Palma is the yachting centre of the island of Mallorca, as well as of the Balearic Islands, and one of the largest yacht-hubs in the Mediterranean. It is the port of call for most yachts cruising the islands as well as a place to winter or stay all year around, despite the insularity of Mallorca.
Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearics with a coastline of 340 nautical miles (550 kilometres). Though there are many popular coves, anchorages, and small marinas around the island, it is in Palma, and in the larger Bahia de Palma, that most of the berthing facilities and the highest concentration of yachts can be found.
Palma is a vibrant city, with many things to do and see. It has a strong Mallorcan identity but it is also very cosmopolitan. The island has a rich history with Roman, Byzantine, and Moorish influences which can be seen in the town’s architecture. Its most prominent landmark is the “La Seu” cathedral, which can be seen anywhere from within the port and from far out at sea. It was initially built as a mosque. Like many great cathedrals its construction lasted centuries, beginning in 1229 and nearing completion in the 17th century. The renowned architect Gaudi is one of the many who worked on its restauration in the early 20th century.
Since the 1950s, Mallorca and the Balearic Islands (Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera) have evolved as a highly popular destination for tourists from all over Europe and the rest of the world. This is how Mallorca’s economy and demography have soared during later 20th century. Yachting, in parallel to other tourism sectors, began developing with the construction and modernization of marinas in the 1970s and 1980s.
The port is sheltered to the south by the large breakwater of Porto Pi and to the North by Dique de Levante (the “Western Jetty”), which is the shipyard area of the harbour, where most storage, maintenance and refit works can be carried out. The marinas of Palma are located between these walls and the city’s waterfront (Avenue Gabriel Roca). Puerto de Palma de Majorca is so vast that it in fact comprises various different marinas, run by different entities, each having a certain variety of berths and facilities. From East to West these are:
Pier 46 – Amarres Deportivos SL
It is a private marina under the management of Amarres Deportivos SL, which received a 17 year concession in 2011 to re-develop this part of the port, creating 25 stern-to berths for yachts from 25 m to 40 m LOA along the quay.
Moll Vell is a small marina with 24 yacht berths adjacent to “Pier 46”, located on Muelle Viejo. It is suitable for yachts from 25 to 40 m LOA, all moored stern to the quay, in one of the most sheltered areas of the Port of Palma.
Real Club Nautico de Palma
Real Club Nautico is one of the more established and coveted marina or Palma, located close to the cathedral. It is a large marina with almost 1,000 berths for boats and yachts in the range of 5 m to 35 m LOA, but mostly for boats up to 20 m LOA. In addition to being a marina, it is a yacht club.
It is one of the more recent marina facilities in the Puerto de Palma, and consists in a U-shaped quay with nearly 100 berths. Its security benefits from modern glass sliding doors with electronic key access and it also offers secured parking.
Paseo Maritimo is the area the run by the Port Authority. For several years, mooring on this location was relatively basic: One would drop anchor and moor stern-to or bow-to, just off the main road and promenade. Nowadays, the port authorities have rejuvenated the Paseo, creating paved quays and 2,200 berths all along this stretch of Palma’s waterfront. The facilities still remain basic, but it is a nice place for overnight and short term berthing for boats of all sizes. It is particularly easy to access from the main road, which is a convenience but can be a concern regarding security.
Marina Port de Mallorca is centrally located along the promenade just south of the Port Authorities marina. It is a private marina equipped with many facilities, providing an array of services, and with over 150 berths for boats and yachts from 12 m to 50 m LOA. Long term leases for yachts can be purchased there.
Pantalan del Mediterraneo
Pantalan (Quay) or Marina del Mediterraneo consists in a single concrete quay that is perpendicular to the promenade, South of Marina Port de Mallorca. It is also a privately managed marina offering possibilities of long term or short term mooring for up to 60 yachts, with ample shore-power supply and amenities. The largest berth is an alongside mooring located at the end of the pier.
This is a privately administered marina, also known as “Pantalan” de la Cuarentena, which consists in a 130 m long T-shaped pier and a quay parallel to the main waterfront. In total, it has 70 berths of sizes varying from 12 m to one 70 m in length. The yachts over 20 m LOA moor on the pantalan and boats up to 15 m LOA moor on the quay. The marina also provides concierge services destined to modern yachts as well as shore support to Captains and crew.
Club de Mar is a private marina and one of the largest in Palma, which first opened in 1972. It is located north of Muelles de Poniente and has mooring facilities for yachts up to 120 m LOA. The facilities are modern and well maintained. Many yachts choose Club de Mar as their homeport as long term leases can be sold and purchased there. The marina also can offer berths to visiting yachts.
Porto Pi is a commercial port located in the southwest corner of Puerto de Palma. It offers few facilities and is not really destined to yachts. However due to their size, the large quays and depth of the harbour can come in useful should superyachts or megayachts need an along-side berth during a visit to the Mallorca.