The Balearics


Charter a Yacht in The Balearics

A Luxury Charter to The Balearic Islands

Off of eastern Spain are the Balearic Islands, an archipelago blanketed beneath a warm, sunny climate with four of its largest islands dotting the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean Sea: Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Striking in their rocky coastlines, renowned for their seafood cuisines, and visited for their plush beaches and gem-blue waters, the Balearics Islands attract all types: yachters, international jet setters, island-hoppers, club kids, and travels stricken with wanderlust.

Planning Your Private Charter Itinerary to The Balearics

On Mallorca, old meets new with ancient monasteries and grand cathedrals from the 13th-century in balance with hip beach resorts casually serving drinks and fine seafood dishes that fuse the Balearic’s unique twist on Spanish food. Its capital, Palma, pulsates to the music pouring from its lively nightclubs, juxtaposed in rhythm to the stoic Royal Palace of La Almudaina and elegant Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, built in 1229. Reach into the past with a visit to Bellver Castle, a formidable Gothic-style fortress-museum perched on a hilltop with sweeping views of Palma below.

Outside of Palma in the north, the island of Mallorca steadily grows mountainous, with trails and roads twisting upward, scattered with the occasional hidden monastery tucked away from treaded paths through its limestone range. At Cap de Formentor, the razorback mountains splinter off, forming what locals call the Meeting Point of the Winds, the cape that forms the eastern end of Mallorca’s Formentor peninsula. A lighthouse gives climbers commanding views of this breezy point, and if the weather calls for it, cyclers, too, can be spotted speeding by on this challenging ride.

But as the island rises in the north, its eastern edge tunnels downward at Drach Caves, famed underground tunnels that lead its daring visitors to one of the world’s largest underground lakes. Flatter ground is graced with unimaginable natural beauty just as the heights and down below—Cala Millor, a popular, sunny spot near bustling villages and towns around a ship-filled bay with a raving nightlife and buzzing beaches, Cala Major, with its laidback bars, family-friendly atmosphere, and relaxed resorts with broad stretches of beach, and Cala Figuera, east of Palma, a peaceful fishing village with unrivaled sunset views from its lighthouses and beaches. But no beach can match Es Trenc, a ten-kilometer stretch of pale sand with clear waters splashing against its picturesque shores.

The cousin island of Menorca is a dream of turquoise blue bays—calas. Pine trees jut from clean-white limestone bluffs that line the shores, casting shadows on the clear waters below. Cala Mitjana, Cala Galdana, Cala en Turqueta, Cala Pregonda, Cala Macarella, Cala Algaiarens, Cala Pilar, Cala Fustam, Cala Morell—the island brims with these coves, slices of beaches, and shimmering waters against golden sands. Menorca’s capital is complete with proud, Georgian mansions and a quaint, 13th-century church overlooking another translucent harbor. Snorkel in the crystal waters of Platja de Son Bou or Platja de Binigaus, visit the remains of Fort Marlborough, an 18th-century fortress with stunning views, climb the collection of lighthouses to catch a glance at a sunset, splattering the sky with pale pastels. Explore Menorca’s deep caves, Cova des Coloms, and sites of the past, Castell de Sant Nicolau, Torralba d’en Salort, and Illa del Rei, and discover how much this tropical island has to offer.

Like a siren call, Ibiza of the Balearics is irresistible. Music escapes into the streets like a tantalizing aroma from a fine restaurant, pulling in bodies to dance and sweat in its countless nightclubs to the tracks of the world’s most in-demand DJs. Although only third largest in the Balearics, Ibiza is perhaps the reigning star child of the island group. The music scene has shone an international spotlight on Ibiza Town, its thumping capital, its hotspot beaches flecked with colorful sun umbrellas, and ports ringed with bustling shopping centers, high-end restaurants, and mellow bars.

Calas, ubiquitous, are flocked to: Cala d’Hort, Cala Comte, Cala Benirrás, Cala Salada, Cala Vadella, Cala de Sant Vicent, each golden beach carved near pale, protective cliffs with green vegetation springing from its perfect earth. Nearby private islands like Illa de Tagomago and S’Espalmador have secluded beaches, mud baths, and lighthouses with unobstructed, unrivaled views—an ideal daytrip with a yachter in mind. Away from the buzzing markets and record scratches is Sa Talaiassa, a mountain covered in lush forest whose summit gives hikers panoramic views.

When you exert your extroverted side in Ibiza, flock with the seagulls to Formentera. Small, yes, but Formentera packs a mighty punch with its long, undisturbed stretches of sandy beaches that lazily reach into ice-blue waters, backed by sleepy dunes and shaded by pines. Time slows down here, perhaps due to thinner crowds, isolated beaches, and the unraveling of life’s busyness, a sentiment that courses through the island. Visit Formentera’s beaches like Platja de Llevant, Sa Roqueta, Es Pujols, Ses Platgetes, Playa de Illetas and Levante, Cala en Baster, and Ses Canyes—postcard worthy spots where fluffy sands invite long walks on their shores or basking beneath the Mediterranean sun.

Far de la Mola presents sweeping views from its 1800s-era built lighthouse, and the lighthouse of Cap de Barbaria stands lone at the end of a road, offering moments of solitude with its sunset scenes, and the rocky formations of limestone rise out of Can Marroig, ideal for catching a breath after hiking its trails or spending an afternoon in its deep blue waters. Head towards Bodega Terramoll, a winery where guests can taste the vineyard’s handiwork, and visit Caló de Sant Agustí, a scenic bay that hosts numerous boat launches from its craggily shoreline.

Your Private Island-Hopping Charter to The Balearics

The Balearics and the many islands and islets that speck the Mediterranean Sea indeed have something for everyone. Each island, smattered with its own unique culture, and in turn, gleaming personality, is one immeasurable part that insists upon a full exploration of the entire Balearics family. From Ibiza to Formentera, it’s a true world shift, and a yachter’s delight to charter between this collection of islands, each as beautiful as the next.