Sail Around The Mediterranean and Discover the Balearic Islands

Coast of Mallorca

Off the coast of eastern Spain, experienced sailors fall in love with the lively cruising grounds of the sparkling Balearic Sea. This area’s year-round temperate climate treats charterers with reliable winds and longer routes for a maximized time enjoying sun-soaked Spanish seas.

Within these waters, the popular archipelago of the Balearic Islands awaits your discovery, and just so happens to be a paradise best explored by boat. From our perfect launch-pad base in Palma, discover some of the world’s most sought-after destinations within your reach on a Balearic coastal adventure. The choice is yours; begin your exploit hugging the beautiful sand-and-pebble shorelines of Mallorca or head out for some brilliant blue water sailing to the neighboring Islands of Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera.

Turquoise waters in Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca

The crystal-clear waters of the Mallorcan coast were once popular amongst looting pirates who stowed their coveted treasures within the island’s calas. These spectacular tiny coves and hidden caves are now the destination for yachting enthusiasts to relish in sheltered anchorages and a wealth of wildlife from the Balearic lizard to loggerhead turtle.

Palma is Mallorca's bustling capital and greatest treasure. Rising in honey-colored stone from the broad Badia de Palma, the cosmopolitan city offers dramatic baroque architecture, vibrant nightlife, and delectable seafood-infused cuisine. You can wander in any direction from the awe-inspiring Gothic Catedral at Palma’s historical heart. Explore the city’s lively public squares, vibrant bohemian neighborhoods and local markets that overflow with island goods.

City tram in Palma de Mallorca

Circumnavigating Mallorca, charterers can set an itinerary of alluring overnight stays. Dip into the serene Port de Sóller, a spacious northern bay where refreshing swims and standup paddleboarding are a must. Take the historic tram on a short ride into the picturesque village of Sóller, set in a lush valley of orange groves.

People at a beach in Mallorca, view from above

Adventuring by foot, venture onto trails in the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains. For a more intimate experience, wander through the boho-centric town of San Juan and get lost in temptation at the gourmet food market, Mercado Gastronómico San Juan. Sail to beautiful cascading cliffs in Sa Calobra or recharge from the tranquil beauty of Port d’Andraxt.

Girl and father playing on surfboard

Just a stone’s throw away from Mallorca, visit the uninhabited Cabrera Archipelago National Park for a serene overnighter. Don’t forget to book ahead before visiting this popular, untouched oasis. The park’s rich natural beauty is a relaxing setting away from hustle and bustle of larger islands, and it’s not uncommon to witness entire constellations at night due to the low levels of light pollution.

Cabrera Archipelago National Park

Menorca

Voyage from Palma to Ciutadella: 60 NM

Between picturesque coves, dreamy beaches, and remote fishing towns, Menorca is an understated Balearic gem. Compared to its neighbors, this most eastern island moves to its own mellow rhythm. Its coastlines are diverse, varying from endless sandy crescents to pine tree-fringed bays and rocky turquoise-watered calas.

On the far western coast lies the city of Ciutadella, the old capital, where visitors are surrounded by medieval streets filled with palaces, churches, and fortresses. The island’s interior has a reputation as a botanist's paradise, with spring months bringing lush rural meadows full of wildflower blooms. For the most stunning sun-downer spot, head to the beautiful and hidden Cala en Turqueta, where sunsets set the sky aflame.

Ibiza

Voyage from Palma to San Antonia: 70 NM

The island of Ibiza offers some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning white, sandy beaches and attracts international crowds from all over the world. The port city of Ibiza Town excites guests with buzzing night life, delicious restaurants and world-famous DJs that complement the island’s popular summer parties.

Dalt Vila

Discover the ancient allure of the must-see citadel of Dalt Vila, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Dip into the peaceful bay of Cala Vedella for a picturesque pedalo ride. On the southwest coast, unwind in the quiet hamlet of Porroig or sail north to bask under the warm sun from the popular mini-resort of Cala Llonga.

Formentera

Voyage from Ibiza to Formentera: 15 NM

Sailing south from Ibiza, find yourself charmed by the blissful island of Formentera. This idyllic paradise and true natural beauty is a superb spot to kick off a kitesurfing session. Hop from beach to beach on island rental scooters or bikes. Discover Espalmador, a small uninhabited island off the most northern point of Formentera, which offers the dreamiest white beaches. Don’t forget your snorkel set to spot colourful creatures just below the waterline.

Coast of Formentera

Sailing the Balearic Sea, stress-free

DO

  • Call ahead and book marinas in advance! In summer’s high season, the Balearic Islands are busier, and moorings are in short supply.
  • Opt for anchoring! Superb, sheltered anchorages are located in calas throughout the islands and act as a dreamy backdrop for an overnight stay.
  • Plan your trip between May and late September. Enjoy the best conditions later in the year to enjoy great weather while escaping the crowds!
  • Remember your camera – Stunning photo opportunities will leave you speechless.
  • Consider a skipper – Leave the duty of navigation and helming to a licensed Sunsail Skipper to enjoy more relaxation time. 

DON’T

  • Anchor in marked swimming areas and Posidonia (seagrass) preservation areas. Thankfully, both are marked by buoys for visitors’ awareness.
  • Waste your precious vacation budget on expensive Ibiza marinas. The island is home to the most beautiful anchorages!
  • Book a Palma bareboat charter without sailing experience! You’ll need at least an ICC or an RYA Day Skipper qualification or above.
  • Rush! – Give yourself time to take in the Balearic Sea’s wonders and have your senses satiated.

Sunsail monohull and people sitting in paddleboat

When you and your crew are ready to experience this seriously sun-drenched Mediterranean sailing paradise for yourselves, our well-traveled Vacation Planners are standing by to help you plan an unrivaled Palma sailing adventure that you’ll remember forever.

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Jaume Llull Sarralde flickr.com

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Author Name: 
Ryan Smith
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