The Balearic islands promise one sun-drenched, jaw-droppingly beautiful island after another. Hundreds of idyllic little coves and golden-sand bays. Thousands of charming tapas restaurants and lively bars, where locals party well into the early hours. And a million different ways to experience them. The best way to explore? By boat, allowing you to see each charming island at your leisure and away from the tourist crowds. Our Balearic island hopping itinerary will take you to some of Spain’s most exquisite spots aboard HEAVENLY DAZE, a classic yacht with all the mod-cons and home comforts you could wish for. So pack your suitcase, grab your sunglasses and get ready to see the Balaerics like never before.
A Balearic island hopping itinerary with no holds barred
Meet your yacht charter in Palma, where you will meet the six members of crew who will be looking after you for the week. Once you’re settled, it’s time to head to Dragonera; a stunning, uninhabited island based off of Mallorca’s western tip. In 1977, environmentalist campaigners intercepted plans to make it into a tourist attraction and instead it became a nature reserve. Today, it is home to a bounty of noteworthy nature, including the world’s only wall lizard population and the largest Eleonora’s falcon population in the archipelago.
Spend some time with these rare and endemic species before heading to Sant Elm, a charming coastal village looking out onto the beauty of Sa Dragonera, for some adrenaline-fuelled watersports. Let your crew guide you through wakeboarding, paddleboarding, sea kayaking and waterskiing before enjoying a refreshing cocktail and gourmet dinner on the sun deck.
The next day of Balearic island hopping brings a morning cruise to Forada bay, where a trip to the exquisite seafront restaurant Sa Forada is highly recommended. Traditional paellas cooked over a wood-fired grill, beautiful views, and a beachy ambience combine to create the perfect spot for lunch. Then, it’s on to Sóller to soak up the sun in this traditional Spanish town, the scent of oranges filling every corner thanks to the orange groves that grow in the surrounding valley. Take the vintage tram from the port to Plaça Constituciói in the centre and sit outside at one of the cafes with a carafe of sangria, drink in the bustling atmosphere. Dinner can either be enjoyed on the yacht or at C’an Limonata, a local eaterie where staff make handmade fresh pasta daily onsite.
The next stop on your Mediterranean yacht charter is Pollença, with a lunchtime picnic on Sa Colobra’s secluded Cala Sa Calobra beach en route. At Pollença you will realise just how much history there is to explore in this ancient town. There are still marks from the Talaiot community, who arrived in Pollença over 3,000 years ago, with Roman relics including the El Pont Romà drawing visitors in from all over Mallorca and a formative history that is eternally tied to the legendary order of the Knights Templar. Explore the Palace of the Templar and marvel at that what has passed; enjoy a café con leche in the artsy Plaça Mayor; and brave Monti-sion’s 365 steps leading up to El Calvari, a 14th-century statue of Christ. Afterwards, it’s time for dinner paired with a selection of local wines, taken on the yacht.
Cross over to Ciutadella, the former capital of Menorca and another historic hub to explore on your Balearic island hopping adventure. The old quarter of Es Born is particularly beautiful, surrounded by medieval streets filled with palaces, churches and fortresses. Amble through and end up at the Placa d’es Born, arguably the prettiest square in Ciutadella and the perfect place to stop for some light tapas. Visit a few of the bars here and drink with the locals before heading back to HEAVENLY DAZE for good night’s rest.
Cova d’en Xoroi
After a relaxed cruise along the southern coast, stopping for lunch and your choice of exhilarating watersports or a peaceful swim, you’ll come to Cova d’en Xoroi. What makes this little spot so special? Well, perched on the cliffside and overlooking the glittering Mediterranean sea, you’ll find it the perfect place to relax with a cold cerveza or cocktail by day. As dusk falls, enjoy live music – performed most evenings – before dancing until the early hours. From 11pm, Cova d’en Xoroi transforms into an exclusive nightclub playing the latest dance music and hosting both national and international DJ’s.
Say goodbye to Menorca, as the next stop on your Balearic island hopping tour is the rugged island of Cabrera. A natural reserve with over 200 species of fish and one of the best-conserved sea beds in the region, this is a prime spot for diving, meaning one thing: it’s time to put all of HEAVENLY DAZE’s dive equipment to good use. Spend your day in the water seeking out the colourful native sea life, with grouper, swordfish, moray eels and octopus all inhabiting these waters. On a good day you may even be treated the incredible sight of dolphins or loggerhead turtles swimming in the distance.
The following day, 2km of golden sands and turquoise waters await at Es Trenc, an untouched beach of extreme beauty. Spend the day relaxing with a good book, kayaking out to sea, or a combination of both, only interrupted by a gourmet lunch served on deck. After soaking up the atmosphere here it’s time for a sunset cruise to Portals Vells, where dinner can either be enjoyed at anchor, looking up at the stars, or at one of the charming beachfront restaurants.
Wake up to the stunning surroundings of Portals Vells cove in the morning sun and take one final dip in the Mediterranean sea before an indulgent breakfast served by your crew. Then it’s time to cruise back to Palma, signifying the end of your Ballaeric island hopping adventure… for now, at least.