Balearic Islands of Spain
Ibiza: La Isla Bonita
Balearic Islands bask resplendent in 300 days of sunshine per year. Maybe that’s why the locals have such a sunny disposition. The islands have long been a favorite Jetsetter getaway. There are superb beaches, restaurants and shops. Combine these upscale offerings with natural beauty, a legendary past and distinctive customs and traditions. It equals an unforgettable experience.
The hedonistic and trendy Ibiza tops the globetrotter list. But Ibiza is more than a glam party island. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It has fascinating historical elements and picture-postcard landscapes. Circumnavigate 125 miles of scenic coastline with over 50 excellent beaches. Drop anchor and tender in to wonderful villages and coves. It’s no wonder the island inspired Madonna to song.
The main city of Ibiza is situated on the south of the island. Here is where most charters begin and end. Cruise around the island with stops in the two major towns. Santa Eularia des Riu on the east coast. San Antonio is on the west coast. A tour of the rugged North Coast lies in between.
It is a place of beauty, serenity, and history. Rising up from town is the Puig de Missa, crowned with an impressive church. Built in the 16th century, it was part of the island’s defense system and the town centerpiece. If you are an admirer of churches, the town has many worth a visit. Marede Deu de Jesus, Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, and Charles de Peralta are some of the most interesting. History buffs can view a 400-meter aqueduct built in the 1st century AD.
San Antonio is famous for its lively nightlife.
This is one of the larger ports in the Balearic Islands. Luxury yachts at anchor crowd the bay, populating the frame of a photographer’s paradise. Stroll down the main street, Carrer de Santa, with its many bars and small clubs. Walk along the promenade Passeig de ses Fonts. Across the square there are many restaurants and cafes offering views over the Bay. At night, tropical foliage and ornately designed fountains are romantically illuminated.
Formentera: Naturally Wonderful
Balearic Islands are within a short sail of each other. Just three miles south of Ibiza are the shores of Formentera. In contrast to bustling Ibiza, the island is pristine and unspoiled. It has traditionally been a popular island with hippies, naturalists, cyclists and budget travelers.
Crystal clear waters gently lap the white sand beaches. Towering cliffs with impressive rock structures overlook the sea. Hidden rocky coves shelter pirate caves. Cruise around delightfully quirky outlying islands. The light is especially unique and sunsets are exquisite.
From Illetas around the northern tip of Formentera to Es Trucodors is an impressive stretch of dazzling white sand. Warm, clear water laps both sides. Find a sheltered place for sunbathing among the rocky outcrops and relax.
Do you have a multi-generational charter group? If so, we recommend Playa de Migjorn, where there’s something for everyone. This organized, lengthy strip of sandy beach offers an assortment of activities. Rent a beach chair and umbrella for the afternoon. Order some refreshments and relax. Enjoy the view on a long walk. Join a game of beach volleyball. If romance and privacy are key, the beach goes on for miles. You won’t have to wander too far to find a secluded spot.
Espalmador: Getting Dirty
Espalmador is a private island across the strait from Formentera. It has a tranquil, unspoiled, and unique charm. The island can only be reached by boat. Coral reefs give the white sand beach an exotic pink hue. Snorkelers can see many species of fish that inhabit the protected sea grass beds in the bay.
The island is popular for mud bathing au naturel, although this is actually illegal. Follow in the footsteps of Paris Hilton and Prince William to reach the central salt plain. (This is also a delight for birders in winter months.) Here you can wallow in mud pools. Walk back as the mud dries and then wash it off in the sea. While written up in guides as a great attraction, there are actually no known health benefits of the mud. Read: European Natural Soaking Society Esplalmador Blog
The turquoise waters are transparent. In late afternoon, the sun emboldens the rich red colors and textures of the surrounding cliffs and caves. Exchange stories with other superyacht guests anchored in the bay. Take a refreshing swim. Snorkel around the rocks. Lounge on your yacht deck with a Sangria and admire the breathtaking beauty.
This area is renowned for its many fine restaurants and beach bars, and is frequently visited by the superyacht crowd. An afternoon sail brings you to the Pirate Caves to look for booty, hopefully overlooked by the Barbary pirates, followed by a swim in the gin-clear water off Cala Sahona Beach.
Amazing Places in the Balearic Islands
The world’s best shipwreck dive is off Ibiza.
The Don Pedro is a wreck dive of epic proportions. The 142-meter ferry is the Mediterranean’s largest shipwreck accessible to recreational divers. She sank on July 11, 2007, after running aground on the islet. The ship has been covering life in a gradual colonization which increases every year.Requires some experience as a diver.
Playa de Ses Illetes is always on one of the world’s best beaches lists. It is spectacularly beautiful Caribbean-style. However, it is very crowded during the summer season.
The world’s largest nightclub rocks Ibiza.
Privilege Ibiza, originally known as Ku Club, is the “world’s largest nightclub” according to the Guinness Book of Records. It has giant dance floor, a swimming pool, and more than a dozen bars.
The world’s most expensive restaurant is in Ibiza.
Sublimotion, with an average price of slightly over USD$2,000 per person, excluding alcohol. Chef Paco Roncero holds two Michelin stars (as do two guest chefs), utilizes molecular gastronomy in cooking. Twelve diners savor a fully interactive, techno-dining experience. Foodies with deep pockets will not be disappointed.
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