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The Charm of Palma de Mallorca

By Abby

Palma de Mallorca exudes an alluring charm that captivates visitors with its quaint cobbled streets, stunning Gothic architecture, and vibrant local culture. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time visitor, this Spanish gem offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing for more.

Planning & Preperation

The preparations leading up to the trip went smoothly, despite the need for a Schengen Visa with very specific requirements. Thanks to the assistance of the Kraken team, who put me in touch with all the right people, the process was much easier than I anticipated. They even gave me some useful tips, like packing my things in a duffel bag to save space in my cabin.

Arriving in Palma

Our eagerly awaited charter began on a beautiful Saturday, and after landing at the airport, I met up with Mike and his lovely wife, Ruth. From there, we took a taxi ride to the marina, where we spent the first night aboard the yacht. This allowed us ample time to explore and stock up on provisions before we set sail. One of the great things about a bareboat charter is that all the essentials are included on the boat – bedding, towels, kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery, etc. And when it came to provisioning, we visited a nearby Mercadona supermarket in Palma, where we stocked up on some amazing food for the week, including the delicious alioli, also known as aioli, which I first tasted in Spain and have been trying to replicate at home ever since. This was a great way to start the trip and get a taste of some local delicacies.

Fortunately, the Old Town was situated within walking distance from the marina, and we relished strolling along the picturesque cobblestone streets, admiring the stunning architecture, indulging in the local cuisine, and soaking up the lively ambience. It was the perfect way to launch our epic week-long adventure on the water. Dinner was a standout, with mouthwatering tapas and sangrias, topped off with an exquisite espresso martini from a local bar.

Sailing Mallorca

Our sailing adventure in Mallorca started with a delightful breakfast of fresh croissants from a local bakery before setting sail for the turquoise waters. The first day of the charter set the tone for the rest of our journey with a day spent swimming, snorkelling, stand-up paddling, and basking under the warm October sun in a nearby cove.

As the days went by, we found ourselves losing track of time, spending hours in the pristine turquoise waters of Mallorca. Whether we were swimming, snorkelling, or just lounging on the boat, the allure of the sea was irresistible. We immersed ourselves in a continuous adventure filled with exploring small towns and secluded beaches, indulging in amazing food, and of course, sailing. The weather was exceptional despite the late season, making our journey even more unforgettable.

Staying aboard the yacht for a week was an unparalleled experience that made me wonder why I had never considered it before. Using the tender to venture onto land was a breeze, and having the ability to sail around and explore the island from the water added an entirely new dimension to my travels. It was amazing to have the yacht as our “home base” throughout the trip, and it allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of Mallorca.

If you’re interested in a more detailed itinerary of our sailing journey, I’ve created a cruising guide that you can access here.

In Conclusion

Mallorca truly is a hidden gem that offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travellers. From the stunning Gothic architecture to the vibrant local culture, this Spanish island has something for everyone. A highlight of my visit was the delicious spread of fresh cured meats, olives, garlic mayo, and bread, paired with the local rosé wine. The olives were so good that I couldn’t resist buying five large bottles, which I was able to smuggle home without a hitch.

My sailing adventure with the Kraken Travel team provided a fantastic opportunity to explore the beauty of Mallorca from a different perspective. Despite my limited sailing experience, the team provided excellent support and advice throughout the preparation and planning process. From indulging in local cuisine to immersing ourselves in the pristine turquoise waters, the charter allowed us to experience the best that the island had to offer.

Overall, I recommend a trip to Palma de Mallorca for anyone looking to explore the charm of Spain’s Balearic Islands.

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