When choosing a cruising vacation in the western Mediterranean, one of the main destinations that comes in mind is of course yacht charters to Balearic islands: Ibiza and Mallorca, well known for their magnificent variety of nature scenes, deep historic roots and by all means as a world-class centre of entertainment and having fun.
Strategically located off Valencia and half-way between Europe and Africa, one of the theories of the origin of the name of the archipelago, states that the ancient inhabitants were not wearing any clothes, thus one can easily get an idea of how pleasant the climate of this area is. The Balearic Islands, keep memories of the ancient tribes, Phoenicians and Romans. The sailing itinerary for yacht charters should include the main islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and many other smaller ones.
BALEARIC ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER DESTINATIONS
The biggest island of the archipelago is Mallorca, rich with the picturesque mountains creating two chains and reaching 1445 m of altitude. Its white and golden beaches welcome you for the most memorable relaxation in your life. Frederic Chopin has marked out the magnificent life on this island with its variety of plants, azure sky, blue sea and emerald mountains. The capital of the island, Palma-de-Mallorca, founded by the Romans, then having passed thru the power of Byzantine emperors, Swedish kings, emirate of Cordoba, Mediterranean pirates, Italian republics, Crusaders, Turkish sailors, Spanish kings and the British Empire, is today a popular touristic city with its labyrinth of old little streets and exiting night life.
The Castell de Bellver, built in the Middle ages, reflecting the forms of an ancient fortress in Palestine, the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria built after the Reconquista, the Almudaina royal Palace, built by the moors, Train de Sóller – a small railroad trip along the picturesque scenes and the Cuevas del Drach – a net of caves with exotic stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean lakes; is just a small list of the main attractions in Mallorca. Mallorca as well as its smaller neighbor Menorca, are known for their unique bronze-age heritage of talayots – stone buildings, the purpose of which is still a mystery.
Menorca also offers other historic sites as well as clear blue lagoons, where you can drop the anchor of your chartered yacht to enjoy the views, and excellent local cuisine uniting Catalan, Spanish and Mediterranean features. Being the homeland of mayonnaise it is also the place to taste sobrasada (typical sausage), local pastry, cheeses, wine and fresh seafood.
Once aboard yacht charters there is no doubt that you would wish to visit the Mediterranean centre of entertainment, Ibiza, famous for its glamorous and sensational parties. Having moored your rental boat, you will dive into the numerous attractions this island can offer.
Starting with the historical part, consisting of the Ramparts – a Renaissance-time protective wall, embracing the town of Dalt Vila and providing breath-taking views, the necropolis del Puig des Molins – ancient tombs created centuries BC, Ses Feixes – moors times gardens, where nowadays many herons and stilts can be seen, a Catalan Gothic Catherdral and seven bastions, built to defend the place from the pirates.
Enjoy local specialties in one of the numerous restaurants before stepping into the fantastic nightlife of this place – Ibiza offers entertainment for every taste: world famous bars and discotheques, crowds of people from all over the world, lights and drinks, music and shows will provide you with an unforgettable experience.
After having a stunning good time on Ibiza, continue your charter program and enjoy some relaxation on the smallest and most peaceful of the Balearic Islands Formentera, which is just 3 nautical miles away. Its virgin land is the best place to have some calm rest, lying on the beach under the tender sun. This island is also a great place to enjoy all kinds of water sports and games, with splendid fresh seafood restaurants.
Renting Yachts to Balearic Islands Ibiza and Mallorca is also a wonderful opportunity to find the type of vacation which would best match your lifestyle, entertainment, mood and likes. Diving is also a privileged activity in these crystalline waters and besides the above mentioned main islands, there are also little ones worth to be seen: The mysterious Es Vedra, located just in a couple of kilometres from Ibiza, is known to be a place with some magnetic anomaly.
Looking like a dragon floating in the sea, it surprises the visitors with a strange impact on the compass arrow and other navigation devices. This place is also a natural reserve, keeping unique flora and fauna. See Balearic lizards on a tiny island of Isla Dragonera, pass by the water to Espalmador and relax in a mud tub or on a soft beach, and discover something new and beautiful in the National parks located around you, while renting a boat in the Balearic Islands.
Allied Yachting charter brokers will be happy to help you make up a route for your yacht charters Mallorca and Ibiza in order to make sure that you see and experience the best of what this Mediterranean archipelago can offer.
While most of the Balearic Islands large charter yachts in our fleet will depart from Spain mainland, Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante, for charterers wanting to avoid the few hours cruise, please also consult with us the boats (motor yachts, sailboats and catamarans) we may have available on-site, mostly for day-charters like FIGI, ASCARI, MIDAS TOUCH, FOUR FRIENDS or OASIS (to name a few), but also other superyachts we may schedule around the archipelago on any given season.
We also invite you to consult our next article regarding our proposed yacht charters on the French Riviera.