Mallorca and Menorca: Universally Adored Islands in the Sun
“Everything that the poet and the painter can dream of has been created by nature in this place.” –George Sand
Mallorca and Menorca, Majorca and Minorca – no matter the spelling, these islands are the stuff of dreams. It’s as if everything desirable has converged at these coordinates. Sandy beaches lapped by a crystal clear sea. A sun that shines almost every day. Fertile soil and award-winning wine. Maybe it’s environmental perfection that inspires universal friendliness in the residents. Forever blue skies and peaceful, easy living.
Take your camera on a shore excursion through the countryside. Let the picturesque scenery be your muse. Join composer Frédéric Chopin, writer George Sand, painter Joan Miró and others who have been inspired here.
Ancient river flood waters reduced cliff walls to deeply indented, crystal clear anchorages. Dive and snorkel coral walls with exotic fish, octopi, and schools of barracuda. Mountainous terrain surrenders at the remarkable port and town that share the name Sóller.
Palma is a mecca for superyachts. It is one of Europe’s most beguiling and trendiest small cities. Explore the maze of streets behind the cathedral. You’ll find trinkets, treasures and tiny bars serving heady wines and delicious tapas. Sample locally cured meats, rich cheeses, pungent anchovies and sweet olives.
Deia is the most exclusive town in Mallorca. The King and Queen of Spain, Harrison Ford, Michael Palin, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Fry, Kate Moss, Sting, The Corrs, Jamie Oliver, Gwynneth Paltrow, and Heston Blumenthal are a few familiar faces out on the quaint streets and pretty pebbled beach. Indulge at Belmond La Residencia Resort & Spa on the edge of the artists’ village of Deià.
Quietly sophisticated and serene, Menorca’s population includes celebrities. Expat writers, painters, poets and politicians are lured by an exquisite landscape and discreet lifestyle.
In the capital, Maó-Mahón, stately neo-classical architecture surrounds a labyrinth of medieval passageways at the historic core. The many deep calas (coves) around the island conceal luxury yachts seeking privacy and peace.
Menorca is a family-friendly island with safe, sandy beaches. The entire south coast is carved by narrow inlets with tiny beaches. Development is sparse. Drop anchor, sun and splash about on the yacht toys. Refresh with cloudy lemon and Mahón Gin cocktails (a legacy of British rule). Snack on Sobrasada sausage and fresh Queso de Mahón-Menorca.
There are lots of beginner dive sites that are amazing. Swiss Cheese, Cathedral Cavern, the Spike, Tom’s Belfry, Moon Pool, Pont D’en Gil, and S’Algar Reef have swim-throughs, overhangs, caverns, caves, vertical drop offs and coral encrusted reefs with 100-foot visibility.
Cabrera Archipelago & Dragonera Natural Park
The Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park and the Sa Dragonera Natural Park are a short cruise from Mallorca. Each is an intriguing yacht destination, especially for wildlife enthusiasts, history buffs and divers. Both islands protect abundant species of plants, birds and marine life, especially dolphins and sea snails.
The remote, isolated island of Cabrera has always been considered strategic. Thus evolved a dramatic history of prisoners and executions, sunken submarines and seaplanes. On Cabrera diving is allowed by permit and only in the bays Cala Galiota and Es Dimoni. However, these sites are true paradises for scuba divers. Throughout the natural preserve diving is forbidden. Hiking trails on Cabrera lead to the lighthouse, the medieval castle and other historic ruins.
Dragonera is an island covered in lizards. From a certain perspective it is shaped like a dragon. It is a place steeped in fantasy. There are the ancient ruins of a Roman necropolis. It was a notorious hideout for 18th century pirates and 20th century smugglers. The lower part of the island is often enshrouded in mist. Part of the 1982 film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery Evil Under the Sun was shot in Sa Dragonera. Spend the evening on deck anchored off the island. As the sun sets, colonies of seabirds return to roost. At night, be amazed by the thickness of stars.
Some Favorite Places:
- Can Prunera Museum of Modernism, Sóller. Beautifully restored home with masterpieces by important 19th and 20th century artists. Joan Miró, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger and Maurice Vlaminck; painters who were either born in Mallorca or have some link to the island.
- Joan Miró Studio, Palma. This studio of this Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist is as Miró left it. Paint, brushes and unfinished canvasses strewn about. Enjoy a coffee in the garden cafe.
- Cuevas del Drach Guided cave tour of a stalactite and stalagmite wonderland. The attraction includes a classical music concert and a boat ride on Lake Martel, one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world.
- Simply Fosh Restaurant (reservation required), Palma. Housed in the stylish 17th century Hotel Convent de la Missió, Marc Fosh restaurant offers Michelin Starred cooking in a modern, relaxed space in the old town of Palma.
- Pan Y Vino Restaurant. Contemporary French/ Mediterranean fusion cuisine with an emphasis on perfect wine pairings that includes local producers.
- Cova d’en Xoroi, Cavern Restaurant & Nightclub. A visually spectacular space on a beautiful cliff on the south coast of the island of Minorca. Children are welcome during the day. Open from June-October.
Some Favorite Charter Yachts:
NIRVANA, Fairline Squadron 74
Based in Palma, NIRVANA is an elegant yacht with a wonderful crew. She always gets excellent reviews from charter guests. Her awesome toy chest includes a Jetski Seadoo, wakeboard, waterskis, paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling and fishing gear. Charter NIRVANA for the perfect combination of luxury, service and fun. Accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins.
LH2, CNB Bordeaux 69′
This is the perfect family yacht for charter in the Balearic Islands! She is based in the wonderful island of Menorca. Pick up in Mallorca as well, without any extra costs. LH2 has a bright salon and wonderful outdoor dining. Relax on the sunbed or ride the bow. Accommodates 6 guests in 3 cabins each with ensuite bathroom.
MAVI MAR, Prestige Yachts 62′
Zip around the Balearics on this brand new power yacht. MAVI MAR is equipped with all the latest technology. Satellite and streaming Internet TV in all cabins, a Williams 385 Jet Tender and great water toys. Accommodates 6 guests in 3 cabins. Moored in Palma.
KHIVA, Cutter 56
This luxury sailing yacht by Starkel Design was crafted in Italy. She’s a rugged but light weight mix of Mahogany and Carbon fiber. The result is a solid hull offering superior sailing capabilities and excellent comfort. Accommodates 6 guests in 3 cabins. Pick-up in Minorca.
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