The Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands are the West Med’s land of plenty where guests will marvel at the islands’ rustic beauty as well as a contemporary cosmopolitan feel. While Ibiza has a reputation of being Europe’s biggest partying destination, there is much more to the island than a bustling nightlife and together with Mallorca and Menorca, this charming Mediterranean slice of paradise has emerged as one of the world’s most fashionable luxury charter destination. Let Sunreef Yachts Charter take you on a magnificent journey to this picturesque and awe-inspiring land.
Day 1: Ibiza
Embark on your luxury charter catamaran or luxury charter mega yacht in Ibiza Town, the archipelago’s party hotspot sporting a rustic and undiscovered natural beauty. With tranquil coves and many cultural attractions, Ibiza is the perfect port of call to commence your luxury charter vacation in the Balearics.
Your luxury charter yacht will be waiting for you at the Marina Botafoch or the Ibiza Nueva, two prestigious marinas with top-notch amenities for your yacht as well as premium restaurants and cafes where you will feel the town’s magical ambiance. After having made yourself comfortable aboard, stroll around the old town set against the mountains and the sea. Visit Dalt Vila, the town’s picturesque mountain-top medieval castle offering not only a maze of passages but also breathtaking views of the area. After a relaxing afternoon of visiting, enjoy your unforgettable first night in the Balearics thanks to a selection of animated nightclubs, bars, restaurants and never-ending fiestas.
Day 2: Ibiza / Santa Eularia des Riu
Enjoy a late breakfast aboard your luxury charter yacht in Ibiza before heading off to your next destination, Santa Eularia des Riu, or Santa Eulalia, the island’s third biggest resort that is a beloved port of call for all families and passengers seeking a less bustling destination. As your luxury charter catamaran or mega yacht draws near the exclusive Yacht Marina, you will marvel at the soothing azure waters, plush verdant Mediterranean flora, sun-kissed the architecture and the imposing lush mountains in the background.
Santa Eulalia boasts an amazing beachfront promenade dotted with giant palm trees and a powdery sandy beach. The town has long been known as the island’s gastronomic and cultural hub with many art galleries, exclusive boutiques, premium restaurants and vibrant bars exuding plenty of local flavor. In Santa Eulalia you will find both typical Spanish tapas bars as well as authentic restaurants serving traditional succulent dishes composed of seafood or lamb.
Take advantage of the water toys available aboard your luxury charter yacht and snorkel or dive in the clear turquoise waters around Santa Eularia. You will marvel at the wealth of colorful sea creatures inhabiting the sea while discovering the plush Mediterranean entourage. Only a couple of miles south of the town is an exquisite small beach of Sol d’en Serra nestled in a picturesque cove. Although the beach is not a powdery one, the adjoining Amante Beach Club overlooking the bay offers top-notch quality dining and plenty of relaxation.
Day 3: Santa Eularia / Palma de Mallorca
Today your luxury charter catamaran will head to Palma on Mallorca, the archipelago’s biggest island. The region’s capital city abounds in history, awe-inspiring architecture and plenty of bohemian charm with many quaint restaurants and bars. Palma’s old town is an utter maze of streets manifesting the island’s Moorish past which can be witnessed in Palacio Almudaina, the former residence of Moorish kings in Palma and the Arab Baths accessible the Ca’n Serra street in the vicinity of the city’s main Cathedral, here known as La Seo. Medieval military architecture is to be admired at the circular Bellver Castle towering over the city at only 3 kilometers northwest of Palma. Now the city’s historic museum, the Bellver offers fantastic views of plush verdant Mediterranean flora and surrounding soothing crystal waters.
After a thrilling day in Palma, dine aboard your luxury charter yacht or visit one of the many vibrant restaurants where meals are a true celebration. And with an excellent choice of nightclubs, bars and pubs like the famous Corner Bar, your stay in Palma de Mallorca will be an unforgettable one.
Day 4: Palma / Puerto de Andratx
Wake up to a beautiful sunshine in Palma de Mallorca and enjoy a fabulous Mediterranean breakfast on the flybridge of your luxury charter catamaran or mega yacht before setting sail to Puerto Andratx to the southwest of the city. This location rests immaculate with fairly little tourist activity so you will enjoy a serene day in privacy while snorkeling, diving, fishing or bathing in splendid entourage. The narrow bay offers anchorage for your yacht as you continue to explore this wonderful destination. Easily accessible from Puerto Andratx is Cabo de Sa Mola with a magnificent lighthouse towering over plush plunging bluffs.
The town itself is robust and has little boutiques but every Wednesday, the city center animated with the local market, where you will find fresh produces as well as hand-made crafts perfect for souvenirs. There are many fiestas held in the town, one of them being the fiesta of San Pedro at the end of June, followed by the mid-July fiesta of Our Lady of Carmen featuring a vibrant boat procession around the marina.
Day 5: Puerto de Andratx / Soller
Today after breakfast you will be heading to Soller, a town on Mallorca’s northwestern coast which offers mooring for your luxury charter mega yacht or catamaran in the Port de Soller marina. The town is quaintly located a couple of miles inland from the port which nonetheless is part of the city. The water-front resort houses boutiques, bars and restaurants as well as some luxury hotels but rests a relatively immaculate destination. Climb up one of the two lighthouses in the village for panoramic views of the area or take the historic tramway from the port going 5 kilometers inland to reach Soller where you will visit the Constitution Plaza rimmed with cafes, plush verdant plane trees and a fountain. One of the most notable edifices in the town is the church of Sant Bartomeu and many buildings dating back to the 14th century that are a contrast to a number of modernist architecture.
The valley overlooking the town is known for its plush citrus groves and terraces of ancient olive trees stretching as far as the eye can see while the surrounding mountain range is an excellent option to spend the day hiking or biking. Your stay in Soller will therefore be a harmonious blend of a history lesson and a blissful exploration of the rustic entourage.
Day 6: Soller / Pollensa
Stay in the north of the island and visit the enchanting town of Pollensa, situated only about 6 kilometers west of its port. Visitors to Pollensa will be left in awe of the many narrow and compact streets lined with medieval constructions leading up to the Placa Major, a bustling town square with a number of outdoor cafes and towered by a an impressive 13th century church of Our Lady of the Angels constructed by the Knights Templar. North of the main square is the 365-step stairway leading up to a chapel on the Calvary hill where each year on Good Friday takes place the most striking parade reenacting the Stations of the Cross and Christ’s crucifixion.
Also occurring in the summer is the Fiesta of Mare de Deu dels Angels commemorating the Medieval battle between 1500 Moors and Christians who were led by a pirate named Dragut. All throughout the months of July and August locals and visitors alike delight to the sounds of live music during the Pollensa Music Festival, an important event in the town’s cultural agenda. Founded in 1962, the festival showcases performances of some of the world’s finest musicians of diverse backgrounds. An utter feast for the five senses, the festival is a soothing retreat for all enthusiasts of fine classic, jazz and soft pop music.
Your day in Pollensa will be an enthralling adventure as the town is lined with a number of beaches quaintly nestled in the azure bay, such as Cala Figuera, Cala Murta or Cala Formentor. And in the evening, visit one of the nightclubs and bars for plenty of local entertainment in this enchanting haven protected by imposing rocky mountains and a tranquil bay.
Day 7: Pollensa / Ciutadella de Minorca
After an exiting and adventure-filled day in Pollensa, your Captain will navigate your luxury charter yacht to the smallest of the three islands, Menorca. Today you will visit Ciutadella de Menorca, a town that was once the island’s capital. Of archeological importance, this port of call boasts a number of megalith forms while the historic city center, Es Born, is lined with medieval cobblestone passages, palaces, fortifications and temples. Both the 19th century City Hall as well as the 14th century main cathedral were built of top of the remains of ancient Moorish constructions, the fortress and the mosque. Behind the former is a picturesque viewing point opening up to magnificent vistas of the port and the sparkling waters.
Ciutadella’s prominent restaurants serve traditional Minorcan cuisine including a lobster casserole, local mayonnaise made from egg, olive oil and garlic, sepia al forn (baked cuttlefish) or tumbet, a baked dish made with potatoes, fried peppers, eggplant and tomato sauce. This culturally rich port of call hosts the Ciutadella Summer Music Festival taking place each July through August luring yearly famous opera singers, musicians and orchestras, making your visit to Ciutadella de Minorca an endowing experience.
Day 8: Ciutadella de Minorca / Port Mahon
Cherish the last moments aboard your luxury charter catamaran or luxury charter mega yacht in the Balearics as your vessel glides swiftly to your final destination during the cruise, Port Mahon. This second deepest natural harbor in the world, sporting magnificent beaches and lush Mediterranean flora, is slightly enclosed leaving the waters crystal clear.
For passengers sparing a little time before heading home, the town is an excellent maze of historical facades and fortresses while the City Hall boasts a typically Menorcan architecture. The Church of Santa Maria features a large organ with over 3000 pipes and behind it is the Plaza de la Conquesta with a monument constructed in memoriam of King Alonso III who conquered Menorca from the Moors in the 13th century. You may also want to take advantage of some last-minute bathing, beachcombing or soaking up the warm rays.
Say farewell to your wonderful luxury charter yacht and her professional crew as you cherish your last moments in the sun-drenched Balearics and already plan ahead for your next adventure with Sunreef Yachts Charter!
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