The beaches in the Balearic Islands are amongst the very best in Spain, with pristine, powdery sands and turquoise waters, ideal for a stop-off during your catamaran charter. Some resemble picture-perfect tropical paradises of the Caribbean, for example Platja Llevant in Formentera and Playa de Muro in Majorca, where the sand is impossibly white and the sea transparent and sparkling. Islands such as Ibiza demonstrate the variety of beaches in the archipelago with charming, rocky coves of green-blue waters like Cala Gracioneta, or Cala Macarelleta in Menorca where the cove is surrounded by lush greenery and the water crystal-clear.
A catamaran charter in the Mediterranean means you will enjoy peaceful navigation in glorious conditions. Between the months of May and October, winds mainly blow from the north and sailing is blissful (keep an eye on the weather forecast as stronger winds -though rare- are possible). With hot, dry days of endless sunshine, your charter holiday in the Balearic Islands will be relaxing and stress-free!
Mountains and valleys, beaches and forests, caves and coves… the scenery in the Balearic archipelago is next to none. A catamaran charter in Ibiza, the ‘party’ destination will give you the chance to discover a different, lesser-known side of the island. Cloaked in breathtaking natural beauty; hike up Sa Talaiassa, a 1,560ft mountain where you can get stunning views and watch a glowing sunset over the sapphire ocean, or head to Las Salinas National Park where the salt flats, wetlands, dunes, beaches and forests make for a truly unique landscape. Cala Tuent in Majorca is a beautiful cove surrounded by trees and hills of emerald forest, so drop anchor and go and explore!
Ibiza is famed for its wild clubbing scene and if that’s what floats your boat (or catamaran!), then it’s the perfect island for you! Known for attracting celebrities and some of Europe’s biggest DJs, Ibiza is the party heart of the Balearic Islands, but it’s not the only thing on offer. Start your catamaran charter here, and then head to Puig de Missa, a church located atop a hill with beautiful views of the sea the town of Santa Eulalia and the surrounding sea. Or if you’re a fan of horse riding, you can do riding treks which will enable you to discover more inaccessible, hidden parts of the island, in a truly unique way.
FOOD & DRINK:
-‘La Gaia’ is located at the ‘Five-Star Grand Luxe’ rated Ibiza Gran Hotel, and serves up exquisite cuisine. With a menu fusing Japanese and Peruvian flavours, the dishes are truly unique.
-‘El Chiringuito’ is a stylish restaurant specializing in the crème-de-la-crème of Mediterranean cuisine. Located on the magnificent salt plains of Es Cavallet beach, looking out to the neighbouring island of Formentera.
Of all the Balearic Islands, Majorca is the largest, and home to the city of Palma; the capital of the archipelago. As a result, it’s a perfect blend of city and countryside, with exciting variety to keep you busy during your catamaran charter! Hike up to Bellver Castle for astonishing panoramic views, or go wine tasting in one of the local wineries harvesting the grapes of the island vineyards, or rent a bike and cycle through fragrant pine forests. Or head into Palma and visit the magnificent ‘La Seu’ sandstone cathedral, and spend an afternoon relaxing on the city’s central beach.
FOOD & DRINK:
-‘Zaranda’ is a Michelin-starred restaurant where you will have a unique culinary experience, with dishes incorporating local Majorcan ingredients.
-‘Finca Es Serral’ is another serving up Majorcan specialties, in a family-run restaurant located in the depths of a valley in Artà.
Menorca is an island of stunning natural beauty, though being the second largest of the Balearic Islands, there is still more than enough to do. Pay a visit to the Museu Hernández Sanz Hernández Mora, which is a museum dedicated to Menorcan heritage dating back to the 18th century, and will really give you an insight as to what life was like before tourism. Or head to Fortaleza de la Mola, and wander through galleries and barracks, and walk to the top of the hill for incredible views of the ocean. Menorca has what may be some of the best beaches you’ll come across during your catamaran charter, and one of these is the picture-perfect Cala Turqueta. An idyllic white-sand cove, bordered by lush emerald forest looks out onto translucent turquoise waters, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and anything else… but it truly is a vision of perfection so shouldn’t be missed!
FOOD & DRINK:
-‘Ses Voltes’ is a restaurant where you can grab breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks, catering to everyone, and serving up authentic cuisine, typical of the Balearic Islands.
-‘Es Marivent’ offers fine Menorcan dishes, centred around fresh fish and rice, and with a panoramic terrace, it’s a beautiful place to dine.
The smallest of the Balearics, Formentera is often forgotten about, but this understated island boasts a more authentic lifestyle, and much of the island consists of locals just going about their daily lives, as they have done for generations. This, for many, is a refreshing place to stop during their catamaran charter after the bigger islands where most activity revolves around the tourist industry, as here you can get more of a real experience of the culture, in a quieter way. Visit Es Caló, an old, charming fishing village, or head to the island’s capital, Sant Francesc; where artisan markets are held each morning in summer, the town hall resides, and the fortress church stands. Moor your catamaran and head onto this peaceful haven for the clearest waters in the Balearic Islands.
FOOD & DRINK:
-‘Juan y Andrea’ is a restaurant located on the island’s most famous beach, Platja Illetes. So you can enjoy fresh seafood dishes, typical of Formentera, whilst looking out onto the glittering waters.
-'10.7' offers traditional Mediterranean dishes, with some Asian twists. The restaurant is a magical place, located on Platja Migjorn.
There are many ways to reach the Balearic Islands. If you are travelling from Europe, many major cities will fly directly to Ibiza, Majorca or Menorca, but if you’re flying from outside the EU then you will have to travel via cities such as London or Madrid, and then fly on to your island. If you would like to have your airport – catamaran charter base transfer organized, just let your GlobeSailor advisor know.
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