Mallorca has evolved into Europe’s number one address for luxury yachts. Palma de Mallorca has established itself as one of the world’s top superyacht destinations. The traditional Palma Boat Show has been taking place here since 1983 and has been instrumental in ensuring the nautical industry is such a dominant force on the Balearic island. Arne Ploch, President of the “Balearic Yacht Brokers Association” (BYBA) has been observing this trend: “In Palma, superyachts in particular have a major role to play. There is no other show in Europe where so many sailing superyachts are exhibited as here.” Spain has set its sights on another booming aspect of the industry.
The Port of Palma has several different marinas offering superb berthing facilities. There is Club de Mar to the west which has an on-site bar, restaurant and shops, Marina Moll Vell, Marina Port de Mallorca, Pantalan de la Cuarentena (originally the quarantine dock), Pantalan del Mediterraneo, and the Real Club Nautico, the most central in the harbour, popular with visiting superyacht captains who enjoy the club’s services and activities. The largest shipyard in the port is the Servicios Tecnicos Portuarios (STP). This yard offers haul out facilities, hard standing and associated services. After a recent overhaul to raise the quality and quantity of the refit and repair infrastructure, this shipyard now has the largest travel lift in the Balearics and has become one of the most highly respected boatyards in the Mediterranean.
Just over 5 km to the west of Palma lies Puerto Portals, which is renowned around the world not only as a first-class full-service marina for superyachts but also for the trendsetting reputation, it has earned itself since opening in 1986. It has an abundance of designer shops, boutiques, bars and fine dining restaurants, all making it a very fashionable port.
The Mediterranean yachting season is generally thought to start in Palma in April and is active right through to the end of the season, which is typically marked by the close of the Monaco Yacht Show in late September/early October. In fact though, Mallorca’s mild and pleasant climate makes cruising possible all year round.
Portals Nous is one of the smaller and more quaint tourist destinations on Mallorca. At its centre there is a large marina with a total of 639 boat moorings for yachts between eight and 60 metres in length. The beach at Portals Nous, called the Platja de l’Oratori, is located within a rocky cove, enclosed at one side by the harbour wall and by a rocky outcrop at the other end. On the clifftop above this idyllic beach there is a viewing platform where the sensational outlook over the neighbouring bays can be enjoyed.
Set in idyllic surroundings high above the Mediterranean, Deià is surrounded by olive, citrus and almond trees. It is known perhaps more than anything as an artist’s colony, and the likes of Pablo Picasso, Robert Graves, Sir Peter Ustinov, Ava Gardner and many others all once resided here. The village is located in the northwest of Majorca and is enclosed by the wooded peaks of the Tramuntana Mountains – but it’s only around ten minutes to the sea from here.
The small bay known as Cala Blava is a particularly beloved place among native islanders. Between the cliffs dotted with pine trees and shrubs, stone steps lead down to the beach, the only sandy beach in the entire region. Boats lie at anchor close to the shoreline, where the sea bed is sandy and the water is three to four metres deep. Another splendid sight is the Hotel Cap Rocat, which is built on the site of a former military fortress: spectacular suites can now be found in the former casemates.
The town of Sóller is one of the most beautiful on the island, and a paradise for hikers, cyclists and connoisseurs alike. Since 2011 it has held the status of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, which can be attributed to the fact that Sóller has remained largely untouched by tourism on
The centre of the town is located three kilometres from the coast, although it does also boast direct access to the sea in the form of the Port de Sóller.
Here are the top suggestions of where to eat, what to visit and where to shop when you come ashore from your yacht charter to explore the lively culture and all that the island of Mallorca has to offer.
Our top Pick would have to be, Bahia Mediterraneo. Experience top level haute cuisine experiences on the island the Bahia Mediterraneo. Order delicious seafood / dry aged beef / healthy low carb dishes in a luxurious 1930’s environment, which has been carefully restored and combined with modern design elements prepared by the restaurants head chef, Klaus Brunmayr. Later the restaurant becomes a lively nightclub.
Another notable mention, try El Bungalow or El Nautico which both have stunning Sea views. If you are feeling like mixing things up, head to Duke for a blend of the very best of Asia, the Med & South America.
A must-see while you are in Mallorca is the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, a stunning piece of history that began its long constructive in 1229 and finishing in 1601.
We also recommend that you visit some of the local art galleries including, Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, for fans of Joan Miró and Gallery Red, where fasjion meets art. You can also find artworks, vintage furniture & accessories, and books.
Enjoy some light day shopping in the city starting with Rialto Living Lifestyle, a luxury boutique with a luxurious environment with a wide selection of interior design, fashion, art, gifts and a café.
You may also want to stop by the Zavella boutique and Cortana Design Clothes, a luxury clothing company of fashion designer Rosa Esteva.
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