Palma de Mallorca: Sailing the Spanish Seas


Palma de Mallorca was not always the glamourous holiday destination we know it to be today. Over the centuries it was coveted by pirates who enjoyed hiding their treasures around its hidden coves and between its looming cliffs. Today the island’s reputation is far lighter as it continues to be a top holiday destination and easy getaway for local and international travellers. The island’s excellent bays and natural harbours also make it a sailing dream for yachting enthusiasts. In late April, one of our team members from Sunsail South Africa went on a trip around Palma de Mallorca. Let’s take a look at her personal experience in sailing the Spanish Seas.

Exploring Beautiful Palma

palma de mallorca

On day 1 we arrived in the city of Palma. We were briefed on our route, safety concerns and yacht. We decided to go shopping for groceries and afterwards explore the city of Palma. A beautiful mixture of Gothic and Modernist architecture lines the winding cobble-stoned streets of the ancient city make exploring it a delight. We decided to have dinner at a restaurant named El Coche which served a variety of delectable local sea food dishes. Delicious.

Let’s Set Sail!

The following day we sailed into Port d’Andraxt, one of the most beautiful bays on the island. We explored and enjoyed its tranquil beauty. Sailing during the spring season didn’t hinder the warm sun from making an appearance and we got to enjoy most of the town to ourselves.

port soller

The next day we set sail at 12:40 p.m and 4 hours later arrived at Port de Soller, a huge and safe bay that protects boats and yachts from strong winds. The bay is spacious and you can enjoy a refreshing swim or even sup around the bay. Port de Soller also has an historic tram at the bay that can take you into the main town so you can do a bit of exploring. It only take 15 minutes to reach the town of Soller by tram and you can delight in an array of restaurants, nightlife and even dare to venture onto some of the nearby trails in the Tramuntana mountains.

Adventure in the Balearics

sa calobra

On day 3 we set sail to the North for Pollenca, a bay with a small yet vibrant town. The town has some excellent restaurants and a good supermarket to top on groceries. On our way we sailed in the beautiful Sa Calobra with its cascading cliffs leading into a secluded inlet that is home to a beautiful beach with the clear turquoise water. Before reaching Pollenca we moored in St Vincente prepared a light lunch, then enjoyed some water sports such as supping and kayaking. The region is great for outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the island’s natural beauty.

Smooth Sailing

Sailing in late April in the Balearics gave us good weather for the most part, but we were caught up in chilly winds and some days were over cast. Our anchor broke and therefore had to employ a manual anchor to help moor the yacht.

explore palma

I loved exploring the beautiful Isla de Mallorca, a highlight would also be visiting the Mondrago National Park and Isla Cabrera where you can witness entire constellations at night due to the low levels of air pollution. We were also able to visit some of the Balearics most elusive beaches such as Es Cargol that can only be reached by the water.

My week around the Isla de Mallorca included swims, amazing seafood cuisine, evenings exploring historically rich towns and retracing the steps of ancient sailors. While Isla de Mallorca was once the island of hidden treasure, it has now transformed into the real treasure to discover in the Mediterranean.

Happy Sailing

Author Name: 
Bertina Appel