The Balearic Islands form a wonderful archipelago just off the coast of Spain that plunge into the western Mediterranean Sea. The four largest islands, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are surrounded by a multitude of minor islands and islets, all sharing the same balmy climate, enchanting landscape and sublime beaches, and all characterized by a unique particular charm.
There are endless possibilities to spend time in the Balearics: wandering through the streets of folkloristic fishing villages, hiking unspoiled natural paths, sunbathing on paradise-like coves, discovering the archipelago’s main monuments or partying the night away in the many bars and clubs that host a selection of the world’s best DJs and performers.
Traveling the Balearics on a yacht is the best option to explore the infinite array of breathtaking coves and beautiful anchoring sites hidden throughout the archipelago.
The island of Menorca features a wonderful mountain scenery, ideal for trekking, punctuated by rocky inlets hiding cove-style beaches and typical Mediterranean seaside villages. The biggest towns are Mahon, the capital, with its many restaurants, cafès and shops, and Ciutadela, the old town, featuring a beautiful 13th century Cathedral and a perfectly preserved 17th century castle.
Menorca has an ancient winemaking and distillery tradition and it’s particularly interesting to visit local cellars and the last gin distillery on the island.
Mallorca is the biggest island of the Balearics and is home to Palma, the capital city. As with any major city, there are a lot of museums, churches and historical buildings in Palma that reflects the three main steps of her history: founded by the Romans, it flourished under the moors and then became a Spanish territory. The must see places are surely the Gothic cathedral, the Almudaina Palace built by the Moors, and the 13th century Castle of Bellver just outside the city. The island offers incredible turquoise water spots to drop the anchor for a swim, like the sublime Cala Marmacen or the breathtaking natural reserve of the nearby island of Cabrera. The posh area of Port of Portals offers nightlife lovers a very wide selection of restaurants and night clubs.
Apart from the world famous crazy nightlife, Ibiza offers many wonderful places worthwhile visiting like the beautiful old town with its perfectly preserved castle: it is one of the best places for a walk and hides incredible sightseeing spots. As for the sea lovers, Aguas Blancas is the place to go, one of the last untouched golden sands beaches of the island hosting only one very small and rustic beach bar. Another interesting place to explore by boat is the small limestone island of Vedra, surrounded by many myths and legends and said to be the remains of Atlantis. Every evening, artisan’s markets crowd the narrow streets of the city selling accessories, jewelry, leather goods and much more. As for the night, Ibiza is home to some of the best clubs in the world.
The splendid island of Formentera is a real jewel settled in a crystal clear sea that hosts a very flourishing marine life, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Port’ Espalmador is the perfect bay to anchor off to explore the unspoilt waters around the Espalmador island but we strongly suggest a nice circumnavigation of Formentera, stopping at the various beaches and coves along the way.
Ashore, The prehistoric site of Ca Na Costa, The fortified Church of Sant Francesc, the natural reserve of Ses Salinas and the beautiful windmills scattered across the island are the best local attractions for inland excursions.
The sunset is one of the most lively moments of the day in Formentera, where beach clubs and “chiringuitos” turn the music on and the happy hour officially starts. The most popular and fashionable restaurants, bars and night clubs are concentrated in Es Pujols, while the pretty village of San Francesc offers a more relaxed and cheerful atmosphere, including jazz music concerts in the main square.