Insider's guide to Mallorca
Situated in the western Mediterranean, Majorca is the largest of the lively Balearic Islands, and has been a smash hit with British sailors and holidaymakers for many years. Famous for its clear waters, beaches, nightlife, architecture and natural beauty, the island has so much to offer. Here are just some of the best things to do whilst you’re there.
What to do in Majorca
Visit Cabrera National Park
The perfect way to start or end your charter with a smooth passage followed by a night under the stars. An absolutely stunning national park, located just 28nm from Palma, the Cabrera archipelago is untouched beauty at its Balearic best. Nineteen rocky, limestone islands form the group, with all bar one completely unoccupied. As it is a UNESCO World heritage site and a protected area, yachts are only allowed to moor in one spot on Cabrera, a small natural harbour overlooked by the ruins of an impressive castle. Sail in from the west and pick up a mooring ball. Once there, simply kick back, dive in and enjoy a swim in absolute tranquility. You will need to obtain a permit before you go to Cabrera, but the abundant flora and fauna are well worth the extra admin.
Guided caving trips
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there’s a feast of natural beauty to enjoy around Majorca, too. One of the most breath-taking activities to try on your trip is to embark on a guided cave tour. There are over 200 cave systems around the island, and a handful of them can be explored under the supervision of a professional guide. The Cuevas del Drach, or ‘Dragon Caves’, is one of the most impressive of these systems. Descending 25 metres below the surface, the trip consists of a boat trip across Lake Martel - considered the largest underground lake in Europe - as well as a classical concert within the cave at the end.
Explore the Cathedral
Nothing defines the Palma waterfront quite like the dominant La Seu cathedral, its sharply defined Gothic architecture standing out above the city’s Paseo Maritimo promenade. Take a stroll along the waterfront from the marina towards the enormous sandstone basilica, first built on the ruins of an ancient mosque in 1229AD. Highlights inside the cathedral include the Gaudi-designed wrought iron canopy above the altar, and the gorgeous stained glass windows.
Enjoy the vibrant nightlife
Mallorca is one of the best locations across the entire Balearic archipelago for nightlife. Ibiza is an obvious choice, but the larger neighbour should certainly not be underestimated. The capital city Palma is renowned for its restaurants and bars, open for business all year round. There are a number of bars and clubs around the Old Town and Santa Catalina that stay open seven days a week, as well as a plethora of bars stretching across the marina.
Drive the Serra de Tramuntana
The Serra de Tramuntana is a mountain range running across the north-west of Mallorca and has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Spanning nearly 90 kilometres and with peaks over a kilometre high, the range offers stunning views, the beautiful village of Galilea, the ancient watchtower of La Torre de Verger and much, much more.
One of the best ways to enjoy this stunning part of the world is by driving across the serpentine mountain roads. Either hire a car to drive yourself or employ a driver so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the views with the wind in your hair.
Sail in style
Whatever you want to do during your trip to Mallorca, yachting should be your top priority. At Helm, we offer bareboat, skippered, or crewed yacht charters to provide the right charter to suit your group.
As Majorca consistently ranks as one of the very best snorkelling locations in the Mediterranean, being out in the open sea is the ultimate way to explore these wonderful islands.