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Eleventh Heaven

by Lori Eastes
Balearic Islands
Photo Courtesy of Worth Avenue Yachts

Yachting in Spain and the Balearic Islands offers an unparalleled experience for enthusiasts seeking both adventure and relaxation. With its stunning Mediterranean coastline, Spain provides an ideal backdrop for yachting, boasting pristine waters, picturesque coves, and vibrant port cities. The Balearic Islands archipelago—which includes Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca—is a renowned hotspot for yachting, offering a blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and vibrant nightlife. From leisurely sails along the coast to exhilarating water sports, there’s something for every sailor in this idyllic region: explore secluded beaches, indulge in delectable Mediterranean cuisine, or immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture. It all promises an unforgettable journey—and this itinerary offers a perfect showcase of the best of Spain and the Balearic Islands has to offer, all from the luxury of your own yacht.

Day 1: Barcelona
Find your yacht in Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia. Explore the city’s famous landmarks, such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and the Gothic Quarter and indulge in a delicious dinner at a local tapas restaurant before you embark on your cruise.

Day 2: Costa Brava
Sail along the stunning Costa Brava coastline, known for its rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and crystal-clear waters. Stop at picturesque towns like Tossa de Mar or Cadaques, where you can relax on the beach or visit the Salvador Dali Museum.

Day 3-4: Palma de Mallorca
Cruise to the largest of the Balearic Islands—Mallorca. Stroll through the charming old town of Palma de Mallorca, visit the iconic Palma Cathedral, and explore the narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife and world-class dining options.

Day 5: Cabrera Archipelago
Sail southeast to the Cabrera Archipelago National Park, a protected marine reserve. Drop anchor in one of the secluded bays and spend the day snorkeling, swimming, or hiking around the virtually untouched island of Cabrera.

Day 6-7: Ibiza
Head to the renowned party island of Ibiza. Explore the stunning beaches, such as Playa d’en Bossa or Cala Comte, known for their turquoise waters. Visit the historic Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and experience the vibrant nightlife in Ibiza Town.

Day 8-9: Formentera
Sail to the neighboring island of Formentera, famous for its pristine beaches. Anchor at Ses Illetes or Playa de Migjorn and enjoy a day of sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Explore the picturesque village of Sant Francesc Xavier and indulge in fresh seafood at a beachside restaurant.

Day 10: Menorca
Cruise to the tranquil island of Menorca, known for its unspoiled beauty and idyllic beaches. Visit the charming town of Ciutadella or the ancient archaeological site of Talaiot de Trepuco. Take in the stunning sunset from the cliffs of Cala en Porter.

Day 11: Barcelona

Sail back to Barcelona, taking in the scenic coastal views one last time. Disembark from your yacht and spend the day exploring more of Barcelona’s cultural attractions or shopping in the trendy boutiques.

Photo Courtesy of IGY Marinas
Photo Courtesy of IGY Marinas

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