A perfect activity during the whole year is sailing in Majorca. Seeing the island from the seaside, feeling the gentle breeze and jumping into the turquoise-blue water of a bay for a refreshing swim is one of the most amazing things to do here. Choose a romantic sailing trip or go sailing for a few hours, half a day or a full day in Majorca. Sailing is a fun experience for all age groups.
It’s only once you’ve commandeered a yacht, that Majorca truly becomes your oyster. You can navigate the North West coast, backed by the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and home of the high altitude artistic holiday retreat of Deia where the English poet Robert Graves once resided and the pleasant town of Soller where you can ride trams from San Francisco and eat tapas on the plazas. Or you can head anticlockwise from Palma and sail out to Porto Cristo where the Dragon Caves (Coves del Drac) await. Here you can disembark and hire a smaller boat to take you into the caverns and experience the subterranean lakes, stalactites and a kitsch but surprisingly entertaining light and music show.
On the South East coast you’ll find arguably Mallorca’s best beaches (although as there are 120 on the island in total it’s very much a matter of debate!) secluded in precious coves. Bring your snorkelling gear and a bottle of Cava and you’ve got a perfect afternoon in the making.
Other potential highlights of a sailing holiday in Majorca include the Castell d’Alaró overlooking the inland plains, the Parc Natural de s’Albufera where you can put your binoculars to good use for birdwatching on the wetlands, and Capocorb Vell where you can explore Mallorca’s talayotic ruins. As well as that sports fishing, dolphin watching and diving are all possible, and of course fellow Balearic islands, Menorca,Ibiza and Formentera can be reached under sail, whilst a trip to or from Barcelona is possible for longer yacht charters.
Sailing in Majorca, and the Mediterranean in general, is a relatively tranquil affair versus sailing in the UK for example, as there are limited tides to consider, plenty of sheltered harbours and the weather is as reliable as anywhere in the world for most of the year. Experienced sailors should have no problem opting for a bareboat charter, just be sure to be informed about the local rock hazards.
KING’S CUP REGATTA
The King’s Cup sailing competition is held in the waters of the bay of Palma de Mallorca. It is one of the major cruiser class regattas in the Mediterranean, and has become a top-level fixture on the international calendar.
The first edition was held in 1982, with some 50 boats taking part, of which 35 were Spanish and the rest from overseas. In 1990, this competition was the first regatta on the international circuit to adopt the new IMS boat classification system. In the 2004 edition, a new category (IMS 670) was established and added to those already in existence: IMS 500 and IMS 600.
There are several companies offering sailing excursions in Majorca. We leave here an external link to the most popular one: Cruceros Brisa – Transportes Marítimos