Day 1 (Sunday): Sail south along the east coast of Mallorca to stay overnight at the natural park of Cabrera (22 miles). With a permit for Cabrera in your pocket, sail over to this cluster of little and uninhabited islands. Now a strict nature reserve, it once was occupied by the moors, like the rest of Mallorca, who left behind the fortress at the mouth of the harbor. During the day, you are allowed to anchor on the east side of the island but in the evening you need to be on your reserved buoy in the harbor of Cabrera. Walk up to the fortress and watch the sunset or just have a drink in the little tavern which is frequented by the fishermen, Guardia Civil and Rangers of the island.
On the way you pass several nice calas still in Mallorca, to stay a couple of hours and have a swim. For example Cala Mondrago with its azure blue waters and fine beach.
Day 2 (Monday): Sail to the capital of Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca (ca.25 miles). Stay for lunch at anchor in front of the beach of es Trence. Go by dinghy to one of the “Chiringuito” or beach bars on the beach. Once you arrive in Palma, sample the night life in the old town with its small streets and hundreds of restaurants and bars or just stroll along the Paseo Maritimo to the cathedral and the old palace of the king of Spain.
Day 3 (Tuesday) : Sail to Sant Elm (22 miles), a little anchorage at the foot of the mountains and opposite La Dragonera, another nature reserve. Take a buoy and just relax or go ashore and sample the fish restaurants. From here on, the mountains will tower over you.
Day 4 ( Wednesday): Sail to Port de Soller. (23 miles). Here the mountains start to rise in earnest. On your way you sail past 1000m high mountains and such famous places as Banalbufar, Valdemosa and Deia. Once in Soller, take the turn of the century tram into Soller proper and taste some of the almond cake that is famous here.
Day 5 (Thursday): Sail from Port de Soller to Colonia de San Pedro (41 miles)
This is the long part of the sail but by far the most impressive. Here the mountains rise up to nearly 1400m. You sail past Cala de la Calobra, a quite spectacular deep cala. You round Cabo de Formentor, the north eastern tip of Mallorca, with its lighthouse 200m up. You sail across the two big bays of Pollenca and Alcudia, where already the Romans had their settlements. Colonia de San Pedro is a small quite marina. Try the paella in the restaurant of the club nautico.
Day 6 (Friday): Sail from Colonia de San Pedro to Porto Colom (33 miles)
Start early, to get the most out of the north east coat of Mallorca. Here the change is gradual, from mountains to the coast of the calas! Before you arrive, make a stop in Cala Barcas, to have another swim. You are almost back in Porto Colom and therefor have gone “once around Mallorca”.