Mallorca lies just 100 miles or so off the Spanish mainland coast and with so many different airlines serving the island’s international airport now, it has never been easier to get to Palma. Balmy weather, turquoise waters, excellent facilities and cosmopolitan ports make the Balearics one of the largest and most popular yacht cruising grounds in the world. Indeed, South Mallorca is home to some of the most sought-after and well-appointed marinas in the Mediterranean.
Thousands of boat owners from all over Europe keep their boats in the Balearics, drawn by the excellent facilities, congenial climate, easygoing life, and warm, clear waters. Even on a cold and dreary February day in the rest of Europe, the sun is more than likely to be shining in the Balearics. The islands have managed to retain an amazing proportion of unspoilt coastline although all of the modern conveniences that you would expect from a developed tourist destination are available. It is still possible to find many miles of charming cruising grounds and some spectacular anchorages that feel surprisingly uncrowded.
Mallorca is the largest and highest of the Balearic Islands, and along with its sister islands of Menorca, Formentera and Ibiza, lies in the Mediterranean Sea off the south-east coast of mainland Spain. Only 45 miles north-east of Ibiza, and just 20 miles from Menorca at the shortest point, Mallorca is the perfect base for a summer Med season. Mallorca has a mountainous stretch right down to parts of the coast so that there are few shelters on the north-west coast. In fact, most of the marinas are concentrated in the south west of the island. Flying time from most UK airports is around two to three hours and on arrival, local time is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.