Balearic Islands of Spain
Ibiza: La Isla Bonita
Balearic Islands trendiest spot is Ibiza, the glitzy party island, is also an island of tangible history and enchanting landscapes. Natural beauty, a legendary past, and a distinctive culture make for exciting exploration. The island has 125 miles of scenic coastline with over 50 excellent beaches. The location of many feature films, Ibiza is known for a plethora of wonderful villages and coves.
Situated on the south of the island, the main city of Ibiza is where most charters begin and end. A cruise around the island generally includes a stop in the two major towns, Santa Eularia des Riu on the east coast, and San Antonio on the west coast, with a tour of the rugged North Coast in between.
Santa Eulària des Riu offers beauty, serenity, and history. The main sights in the town include the Puid de Missa, a site of scenic beauty. The church here dates back to the 16th century as part of the island’s defenses, and became a centerpiece for the town. The town has many fine churches to visit such as Marede Deu de Jesus, Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, and Charles de Peralta. If you enjoy history you can see a 400 meter aqueduct built in the 1st century AD.
San Antonio is famous for its lively nightlife. The large port has many luxury yachts at anchor, populating the frame of a photographer’s paradise! Stroll down the main street, Carrer de Santa, with its many bars and small clubs. The promenade Passeig de ses Fonts is a wonderful place to walk and admire the tropical plants and impressive fountains, romantically illuminated at night. Across the square there are many restaurants and cafes offering views over the Bay.
Formentera: A Natural Wonder
Just three miles south of Ibiza, Formentera is pristine and unspoiled, in contrast to bustling Ibiza. The island is a popular escape to relax in the sun and lunch at one of the many beach restaurants. This is a magical land of contrasts: crystal clear waters gently lapping onto white sand beaches, awesome towering cliffs with impressive rock structures, hidden rocky coves sheltering pirate caves, delightfully quirky outlying islands, wonderful light and exquisite sunsets.
Espalmador: The Ultimate Escape
Espalmador has a tranquil, unspoiled, and unique character.This private island can only be reached by boat. The dazzling white beach has a pink hue at the waterline thanks to offshore coral reefs, and many fish inhabit the protected poseidonia (sea grass beds) in the bay. Inland the island has a natural therapeutic mud spring visited by, amongst others, Britain’s own Prince William in 2006.
Cala Sahona viewed from the sea, is a bit of paradise on earth. 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, swim and snorkel around the rocks, or lounge on deck with a Sangria admiring the breath-taking beauty.
Illetas & Trocodors is an impressive stretch of dazzling white sand interspersed with rocky outcrops reaching north from La Savina towards the island of Espalmador. Lapped on both sides by warm, unbelievably clear water, a sheltered place for sunbathing is easily found. 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.
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