Sailing in the Balearics? Doing it right the first time!

Ibiza SailingSailing in the Balearics, the world might not recognize these islands by their collective name, but it sure knows them individually, especially Ibiza and Mallorca. The former has become even more famous, thanks to the Made in Chelsea Ibiza show in the UK. Each has been one of the pearls of glamorous touring for decades. Why not take the whole string of pearls?

The travel package might read “boat rental Ibiza,” but this doesn’t limit the options available. One can explore caves on Mallorca, enjoy an Ibiza boat party, or hike one of the numberless, uninhabited islets. Each island is unique, but all have the touch of Old Spain, and more than a touch of the Mediterranean sunlight and blue-white surf.

Ibiza Beach life
Ibiza Beach life

There are many ways to explore these islands, but sailing is the best way to connect with the timeless. It’s the difference between seeing the wind and the sea, and feeling at one with them. Let the sea breeze take your rented yacht from one scenic beach to another, to islands ready to greet you with dazzling nightlife.

The Balearics, a group of Spanish islands are no secret. They’re a well-established tourist destination,  so despite the Spanish and Catalan languages being native to the archipelago’s million residents, English is also widely spoken.

Among the fifty islands that make up the archipelago, four are the largest and most famous, and therefore most frequently visited by Spanish cruising tours.

At Tabor & Mentone we offer personalized yacht charter services and specialize in the Balearics. Contact us to learn more about planning your trip.

Formentera Cove

Formentera

Little Formentera, with its 10,000 inhabitants, had been overshadowed by nearby Ibiza until the past half-century or so. It earned its reputation as a favored destination even before Roman times but is best-known as one of the world’s great hippie spots. Helping this reputation is the number of 1960s associated musicians who have, visited, recorded on, or recorded about the island, including Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

It should be no surprise, then, that the topographically flat island has an easy-going, pastoral lifestyle. The nearby island of Espalmador is more peaceful still, and at low tide one can wade across the sandbar separating it from Formentara. Most travel from one picturesque village to the next by moped or bicycle. The largest of these is the island’s capitol, Sant Francesc Xavier, which has a bit fewer than 3000 residents. But then, the entire island is just 12 miles long. That’s a distance that can be sailed in just two hours – which is also the sailing time on the Ibiza Yacht Rental which brings so many tourists to Formentara in the first place. Nude sunbathing, meanwhile, is common on Formentara’s white beaches.

Anchorage in Menorca
Anchorage in Menorca

Menorca

With nearly 100,000 residents, Menorca is large enough to be home to several high-end hotels and spas. It’s also large enough that one would expect its beaches to be perpetually crowded, but they’re surprisingly open and clean. Perhaps its residents are too busy enjoying the sports during the summer, which range from jousting – yes, there’s still jousting on Menorca – to the iron man triathlon. Perhaps the populace is too hung over from drinking the local wine alcohol-based gin, a local favorite, to make it to the beach. Of course, there’s nothing stopping the eager tourist from joining in on this local pastime; think of it as a change from the beer and wine more usually supplied aboard the yacht. Then again, the island also has a number of local wineries, so enjoy!

Seclusive retreat in Mallorca
Seclusive retreat in Mallorca

Mallorca Island

The holiday tourist aboard Yachtcharter Mallorca or another such service will be sailing through waters as historically rich as they are beautiful and refreshing. Mallorca Island is the largest of the Balearic Islands. After all, it was already an established Carthaginian possession when the old Roman, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Balearicus, landed in 123BC. Unlike old Quintas, most tourists usually begin their Balearics tour by landing at Palma de Mallorca Airport, one of the busiest in Europe.

Here are sacred Medieval wonders like the Palma Cathedral and the Santuari de Lluc, and natural wonders like the Cuevas dell Drach network of caves and the rugged Cala Blava cliffs. Here is a unique Mediterranean cuisine with a Catalan flair, like arròs brut and sobrassada, some of the world’s finest almonds and olives, and an array of local drinks. Some of the finest restaurants in Europe, and therefore the world, are to be found on this ancient island.

No Yachtcharter Mallorca would be complete without sailing around the smaller islands off Mallorca’s coast, Cabrera and Dragonera.

Ibiza harbor at night
Ibiza harbor at night

Ibiza

The last island in our Spanish Cruising tour is Ibiza. It has an ancient pedigree, having been named by the Phoenicians after an Egyptian god. Yet it is probably the most au courant of all Spanish islands, whether the Balearics or the Canary Islands in the Atlantic. Let other islands boast of having been home to Frederic Chopin for a year or two. Ibiza, appropriately, boasts the same of Sid Vicious. Other islands are best known for Medieval ruins, while Ibiza is best known for its hip and fashionable nightlife, and as a world center for electronic music.

 

Ibiza Sailing
Ibiza Sailing

Ibiza SailingIbiza Sailing

It should be no surprise, then, that the party starts early. A Yacht charter Ibiza can turn into an Ibiza boat party at almost any moment, long before disembarking tourists. Once ashore, Ibiza’s summer season opens with parties and concerts at the Ibiza Rocks hotel, continues with more concerts and more parties at venues like the Nobu Hotel Ibiza throughout the summer and deep into autumn.

Made in Chelsea Ibiza has certainly made more people sit up and notice this island of nearly 90,000. A boat rental Ibiza is quite reasonably priced for the world’s fifth-busiest travel destination. A Yacht charter Ibiza will always be docked and waiting for adventure. It isn’t all vaping and trancing out to a techno beat. There’s plenty for the more mature visitor, too, such as Sa Caleta, the ancient Phoenician site, or the sumptious Nobu Hotel Ibiza. It all begins with an Ibiza Yacht Rental this summer.

 

At Tabor & Mentone we offer personalized yacht charter services and specialize in the Balearics. Contact us to learn more about planning your trip.