Mallorca .. Mallorca .. Mallorca ..
By Dayyan Armstrong | Mar. 10, 2022
Puerto de Palma de Mallorca – 39° 34′ 10.5564” N, 2° 39′ 0.576” E (Coordinates)
Berth in any of the several yachting facilities set in the large bay. It’s one of the largest collective yachtings centers in the Mediterranean home to several thousand yachts. Check the local pilot guide for information. The marina is crowded in the high season.
Puerto Colonia de Sant Jordi – 39° 18′ 45.8532” N – 3° 0′ 4.0428” E
Anchor outside the breakwater. The medium-size fishing harbor is mostly for small vessels with depths less than 1.5 meters.
Puerto de Soller – 39° 31′ 13.4868” N, 2° 41′ 10.968” E
A suitable anchorage sits in the Bay of Soller and a functioning marina with transient slips for yachts. This is the only protected harbor refuge along the stretch of 50 miles of rugged coastline on the northwest (NW) side of Mallorca. The town of Soller is surrounded by spectacular a mountainous ridge that isolates this town from the rest of the island. The approach is straightforward unless there is a gal from the north (N) and the northwest (NW), which can present challenges caused by big swells and a rocky harbor.
Cabrera Island – 39° 8′ 57.57” N, 2° 55′ 47.0604” E
Moor using the national-park moorings located in Puerto de Cabrera as anchoring is strictly forbidden. Moorings must be reserved and authorized in advance of arrival and the harbor patrol will send you away if the moorings are full with yacht reservations. The bay opens to the north (N) and is suitable in virtually all wind conditions.
Porto Colom – 39° 25′ 11.4384” N, 3° 15′ 52.74” E
Home to a large natural harbor with moorings and slips for over 200 vessels along the Club Nautico di Porto Colom located in the northwest (NW) corner of the harbor. The entrance of the harbor is deep with no obstructions. Berth Stern-to the south side of the yacht harbor or along one of the two Port Authority jetties.
- Sobrassada: minced pork, bacon, salt and spices including smoked paprika taking on a similar color to chorizo. It’s characterized by it’s smooth and buttery texture and often drizzled with honey and enjoyed with local cheese.
- Trempó: tomato, onion, Mallorcan green bell pepper, olive oil and salt. This simple salad is basic and enjoyed during all meals including breakfast and traditionally eaten using hands only.
- Arroz Brut: A savory rice casserole and a stable of Mallorcan cooking made year-round with different seasonal ingredients. The dish is soupy with the liquid made from strong meat stock and various seasonal vegtebles and meat added.
- Ensaïmada: Mallorcan pastry made with four, eggs, water, sugar, saim (pork lard) and a mother dough. Some variations are made with filled cream, chocolate, or sweet pumpkin. The use of pork lard instead of butter keeps the pastry savory.
Catalan is the official language and is spoken as the local dialect Mallorquin. Spanish is spoken by all residents. English and German are also widely used because of the influx of both German and English tourists.
The most common wind blows from the south (S) and southwest (SW) directions. During the winter months, the mistral wind blows from the northwest (NW) and the tramontana wind blows from the north (N). The end of August through October, the wind is often unpredictable blowing in all directions.
The Baleares Islands enjoy moderate to warm temperatures all year round with highs in the 80s from June through September and 50s to 70s from October through May. There is little rain in Mallorca and October and November are the wettest months raining on average 6 days total. Although the high season is June through August, sailing is enjoyed year-round in Mallorca.