- 294 -

Cruising around the Balearic Islands by boat

When we hear' Balearic' we instantly believe of that typical environment where we would all like to be: coves lapped by the turquoise Mediterranean waters surrounded by trees where you just want time to stand still. To tell the truth, Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera (the archipelago's largest islands) are tailor-made to enjoy the weather, ocean and sailing. The islands are not just beaches. In reality, UNESCO has included the island of Ibiza and its culture and the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (situated in Mallorca and home to intriguing landmarks and cities such as Sóller, Valldemossa and Pollença) on its list of World Heritage Sites.

Choose the suitable boat for your trip

If you dream of finding the islands by sailing ship, you can hire one with or without a skipper and crew or, if you prefer, book a location or cabin on one (always look at the choices available at all marinas as there tends to be a broad range of regatta, classic, schooner ships, etc.). Bear in mind also the characteristics of the ship before you go for a boat rental ibiza (length, draught, number of beds, cabins and toilets...), the equipment (GPS, VHF radio, guide and charts, etc.) and the extras available (provisions, final cleaning, bed linen...). In wide strokes, sailboats traveling along the shoreline tend to have 3 to 5 cabins, a couple of toilets, a kitchen and, of course, a sunbathing deck. In terms of prices, because of the reduced fuel expenses, they tend to be smaller than ships with an engine.

Enjoy your time and enjoy yourself well

In order to correctly explore the Balearic Islands by ship, it is a good idea to spend at least one week around each of the two biggest islands (Majorca and Menorca) and another week in Ibiza and Formentera, although there are shorter journeys that connect several islands. You'll love the feeling of anchoring in coves where people can't get to by vehicle, the experience of catching dolphins, night swimming when it's warm, seeing the fluorescent plankton phenomenon or star gazing from the deck.