SUGGESTED CRUISING ITINERARY
Start your day slowly, you’re in no rush to go any great distance but just see the beauty of the coast and the surrounding area. Depending on where your boat is based and where you are coming out off will depend on the order of bays to visit. There are always so many to see, and each one is different and unique
in its own way.
Bay hopping is a great idea and gives you the time to explore these little areas in closer detail. Take bags of bread to feed the fish, before you know it you will have your own aquarium all around your boat. Get out your snorkel and mask, tender or Kayak and go around the sides of the bay, you will find little crevices that seem to be natural baths for you to just sit and relax.
Palma or Portals going West
If you come out of Puerto Portals (1) or Palma (2), first stop would be Illetes(3) bay on the east side, from here you can see the Anchorage bay through the rocks which is on the west side of Illetes. You just need to potter round the corner of the little island and stop in there too. The Anchorage is a little more protected and sheltered than the east but if the weather is good both sides are great little spots. When you’re in these bays, drop your tender and pop over to the little island, you can normally find a small opening in the rocks where it is perfect to land your tender or Kayak on a small sandy patch. Jump out and have a little walk round, this would be great photo opportunity of you with your boat in the back ground.
From the Anchorage go west past Puerto Portals and drop in to the Punta Negra bay (4), it is just past the bay in front of Puerto Portals, most people miss this one as they come out of Puerto Portals and race out to sea. Punta Negra bay is one of my favourites and it is just a picture. Surrounded by rocks and Pine trees that are over hanging the water it really is romantic.
In the summer there is a floating pontoon connected to a small beach, this gives you an opportunity to get off and walk around too.
From here keep going west to the west side of Palma Nova beach (5) , tugged in the corner of this bay is a great wind protector and gives a flat calm sea. I like to sit here and watch the boats rolling past and just see the elegant luxury life on the sea. There is a pontoon to pull a tender on to and walk the beach front of grab some food.
From Palma Nova you can go around the island of Magaluff (6), you may see boats go through the gap between the islands as a short cut but unless you know the waters well it is best to play it safe and go round it. Going round the island you can also see the wildlife as this island is also a protected nature reserve. Magaluff bay doesn’t really have a nice anchorage but if you stick in close to the west side of the bay you will see the caves in the cliff wall. There is a small bay that creeps in but it is a little too small to get boats in and there is nowhere to drop anchor so this is just a spot to see from the boat.
Just around the corner of Magaluff still going west is where the coast really starts to open up to small hidden gems, between Magaluff and the Light house there are a number of secret bays to see and discover. But they can be quite small only allowing 1 or 2 boats room to anchor, 1 is Cap Falco (7) which
has small beach bar and a beautiful beach. The others are small anchorages for you to discover from the boat and are all great for swimming and snorkeling, if you get the chance to drop anchor and to explore by tender, for sure you will find even more.
Just before the light house which marks the westerly point of Palma bay you will find the 3 fingers bay or Portals Vells (8). This is a very popular bay and a favorite for many. Well protected from the elements, surrounded by pine forest and has a small fish restaurant. There are 3 small beaches, caves and a small
port. To me and many this place is just heaven. In the peak seasons of July and August bay can get very busy so will need to keep a look out and on guard when people drop anchor, making sure they don’t get too close or your anchor or theirs start to drag.
Moving off from Portals Vells a slow cruise around the light house and up the coast going west gives you the back drop of the cliffs and a view of the Islands of El Toro. You may see boats go through the gap between the islands but please don’t follow, these waters are shallow and not to be taken for granted, go round the islands of El Toro and then stick in close to the coast. There is only 1 small bay for a small boat to drop anchor,(9) if you are too far out for sure you will miss it, any boat bigger than 35 ft will be too big, but if you do have the opportunity to drop anchor in this bay it is literally yours and nobody else can come near or close. This will give you complete protection very little or nobody will be there. You have steep cliffs around you and on top is a large pine forest, there are small steps coming down but even the locals are not
familiar with this one. The aquatic life is abundant, the water is Cristal clear, and there is a large rock of about 5 m to jump and dive off. This is my favorite place at sea.
From this secret gem you have Port Adriano (10) just a little further down the coast, this new reformed, modern, luxury port can give you a nice safe place to moor, walk around, shop and lunch.
From Port Adraino keep going west up the coast keeping close in and you will be greeted by the beautiful islands of Malgrats (11) just off of Santa Ponca. If you keep in and don’t go round the islands there is a small anchorage, this is a turquoise spot and you can’t help yourself to not relax and unwind here. When you’re in this bay look at the rocks and see if you can see the Crocodile rock that sticks out from the edge. When at anchor jump in the tender or kayak and go and discover the Island of Malgrats, go round the east side first and see if there is any spot you like, or carry on all the way around the islands and when you get all the way round to the west side of them you will find a secret gem, very small cala, too small for boats to get in to, and this is literally your private oasis over looked by nobody!
From the islands of Malgrats you have Santa Ponca port (12) just around the corner that has 3 restaurants that are close to the waiting key. Call them up on the radio and see if there is space for you to go and have lunch. If you can’t get on the waiting key you may have to moor up near the fuel key. From here you have a good 10 minute walk all the way round port to get to the other side, but Santa Ponca port is very quiet and tranquil I think you will enjoy the walk and the privilege.
Just outside Santa Ponca Port you have the Bay (13) to the right of the port, this is a big bay but not all the open space is for cruising or anchoring, you will need to check your charts to see where you can drop anchor if you would like to, he water is very shallow and there are rocks, the rocks are clearly marked, yet every year there seems to be someone who manages to park the boat on top of them. They calmly sit there acting as that is what they wanted to do and was in the plan as they wait for a boat to come and pull them to safety. So keep an eye out in this bay.
Or as you come out of the Port of Santa Ponca go straight ahead across the bay to the other side, this is Costa dela Calma (14) and Paguera (15), Pick your spot, this is all a lovely area to anchor or just to potter. You will see lovely sandy white beaches,
I feel these are best viewed from the boat as they will be crowded with tourists from the hotels. When you in this bay go the furthest side of the bay and to the last place you can find a spot to anchor, secure the boat and grab the tender as there is a beautiful bay that you can only get to by small tender or kayak. With the Tender come out of the bay and around the corner hugging the coats closely, you will be automatically drawn in with the bright blue waters and coves. Slowly navigate in and you see a small pebble beach (16), in this bay there is a small cave and big rocks you can sit on in the middle of the bay. I always feel this place is something that god designed as a private natural swimming pool. Snorkel equipment is a must.
After this place you can go up the coast around the corner to Camp De Mar(17) this is a huge bay with many small little calas and coves to discover there is one in particular on the west side of the bay, but also here in this bay of Camp De Mar you have a large beach with restaurants and shops. From the beach there
is a wooden bridge taking you to a small island just big enough to fit a small restaurant and terrace. The restaurant is not the best but the situation is idyllic. If you have time to have a walk around there is a small fish restaurant just above the beach with a lovely little view over the bay, I think this is a better choice, not as romantic as the situation on the small island but the food and service is better.
Cruising out of Camp de Mar going West, go around the head land and dip in again to another beautiful bay.If there is space drop anchor close to the coast and tender the whole family or group over to the Beach restaurant Gran Folies (18). This restaurant is fabulous and is right on the water’s edge, you can enjoy the fantastic food and keep an eye on the boat at the same time.
Just after this bay where Gran Folies beach restaurant is you can go around the dramatic coast line with its steep rocky cliffs and dip in to the deep long bay of Andratx (19). Andratx port is beautiful and scenic. Full of great restaurants and shops, many people stay the night in the port so feel free to add this to your plan.
On the outside of Andratx bay coming out keep going west, there is a small anchorage with crystal clear waters and well protected from north or westerly winds, if you have any easterly winds in may not be the best spot, but maybe after lunch in one of the bays beforehand this could be a close spot to drop anchor and relax or maybe siesta.
From Andratx keep going West and you will come to Sant Elmo(20) or Dragonera (21). This Bay is well protected and has the famous Cala Cornells restaurant (22) that is situated on the rocks at the water’s edge. For reservations Please call +34 971 239 186 or call Mallorca Charter Point office +34 971 103 633.
Don’t worry if you can’t get a table there are about 5‐ 6 restaurants to choose from all serving great food. There is small beach and shops too. The Island of Dragonera is a large island that is a nature reserve, surrounded by small calas and caves. The island gives a natural beauty as a back drop and plenty of shelter.
This is almost as far as you want to go West for a day charter when coming out of Palma or Puerto Portals. You could go further and there are more beautiful bays and calas, but much further in 1 day could be too much cruising for some people.
Palma or Portals going East
Palma bay is a very wide bay and can have some commercial traffic coming in and out so you need to keep your eye out for ships. You also need to check your charts as there are some shallow waters close to the coast and no go zones in front of the Kings Palace and the Cathedral.
Cross over the bay to the far east side and start to come up the coast, not many people do this as they head straight for the headland and miss out on the beautiful scenery. There are 4 small ports in the bay of Palma once you’re out of the main port. You have PortiXol (23), Coll dèn Rabassa (24), Can Pastilla (25) and Club Nautico Arenal (26).
When you past Arenal and cruise up the coast, you come to a beach club called Delta beach, the waters are not that shallow so you need to let out plenty of chain, but the waters are crystal clear and the club looks over the water and your boat. Name of this bay is Cala Blava (27)
From here you can keep going west around the head land and this is where the bays and calas start. The first one is called Cala Pi (28), it’s well protected and surrounded by pine trees. There is a small beach you can swim too and relax.
Just around the corner there is a small port called Sa Rapita (29), as you walk from the port to the town about 300 yards from the harbor there is a great seafood restaurant called Can Pep +34 971 640 102. The Yacht club restaurant is also highly recommended +34 640 001.
After the port of Sa Rapita you have the well known, well loved Es Trenc beach (30). This is described as the Spanish Carrabien. The waters are shallow and warm, turquoise and white white sands.You can’t get much better than this place.
There are many more places if you keep going up the coast but for day charters we would say this would be as far as you would like to go in a day as you still need to get back.
EAST AND WEST
2 day charters can open up your distance and scope to the Island and can also give you more time in just 1 place as there is no rush to get back before the fuel key closes. You can add any of the bays or calas that I mentioned before in your plan and stay the night back in your base port and get more the next day, e.g you could do the west coast the first day and the east coast the second.
WEST ‐ The Port of Soller for the night.
Soller is a good cruise up the west coast of about 70 nm. Why not start your day early around 9.30am, we will get breakfast catering delievered to the boat of fresh pastrys, juice and coffee. Slowly cruise out of port up the coast, stop for a swim and relax in any bay between Port Adraino and Andratx. From here you can lift anchor and go to Sant Elmo Dragonera for a nice lunch, after lunch when everyone is full and content, slowly drift up the coast to Soller, if you have time and the energy there are some fabulous bays on the way to stop and visit, Banyalbufar (31), pt.valdemossa (32) and Deia (33) we guarantee that you will gain some memories of a lifetime.
The Port of Soller (34) is a romantic small town hugging the bay, the entrance is guarded by steep cliffs giving you the feeling of arrival once you enter. There is a small port to moor for the night and bars and restaurants to choose from, all walking distance from your boat.If you have time catch the old Orange tram
to the town which is just a few km away and visit the bustling, old rustic village for sure you will buy something to remember this day.
EAST ‐ Cabrera at anchor
Cabrera is a small island just off of the south east Coast and we need to apply for permission for you to go. This is a protected island with lots of history, you are not allowed to drop anchor and must be allocated a mooring buoy. This is a wonderful place and not over crowded as there are only a few places. There are no hotels or places to stay so it is very peaceful and untouched for years, there is 1 or 2 houses for the people ho protect the island and a lookout tower that still exists form the war that you can visit. You can take your tender to shore to walk around and there is small chiringito for a coffee or cerveza.
There are also the blue caves that you can visit but only by tender or kayak.
A 3 day charter would allow you to do a triangle trip around the places I have mentioned.
You could go to Sant Elm for Lunch staying the night in the Port of Andratx. From the port of Adratax you could go to Es Trenc beach or Sa Rapita for lunch and then the night at anchor in Cabrera. From Cabrera to Portals Vells for Lunch and then back to your home port.
Ibiza and Formentera
- Cruise over to the lively island of Ibiza
- Cruise over strait to Formentera 70nm
- Playa de las isletas and Juan Y Andrea restaurant, rich & famous, pink sand, amazing water
- Protection from all directions
- Cala Saona west side bay, wonderfull water & beach
- Ibiza town ports, shopping, restaurants, night clubs
- Returning via portals wells or cala cornills lunch
Just adding the 1 day more will allow you to discover even further of Mallorca or Ibiza without adding too many hours cruising to your days, still allowing you to take in as many of the vistas and bays along the way.
West Coast 4 day
Visit the famous Cap Formentorand stay the night in Pollenca
East Coast 4 day
Visit Cala Rajada
Ibiza Formentera and Cabrera
Slow Around Mallorca 7 days
3. Pollenca (formentor bay)
5. Porto Cristo / Cala dor
7. Es trenc / Home Port
Fast Around Mallorca 5 days & Menorca 2 days
1. Santelmo/ Soller
2. Formentor / Alcudia
3. East or South Menorca / Ciutadella
4. South Menorca / Mahon
5. Porto Cristo / Cala dor
7. Es trenc / Home Port
SE Mallorca 2 days, Ibiza 3 days, SW Mallorca 2 days
1. Camp de mar/ andraxt
2. Formentera / Ibiza town
3. Espalmador / Formentera or Ibiza town
4. Cala Saona/ Formentera
5. Es pujol / Ibiza Town
7. Es trenc / Home Port
First day cruise around the south west coast of Mallorca and stay in Andratx for the night.Early the next morning, the captain will take you across the channel to Formentera, when under way you can wake up and have your breakfast while cruising slowly across.
Once your there you can have a wonderful lunch in Formentera, enjoy the afternoon at anchor in the crystal clear blue waters. For the evening cruise over to Ibiza and stay the night in Ibiza town.
The next 3 nights depending on the weather there are many options, the captain and you can decide when and where, but our suggested places to go are listed above.
On the 6th day cruise over to Cabrera island which is a national park near the south coast of Mallorca, this needs authorization from the government as the whole island is protected (we can organize this for you), when you get there if you have time ask the captain to drop the tender and show you the Blue caves!
This evening you will be dining alfresco on board at anchor completely protected. On the last day cross over back to Mallorca for lunch at Es trenc on the white sands and blue waters. After lunch back to home port for disembarkation.