Spain is back on the front of the rank with more and more demands for rental. To respond, a new luxury gulet was arrived last winter and another is expected this winter. These 2 new gulets will significantly increase the capacity of the navigation area. Of course, the islands that are requested, and especially the Balearic Islands. In season, all the gulet are concentrated around the four islands which are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. As in the Canary Islands, the main island is to be avoided because reserved to the mass tourism. Ibiza is offering the most beautiful coastline with numerous bays and "Calas" (creeks) that make a cabotage around the island or Formentera, a real cruise of charm. Indeed, in each bay there is an ambience either soft or festive. Each anchor is close to a good or even a great restaurant! It is a destination of pleasures, to share, to meet, to offer. A destination whose the charm is undeniable, a place to discover with family or friends.
WIND in Balearic: The dominant wind in Majorca is a weakened north wind, from North/ Northwest. The wind rises usually in the morning and reached its full power at noon but the mountainous area of the island forms a protective screen and the southern and eastern coasts turn their backs to these strong winds. Ibiza and Formentera are placed under the Gulf of Valencia, with much weaker winds interspersed with long periods of dead calm. Minorca, in the north of the archipelago, is much more exposed to cold and dry winds from the north (tramontane) and to the temperature variations than Majorca or Ibiza. Due to the large temperature difference between sea and land overheated, it was shaped in form of thermal breezes in summer. The sea breezes that blows off, rise about 10 am and can reach to 14 pm, force 3 to 4. These breezes soften around 17 pm or 18 pm.
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MALLORCA ISLAND : The main port of Majorca is "Palma de Mallorca." It is a port which is a stop-over at the end of summer for ship sailings from the Mediterranean to reach the other hemisphere. In July and August, on the Passeig Maritim, the coastal artery of Palma, the major tourist flows are quite different from those, caricatured, present at El Arenal, further east or in Magaluf and Palmanova, the West. In these two (only) tourist blackheads, the coast is full of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs in which exposes the mass tourism, with little trace of cultural life. You can arrive at the airport of Palma of Mallorca and take an internal flight or ferry to Ibiza.
ISLAND MENORCA : If the boarding is planned in Ibiza, you may be able to get to Majorca but it is impossible to get to Menorca in a week. Menorca is located 20 miles north of Mallorca. The tour of the island is roughly 80 miles of navigation. The island is quite low and swept by a fairly strong north wind in the season. Wild in great part, the coast of Menorca have maintained a very Mediterranean style with beautiful pine forests that cling to rocks. Menorca form a sort of plateau extremely cut in the North with a multitude of small coves, Calas (creeks), such as cala (creek) Els Morts where wet weather is calm is unforgettable. The south coast, meanwhile, is made up of small steep cliffs where many small streams have cut narrow and idyllic coves, well sheltered anchorages nice lead. Cala (Creek) Mijitana is thus one of the most beautiful jewels of this series of charming coves.
IBIZA: Beside from the excellent ports and marinas, there are well sheltered calas (creeks). It is still Spain, but the influence of barbarian invasions is already noticeable. The old walled town with the old rugged area, crisscrossed by narrow streets full of local color contrast to the bustling harbor and neighborhoods "connected". A few streets separate the port from the old colorful market. On the West Coast, San Antonio, once a fishing village with its 14th century church, has become the main touristic center. Santa Eulalia a little further north is dominated by the old white church characteristic of the local architecture. Ibiza Airport has many inexpensive flights in France and Europe in general.
FORMENTERA: Distant of 12 miles from Ibiza, this is the wildest and most exotic of this archipelago. It shelters many artists and is also a bird sanctuary. On its annex Espalmador, the huge bay called Tahiti has not stolen his name; this is where we can make contact with a diving school that will rent you the equipment to go rub fish in the crystal clear waters ... The sunset over the salt is an unforgettable sight and Puerto Sabina is a place of a rare tranquility.
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