The Balearic Islands are one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe. If you love the sea and the sun, you should take the chance to visit this picturesque archipelago. Amazing turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and lush vegetation are some of these island’s natural assets that will delight your senses. A great way to check them out is sailing. Here are our suggestions for an unforgettable cruise vacation in the Balearic Islands.
When and Where?
The best time of the year to sail to these islands is the period ranging from May – June to September – October. During these months the water temperature is just fine for swimming and the sun is strong enough to help you get that suntan everyone will envy. Still, let’s not forget that protection is essential if you want to avoid trouble, so make sure you always carry a sunscreen with you.
There are countless attractions that will tempt you on your way to and through these islands, so the best thing to do before you head off is to plan your route. We recommend the following 12-days itinerary that includes some of the best places in Mallorca and Menorca.
This large island is one of the most sought after places in the archipelago. It is famous for its myriad beaches that feature distinguished landscapes. If you love snorkeling and diving, this is the ideal place for you. Mallorca is an extraordinary location and it’s impossible to enjoy it to the full in one or two days. Our suggestion is to spend the first half of your vacation here visiting the following:
Day 1 – Palma de Mallorca
Since you’re on holiday, you probably want to do some city touring and enjoy a good night out with your friends as well. In this case, we recommend the island’s capital – Palma de Mallorca, an effervescent city rich in historic, cultural and gastronomic attractions.
Day 2-3: The south coast
Mallorca’s Southern coast is famous for its scenic landscape. This area is a top choice for tourists who are fond of trails and hiking. There are several natural preserves that are worth seeing here and the most popular one is called Mondragó. The Tramuntana Mountains are another great asset that adds charm to this region. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Spanish town, we recommend Andratx, a historic settlement filled with cultural attractions.
Cala Fieguera is a perfect marina reservation choice in this area.
Day 4: The East Coast – Porto Cristo
Mallorca’s eastern coast is the perfect choice for those who want a quiet getaway where they can really unwind. Famous for its traditional atmosphere, the East Coast is fuss-free and laid back. Here you can admire the sight of beautiful mountains, find some amazing secluded beaches and taste some great local dishes in charming little restaurants. Some of the most appealing towns in this area are Artá, Capdepera, and Porto Cristo.
Our favorite place is Porto Cristo, a traditional fishing village, where travelers can enjoy a quiet stay, some fine fresh dishes, the local’s genuine kindness and visit the impressive Caves of Drac and Hams.
Club Náutico de Porto Cristo is an ideal berth booking option you will find here.
Day 5-6: The north coast
Mallorca’s northern coast is well-known for its appeal. This is one of the most complex areas which offers a unique blend of different landscape features. Imposing mountains and intricated cliffs overlook the turquoise waters that bathe this shore. The North Coast is a vibrant area where you can take long strolls on one of the myriad beaches, go for a trail in the forest or embark on fascinating historic tours through traditional towns. A fascinating place in this region is Alcúdia, one of the oldest settlements in the archipelago, where you can visit Roman vestiges, take long walks on the narrow stone streets or buy lovely souvenirs.
Alcudiamar Puerto Turistico Deportivo is our recommendation for those who seek a marina reservation here.
This charming little island is Mallorca’s counterpart. Although it’s the smallest island in the Baleares, Menorca is as fascinating as its big sister, Mallorca. There are countless ways to spend your days here sailing, diving, visiting museums and art galleries or enjoying the island’s nightlife opportunities. Menorca is rich in historical treasures that date as back as the Bronze age. It’s famous for its delicious cuisine and it also boasts some of the best accommodation facilities in the archipelago.
Day 7: Ciutaddella
One of our favorite destinations on this island is Ciutadella, situated on the western coast of Menorca. This is one of the predilect destinations for history lovers who can visit the impressive ancient remains, like the mysterious ‘tulas’ megaliths and the Talaiot. Museums, art galleries, shops and dining places are all over the place, so you will definitely not get bored in Ciutadella. Moreover, this city is also known for its amazing festivals where tourists and locals party together.
For a berth booking facility here, you can check out the options provided by Club Náutico de Ciutadella marina.
Day 8-9: The North Coast
Menorca’s northern coast is a must-see area if you are a nature person. This region features a breathtaking wild landscape. Famous for its cliffy setting, the northern shore is perfect for those who love hiking or long strolls on wide sandy beaches.
One of the landmarks of this coast is the Punta Nati lighthouse which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. The romantic setting comprising this building provides a splendid panoramic view.
The Favàrtix lighthouse located in the cape with the homonymous name is an equally enchanting destination.
Fornells is one of the most famous cities in the northern region that was founded centuries ago and proudly boosts its ancient roots. If you get here, visit the famous Castle of San Felipe, it is a truly astonishing place.
Since you come here by boat, book a berth at Boyas Cala Fornells and enjoy a worry-free stay.
Day 10: Mahon
It would be a shame to come to Menorca and fail to visit the beautiful capital, Mahon. This city has a little bit of everything from historic and cultural attractions to luxury accommodation, fine cuisine, amazing beaches and countless exciting events.
The old city center is the first thing you should visit as soon as you arrive in the capital. Here you will be able to admire the 18th-century architecture or enjoy a tasty coffee in a bar. Then go to the Manorca Museum and finish your tour with the impressive fortress: Fortalleza de la Mola. Those who just want to enjoy the sun should choose one of these beaches: Cala Presili or Platja d’en Tortuga.
A great berth booking option in this city is the Marina Mahon port.
Day 11 The South-East Coast
Menorca’s southern coast is often praised for its beautiful beaches, so if you are here to laze in the sun, you’ll definitely love it here. There are numerous touristic facilities in this area, and most of them reflect the charming Mediterranean architecture style.
Cales Coves is one of the must-see places on this coast. This is a splendid cove surrounded by imposing cliffs. Access by boat is easy so you won’t have any trouble in reaching this destination where you can discover amazing caves, practice snorkeling or just enjoy the breathtaking view.
Day 12- The South West Coast
The South-West coast is a perfect option for those who seek all-inclusive accommodation facilities. Crystal-clear waters and a relaxing atmosphere are other two good reasons to sail to this side of the island.
Cala Macarella is one of the most popular beaches in the area where tourists come for sunbathing, water sports and to enjoy a fresh drink in a waterfront bar.
Cala en Turqueta is another must-see on this coats. Many consider it the most beautiful beach around for the amazing contrast between the fine white sand and the bright turquoise waters. This is the ideal place if you want to spend the entire day outdoors because you will find shadow and shelter in the surrounding pine trees.
Mallorca and Menorca are two of the most beautiful places in Spain that are worth visiting by boat. We are sure that this post arose your interest. So, there is nothing more to wish you than a safe trip and a wonderful vacation!