Natascha Weber, Charter specialist, Fraser Yachts
Five islands plus several islets form the archipelago of the Balearics. They are like a string of pearls against the shine of the Mediterranean Sea. It is not by chance that royals, politicians, intellectuals, fashion designers and international stars have chose these islands as their second or main residence. The Balearics are cosmopolitan yet still very Spanish in feel and atmosphere.
Each one of them is different. Mallorca, offers dramatic cruising along the NW coast, with crystal clear turquoise waters and unspoiled coves surrounded by cliffs covered in pine trees and olive trees. The East coast is literally covered in shinny white sand.
In Palma, the capital, you can have a great time shopping –especially for top quality leather products- and one definitely must visit the Cathedral, the world’s best example of Gothic architecture; Menorca is known for its tranquil mood, gorgeous beaches and coves, the stunning black Menorquin horses, and the most fantastic lobster you can taste in the entire Mediterranean!
The straight of Es Freus is the natural frontier between two opposite universes: Ibiza and Formentera.
The first one, Ibiza, is the paradigm of nightlife and vibrant eclecticism where life speeds up at night and rests during the day under the caring shade of its main old-town.
Formentera is the maximum exponent of a natural bohemian paradise, attracting visitors that enjoy relaxed strolls, red sunsets, improvised beach parties and long sessions of sunbathing and sea water on carpets of sand as fine as ground flour.