This next leg from Porto Cristo towards Cala’dor and the South Eastern tip of Mallorca at Punta Salinas is probably my favourite part of the Balearic coastline to sail. The North shore of Mallorca would probably be 2nd but there is a lot of rock to look at and only a few spots to stop tucked away in the Tramontana mountains, most of which are well worth the effort. The North Eastern shoreline of Ibiza would also rank but very often its just too busy and not so easy to charter.
Sailing South from Porto Cristo within 2Nm you will find minor gem of Calas Mandia & Anguila, its probably not a great overnight stop in season due to a buoyed swimming area which means anchoring well off open to the East it can be very rolly, but we really like this little spot as there is just enough going on with 2 great little beaches for swimming. There is a residential development behind but no hotels and has a laid back holiday buzz, a decent beach bar and a short walk through trees that separate the Calas brings you to a beach restaurant and Cala Anguila, not grand but a nice place to eat. Further South there follows a big complex dominating the landscape; Cala Romantica it is not (to me anyway) but this is left behind in a couple of minutes.
If this is all too busy for a Mallorca charter holiday another 2 Nm South you will find 2 undeveloped Calas, the 2nd of which Cala Barcas is reputed as a decent anchorage. In peak season there will most likely be visitors; sometimes a lot, but in Spring or late Summer they can be deserted.
If you did put into Porto Cristo you will be very aware we are in the land of Los Cuevas Del Drach. (well worth a visit) There are more caves inland from these quiet little Calas known as Cuevas del Pirata. You can guess at the history & we like the legend – not too keen on Piratas though.
Next : Sailing on towards Porto Colom & Cala d’Or Mallorca.