2019 is passing by at breakneck speed, and the savvy traveller will already be considering their yachting holidays for 2020. The best holiday destinations in Europe are always booked up far in advance, and the merits of advance booking are particularly salient in the luxury yachting sector, where you generally get better deals, better yachts, and better availability when you secure your holiday well ahead of time. Not to mention having something to look forward to during the long winter months!
The Spanish Balearic Islands are one of the best holiday destinations in Europe and make for the perfect yachting holi3day, with turquoise seas of astonishing clarity lapping against rocky cliffs, soaring mountains, and white-sand beaches backed by bohemian cocktail bars and luxury resorts. Whether you’re cruising Mallorca, Ibiza, or both, there’s endless fun and natural beauty to discover, from super-clubs and Michelin star restaurants to quiet olive groves and seagrass meadows.
Because Mallorca is one of the luxury yachting capitals of the world, competition for the best yachts in the Balearics is considerable, particularly during the peak months of July and August. Whether you’re planning a day trip on Mallorca or a longer charter in Ibiza, it’s always better to book in advance, as some companies will offer significantly better deals when booking out of season. Additionally, some yachts and their crews have established superb charter reputations over past seasons, and these vessels get snapped up quickly, particularly by return charterers who know the difference a really great yacht and crew can make to a day (or week) on the water. If you’re not flexible with dates or have a special event or party you want to charter a yacht for, it is even more advisable to book ahead of time. The more time in advance, the more choice you’ll have.
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In Palma de Mallorca, the date palms wave along the Paseo Maritimo, where yachts dock under the shadow of the fairy-tale cathedral and cobbled laneways wind through the medieval quarter, lined by cosy tapas bars and funky boutiques. Palma is the ideal place to organise your boat rental in Mallorca: from Palma you can set off to discover the island’s treasures, cruising along the west coast past pretty fishing villages and blue-green coves, all against the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.
Across in Cala d’Or on the east coast, the water glimmers iridescent blue, and yachts drop anchor in tranquil bays edged by sun-bleached rocks and shady trees. Mallorca has so much to offer off the yacht too, whether you’re playing golf, eating a waterfront lunch in the ritzy marina of Puerto Portals, or exploring the arty hill village of Deia. Little wonder Palma is said to be one of the best holiday destinations in Europe.
Ibiza has legendary status as a party destination, but an upscale shift in recent years has now attracted the superyacht set in large numbers. The party scene on the White Isle is still epic but is now accompanied by glamorous day spas, boutiques, and beach clubs, as well as some seriously impressive restaurants.
There’s also a dreamy, quiet side to Ibiza that is best seen from a yacht, with rocky cliffs dropping away into gin-clear seas, and whitewashed villages wrapped in bougainvillaea on the volcanic landscape. Inland, olive groves stand among junipers and oak forest, and wild rosemary and sage grow in quiet hills. Whether you’re seeking dance-til-dawn nightlife, the high life, or rest and relaxation, Ibiza has it all. And just across the water lies the stunning island of Formentera, where your yacht will drop anchor off blinding white sands and a strip of hippie beach bars. A yacht charter in Ibiza is a hedonist’s dream.
The Balearics have long been considered one of the best holiday destinations in Europe, and there is no better way to explore this stunning archipelago than on a luxury yacht.