One week from Palma
Palma de Mallorca
The capital city of the Balearics - is one of the most beautiful, cosmopolitan and interesting cities in the world -day and night. It is a very good place to start a short sailing holiday, which can be combined with sightseeing, good restaurants, shopping etc. There are lots of small bays, coves and marinas dotted all around Mallorca, which makes the island a yachties paradise.
Andratx and Dragonera
Andratx is a large village, full of charm and holds a colourful market each Wednesday. Puerto de Andratx is an inviting little fishing port lodged in a small and narrow bay from which you can reach the Cabo de Sa Mola and see the cliffs sharply falling into the sea.
Dragonera, the island is 4km long and covers an area of 300 hectares. It is 700 metres from the mainland and is separated from this by a channel 'Es Freu'. Owing to its strategic situation, Dragonera has been used throughout its history by pirates and smugglers, generating many legends.
Sóller shares its valley with the village of Fornalutx and the hamlet of Biniaraix. The valley is famous for its orange groves and terraces of ancient olive trees. The village of Deia is just down the coast.
The valley and its surrounding mountain range, the 'Serra de Tramuntana', is a favourite destination for people from all over the world, especially those who enjoy walking, nature, ecotourism, swimming or simply a peaceful rest away from the hustle and bustle of the better-known tourist traps.
Created by the population of Alcudia in the 13th century to escape pirate raids, Pollenca is today a place for artists and presents every year an international music festival of high quality. Puerto Pollenca is an old fishing port which nowadays is dedicated to tourism. It is well known for it's long and narrow bay which is simply superb.
At the tip of the peninsula is the Cap Formentor, from which you'll experience the most breathtaking views. On the other side of the bay is the oldest city of the island, Alcudia, founded by the Phoenicians and once the capital of Majorca.
White sand beaches, caves and countryside roads bordered by small stone walls, caracterizes this area as one of the most diversified on the island. Next to the National Parc of S'Albufera, Ca'n Picafort, created in the 1960's as a tourist resort offers all the pleasures of the beach. Arta, on the other hand, is a much more quiet town dating back to the Middle Ages with many old and beautiful buildings. Cala Ratjada and its surrounding area has many charming beaches in a very jagged coastline, some of which are the most well preserved of the island.
The Eastern coast of Majorca has a series of small coves of fine white sand, the "Calas". This area is also a series of small and peaceful fishing villages: Cala Figuera, Porto Colom and Porto Cristo which is one of the oldest ports, already active during Roman time. Its nearby cave Cuevas del Drach, with its underground lake, one of the largest in the world, is a site not to be missed.
Colonia Sant Jordi
The south east coast of Majorca has the least touristic beaches of the island and its salt marshes are a bird's heaven.
The long stretch of Es Trenc is one of the nicest and best preserved beaches. Colonia Sant Jordi is where you can take the boat to go to the island of Sa Cabrera, and also get to the beautiful little beaches nearby which can only be accessed by sea.