Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island has it all, white sandy beaches, charming coves with turquoise waters and pine forests. Moreover, it is a true mixture of tradition and history, its paradisiacal landscapes and mountains are impressive. If you plan to rent a boat in Mallorca to enjoy with friends or family. We propose you a 7-day cruise itinerary in Mallorca by sailboat, between places that you can’t miss and hidden places that are only accessible by boat.
Practical information for sailing in Mallorca
Firstly, to drive a boat in Spain, the most common licence that you need is the pleasure craft licence. The island of Mallorca offers a very pleasant climate with mild temperatures. If you want to book a holiday there, the best time to sail there is between April and October. The tramontana, a north wind, is the predominant wind on the island.
Although the coves of Mallorca are known for their beauty, they are often difficult to access by land. Renting a boat in Mallorca, be it a sailboat, a catamaran or a motorboat, is an opportunity to discover these totally preserved places.
Day 1: Palma → Es Trenc
24.4 nautical miles, 5 hours of sailing
Your cruise departing from the port of Palma offers several marinas, very useful for your bunkering. Once you have taken over your rental boat, we recommend that you discover all the charm of the narrow streets of Palma and its walls full of history. Pass through the Passeig del Born, a typical street full of plants and flowers of all kinds. Some of the city’s stones reveal the presence of ancient civilizations, such as the Romans or Muslims. Don’t miss the jewel of this old city: the Palma Cathedral, which faces the sea.
Then set sail for a week on the south coast of Mallorca. Head for Cabo Banco to reach the first stopover: Es Trenc Beach. After 4 hours of sailing, you will be welcomed by a white sand beach, a pine forest and a typical Mediterranean landscape. If you wish, you can go to other similar beaches such as Sa Rapita or Ses Covetes. On the latter, a beach bar called S’embat offers delicious food to be enjoyed in front of open-air concerts, all in a relaxed atmosphere.
Day 2: Es Trenc → Cala Figuera (Caló des Moro)
30 nautical miles, 6 hours of sailing
This next stopover will be a time for relaxation and sunbathing in some of Mallorca’s most beautiful coves. Head south-east, for breakfast on the beach of Es Caragol, a hidden paradise accessible only by boat.
After breakfast, head for Cala Figuera. On arrival, you will have several mooring possibilities: Cala Marmols, Cala s’Almunia, Cala Petita, Caló des Moro and Cala Llobards. All of them are small coves where the water is transparent and lined with pine trees. Cala Figuera is a picturesque cove with fishermen’s houses where time seems to have stood still. It is the perfect place to relax and let go.
Day 3: Cala Figuera → Cala Sa Nau → Cala Varques
47.1 nautical miles, 9.5 hours of sailing
On the third day of this Mallorca cruise, head southwest to anchor in Cala Sa Nau, a narrow, protected cove. Here you can enjoy fresh fish grilled with chiringuito, basking in the sand.
Follow the east coast of Mallorca to the Mondragló Nature Park. This forest of wild pines is the ideal place for those who love to hike between several heavenly coves. Enjoy a swim in the waters of Cala S’amarador before anchoring at Cala Varques.
Here you will discover an unspoilt landscape, where capriciously shaped cliffs overlook the sea. The ideal is to snorkel to discover the marine fauna of this wild cove.
Day 4: Cala Varques → Cabrera
28.8 nautical miles, 5 hours 45 minutes of sailing
Continue sailing along the coast of Mallorca towards the Cabrera archipelago. Depending on the winds, the sailing can be somewhat exhausting. But if you rent a sailing boat with a skipper, you can enjoy the crossing with a free spirit.
The impressive Cabrera National Park, with its 19 islands, is probably the most beautiful national park in Spain. In the afternoon, take advantage of the numerous hiking trails from the Castle. For example, the one to the lighthouse or the one to the Cova Blanca cave, to enjoy the Mediterranean virgin forests. Discover the Blue Cave and sail in the footsteps of the Carthaginians, Romans and Berber pirates who passed through its waters.
If you want to anchor at night on a buoy, don’t forget to ask permission from the park office.
Day 5: Cabrera → Cala del Mago
27.4 nautical miles, 5.5 hours of sailing
Start your fifth day of cruising in Mallorca with more or less 5 hours of sailing. Take advantage of this time to sunbathe, relax and let yourself be carried away by the sea breeze and the sound of the waves. Remember to keep an eye on the sea, you will surely be accompanied by dolphins.
When you arrive in Cala del Mago, nature in its purest state welcomes you. This charming swimming pool of crystal clear waters lined with pine trees awaits you for a swim. The film “The Magician” was shot not far from here in 1967.
Day 6: Cala del Mago → Sant Elm → Sa Dragonera
16.1 nautical miles, 3 hours of sailing
For this journey, go along the southwest coast to reach the island of Sa Dragonera. You can stop for example at the tranquil Malgrats Islands, Camp de Mar or Cala Llamp if you set foot on land. Camp de Mar has a hidden restaurant, S’illeta, which makes a wonderful paella. At sunset, stay at the Chiringuito de Costa de la Calma or the exclusive Gran Folies beach club in Cala Llamp because you can admire a beautiful sunset here.
Day 7: Sa Dragonera → Palma
8.8 nautical miles, 1 hour 45 minutes of sailing
Your cruise in Mallorca is coming to an end, heading south-east to the cape of Cala Figuera, before trimming the sails to return to port. On the way to Palma, you can stop at Cala Cap Falco, a beautiful little cove.
Palma is a city with a very lively nightlife. If you are looking for a restaurant, you can go to the Santa Catalina district to discover cuisine from all over the world.