You don’t need to be a professional sailor to rent a boat and enjoy the 550km of coastline around Mallorca! In fact, anyone can rent a catamaran in Mallorca and see the island in a completely different and beautiful way.
Mallorca sits in the Mediterranean and enjoys a warm climate throughout the year. However, it should be noted that the winds do get stronger in the off-season. It’s best to visit between April and September, you’ll find warm weather, clear skies, and light breezes.
You can fly directly into Palma and will be just 15-20 minutes from the marina. But, spare a little time to enjoy what this vibrant city has to offer before you jump on your catamaran and sail into the sunset.
It’s worth noting that a catamaran is a great compromise vessel. Sailboats are generally limited on room but a catamaran, thanks to its dual hulls, has a lot more space, allowing you to have the luxury of a motorboat while enjoying the power of the sail. You should be aware that a catamaran is generally faster than a monohull, especially when you’re sailing downwind.
Sailogy can also help you to rent a catamaran in Mallorca with a motor if that’s your preference. It's smoother than a traditional motorboat.
There are 46 harbors on Mallorca and an abundance of small coves. If you have the time it’s worth traveling the 11 miles off the south coast to see the Cabrera archipelago, this area is designated as a Natural Park and remains unspoiled by human hand.
You can also motor away from the northeastern coast and take a look at Menorca, the smaller, more laid back version of Mallorca. Menorca is actually home to some of the best beaches in the Med.
The beauty of renting a catamaran is that you’re free to explore any cove or small town you find. But, it’s a good idea to take the time to see some, or all, of the following places.
Cala D’Or sits on the east coast and is a delightful and original town where the focus continues to be on manufacturing pearls. As you sail along the eastern coast it’s worth looking up, the cliffs go as high as 500m with the mountains sat behind them.
Bahia de Palma is, unsurprisingly, in Palma. It’s the biggest harbor on the island and it can be difficult to get a berth. But, the water is stunning and the atmosphere is electric, especially if you visit during the height of summer.
The southwestern side of the island offers you Port d’Andratx. As well as being a beautiful port you can take some time off the boat to hike the Sierra de Tramuntana. The west coast itself has very few harbors, this is the rocky side of the island but you’ll find plenty of mysterious caves and coves to entice you. The cliffs raise up out of the sea and the mountains seem to start from the shoreline. It’s another place worth disembarking to try a spot of hiking.
On the northern coast, you’ll find great conditions for any type of boat. Simply check out the Port de Pollensa and Cala Ratjada, an important fishing harbor with langouste houses that are actually protected.
You’ll also see plenty of watchtowers and lighthouses but you will need to be careful where you drop anchor, the winds can be stronger on the northern side of the island.