The Balearic Island of Mallorca is not one to be overlooked as a sailing destination. The ever-present sunshine and constant sea breeze mean that a sailing holiday around the island of Mallorca can be a brilliant way to spend a week. There’s plenty of glittering old fashioned towns, hidden like gems along the coastline and in one week you can sail the whole way round the island, stopping off at your leisure.
In the south west corner of the island you'll find a treasure trove of towns, built out of golden stone, overlooking an expanse of olive groves. This combined with dramatic cliff tops looming over secluded coves, make this area perfect for anchoring.
The Balearics enjoy a mild climate all year round, so ideal for an earlier or later season sail, with an average temperature of 21 degrees celsius in May and October. In the summer months from June - September you can expect a comfortable 28 degrees.
In the western cruising ground the prevailing wind tends to be from the south west during the summer. If venturing east, towards Menorca, the prevailing winds are found from a north/north west direction. With winds reaching an average of force 3-4, it is great for those who want to kick back and relax.
Once you are all checked in you will be shown your yacht and all its bells and whistles. Then it is time to tuck into some traditional tapas on Palma's famed promenade! You will find a number of bars and restaurants, for your first evening of your holiday, all within walking distance of the marina. We also recommend a trip to the famous Cathedral!
Sailing south east from Palma will give you a lovely 30 mile sail to Cala D'Or. Cala D’Or is a town on the east coast of Mallorca, famous for its collection of white sandy beaches. The town has a quaint ‘road train’ which connects different parts of the town and the beaches.
As you meander up the Mallorcan coastline, don't miss Porto Christo, Cala Rajada or Alcudia as they are all amazing overnight stops.
Porto Christo is a small town on the eastern coast of Mallorca unaffected by mass tourism. It is a modern yet unspoilt town. Its main attractions are two sets of caves, the ‘Coves del Drach’ and ‘Coves dels Hams’. Porto Christo, unlike other areas of the island, does not rely on tourism as the main source of income. Instead, they manufacture pearls! Perhaps a place to take the credit card?
Heading down the west coast of Mallorca is a great opportunity to get some sensational sailing in. The coastline is beautiful with great wind and so you can whack those sails up and truly enjoy sailing in the Balearics.
Stop off in the stunning port of Soller and amazing Andratx, before returning back to Palma, with one last day to finish your sightseeing before the journey home!
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri, or opt for one of our carefully selected boutique hotels. The San Nicolas Resort Hotel is now available in nearby Roudha Bay, or really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.
We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here is about as good as it gets!
For 20 years, our flotillas have been enjoying the wonderful food from the 'Castello Restaurant' in Parga. Spiros and his six sons have now expanded their programme in Parga with a fabulous boutique complex of rooms, apartments and villas called the Salva…
The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.
A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …