Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera are the largest islands in the archipelago. As well as enjoying the fantastic weather, sailing and natural beauty, these islands also give you the chance to immerse yourself in the rich Catalan culture, historic cities and discover amazing food, from local beach shacks to Michelin-starred restaurants. There is usually at least one fiesta going on somewhere in the Balearics every month. They offer a great opportunity to immerse yourself in local colour, culture and cuisine.
The bay is dominated by the impressive Gothic Basilica-Cathedral of Santa Maria de Mallorca. The Oyster Palma service team is based here and many owners bring their boats here to prepare for the Oyster World Rally. It is also the place where many people come to join their Oyster charter.
It is easy to fill your time strolling through the honey-stoned streets of the old town, stopping for a cold beer, sherry and tapas, as well as sampling the delicious local cuisine. Visit the cathedral to see the altar canopy designed by Antoni Gaudí (who also designed the Barcelona cathedral). If you want to spend some time exploring inland you can cycle up the wooded hills over the city to visit Bellver Castle, one of a handful of distinctive circular castles in Europe. Another highlight is Almudaina, once a Moorish royal palace. For a hiking adventure, plan a trip further north to the stunning Serra de Tramuntana mountains – the backbone of Mallorca and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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You will see grouper, octopus and weird and wonderful sea slugs, along with loggerhead turtles and dolphins. Oyster Charter will be able to organize the perfect dive trip with local dive companies. The town of Cabrera is well worth a visit, with its 16th Century castle that offers amazing views of the island and the bay. It is the perfect place to see the most magnificent sunrises.
It is possible to take a sailing charter in the Mediterranean at any time of the year. The peak season runs from May to October, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 36°C.