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Majorca
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Satellite view of Majorca

Majorca or Mallorca is the largest island of Spain and, of course, of the Balearics. It has 581,564 inhabitants and covers an area of some 3,640 km2 is 120 km, which is the distance between Puerto de San Telm and Formentor lighthouse at Cape Formentor. The capital of the island is Palma with 300,000 inhabitants. It is a place highly favored by tourists receiving millions of visitors every year.

Majorca has been populated since the Paleolithic times and several burial chambers form that period have been found. The island was occupied by the Romans in 129 BC who held the island until 426 AD when it was invaded by the Vandals. In 534 the Byzantines (Eastern Roman Empire) recaptured the island. They resisted many attacks from Arab invaters fro North Africa until 902 when the Moors concurred the island. They held it until 1229 when the King James I of Aragon invaded the island and annexed to his kingdom of Aragon. IIn the 15th century, Majorca became part of Spain as a result of the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castille.

Charts

BA
1780 Barcelona to Napoli including Islas Baleares and Sardegna
1703 Mallorca and Menorca
1702 Ibiza, Formentera and southern Mallorca
NIMA
52140 Islas Baleares

Weather

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Passages

See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.

Islands

  • Cabrera
  • Dragonera

Communication

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Navigation

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Entrance

See individual ports.

Berthing

Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data ||

Ports

  • Puerto de AlcudiaPuerto de Alcudia/wiki/Puerto_de_Alcudia Port of entry icon – port of entry |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Puerto PollencaPuerto Pollenca/wiki/Puerto_Pollenca Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Andraitx Andraitx /wiki/Andraitx Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Palma Palma /wiki/Palma Port of entry icon – port of entry |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Porto Colom Porto Colom/wiki/Porto_Colom Marina icon – marina |
  • Porto Petro Porto Petro /wiki/Porto_Petro Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Porto Cristo Porto Cristo /wiki/Porto_Cristo Needs data icon – needs data |
  • La Rapita La Rapita /wiki/La_Rapita Needs data icon – needs data |

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Anchorages

Satellite view of Cala Petita

Cala Petita

Cala Petita/wiki/Majorca#Cala_Petita
Anchorage icon Cala Petita [[Majorca#Cala Petita|Cala Petita]] 39°32.84′N, 3°21.24′E

Cala Petita is a tiny fjord along the E shore of Mallorca. It is very narrow, about 30 m and 60-70 m long. A yacht just fits inside. It provides very good shelter from westerly winds.

Anchor over sand in 3 m depth, good holding. Do not let out a lot of scope because of the rather forbidding cliffs. It is best if you also deploy a stern anchor.

Warning: Do not attempt to enter this cove at night.
Chart of Cala Petita
Anchored in Cala Petita


Satellite view of Colonia St. Jordi

Colonia St. Jordi

Colonia St. Jordi/wiki/Majorca#Colonia_St._Jordi
Anchorage icon Colonia St. Jordi [[Majorca#Colonia St. Jordi|Colonia St. Jordi]] 39°18.8′N, 3°00.04′E

This is a great overnight anchorage on the SE corner of Mallorca. It is protected from W, N, E and is generally uncrowded even at the height of the season.

It is the overnight anchorage of choice for the beautiful Es Trenc beach (a day anchorage only), from which it makes a perfect place to retire to after a stint on the beach.

Anchor in 12-15' in rock and sand well off the small beach. The town and marina of Colonia St. Jordi are a short dinghy ride away.

The town offers; Marina with fuel (up to around 40' only) Two really good seafood restaurants on the sea front. Best one is Marissol. Try the Clams Marinara or the Grilled Whole Sole. Small grocery store a few blocks off the beach. Sporadic wifi can be picked up on the seafront from the various condos, but we were only succesful 3 of 7 days. There is a small grubby internet cafe on the seafront and a better one near the grocery store.

The beach at Colonia is a developed beach and family oriented, in contrast to the much larger "anything goes" sand dunes of Es Trenc beach a few miles away.
Satellite view of Es Trenc beach

Es Trenc beach

Es Trenc beach/wiki/Majorca#Es_Trenc_beach
Anchorage icon Es Trenc beach [[Majorca#Es Trenc beach|Es Trenc beach]] 39°20.47′N, 2°58.92′E

This is a day anchorage only. We have seen larger boats anchored here overnight but there is no shelter from any wind direction. Nearby Colonia St Jordi offers a good overnight anchorage 3 NM to the South East. It tends to attract a number of yachts, but the anchorage space is essentially limitless so over-crowding is rare.

The approach to the beach is straightforward, the bottom is pure white sand which shelves gradually to about 10' at the line of floats delineating the swimmer zone.

There are several clearly marked dinghy channels to the beach. There is a shallow sandbank running along the beach about a hundred feet out, so be prepared to lift the outboard and hop out well before you reach the beach. The typical inflatable will ride over this sandbank with the engine up. The sandbank serves to protect the beach from small waves so cruisers commonly leave their dinghies pulled-up ashore while visiting the beach.

Es Trenc is perhaps the best beach on Mallorca. It is several miles of pure, clean, white sand and clear weed-free water. As close to a Caribbean experience as we have found in Spain. It offers a range of experiences. There is an unassuming beach bar/cafe mid way along the beach. One of the dinghy channels leads straight to this bar. To the east of the bar is a developed beach with chairs and umbrellas for hire, and to the west is undeveloped beach. You will find considerable nudity on this beach, particularly the further you get from the beach bar.

Facilities are few. There is a basic beach bar and restaurant serving snacks and lunches. The beach has a pleasant remote feel to it, as it is backed by sand-dunes and marshland with no development in sight. This makes it very unusual for Mallorca. Mosquitos from the marshland are reported

to be a problem after dark, another good reason to find a better anchorage for the night.

Yacht Services and Repairs

Also see each Port.

Marine Stores

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Repairs/Yards

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel
In Colonia St. Jordi Marina
Water
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Electricity
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Things to do Ashore

Tourism

List places of interest, tours, etc.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Eateries

  • Two really good seafood restaurants on the sea front of Colonia St. Jordi. Best one is Marissol. Try the Clams Marinara or the Grilled Whole Sole
  • Restaurante Antonio, established in 1970, is located in the town of Colonia St. Jordi within sight of the rocky promentory separating Es Trenc and the anchorage at Colonia St. Jordi. Among other things, they offer excellent paella.

Internet/WiFi

Laundry

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

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Transportation

There are daily flights to the Spanish mainland and other destinations within the EU as well as ferries to Alicante.

Friends

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Forums

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Links

References & Publications

See Balearics.

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