Palma Boat Rentals
Palma is the largest city in Mallorca and is also the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Most of the population of Mallorca lives in Palma, making it a lively island city full of great restaurants, points of interest, and things to do. While it's a major vacation destination full of modern hotels, the old charm of the island prevails with narrow, winding streets, the restored cathedral and historical architecture. One of the focal points of the city is the Paseo Maritimo, the extensive harbor that stretches along the bay of Palma. It’s perfect for a stroll and is full of fantastic restaurants to stop and enjoy a drink and some tapas.
The primary tourist season is from April to October when the weather is the warmest. During the winter months, the weather is much cooler and the crowds disappear from the island. The best time to visit Palma is in the shoulder months of April & May or September & October. During this time, temperatures are still high during the day, there’s plenty of sunshine and prices are lower than they are during the peak summertime. July and August are the busiest and most expensive months to visit Palma.
The airport in Palma services many European cities through various carriers, including many budget airlines. The airport is 5 miles from the city center of Palma. It's recommended to rent a car during your stay if you're looking to explore cities beyond Palma, but it is also possible to use public transport.
Boating in Palma
With the sparkling blue turquoise waters and beautiful stretches of beach, Palma is a world-class place to spend a day on a boat. The rugged terrain of the island creates a striking contrast of coastline. The calm waters of the Mediterranean are pleasant for a day of cruising, water tours, water sports, boat parties, and diving.
Catamaran charters are a popular choice for a day on the water. Charter a private tour with a captain or select a group tour to see the city of Palma from the perspective of the water. Boat parties are a fantastic option if you’re in a big group looking to have a day of drinks and fun on the water. There are many options you can choose from to meet your party needs - from just a few hours of cruising and drinks to full transfers and dinner included.
Another popular boat tour option is a day of exploring the caves and coves that are around the island of Mallorca. These tours will take you to quiet beaches away from the tourist scene and see some of the natural wonders of the island.
For water sports while in Palma, be sure to try to stand up paddleboarding. You can paddle along the cliffs and snorkel in the caves for a day of adventure. Jet skiing and speedboat rentals are great options for people looking to get an adrenaline rush while boating. There are many locations where you can rent a jet ski or speedboat for a couple of hours of zipping around in the sea, enjoying the vista of the island.
If you’ve never been scuba diving before, Palma is a fantastic location to complete your PADI course for your open-water certification. The calm Mediterranean water and abundance of charter options will ensure you have a great experience learning. The clear water and high visibility make it a great place for first-timers and seasoned divers alike.
Boating Events in Palma
A major annual boating event in Mallorca is the Palma International Boat Show. Taking place every year in April, this massive exhibition showcases gorgeous luxury yachts and nautical displays. It’s set in Palma’s harbor La Llonja and draws in thousands of visitors.
Another exciting boating event taking place in Palma is the annual Kings Cup Regatta. Taking place over a week in the summer, the sailing regatta hosts over a hundred participants. It's considered one of the most prestigious sailing regattas in the Mediterranean. In addition to the buzz created by the races, the regatta brings in loads of celebrities and Spanish royalty. The city is full of energy, with other events taking place throughout the city during the week.
Other Things To Do
While on land, there are many beautiful, historical sights to see in Palma. A definite must-see is the Castell de Bellver. It’s one of the few circular-shaped castles in Europe and it dates from the 14th century. It has a remarkable moat and architectural style. The Palma Cathedral is an impressive, Gothic-style cathedral dating from 13th century. Stop in for a marvel at the stained glass windows and dramatic facades.
For nature lovers looking to explore by land, there is no shortage of spots to see while in Palma. Stunning beaches include Playa de S’Amarador, Playa de Cala Mayor, Cala Llombards and Cala Deia are all great choices for a beach day. For those looking to do more active exploring, checking out the caves and caverns at the Canyon Gate of Paradise is an excellent choice. There are also many parks and gardens worthy of exploring while in Mallorca. Renting a bike while you’re there is a fantastic way to cover a lot of ground and get some exercise while on vacation.
For travelers who love to indulge in retail therapy while on vacation, don't miss shopping on Passeig de Born. There are dozens of shops and restaurants to check out on this palm tree-lined avenue.
Marinas in Palma
There are dozens of marinas scattered along the port of Palma for all your boat rental and watersports needs. Marina Port de Mallorca is a modern facility in a picturesque location on the harbor. Marina Moll Vell and La Lonja Marina Charter are other great options for selecting a boat charter.