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Mallorca or Menorca, which one suits you best?

Located off the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Balearic Islands are the main naviagation area in Spain. With four main islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) with different atmospheres to discover, boat hire in the Balearic Islands offers hundreds of bays, dream beaches with turquoise water, exceptional dive sites, varied landscapes and a multitude of moorings. To keep it short, a true paradise! Although each island in the archipelago is worth a visit, it is often difficult to make a choice because they have a lot in common. And between the two largest islands in the archipelago, the heart of the yachtesmen swings: Mallorca or Menorca? In this article you will find some tips to help you choose the one that best suits your desires and the style of holiday you are looking for. 

Mallorca: between culture, discovery and nature

Located off the coast of Valencia and Barcelona, Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. Often affected by mass tourism, Mallorca is still a fascinating destination and a real "natural" destination in the Mediterranean. In fact, if you are looking for wild nature and authenticity, Mallorca is the ideal destination for you. And if you decide to hire a boat in Mallorca, your holiday program will feature majestic cliffs, transparent and turquoise water, olive trees, vineyards, idyllic coves, hiking and typical villages. The island of Mallorca is a complete destination ideal for a week's boat hire: every part of the island is worth a visit! 

Is Mallorca your ideal holiday destination? Here are some tips if you are looking for: 

  • Paradisiacal bays: with its over 555 kilometres of coastline, Mallorca has many beaches and coves that have nothing to envy to the best beaches in the Caribbean. There is something for everyone: coves of fine sand, pebbles and you can also find preserved beaches, most of which are accessible only by walk or by sea. On these beaches you will find yourself almost alone surrounded by cliffs and you can dive into crystal clear water that it will look almost unreal. Among the most beautiful beaches of Mallorca, we recommend Cala Agulla, Cala Mondrago, Es Trenc, Port de Pollença. The list is still long because the island has more than 200 beaches and if you hire a boat you will enjoy your time and relax.

  • Typical towns and villages: despite its popularity among tourists, Mallorca has managed to maintain its Mediterranean soul. You can visit pretty villages with narrow alleys, stone houses, flowering sidewalks and get to know its friendly local population.

  • History and monuments: if you are looking for history and monuments to visit during your holiday, you should definitely visit Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands. In fact, the historic centre of Palma is full of fascinating places in the midst of small cobbled streets. Inside the capital, you will find a mixture of cultures. The monuments of the city will allow you to understand the diversity of civilizations over the centuries. The symbol of the city is the famous Cathedral of Palma, an architectural masterpiece. 

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Menorca, an oasis of wild beauty 

Located north-east of Majorca, Menorca is the most preserved island in the Balearic archipelago. In fact, on October 8, 1993, the island was recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Menorca is less frequented by tourists, and with boat hire in Menorca you will have the opportunity to enjoy the coves and landscapes typical of the Mediterranean. The island of Menorca wants to preserve its tranquility by limiting mass tourism and that is why on this island you will find authenticity, a simple lifestyle, coves and green landscapes. 

Is Menorca your ideal holiday destination? Here are some suggestions for you, if you are looking for: 

  • Responsible tourism: if you love nature and care about the environment, Menorca is the right destination for you. Classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Menorca is home to 70 endemic species and 70 protected beaches. The island is home to hundreds of animal and plant species and you can enjoy its magnificent hiking trails. Nature is predominant and you can enjoy its protected and varied landscapes. Menorca is the ideal place to recharge your batteries in contact with nature.

  • The most beautiful moorings: during your holidays in Menorca, you can discover the most beautiful coves of the Balearic Islands, also known as "calas". The calas are secret and wild coves, some of which are only accessible by boat. While sailing, you can discover exceptional anchorages such as Port Mahón, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, or Fornells, a fishing village. And don't forget to visit Cala Tortuga, a real corner of paradise with many species of birds.

  • Breathtaking landscapes: by walk, by bike or on horseback, you can walk the coast, taking the Cami de Cavall, which goes around the island and admire the breathtaking view. You can also visit the many inlets of the island, decorated with volcanic rock, white sand and turquoise water. 

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Whichever island you choose for your next boat hire in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca or Minorca, both will offer you an unforgettable holiday. Each one has its own peculiarities and everyone will find their happiness according to their desires! 

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