The size of the island means many find it complicated to travel around the whole island in just a week, so you might want to pick an area or even spend a couple of weeks sailing here.
Journey: By sea / Duration: 1 week
The Majorcan coast is home to lots of beaches and anchor sites. There are harbours and marinas all along the coast housing businesses dedicated to boat rentals. When it comes to sailing around Majorca, you might find it interesting to know that there are few currents and the strongest wind is the NW tramontane. It is advisable to sail anti-clockwise in summer to make the most of the wind.
Day 1. Palma de Mallorca
The island capital is a must-see on your trip. In fact, it is such a buzzing destination that many people choose the city for their entire holiday. If you moor in Palma, and if you have only one day for a visit, it's a good idea to know there are a few must-dos here.Firstly, take a pleasurable stroll towards the impressive Gothic Cathedral (renowned architect Gaudí was responsible for its renovation. Another highlight is the original work by the artist Miquel Barceló in the Santísimo Chapel). From here (and after enjoying the panoramic view of the bay and Parc de la Mar gardens), you'll love discovering La Almudaina Palace, the lBishop's Palace and the City Hall , rounding your walk off at the old merchant exchange. Bellver Castle is a little farther out. The views from this monument, which has protected the city since the 14th century, are alone worth the trip.Culture lovers will be pleased to know they have the chance to visit the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, the March Palace and museum, and the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation. Shopping fans should head to the Borne parade, Unió street, Plaza Weyler and Jaume III street.If you have time and want some beach fun before heading back to your boat, take a dip on one of the city's beaches such as the famous Playa de Palma with its many shops, restaurants and clubs.
Day 2. East of the island
Departing the port of Palma de Mallorca, you can head to one of the most popular tourist spots on the island, the area of Porto Cristo (there are several mooring options such as the Port Cristo Yacht Club), which is home to the famous Caves of Drach with their large underground lake (the visit includes a classical music concert and a boat trip on the lake). The town of Manacor is nearby.If you continue towards the north, you can also visit the Caves of Artà and then head to Capdepera and be charmed by the Castle and Canyamel Tower. Just next door is Cala Ratjada - the eastern most point on the island. The lighthouse area offers impressive views and on clear days, you can even see Minorca. There are also several mooring options here such as Cala Ratjada marina or Cala Ratjada Yacht Club.Cala Mesquida, lies a little further to the north and is the perfect spot for a dip surrounded by a landscape of dunes and pine trees. There are also other coves well worth a visit such as Cala Torta, Cala Varques… The hard part is choosing which one.
Day 3. South of the island
The most tranquil spots are located to south of the island, making it easy to sail along the coast. Here are some the best unspoilt sand beaches and sites offering marvellous anchoring. A good starting point is Mondragó Nature Reserve where you can take your first dip near Cala Figuera.Es Trenc beach is one of the best sandy areas in Majorca as it has not been developed, offers crystal-clear waters and is a favoured spot for visitors.
Day 4. West of the island
In addition to the city of Palma, which we mentioned above, the north west of the island is home to the fascinating Serra de Tramuntana mountain landscape that is perfect for hikers and cyclists. The 100-kilometre mountain range runs parallel to the coast from the town of Andratx to the Cape of Formentor and has been a place of refuge for writers and painters for many years. Indeed, one of Majorca's greatest charms is how the landscape shifts from mountain to wide sandy beaches in the blink of an eye.Beyond sailing, you can spend a couple of days discovering some of the most charming towns and villages on the island within a small area: Valldemossa (with its pretty Carthusian monastery where Chopin and George Sand stayed), Deià (do not miss the views from the gardens of Son Marroig) and Sóller (did you know there is a period train with traditional wooden carriages that links Palma and Sóller on a track through mountains and valleys?). If you have time, you can head to the Lluc Shrine from Sóller.
Days 5-6. The north coast
Today we recommend starting from Pollença, with its mediaeval old town and busy port. How about a refreshing dip on the beach at Cala Murta?Alcúdia is nearby and is also home to a full-service marina. It is a pleasure to stroll around the walled old town where the Xara and Palma gates still stand, as well as taking a dip in the unspoilt local coves. Many recommend the cove of Coll Baix. One option for anchoring near the bay of Alcúdia is Es Caló, next to Sa Colonia de Sant Pere.The best spot for watching the sunset is Formentor, where you’ll find one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Spain at Es Colomer.The following day you can leave the north east of the island and discover the coastal town of Can Picafort, the Shrine of Betlem and bid farewell to the Mediterranean at Cala Mitjana.
More plans in Majorca
Excursion to Cabrera. If you have a few more days, we recommend a must-do excursion. Tourism boats (known as 'golondrinas' or swallows) depart Palma to the Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park - a wild natural setting where you can really get away from it all. To sail, anchor or dive along the coast you require a permit from the Regional Ministry of Environment and Territory (calle Gremio Corredores, 10-1º Polígono de Son Rossinyol, Palma).Cultural calendar. Majorca hosts major cultural events such as the Deià International Music Festival or the Pollença International Classical Music Festival, and important sailing competitions such as the Princesa Sofía Trophy or the Mapfre Copa del Rey Regatta.Almond trees in bloom. Majorca also offers ideas for enjoying the island all year round. If you head there at the end of January or in early February, do not miss the almond blossom.Gastronomy. Majorca is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants that are perfect to savour some of the best dishes on the island.
Majorca: how to get there and getting around
Palma de Mallorca has one of the busiest airports in Spain, located just eight kilometres from the city and just two hours from the main airports in Europe.The main sea ports in Majorca are Palma and Alcúdia. There are also several companies that run maritime routes between the islands.