Bluewater Charter Department can help your planning and suggest the appropriate motor or sailing yacht for you. Their brokers can help with any language problems and ensure you have a relaxing holiday. If arriving by air, Majorca can be seen to lie in the Mediterranean Sea south of mainland Spain and nestling amongst the smaller Balearic Islands of Menorca
, Ibiza and Formentara. On arrival at Palma
’s airport or by yacht remember that local time is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
If visiting the island for the first time, it is worth noting that in April and late Autumn the weather can be somewhat unpredictable though still suitable for walking or cycling. In summer it is ideal beach and swimming weather, but September to April the nights are much colder and packing extra clothing is sensible. Majorca weather updates can be checked in the Majorca daily bulletins on the internet.
Sailing into the Bay of Palma the first thing that surprises one is how close to the sea the Gothic cathedral of “La Seo” has been built. Also how close the high-rise hotels are to the tourist beaches of Magaluf and Palma Nova. The whole are was developed in the 60’s and 70’s and now have a preponderance of English-style restaurants. On the East side of the bay there are as many beaches with their colourful beach huts lining the front at “Playa de Palma “ and “El Arenal.” Sailing past El Arenal reveals a waterfront with a recently developed “Aquabeach” towering above the promenade’s palm trees. This is the town’s tourist attraction for the family holidaymaker and for budding “surfers” to practice aquaplaning for 25 kilometres on a plastic dinghy or tackling the 1 metre wave machine at the so-called “Surf Beach”.
Exploring the city of Palma by mooring and coming ashore if arriving by boat, must start with the Cathedral. Guides will provide the history of this imposing building built from limestone excavated at Santanyi on the east coast. Originally built on the site of an Arab Mosque, the foundations were laid in 1229 and were still being renovated until as late as 1914. To shop in Palma certainly requires a street map although you can orientate yourself and the quayside by the dominant Cathedral. Art galleries and Museums are a cheaper option than shopping and are easily located by map. Climbing to get views over the Bay of Palma by visiting Bellver Castle is best visited by taxi.
Nightclubs on Majorca are the reason that Palma is first choice for many tourists. The best known are Pacha, built into the side of a cliff overlooking Paseo Mantimo, Tito overlooking the port and city centre, the Black Cat (a gay bar with a live show at 3.30 am) and also amongst others, the Garito Club on Darsena de Can Barbera where you can get live jazz, rock and disco.
If exploring the other marinas on the island then it is worth sailing out along the east coast, passing the port of Santanyi via the town of Artà, noted for its splendid golf course, until arriving at the town of Alcudia. The port for mooring has been enormously enlarged in the last 40 years and there are plenty of 4- and 5-star hotels if staying overnight is planned. The original town of Alcudia is 2 miles inland and has buildings dating back to the 14th Century. This inland town was once the capital city for the island. In the Bay of Alcudia swimming off the yachts
is safe and the warm shallow waters of this bay make for a popular family holiday venue.
Exploring the northern coast of Majorca and skirting round the Formentor peninsula leads to the port of Pollença (Puerto Pollensa). This is probably the most photographed coastline in the island. Going ashore will be time well spent but it is a complete contrast to the major port on the West coast, namely Valldemossa. If this is your final port to explore obtain a good guidebook on the love life of George Sand and Chopin and how the piano did not arrive for their holiday at the port. This explains the Chopin Musical Festival held annually.
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