Some insights into anchorages around Mallorca and Menorca acquired during a two week bareboat charter circumnavigating both Mallorca and Menorca
7 August Palma – Sant Elm
Moored on a buoy at the southern edge of the buoy field. Position was open to the west. No wind overnight caused buoy to hit against the bow and small waves reflected off cliff face causing bouncy conditions throughout the night. Best to moore at northern end of buoy field with some western protection from Illa Pantaleu and Sa Dragonera. Need to arrive early to find mooring ball closer to town. Photo & Video
8 August Sant Elm Puerto de Soller (Breakfast)
We stopped to have breakfast on the boat Only protected anchorage on the entire coastline. Here’s info from sailchoices.com “The only marina along the entire Tramontana coastline, it offers limited moorings but a magnificent anchorage area. The town offers several restaurants, the best of which is probably the one located above the fish-market.
August 8 – Cala Pi de la Posada (I. Formentor)
Anchoring is prohibited so we moored on a government buoy (29 Euros). Buoys are colored coded to boat length and available on a first come basis, reservations not possible. If you take a buoy not designated for your boat’s length you might be asked to vacate by the concessionaire managing the buoy field. Many boats vacated the buoy field before sunset. This is a very active bay during the day, but, calmed significantly at night. Very peaceful overnight. Photo
August 9 Raco des Barrill (Platja Binigaus)
This is a large, easy anchorage with great holding in sand. We anchored in 4.5m near the western edge cliffs. During the day the cliffs and caves are visited by tour boats and day trippers. The cliff side of the anchorage empties substantially before sunset. Photo & Video
August 10 Cala Galdana (Provisioning)
This was a provisioning stop. The inner bay is buoyed off for swimmers leaving the out bay for anchoring. This bay gets very crowded and we anchored at the mouth of the bay in sand and grass. We took a dingy up the creek to the west of the inner bay to access two small markets.
August 10 – Cala En Turqueta
The head of the bay is buoyed off for swimmers. The bay is rather narrow accommodating two boats across free swinging, Busy during the day, but, quiet at night. We anchored at the mouth of the bay. Even though the wind was light, the anchorage was bouncy due to reflective waves of the cliffs.
August 11 – Cales Coves (Lunch/Swim)
A very busy bay during the day with the inner bay buoyed off for swimmers. At most two boats across free swing within the bay. Since it was a lunch stop for us, we anchored at the mouth of the bay in sand and weed, good holding.
August 11 – Cala Teulera
Our first attempt to anchor in Mahon was in Cala Teulera. We were warned that it gets very crowded and had poor holding due to anchors wearing the bottom thin. This turned out to be our experience as we attempted to anchor in a very crowded anchorage twice but failed to set the hook.
August 11 Mahon (Provisioning+ crew pickup)
Problems anchoring in Cala Teulera required us to seek dockage at the last minute. So, on a Friday evening during high season we called all the marinas to try to secure a mooring for the night. Only Marina Menorca had space on a overflow floating dock west of I. del Rei (70 Euros). The only service available was water. Access to Mahon town was via dingy to the public dingy dock.
August 12 – Illa den Colom
Another protected area where you can only anchor on sand which tends to be in the shallows at the south end of the anchorage. We reserved a buoy (29 Euros). It was a quiet night. Though there was no wind, there was a bit of bounce probably a result of the residual waves from the earlier strong northern winds. The beach at the northwest corner of the Island is buoyed off. Most of the buoys are located along the western shore of the Island. There’s also a smaller buoy field at Fondejador des Llanes behind Punta sa Pastera to the west of the main buoy field. The bay south of Es Colomar is buoyed off for swimming.
August 13 Binimel.la
We attempted to anchor in the crowded bay in sand but our anchor wouldn’t hold. We learned that the corrosion over the years had caused the angle stop to break and the anchor wouldn’t remain open. This anchorage looked like a wonderful stop given the correct wind conditions.
August 13 – Fornells
Moored on a government buoy managed by the local concessionaire. Buoy fields abound in this very large bay. Light winds out of the east so it was a very peaceful night before crossing back to Mallorca to replace the anchor in Pollenca.
Cala d’ Algariens
This was one of two intended anchorages for the night of August 13. On our way to Mallorca, we dropped in for a look. It was a rather crowded anchorage but large enough to accommodate many more boats. There was a foul smell in the air. Photo in Gallery
Another intended anchorage for August 13. Again we dropped in on the way to Mallorca for a look. A very small bay that could accommodate only a few boats. The inner bay was occupied by many small daytripper boats. Photo in Gallery
August 14 – Cala Pi de la Posada (I. Formentor)
See description above
August 15 Port de Pollença (Water, Provisions, Repairs)
We tied up on the side of the fuel dock (room for 4 boats) to meet the mechanic to exchange the anchor and fix the electronic head. While waiting for the repairs to complete we provisioned and also filled the water tanks (10 Euros).
August 15 – Es Vells Marins Baixos (Abandoned)
An intended overnight anchorage that was both very crowded particularly at the recommended northeast end of the bay. This forced us into the rocky part of the anchorage which we abandoned once freeing our anchor from the rocky bottom. Only anchor if you can set the anchor in an adequate sandy patch.
August 15 Isla de Alcanada
A beautiful setting with ideal protect for W->N but the light winds were out of the E->ESE making it a bouncy evening. In addition, ferry and small craft wave action added to the bounce. But, we were rewarded with a fireworks show.
August 16 – Cala Molto’ (Lunch & Swim)
Very easy to set the anchor in sand. The anchorage was quite crowded, but, perfect for a lunch stop and swim. We could not find the undersea pipe referred to in the nautical guide.
August 16 Portocolom
Moored on a buoy for the night (36 Euros), Was assisted by the concessionaire..Very quiet evening.
August 17 – L’Olla, I Cabrera (Lunch & Swim)
Free buoys are available for daytime stays, but, a permit is needed which is included in the required overnight buoy reservation. Anchoring and overnight stays are prohibited. Great swim and lunch stop before we circumnavigated the island heading to our reserved buoy for the night.
August 17 – Cabrera National Park
Reservations are required to visit the island and include a buoy (25 Euros) for the evening. The buoy field is large and well protected. There’s a small port with a restaurant. There are a variety of guided and unguided hikes around the island. the most popular is to hike up hill to the medieval fort that offers outstanding view of the island.
August 18 – I. Cabrera
Great location to dingy and snorkel to see undersea coral, fish, and rock formation in the crystal clear water of the Island
August 18 – Es Trenc/Illa Gavina
An enormous anchorage and extremely popular. The light winds were out of the S->SW so there was substantial roll augmented by the active day tripper traffic. There was some evening music from the hotel at the southern end of the bay.
August 18 – Cala Pi
Our final stop for lunch and a swim. Not much space inside the bay, but, decent holding in sand and weed just outside the bay. The inner bay is buoyed off for swimmers.