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Explore Mallorca’s south relaxed by boat

This relaxed cruise (approx. 110 nautical miles) leaves plenty of time to enjoy the most beautiful bays in the south of the main island of the Balearic Islands, according to the motto admire nature, swim, snorkel, stroll and relax. The tour with short distances is also well suited for families with small children.

Day 1: Takeover of the yacht in Marina La Lonja in Palma

The Yates Mallorca team will be waiting for you to hand over the yacht you have chartered at La Lonja Marina, directly opposite Palma’s old town and imposing cathedral. In our reception office there we welcome you on a normal charter Saturday from 12:00 noon for a detailed check-in in German, English or Spanish.

From the airport you can easily reach us by cab in about 15 minutes. Of course you can also use the bus, line 1 from the airport will take you almost to our door.

If your flight lands before 12 noon, you can leave your luggage at the pier and there are several cafes and bars nearby to enjoy the sun, have a coffee and breakfast. Or use the time to buy provisions and stroll through the Santa Catalina district to stock up on fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and meat at the market of the same name. Of course, you can also order your provisions from us in advance by shopping list. The order will then be delivered to your ship on time. You will automatically receive the shopping list 4 weeks before the start of your cruise, when we will start with the detailed planning of your arrival. However, a visit to the Mediterranean Santa Catalina market is always worthwhile. The colorful hustle and bustle, the many cafés, and the delicacies on offer immediately create a vacation feeling.

You have taken over your yacht, luggage and provisions are stowed, then it’s “cast off” and off to the next bay, or you can still enjoy the beautiful historic old town of Palma in peace. Since for our charter guests the berth in Marina La Lonja is already included in the charter price during the entire charter period, you can explore Palma’s cultural and culinary diversity at your leisure. There is something for every taste and every budget. Families will find large playgrounds in the shade in the nearby parks– Parc de Sa Feixina and Parc de la Mar – for resting and playing. A true oasis is the medieval S’Hort del Rey, the King’s Garden, just a few minutes walk from our port. The Mediterranean trees provide shade and the many fountains and sculptures make this place a real gem with popular photo opportunities.

For those who prefer to go out to sea, for example, is the between 01.06-30.09. laid out buoy field Cala Blava in front of the cliff a good stopping point only a few nautical miles from our port in Palma. However, prior buoy reservation is necessary.

Day 2: from PALMA to SA RÁPITA (about 25 nautical miles)

They sail eastward along the coast. Behind the cliffs of the Bay of Palma begin the beautiful bays and sandy beaches of Mallorca. Perhaps make a detour to one of the many anchorages for swimming and snorkeling.

The port of Sa Rápita offers many guest moorings on the inside of the breakwater or distributed in the harbor basin. Many bars and restaurants with beautiful terraces and views of the island of Cabrera, as well as small stores are within walking distance. If you forgot something while stocking up on provisions in Palma, you have the opportunity to fill up at the local supermarket. If you don’t want to go to the harbor, you can anchor right next door in front of the beautiful flat natural sandy beach Es Trenc. Es Trenc beach extends for about one nautical mile between the towns of Sa Rápita and Colónia de Sant Jordi. With strong thermals it can be a bit uncomfortable, otherwise the turquoise blue water and the white sand invite you to stay and you get a Caribbean feeling.

Day 3: from SA RÁPITA to CABRERA (about 15 nautical miles)

Heading south and the natural paradise of Cabrera, the Goat Island, is already in sight. Between 17 and 18 h at the latest you should have arrived at today’s destination. One of the 50 buoys must be reserved in advance on the Internet. Those who cannot show a reservation will be asked by the nature park staff to leave the harbor bay in the evening, even if there are still buoys available. Anchoring is not allowed in the entire national park. The buoy reservation can be made online maximum 20 days before the desired berth date and in high season maximum 1 night per vessel per week is released by the system.

The natural and protected island itself can be reached from the buoy with your own dinghy and it is worth it. Especially the landscape and the great wealth of plants and animals enchant every visitor. Wild goats are no longer found here, but a variety of birds, insects and lizards. Historically, Cabrera has also played a role over the centuries, for example, was a refuge for pirates, monastery site, internment camp and military base. Military restricted area it is until today, so some areas are closed and there may be restrictions. There is a small restaurant with drinks and simple snacks. If you visit the blue grotto, Cueva Azul, by dinghy from noon on, you will experience a magnificent play of colors when the sun enters the grotto and the sea reflects on the walls.
As soon as the sun goes down you can enjoy the most beautiful starry sky on and around Cabrera.

Day 4: from CABRERA to CALA PORTALS VELLS (about 30 nautical miles)

The very popular three-fingered or smuggler’s bay called Cala Portals Vells offers a lot of variety with the small three beaches, two beach restaurants and a cave and is quite well protected except from the south wind.
The bay is surrounded by rocks and pine forests, which also provide shade on the beach. The water is gorgeous turquoise blue and is great for snorkeling. For the adventurous, it is worth swimming to the medieval “sailors’ caves” opposite. The caves were not formed naturally, but by limestone quarrying, e.g. for Palma’s cathedral. The climb is a bit more difficult due to the rocks, but it pays off.
This bay is popular not only with yachties, tourists, but also with Mallorcans and can sometimes get very crowded. If you can’t find a suitable spot, head for the bay of Magaluf just a few minutes to the west, for example, or the bay of Santa Ponca further east if the wind is from the south.

Day 5: from CALA PORTALS VELLS to PORT D’ANDRATX (about 10 nautical miles)

The entrance through the fjord-like bay to Port d’Andratx is impressive and scenic. On the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains around the port are many exclusive villas and houses, because the place is very popular with celebrities from all over the world and known as a noble address.
The original fishing village was repeatedly attacked by North African pirates in the Middle Ages and only developed with the emerging tourism since the 1960s more and more to the meeting place of the international jet set. The harbor basin is shared by sport yachts and fishing boats. There are two marinas and a buoy field for mooring or berthing. The place is ideal for strolling, browsing boutiques and stores, and dining excellently in one of the numerous restaurants.

Day 6: from PORT D’ANDRATX to SANT ELM (about 10 nautical miles)

The distance between Port d’Andtrax and Sant Elm is short. Those who wish have enough time to anchor off the nature reserve island of Sa Dragonera and explore it and the lighthouses there free of charge. The small uninhabited island in the west of Mallorca is a retreat for nature and birdlife.
Sant Elm is the most western village of Mallorca. The bay is the most beautiful place to enjoy the sunset at the buoy field there. Is there a more beautiful sight than when the fireball behind Sa Dragonera disappears red into the sea. The places at the buoy can be reserved in advance on the Internet. Already more than 500 years ago the pirates appreciated the bay protected against many winds at the westernmost point of Mallorca. Even today, the peaceful village of Sant Elm is popular with islanders and nature-loving tourists to relax, hike and linger. For the physical well-being is prima provided by smaller restaurants and bars.

Day 7: from SANT ELM to PALMA (about 20 nautical miles)

The last day of your boat trip on the south coast of Mallorca has begun. Depending on the weather and your taste, late risers have the possibility to spend the morning in the beautiful bay of Sant Elm. For those who weigh anchor early, on the way back to Palma there is the possibility to head for one of the bathing bays west of Palma. For example, an anchor stop in the bay of Illetas is worthwhile.

Around 17 h you arrive with your charter yacht in the home port of Palma, Marina La Lonja. Please do not forget to empty the waste tanks and fill up the fuel tanks at the gas station beforehand.
After our team has received you and the yacht at the pier, the technical check follows and the divers come by to inspect the hull and keel. In order for us to inspect the yacht expeditiously, it is imperative that you clean up and clear the cockpit, deck, salon and cabins.
After the acceptance, a final dinner in one of the many trendy restaurants in Palma’s old town is a good idea. Sit back with a beer or glass of wine, review your vacation photos and videos from the past week, and reminisce about your boat trip.
Until 8:00 the next morning, when you please leave the yacht cleared and broom clean with dishes washed, trash cans emptied and all your belongings, you can use the yacht at our port for overnight stay.

The entire team of Yates Mallorca wishes you and your crew a wonderful vacation.with