Mallorca is a famous destination for boaters from all around Europe. Praised for the beauty of its landscapes, amazing coastal waters and anchorages, Mallorca is a sailing paradise. The Serra Tramuntana mountain range dominated by the Puig Major is just one of the world-renowned natural treasures you will find on this island of the Balearics.
Furthermore, the Cabrera national park with its 25 000 acres of protected natural wonders is just a stone’s throw away from Mallorca’s southernmost point.
Humans also have a fair share of history in Mallorca. The mystical inland valley, where antic windmills use to provide most of Mallorca’s food supply, will bring you back in time! Some of them have been rehabilitated into restaurants or hotels, while others stand as they were a hundred years ago… A wonderful and unique scenery to witness.
Mallorca, a myriad of anchorages to explore
With more than 150 anchorages listed on Navily in Mallorca, you will not fall short of wonderful places to anchor and discover the many natural beauties of the island. To make that list, we looked at more than 900 comments and 500 pictures shared by our community! So, without further ado, let’s set sail to the best anchorages of Mallorca!
The best anchorages in Mallorca
Platja des Trencs : Crystal clear waters and paradise-like beach
On the south shore of the island, protected from northern and eastern winds, the anchorage faces one of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches. You will anchor without troubles in the shallow sandy waters composing most of the anchorage. You may encounter a few seaweed patches but will avoid them with ease in the crystal clear waters of Platja des Trencs.
Mainly appreciated for its calm and ideal location, Navily users also visit the place for the breathtaking view it offers on the impressive wild coastline bordering the anchorage.In addition, the slender white sand beach of Trencs is easily accessible by dinghy where you will be able to take a swim in its uniquely clear waters. A postcard scenery offering an unobstructed view on amazing sunsets in the clear skies of warm summer evenings… A sensation of guaranteed evasion to build unforgettable memories.
On a less enthusiastic point, the beach gets crowded in high season but the evenings are calm. Furthermore, the vastness of the anchorage allows many boats to moor comfortably without feeling squished. Once safely anchored, you will enjoy the uniqueness of this place. In summer, a multitude of masts rise gracefully in front of amazing sunsets…. A unique moment to appreciate from the deck of your boat.
Despite the affluence generated by its popularity, Platja des Trencs remains a destination of choice for boaters visiting the region. A seasoned Navily member left a review that summarizes the atmosphere you will find there, with an important little precision.
Absolutely stunning anchorage. Water is crystal clear and holding is excellent. Access to the beach is easy through the buoyed channel. There is a restaurant, a few beach kiosks (which are pretty expensive) and lots of naked people!
Lyn on Evanescence| Broadblue 385
La Calobra : Rock Paradise
Located in the Northern part of the Island, the mooring area lies in a protected creek. This sheltered body of water, provides fair protection to winds blowing from northeast to southwest by the West. In addition, the anchorage offers a magical wild setting, proof of the amazing natural patrimony of the island. Nevertheless, it’s a difficult place to moor… The seabed is capricious and the space is limited. Indeed, you will have to break a sweat to anchor in these relatively deep waters that can only welcome a few boats. Challenging, but once safely anchored you will enjoy the wild landscape that lies in front of you.
Imposing rock formations draped in a thick green coat of vegetation overlook the creek’s crystal blue waters. Erosion and salt, over time, have formed many natural galleries in the rocky formations bordering the anchorage. They are a wonder to discover and explore.
To enjoy the place fully, our community recommends undertaking a trek in the natural canyon of Torrent de Pareis.
Finally, in this picturesque setting, at the end of the creek, lies a small sandy beach. A few restaurants and accommodations are accessible from this point. Practical but a detail compared to what this unique natural setting has to offer in terms of positive energies!
In conclusion, a review left by a Navily member giving more details about the anchoring conditions. Hold on tight to fully enjoy this unique place!
Amazing spot. Caution: deep anchorage with limited swinging space (shallowest spot is 8m but you’ll swing onto the rocks). Unless you’re happy to anchor in 12m , only 3/4 sailboats can fit. We anchored in 9.5m with a 1:3 scope. The holding is poor, so make sure you dig in the anchor – we had to try 3 times.
Ely on Skua | Sailboat — 11.3 m
Punta de sa Foradada
Another amazing spot located on the Island’s west coast, nested in Cova de Sa Sal. The creek offers good protection to winds from northeast to southeast by the West. It’s always a bit rolly on the anchorage and the seabed features a mix of posidonia, sand and coral reefs. Beware not to anchor in the seaweed patches that are part of the maritime reserve of the Island. Patience and precision will be required for safe anchoring but you will have no trouble distinguishing the seaweeds in the amazingly clear waters of the Cala.
Once safely anchored you will be able to marvel at the beauty of this amazing coastal world. We strongly recommend being equipped with snorkelling equipment, it would be a real shame not to take advantage of this unique underwater world. The rocky formation bordering the seashore takes amazing shapes, attracting many boaters each year. At the tip of the coast, where rocks meet the sea and skies, an eye excavated by millennia of erosion and weathering will attract the attention of your lenses. This grandiose rocky landscape falls abruptly in the crystal blue waters of the anchorage. An amazing scenery that you can appreciate from a high point after a little hike onshore. From the land, a few restaurants well rated by our users are accessible for a relaxing afternoon.
Crowded during the day in high season, the anchorage is much calmer in the evening. Visitors recommend to arrive early in the morning to save yourself a spot in this exclusive place! In conclusion, A destination that will satisfy your wildest escape dreams.
Absolutely stunning, go on a calm flat sea day. Anchor is deep but ok. Swim in and climb up to the Restaurant Sa Foradada, great simple food cooked on an open fire. Love it xxx
Dan on My Suzie | Motorboat — 10 m
Located on the northeastern part of the island, this anchorage is a little paradise of natural beauties resting in a calm and stress-free atmosphere. Engulfed between Punta des Gullo and the coast, boaters appreciate the location for the good protection it provides from westerlies. A perfect place to shelter in case of bad weather but space is very limited. You will need to arrive early to secure a spot there! Once you find yours, you will anchor with ease in sandbanks of good holding in 4-5 meters of water at shallowest points.
From there you will enjoy the view on the little beach of Ses Cavasses nested in the steep rocky coastline. A breathtaking landscape that takes another visual dimension in the warm red colors of a summer sunset. The nearby city has no particular charm and users are more than happy to see its sight obstructed by the cliff side bordering the anchorage. The seashore is a mix of mountains, steep rocky formations and blooming vegetation overlooking clear blue waters…. A real Mallorca paradise.
Finally, the beach is a brace stroke away from your boat and from the shore you can start exploring the many natural beauties this place holds. If the seaside is impressive, it is even more in its waters. Indeed, the sea life flourishing there features a multitude of wonders to catch with your eyes only, it is a protected area and fishing is strictly forbidden.
It’s beautiful !! Excellent protection for a good night’s sleep without the noisy and crowded nearby beach. Surrounded by nature, it is worth going to land to swim because I did not see a possible landing stage with the annex. (Or anchor the annex to the edge of the rocks). ATTENTION to the rocks to the west.
Yallah | Sailboat — 13.98 m
An exceptional anchorage that gathers all the ingredients for an unforgettable stopover. Trust our word and the one of our users who have visited the place, you won’t regret it.
Cala de Santa Ponça
Facing the coastal cities of Costa de la Calma, Rottes Velles and Santa Ponça, you will not fall short of options to refuel in this animated bay. The colonized coastline also features a few tourist attractions and several good restaurants recommended by our community. In addition, only 30 minutes away from Palma by bus, it is a perfect stopover to visit the famous Mallorcan city.
The atmosphere is festive and animated and while it can get a little noisy, most of our users enjoyed their stay there. Obviously a little too touristy for some boaters, it remains a restful and resourceful anchorage for a mid-term to long-term stopover (some of our users spent time there during the Covid-19 sanitary lockdown).
We stayed 3 weeks from March 14 to April 7 forced and forced (Covid 19) but considering the anchorage it was not unpleasant and were able to go to our refueling regularly and frankly we hope to return when everything is finished. Very well sheltered too.
Gérard on Abel | Sailboat — 12 m
Located on the southeast coastline of the island, in a bay facing the famous Mondrago natural conservation site, this exceptional anchorage is the last of our list! Well sheltered from northen to southwestern winds by impressive rocky formations, it is a perfect place for a few days’ stopover. It’s a magical setting in which you will anchor safely in the shallow sandy waters composing the anchorage. Few posidonia colonies dwell on the seabed, so you will have to be careful with your anchor as always…
Appreciated for the exclusive access it gives to the lovely sandy beach of St Amarador and its entertainments, the anchorage is a popular destination for boaters in high season. On shore, you can also undertake a more challenging activity. By following the natural paths through the rich vegetation of the reserve, you will discover a blooming natural ecosystem. Climb up to the Tny Fortress and you will be rewarded by an unobstructed view on this postcard scenery.
In the evening, tourists who came for a day at the beach leave and you will be able to appreciate this unique place in a calm atmosphere. Another wonderful place to admire breathtaking sunsets painting warm colors in the sky of the anchorage… A perfect setting to build unforgettable memories… (Picture provided to prove our point).
Very good anchorage, good share of sand in the west of the entrance. Mooring in 7-9m of water. Very busy from noon, but again very quiet from 20:30. The restaurant on the East beach is average but sufficient for a drink and a small snack.
Edouard on Helios | Sailboat — 10.65 m
This wraps up our lit of the best destination anchorages in Mallorca. We hope it will inspire you for your next boat trip! Don’t hesitate to share your favorite destinations with us! If you want to learn more about the Balearic Islands, head to our articles on Minorca or Ibiza and Formentera.
The Navily Team