This leg probably makes for the most dramatic scenery to be had on any Mediterranean sailing holidays. From Alcudia head East and round Cabo Menorca, heading NNE Pollenca bay opens out to port with the Tramontana Mountains framing the backdrop. If starting your Yacht charter in Puerto Pollenca you will head East out of Pollenca bay, pass Formentor beach; a fine anchorage & great swim spot; then as the bay opens round Cap Formentor’s lighthouse before heading due west.
Making your turn to the West on your Mediterranean yacht charter the Tramontana Mountain range that forms the spine of Mallorca will slowly reveal itself; “spectacular” is a pretty accurate word. If lucky there may be a slight haze which provides a magical scene; with rocky outcrops to the horizon. Initially indistinguishable from the island looking like they hide a thousand inlets. They don’t, the water here is deep and though there are a few opportunities to anchor in the Calas on this coast shallower water is limited & often taken by 11.00 in peak season.
Initially probably a downwind passage with wind behind the beam maybe giving you the chance to gybe in & out of the coast to take in the scene from close to & then head off and appreciate the scale of the mountains. As things cool you may benefit from a land breeze with flat calm 200 Mtrs out you could be romping along under sail. Beware ! If this becomes a lee shore there is little scope to run for refuge. Sa Colobra is a popular destination East of Soller & well worth a visit; often rated as “the Cala” by which others are judged. A few facilities on shore & hopefully not too many tourist boats & anchored visitors.
Onwards & the coast remains dramatic, Soller is not the easiest to find with high rocky cliffs surrounding. Creeping round the headland this delightful fishing town with a very useable beach opens up to the NE. A magical destination with plenty to do, separated from civilisation by the mountains our son had this down as the real home of Thomas Tank Engine for many years – probably still does !
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