Gorgeous Mediterranean climate, clear turquoise waters and plenty to see and do, no wonder the Balearic Islands are so popular. Less than 100 miles from mainland Spain, these four islands offer plenty to explore for young and not so young.
The Balearics are made up of four large islands, which are:
There are also many smaller islands and outcrops, some which are completely deserted, but all have incredible natural beauty. Each of the islands offers something different, but it’s certainly worth visiting the four larger ones.
If you’d really like to experience the Balearic Islands, you can hire a boat in Ibiza to tour the coastlines. This will give you an opportunity to see as much as possible, while enjoying an elegant cruise.
Discover the magic of this Mediterranean archipelago, from the deserted white sand beaches to the underground caves.
SET SAIL FROM IBIZA
Ibiza is known the world over as a partying hotspot where huge DJs take over the summer. However, the island offers so much more and is ideally accessed by water.
You can visit hidden coves and find picturesque towns that enjoy less visitors. Be sure to reserve a berth in Ibiza town, as the summer can get very busy.
The easiest place to hire a boat on the island is Ibiza town. Grab a mooring in one of the town’s ports and mingle with the rich and famous who come to party.
Your choices are:
- Port Esportiu Marina d’Eivissa
- Marina Botafoch
There is so much to see in Ibiza town, with a number of areas steeped in local history. If you don’t just want to enjoy the beats from the beach, you can:
- Wander by the whitewashed houses of the old town
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila
- Shop the many luxury boutiques that line the marina.
- Grab a drink and see capoeira dancers in the Plaza del Parque area
One of the most fashionable beaches in the world, Cala Jondal is very close to Ibiza town. It can only be reached by car or private yacht, so you won’t find busloads of tourists here.
Cala Jondal offers some great perks:
- Many bars will deliver drinks to your yacht by dinghy.
- Swimming in crystal clear waters
- Blue Marlin Ibiza, one of the most famous VIP beach clubs
If you’ve spent a few days partying in Cala Jondal, why not head to the peaceful village of Es Cubells? This clifftop location offers stunning views and is mostly unspoilt by tourism.
While visiting the diminutive village, there’s the opportunity to:
- Visit the Mare de Déu del Carme, an old church dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers.
- Dine on the serene Ses Boques beach, absolute bliss at sunset.
Sail on to Cala Llentrisca to drop anchor, a rustic cove far from the jet set haunts on the island.
This towering rock stands 400 metres high off the southern coast of Ibiza. You gain a unique vantage point being on a yacht or sailboat, as you can get close to the mythical island.
The island does not have any human inhabitants, the only creatures that live there are:
- An endangered bird colony
Many myths surround the island. Some say it is where the sirens of the sea used to lure sailors to their death.
Whatever the stories are, it’s a wonderful place to spend some time just soaking up the view.
Travel southwards for less than an hour and you’ll reach Formentera. This pretty island is totally laid-back and there is amazing dining to enjoy.
Dock at La Savina, a historic port that has welcomed sailors through the centuries. One of the striking things about Formentera is the scent in the air from local vegetation, including:
You can find some amazing snorkelling spots on the island. Check out:
- Es Caló, where the rocks are just beneath the surface.
- Ses Platgetes, where the water is crystal clear.
CALA SALADA & CALA SALADETA
When you sail back towards Ibiza, approach the western side of the island to experience more remote nooks. Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta are twin beaches overlooked by hillsides profuse with nature.
This is the place to grab your Instagram shot, with a choice of:
- Private rocky outcrops
- Fisherman’s huts
- Teeming marine life
You can really live the Mediterranean dream here.
Just beyond San Antonia, you’ll find Cala Conta with its inviting waters and appealing views. There are two stretches of sand here, one in front of the sand dunes and the other near the rocks.
For the more adventurous, there is a nudist cove just around the corner. The spectacular views of nearby islands are a real draw here at sunset.
If you stop here, you must pop into Cala Escondida for a cava sangria and a tasty bite. This pop-up establishment only appears in summer and is totally eco-friendly and sustainable.
HIDDEN GEMS ON THE COASTLINE
If you have time to head further north, there are other attractive places to spend the day through a yacht charter from Mallorca. Check out:
- The hippy markets at San Carlos
- Cala d’en Serra – a quiet cove for swimming
- Cala Leña – a pretty beach for sunbathing
- Torre de Campanitx – an 18th century defence tower
There is so much to see and do on and around Ibiza, that it can be easy to forget the other large islands.
Once you’ve experienced a boat charter around these islands, you’ll realise there really is no better way to see them. It’s easy to understand why some people spend all summer sailing here.