The Balearics have long been a prime Mediterranean cruising and yacht charter destination. It’s hardly surprising that sailors, their friends and families are attracted to the mix of great weather, fabulous beaches and cosmopolitan towns and cities.
While the default for visitors to Mallorca is to choose Palma as a first destination or longer term base, it’s worth considering alternative ports. Nestled in a deeply indented bay near the island’s rugged coastal tip, the small coastal town of Port d’Andratx is a very appealing alternative. The scenic and unspoilt anchorages of Cala d’Egos and Cala d’en Tjo are only a few miles away, as is the uninhabited Isla Dragonera. It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic contrast to the island’s capital.
The harbour is nestled among stunning scenery, with unspoilt calas and the anchorages of the uninhabited Isla Dragonera only a short distance away.
The harbour at Port d’Andratx is sheltered from the south by a pair of concrete breakwaters. The government run port on the right hand shore as you enter has space for visiting yachts of up to 20m length and 2.5m draught, with water and electricity. These are some of the more economic berths in the islands, although they get very busy in peak season.
The main marina on the opposite shore is run by the Club de Vela and provides berths for 475 yachts of up to 30 metres length and 3.0 metres draught. Of these around 30 are reserved for visiting yachts. The club also has mooring buoys for visiting craft, with a launch service. While yachts are overwintered afloat here, it’s important that they are regularly checked and secured for severe conditions as a considerable surge is possible, particularly in south westerly gales and storms, when boats can sustain damage.
The friendly harbour side cafes and restaurants here serve great food in an unbeatable setting.
On shore there are excellent boat yards, including a 100 tonne hoist, and chandleries. In addition, the many Palma based marine businesses are only half an hour away by road. Although it’s quiet and low-key when compared to Palma, the town is still sufficiently large to have a wide choice of cafes and restaurants, as well as a variety of food shops and boutiques. Those in search of a more authentic and traditional Mallorcan experience can find it in the village of Andratx, just a couple of miles up the hill inland. This is also a great spot from which to explore the rugged and mountainous western section of the island on the scenic back roads. At the same time Palma’s international airport is only a 30-minute drive.