"Mallorca has it all" say the locals. Indeed, on the largest island of the Balearic Islands, its spectacular mountains join a crystalline sea to offer us fabulous natural landscapes and paradisiacal corners. We are going to discover the closest area to the Peninsula: the Serra de Tramuntana and the North Coast of the island.
We set sail from CN Garraf bound for Sóller. Sóller is the closest point in Mallorca to our peninsula coast; It is also a beautiful natural harbor on the west coast of Mallorca, the only one available along this steep wall of the island. Surely we will be interested in disembarking to walk and enjoy this magnificent enclave at the foot of the highest mountains in Mallorca, in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana.
We set sail for Sa Calobra. We will enjoy the journey, admiring the impressive cliffs of the mountains and discover a good number of caves at water level. We will be able to stop for a while at the cove of Sa Costera or at Cala Tuent, one of the few coves that this coast of the island offers us. We continue our journey to find a good place in Sa Calobra. The perspective from the sea of this torrent closed by rocky walls of up to 200 m is overwhelming. Depending on the weather and the time we will anchor here for the night.
After a morning bath and a rich breakfast, we set sail towards the NE end of Mallorca, Cabo Formentor, with its imposing lighthouse more than 200 m above sea level. Around Formentor, we have several coves to anchor and enjoy clean waters, both before (Castell, Estremé, San Vicente, Figuera) and afterwards (Engossauba, Murta, Formentor); we stop at some of them to eat, rest and continue enjoying the sea and a privileged environment. Depending on the desire we have, the weather and availability, we will spend the night anchored in one of them.
After having rested well and enjoyed a morning dip and a good breakfast, we set sail for Pollensa. Impressive bay of more than 7 miles in length surrounded by forests and with great nautical activity. There is never a lack of wind in this place, so we will sail it pending the boats, of all kinds that we will cross (perhaps even a hydroplane ...). At its bottom we will find the port where we will moor to walk and dine and spend the night; we also need to stretch our legs. In addition, we must feed ourselves and load water and fuel.
After a peaceful night, we have breakfast and set sail towards the neighboring bay of Alcudia. The flat and sandy landscape of the bay invites to a day of relaxed sailing. If time permits we can stop at any point to bathe, eat and relax. If more convenient, there are several nice places to drop anchor, for example next to Porros islet, Cala Na Clara or Es Caló. The latter is ideal, according to the meteorology, to spend the night at the foot of its reddish walls where the green pine forests contrast and on crystal clear waters, far from any sign of civilization.
We set sail after breakfast and the usual dip towards Cala Ratjada. The area where we are is the one facing Menorca (if there is good visibility we could see it from here) between Cabo Ferrutx and Cabo des Freu; It offers us a lot of possibilities to enjoy this beautiful coast where the green pine trees contrast with the turquoise waters, eg in Cala Mesquida, a mandatory visit before turning Cabo Pera to enter the port of Cala Ratjada. We moored in this beautiful fishing port to rest well and refresh ourselves before the journey back to the Peninsula.
After resting deeply, we get up to stretch our legs again, make the necessary purchases and, without delay, head home. 110 miles to Garraf await us, with a navigation that we will try to sail if the wind is favorable. If we are lucky we will see dolphins on our journey and, without a doubt, we will enjoy remembering everything lived and seen. Other corners of Mallorca await us for the next opportunity. Perhaps other Balearic islands, similar but different ... Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera ...