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What to Do On a Luxury Yacht Charter Through the Balearic Islands From Mallorca to Ibiza

2024-03-26T22:15:18-04:00

Written by Missy Johnston

 

Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

What could be better—or more luxurious—than a private luxury yacht charter through the Balearic Islands of Spain?

With high-end destinations such as Mallorca and Ibiza, plus a generous helping of natural beauty to match, sprinkled with quaint fishing villages, a Balearic Islands yacht cruise is the ultimate vacation for anyone who thrives on being part of an exclusive high society, with a side of quaint living..

Here’s what to expect from the journey.

A Brief History of Palma

Royal palace of Almudaina, Palma-Mallorca--Spain

Royal palace of Almudaina, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

On the southern coast of the island of Mallorca lies the capital city of Palma.

Founded in 123 BC by the Romans, Palma was the last settlement to come under Roman control once the empire conquered the island of Mallorca. Due to its strategic location, the Romans used Palma as a convenient port for traveling back and forth from African destinations.

There are few documents left today that describe exactly what happened between the time the Romans ruled in Mallorca and the time of eventual Muslim rule, which happened after the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. However, Byzantine relics, including mosaics in the city’s largest cathedral, indicate occupation during the medieval period.

Historians know that Palma was under Islamic control for roughly 300 years between 902 and 1229. During this time, piracy was commonplace in the region, which only worsened when Palma found itself situated between Islamic and Christian territories. Pirates would attack ships from either direction and use the profits to support their continued existence on the island. The area was also a hotspot for Viking piracy in addition to that perpetrated by the local community. Eventually, to help combat the rampant piracy, Mallorca was incorporated under the Emirate of Cordoba, with Palma as its capital city.

After 300 years of Islamic rule, Palma was conquered by King James I of Aragon and ultimately returned to Christian rule. After this, were built the city’s most iconic buildings. Several examples of Gothic architecture exist in the city today, including the famous Cathedral of Mallorca and Bellver Castle.

What To See and Do In Palma de Mallorca

Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

It’s impossible to walk through downtown Palma without immersing oneself in the city’s vibrant culture. Architectural enthusiasts will note several baroque and modernist contributions contrasting against the city’s earlier Gothic buildings.

One of the best places to visit is the Cathedral of Mallorca, also known as the Cathedral of Light or La Seu. Its amazing rose window, called the Gothic Eye, is a breathtaking work of Gothic stained glass art matched only by the equally impressive stained glass artwork adorning the rest of the cathedral. The cathedral’s expansive nave is 44 meters (nearly 145 feet) tall, and it’s the second-highest Gothic nave in the world.

In the cobblestone streets around the cathedral are several more treasures ready to be explored. The Arab Baths are worth a visit, as is the Bishop’s Garden. Art lovers will appreciate Can Veri, a small street with several art galleries, interior design stores, and furniture shops. The gallery Pelaires is reputed to be one of the best private art galleries the island has to offer. Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art houses fantastic examples of modern art by local Mallorcan artists.

Bellver Castle is another not-to-be-missed Palma attraction. This landmark has famously served as a prison as well as a royal fortress and summer home, so its aesthetic is an interesting blend of its past functions. The castle’s courtyard and the surrounding pine forests are both as impressive as the castle itself, especially if the courtyard is currently hosting one of its many open-air concerts.

For nightlife, the Calle Apuntadores beckons. This street appears peaceful during the day, but it comes alive at night with its exciting selection of restaurants and bars that stay open late. Of the restaurants, some of the best choices include the rooftop eateries that offer fine dining with a spectacular city view.

Shoppers will enjoy the “Golden Mile,” or the Paseo del Borne. Filled with designer options, including Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, and plenty of others, the Borne is the place for luxury purchases.

Depending on the time of year, one of the Palma’s several cultural festivals may occur. These festivals, sprinkled throughout the year, often involve live music, authentic cuisine, and community events great for families with children.

Cabrera Island Chain

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Cabrera Island

The Cabrera Islands are an archipelago of 31 islands of all shapes and sizes. They have been beautifully preserved as part of a Maritime-Terrestrial National Park. Additionally, the surrounding waters are a protected part of the largest marine reserve in the Western Mediterranean and so is filled with underwater marine life. Because of these designations, the Cabrera Archipelago is a stunning place to include to cruise on a Balearic yacht charter, untouched by most modern development and interference.

One reason for the maritime protection is that this area is home to several threatened species of fish, including the bluefin tuna and species of live coral and mollusks, Balearic lizards, more than 20 species of crustaceans, and 150 species of birds that live and migrate through the area.

Though the coastal landscape is mostly bare and natural, some remains of early settlements are evident on hilltops and cliffsides throughout the archipelago. A 5th-century monastery still stands, as does a castle from 1400 whose inhabitants provided an early warning against incoming pirate attacks.

Puerto Portals

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral Seu sunset in Majorca Balearic islands of Spain

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral Seu sunset in Majorca Balearic islands of Spain

After exploring the several historical sites on Mallorca and the nearby Cabrera Archipelago, return to Puerto Portals for some glitz and glamor. A hotspot for rich visitors with top-of-the-line yachts up to 60 meters (almost 200 feet) long, Puerto Portals is a marina on par with marinas in Monte Carlo.

Despite the ritz, Puerto Portals is actually tiny; it takes only five minutes to walk from one side to the other. However, the shops in between are bursting with designer watches, swimwear, jewelry, and other items that a shopping party could easily spend hours browsing.

In addition to shopping and admiring other yachts, lounging on the beach is another popular activity in Puerto Portals. Oratori Beach—also known simply as Portals Beach—offers excellent swimming and paddle boarding opportunities. Further east is the beach of La Cala de Portals, which features a fun beach bar.

Ibiza

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Ibiza Night Clubbing at Club Amnesia

Speaking of glitz and glamor…

Ibiza is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences for most people, so it’s included as a destination on our Balearic Islands luxury yacht charter! It lives up to its reputation as a party capital with all the music, drinks, and nightlife one could hope for.

The party culture in Ibiza is arguably one of the strongest in Europe, yet it’s also been described as one of the most relaxed. Partygoers dance freely to the music without the frenzied atmosphere of some clubs in other parts of the world. Partying starts at sundown and continues for the hardy straight through to dawn.

More of Ibiza’s charms lay in the gorgeous beaches with the strong Spanish sun and the little fishing villages outside Ibiza Town. Whether the last night of the yacht charter is spent dancing till dawn or sipping cocktails quietly at sunset, it’s the perfect way to round out a Balearic Islands yacht charter.

What to Do On a Luxury Yacht Charter Through the Balearic Islands From Mallorca to Ibiza2024-03-26T22:15:18-04:00

How To Spend Time In Puerto de Andratx During a Balearic Islands Yacht Charter

2023-12-07T15:31:00-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

During a Balearic Islands yacht charter, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Puerto de Andratx, a port on the coast of Mallorca. Those who choose to disembark and explore will be richly rewarded with a number of interesting cultural and historical attractions surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. The following suggestions should make a luxury yacht charter to Puerto de Andratx, Spain a wonderful and memorable experience.

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What To Do in Palma During a Spanish Luxury Private Yacht Charter

2023-12-07T08:54:31-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

View of Bellver castle, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

View of Bellver castle, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Visitors may not want to leave the amazing beaches of Palma, Spain, but the rest of the city has much to offer and should not be missed. As the capital city of Mallorca, Palma is full of culture and history.

Here are some things to see and do when in Palma while on a Spanish private yacht charter.

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Where to Visit on a Luxury Private Yacht Cruise to Costa Del Sol, Spain

2023-12-07T07:32:21-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Calahonda beach in Costa del sol, Spain

Calahonda beach in Costa Del Sol, Spain

Costa Del Sol, Spain, along the southern coast of Spain, is a wonderful destination for a private luxury yacht cruise. This area of Spain is filled with rich history, traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation, and a natural scenic beauty that will fill you with awe.

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Private Yacht Charter in the Balearic Islands of Spain

2023-12-04T10:32:24-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Mallorca, Spain

Stunning! That’s a word that comes to mind as you cruise through the Balearic islands on a luxurious chartered yacht on a yacht charter in the Balearic Islands of Spain.

Cala D hort Beach Of Ibiza

Cala D hort Beach Of Ibiza

The Balearic Islands consist of five islands off the coast of Spain: Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and the tiny island of Cabrera. Memorable and amazing adventures await, including all of the water-based delights. Snorkeling in the clear waters off of Mallorca will take you to another fascinating world. Of course, chartered yachts usually include other water sports toys, depending on the yacht, such as paddle boards, kayaks, and jetskis.

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The Real After-Party: Ibiza, Spain on a Luxury Yacht Charter

2023-12-04T10:34:07-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Ibiza Famous Sunset

Ibiza’s Famous Sunset

Ibiza Town in Spain is often thought of as just a port to stop in on your luxury yacht charter for a night of clubbing and dancing. But there’s actually a quieter and more traditional side of Ibiza worth exploring on a private yacht charter in the Balearic Islands. A large portion of Ibiza is actually a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, and there are many beautiful villages, beaches, and anchorages to explore.

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Visit the Pink Lake and Natural Spa of Las Salinas de Torrevieja, Spain on Your Next Private Yacht Charter

2023-12-04T10:35:42-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Picturesque view of Las Salinas. Salt lake of Torrevieja

Las Salinas. Salt lake of Torrevieja

Tucked away in Valencia, Spain is the natural park of Las Salinas de Torrevieja—a gorgeous pink-water lake-one of the most impressive natural parks of Valencia, and not to be missed on a private yacht charter along the Spanish Costa del Azahar. The natural phenomenon of rose-tinted water is possible thanks to the archaeas (a micro-organism) and dunaliellas (micro-seaweeds) found in the lake giving the entire lake its pink-colored hue and the pink to the color of the feathers of the local lamingos that dine on these micro-organisms.. Adding to the “wow” factor are the huge mountains of salt piled high along the shore line gathered from the lake that has been sold for centuries. Be sure to pick up some natural Torrevieja salt for yourself.

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The Private Yacht Charter Traveler’s Guide to Ibiza, Spain

2023-12-04T10:37:41-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Cala D'hort Beach Of Ibiza, Balearic Islands. Spain

Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

The Balearic isle of Ibiza is a play in contradictions. Renowned for the heady nightlife that doesn’t stop until the sun begins to rise, this is one of the best places on earth for good dance music and EDM. Visitors may be surprised, however, to find an easygoing family-friendly atmosphere here. It is an ideal place for a crewed yacht charter (not to mention sunny, festive, and gorgeous).

Sunset, Ibiza, Balearic Islands. Spain

Famous Ibiza Sunset

Ibiza boasts a long history of hippie culture dating back to the 1960s. You can find lovely markets selling all manner of Bohemian handmade arts and crafts. Head to the beaches for crystal-clear waters, or spend the day hiking or biking all over the island. There is shipwreck scuba diving and kayaking through sea caves and small inlets. Private yacht charter is truly the perfect vehicle for reaching the most remote, quiet corners of Ibiza. And don’t forget the rest of the Balearic Islands, all reachable on a private yacht charter starting in Ibiza, including Mallorca, Menorca, and Formentera. If you want to discover more than just the hot nightlife, this is another solid guide for first-time visitors. Bon voyage!

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Mallorca, Spain Is a Top Private Yacht Charter Destination

2023-12-04T10:38:11-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Menorca

The Balearic Islands have a reputation for taking their young, beautiful, tanned visitors from daytime on the beach to nighttime in the clubs with very little sleep in between. Life is a nonstop party on Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. For those seeking a more private experience, explore the charming little fishing villages; however, it is also an ideal destination for a private yacht charter.

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The Famous Ibiza Sunset

Make sure to visit Mallorca to spend time soaking up the Spanish sunshine. The hillside town of Deià attracts exclusive crowds, celebrities, and artists alike. Ancient monasteries and twisted olive trees line the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range known for its magnificent hiking trails and historic villages. This travel guide is an excellent starter for discovering the region. Wherever you go, Mallorca will charm and seduce you.

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Seeing the Balearics By Private Yacht Charter

2023-12-04T10:38:20-05:00
Harbor in Mallorca Spain

Beautiful Harbor in Mallorca, Spain

Written by Missy Johnston

In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, four islands beckon travelers to indulge in a sun-soaked Spanish adventure. Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera are dream destinations for the private yacht charter enthusiast. Seeing the Balearics is on the bucket list of any sailors worth their salt; read more here about the world-famous regattas and picturesque ports.

For island-hopping in style, there is no better way to visit the Balearics than on your own private chartered yacht. Ibiza offers hedonistic pleasures with dancing from sundown to sunrise . . . but the rest of the island along with Menorca, Mallorca, and Formentera offer so much more. On Mallorca, select the catch of the day from smiling fishermen in the harbor and have it grilled to order in La Llotja, the old fish market in Old Town. Dance until dawn in Formentera and take a refreshing dip in an aqua cove before getting some rest.

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