazu bewegt, gleich ganz auf Mallorca zu bleiben. Der Club liegt am Fuße der eindrucksvollen Berge von Artà und bietet Seglern viele Annehmlichkeiten. Mit zahlreichen Restaurants direkt am Meer, ist ein Landgang mit genussvollem Abendessen eine willkommene Abwechslung auf jedem Törn. Die Marina ist zudem gut gelegen, um nach oder vor langen Schlägen einer Mallorca-Umrundung oder beim Inselhopping, z.B. nach Menorca, Yacht und Crew mit allem Notwendigen zu versorgen.

Mallorca's East Coast

Cala Rajada

The holiday paradise of Cala Rajada is only 25m from Menorca and is therefore a must for anyone visiting Mallorca's sister island. The long promenade with its many restaurants and bars invites you to stroll and feast. Every year, new works of art and sculptures are exhibited on this popular "art mile". Moorings can be found at Club Nàutic Cala Ratjada and on the state website www.portsib.es. Beware of southerly winds and swells!

Porto Cristo

(39º 32,2‘ N 003º 20,5’ E)
Porto Cristo is the last major port on the way north and is part of the Municipality of Manacor, known as the birthplace of the famous tennis player Rafael Nadal. With its many small bays and the relaxed ambience of a fishing village, it is always worth a visit. You can moor up at Club Nàutic Porto Cristo or reserve a state mooring via www.portsib.com. Many crews also use their stay to visit the famous Coves del Drach and Coves dels Hams, which are within walking distance of the port.

Portocolom

(39° 24,8‘ N 003° 16,1‘ E)
The small harbour of Portocolom may not be the ideal place to spend the night. Better suited is the buoy field, which is very popular in the summer months and can be reserved via www.portsib.com. Portocolom has retained its original charm and is far away from mass tourism. Sailors will find a picturesque village here that gives us an impressive insight into Mallorca's history and tradition.

Cala Mondragó / Cala d´es Burgit

(39º 20,8’ N 003º 11,8’)
One of Mallorca's most famous bays, this nature reserve attracts many sun worshippers, swimmers and snorkellers on water and on land. Anchoring is possible directly in front of the enclosed bathing area. There is a restaurant and public toilets on the beach. There is also a bus connection from here to Portopetro and Cala d'Or.

Cala Figuera

(39º 19,6‘ N 003º 10,5’ E)
The picturesque Cala Figuera (the Fig Bay) is in stark contrast to many of its neighbouring bays, as only five exclusive moorings are available here, so there is no need to worry about crowds. Anchoring is not permitted and the few buoys are private. The relaxed atmosphere is best experienced on a walk around the old harbour and the morning market for freshly caught fish is a must, not only for the chef.

In the sunny south

Es Trenc / Ses Covetes

(39º 20,8‘ N 002º 58,5‘ E)
The turquoise waters of Es Trenc invite you to anchor and linger. The seabed here consists of the purest sand for about a nautical mile and inevitably gives you a Caribbean feeling. In front of the entire sandy beach, a bathing area is separated by yellow buoys so that you can swim to your heart's content and only go ashore by dinghy at marked spots. There are two beach bars as well as basic toilets for beachgoers. Es Trenc is extremely popular and so it can get very crowded in high season - especially at weekends.

Cala Pí

(39º 21,5‘ N 002º 50,1‘ E)
The fjord-like Cala Pí lies two nautical miles from the south-eastern end of the Bay of Palma. It cuts deep into the coast and is framed by high cliffs. There is only room for a few yachts and they are moored with anchor and shore line. Beware of treacherous underwater rocks! If you don't want to jump directly from the bathing platform into the crystal-clear water, you can take a dinghy to the white sandy beach of the cala. Here there are small fishermen's huts and a hiking trail up to the cliffs, from where you can see as far as Cabrera on a clear day. In the small village high above the cala, you have a choice of several good restaurants and smaller supermarkets.

Cabrera?

The national park of the Cabrera archipelago is not without reason one of the most popular cruising destinations around Mallorca. With its large natural harbour (39° 09,3’ N 002° 55,6’ E) and limited number of overnight buoys, Cabrera offers a welcome contrast to Mallorca. Buoys should definitely be reserved online 20 days before the overnight stay (anchoring is not allowed!), as they are often fully booked during the summer months. The island itself offers its visitors not only the harbour with "La Cantina", the small bar offering drinks and snacks, but also an impressive castle ruin, a museum and a lighthouse, which is very easy to reach on a well-maintained hiking trail.

Ibiza & Formentera

Quite a few crews also sail from Mallorca to Ibiza and Formentera. Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands and is best known for its fine sandy beaches, hip beach bars and vibrant nightlife. Formentera is small but nice and, as Ibiza's little sister, has retained its originality.

Formentera and Ibiza are rightly called "Islas Pitiusas" and once you have smelled the scent of their pine forests, you will never forget it. Natural secrets are also hidden under the water, such as a meadow with Posidonia Oceanica (sea grass) that is more than 100,000 years old and covers an area of about 700 square metres between Es Freus (Formentera) and Ses Salines (Ibiza), which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In spring, sea turtles pass by here on their long journey from the coasts of Mexico - an incomparable natural spectacle! Ibiza and Formentera also offer beautiful rock formations, secluded bays and crystal-clear waters that invite you to stop for a swim.

Formentera has only one harbour with the two marinas "Formentera Mar" and "Marina Formentera" and can only be reached by boat or ferry. In the high season, the marinas are among the most expensive in the entire Balearic Islands, but Formentera usually offers very good sandy ground, so anchoring here is excellent. There are no large hotel complexes, but there are wonderful long white sandy beaches with a Caribbean feel and ... Formentera has the reputation of having the clearest crystal blue water of the Balearic Islands. It is therefore advisable to have diving or snorkelling equipment on board. Charming underwater landscapes with caves and canyons with excellent visibility invite you to explore.

The best time to visit Formentera is May to July and September to October.

Menorca

Menorca is Mallorca's little sister and stands for nature experiences far away from mass tourism. Unesco has declared Menorca a biosphere reserve, so the island with its unspoilt landscape, many undeveloped beaches and enchanted calas is particularly attractive for many sailors. A special jewel is the island's capital Ciudatella, which boasts Spanish architecture and many typical restaurants.

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