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.