The Balearic Islands have been made world famous by the “White Isle” of Ibiza’s hedonist summer of prestigious DJs at premium night clubs, attracting party lovers and celebrities galore. But there is much more to this archipelago than dance beats and cocktails. Of course Ibiza has the best gay beach of Europe: Platja de es Cavallet, and lots of gay bars in the old town and outside.
The Balearic Island chain of Majorca (Mallorca), Minorca (Menorca), Ibiza and Formentera sit in the western Mediterranean. They have a rich history stretching back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Phoenicia, with traces of human habitation going back nearly 8,000 years. If you want to get away from the main crowds, there are many smaller islets to hop between, with the stand-out national park on uninhabited Cabrera.
Watch the sunset over the bay from the high point at Es Verda near Cala d’Hort, Ibiza, enjoy old Spain in the historic Port d’Alcudia, Majorca, or relax on Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, in the spring and fall. If you love wine, you can tour the vineyards where grapes have been harvested since Roman times. Keep a look out for the native tipples of Manto Negro and Callet.
If you want to explore the landscape, there are over 300 beaches across the four islands. Head to Majorca, which has mysterious caves throughout the region, including the famous “Dragon Caves” with its underground lake. Cabrera’s Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park is home to many species of seabirds and you can spot dolphins and whales around the isle.
Day 1 -
Walk along the cobblestone streets of Palma and visit one of the most famous gothic cathedrals in Europe. The Palma Cathedral, also known as “La Seu,” or “the seat”, which refers to the bishop’s seat. Take in Palma’s historic atmosphere and charm.
Boarding starts at 5 pm. Time to unpack your stuff, welcome drink and first briefing. Afterwards dine at one of many great restaurants. Spend overnight aboard.
Day 2 -
After a leisurely breakfast, set sail for Andratx. Along the rocky coastline, you’ll pass Cala Portals Vells beach. It’s popular with sailors. Rounding the cape you can try the golden, sandy beach at El Toro, which offers calm waters protected by Port Adriano. Once you reach the harbor of Andratx, one of the prettiest in Majorca, you can anchor there for the night.
Day 3 -
A long sail today to Ibiza Island. Lunch on our way. Overnight in one of Ibiza’s natural bays.
Day 4 -
Today we set sail to Sant Antoni de Portmany. The second largest town of Ibiza. Home of the famous Café del Mar, where we will the famous sunset cocktail. Dinner in town.
Days 5 & 6 -
Sailing around Ibiza, overnight in one of many stunning beautiful bays.
Day 7 -
Our last sailing day of the first week will bring us to Eivissa, the capital of Ibiza. Dinner in the old citadel and after that party time in all the gay bars in town and dance until dawn!
Day 8 -
Time to say goodbye to your new friends for the guests who stay one week and disembark after breakfast.
For the guests who booked two weeks: Day off in Ibiza. Explore the old town with its historic cathedral and 16th century citadel walls. Go shopping in the maze of stone alleyways or hit the gay beach for sunbathing or watersports
This itinerary is subject to change. Local circumstances such as weather may influence the itinerary.