Popular bays, harbours and coves around Mallorca
The Bay of Palma and the south west area
The bay of Palma is a starting point for many when chartering a boat or yacht for sailing around Mallorca. Palma is the home to one of the largest marinas in Europe, which offer great facilities and gives you direct access to the center of Palma. Palma has many attractions to offer; shops of well known brands, trendy boutiques, art galleries, bars and dining establishments on Paseo the Maritimo and the areas Santa Catalina and La Llonja.
In the south-west corner of Mallorca is Port d´Andratx located. This pretty harbour is a very popular stop when sailing around Mallorca. In older days it was a fishing harbour but now a day it is full of trendy bars and restaurants, most of them with views overlooking the harbour and the mountains.
The natural Reserve of Sa Dragonera is a popular excursion, its name comes from the silhouette of the mountain range which shape is similar to a dragon.
Beautiful and characteristic Portal Vells is another very popular stay. It is well protected and is home for three separate beaches and its distinctive caves. There is a restaurant and a bar on the beach and the calm water is perfect for snorkeling and swimming.
Port de Soller and the north-west coast
Truly popular Port de Soller lies North of Palma. The dramatic Tramuntana mountains range give the bay the shape of a horseshoe and the geographical sceneries are absolutely stunning. You can anchor in the middle of the sheltered bay or in the marina of Port de Soller. Restaurants, bars and shops lines up in the waterfront and you can take an antic tram all the way from Port the Soller in to Palma. A popular trip is Sa Calobra, an amazing natural attraction, just north-east of Port de Soller. It is a pretty cove with restaurants and cafes and just a few hundred meters further up the coast you find the spectacular canyon Torrent de Pareis, with its stone beach which runs trough the mountains.
The north-east area of Mallorca
The Alcudia Area
The port and holiday resort of Alcudia is situated in the north east corner of Mallorca. Alcudia bay is magnificent and a white sandy beach is running from Port de Alcudia, through playa de Muro onto the resort of C´an Picafort. This area is bursting of life and tourism. During the high season it is popular both among families and couples.
The bay of Puerto Pollensa is beautiful and popular among tourists and for people who sail around Mallorca. Puerto Pollensa and the town of Puerto Pollensa which has parts of the town dating back to 14th century. Puerto Pollensa is also famous for its pine walk, beautiful bay and its location on the foot of the Tramuntana mountain.
Just north of Puerto Pollensa you find the Formentor beach. The sea is crystal blue and beaches are white and sandy. Be aware when you sail in this area of the depth, normally it is around 3 to 5 meters. Further out north east you find the Cap de Formentor. This is the northern stop and end of the Tramuntana mountain range and a truly breathtaking and beautiful part of the island with its rugged cliffs rising up from the sea.
The south east coast of Mallorca
This area is truly gorgeous and a perfect stop if you would like a break from the crazy tourist areas and enjoy some of the many fishing villages that is to be found here. Porto Cristo, which is good for anchoring thanks to the deep natural harbour. Also ideal for anchoring are Puerto Petro and Porto Colom or why not marina Cala d´or. In Porto Cristo you can take a guided tour to the famous Caves of Drach, which are the largest underground cave system with its natural lakes. The area does also have many other coves and caves and closer to Palma you will find the most famous beach in Mallorca, Es Trenc beach.