When we talk about the Balearics, many of us just think of the four main islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. These stunning spots are where the majority of tourists and yacht charter guests flock to, and it’s easy to understand why – they all offer exquisite restaurants, cultural hotspots, lively nightlife and plenty of places to stay. However, for a truly romantic escape with your beloved, you might want to think slightly outside the box.
The Balearics are also home to a number of smaller islands, which are easily accessible by private boat, yacht share or charter. Picture the scene: snorkelling through deserted, crystal-clear waters; spotting indigenous wildlife; enjoying sunlit dinners on deck. Whether you are planning a proposal, coming up to an anniversary, or perhaps celebrating a honeymoon in Spain, discover the most romantic islands to visit on a yacht charter in the Balearics.
Where to go on a romantic yacht charter in the Balearics?
Okay, so this may be one of the main four islands mentioned above, but as the smallest, it still holds much romantic charm. Time almost seems to stand still in Formentera, so relaxed is the atmosphere here. Its beaches – including the postcard-perfect Playa de Ses Illetes – are regularly ranked amongst the best beaches in Europe and even the world. People come here to get away from it all, so what could be a more perfect place to go with your one and only?
Formentera is located just over 20km from Ibiza, making it an easy hop over from the dance-all-night haven, yet offering a completely different atmosphere. Once you’ve reached the island on your Balearic yacht charter, the easiest way to get around is by bike or scooter. Explore charming villages and beautiful coastline, heading off the beaten track to find best-kept-secret restaurants offering exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. Formentera is also a great place to hike; expect breathtaking vistas from fields, clifftops, old lighthouses, and ancient caves. Or, head below the crystal-clear water to see an array of colourful sea life in its natural habitat.
The next stop on your yacht charter in the Balearics should be the Cabrera Archipelago, and specifically the beautiful island of Cabrera. The entire Archipelago is a designated Terrestrial and Maritime National Park, meaning its natural beauty has been protected and preserved.
If you and your partner are nature lovers them Cabrera is the place to be – truly a unique location for a honeymoon in Spain. The island is an extension of Mallorca’s Serra de Levante mountain range, and offers superb underwater cliff diving, with approximately 200 species of fish living in the Marine Park. Take special care to look out for loggerhead turtles and dolphins while here. The island also acts as an important stop-over for around 150 species of birds during their migration; see if you can spot Storm Petrels, Cormorants, and many more winged creatures.
At the end of the day, head back to your yacht to toast the sunset before enjoying a stunning five-course meal – paired with local wines – prepared by your private chef.
Another day, another secluded nature reserve! Separated from Mallorca by a small channel, and measuring in at just 6km long, this small island is said to look like a dragon – hence its name.
Made up of three islets which you can hop between by tender, Dragonera is home to 361 different plant species, 18 of which are endemic to the Balearics. It is also home to a population of wall lizards, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world, as well as an extensive list of seafaring birds including the Audouin’s gull and the Balearic shearwater.
When you’ve taken in all the rare and unique fauna, it’s time to head one of the many delightful Mallorcan bays and coves off the main island, where you and your partner can take a secluded swim or perhaps try your hand at stand-up paddle-boarding, before rejoining the yacht for more Champagne. Who wouldn’t feel romantic after an itinerary like that?