Costa Smeralda | Maddalena Archipelago | Menorca | Mallorca
Fall 2019 | Oct 13th to Oct 21st
Type of Sail:
Oct 13th 2019
Oct 21st 2019
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Starting in Porto Cervo, the heart of the Costa Smeralda. On this adventure we will explore the stunning coves and beaches of Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, sail around the Maddalena Islands, kiteboard the famous Porto Pollo isthmus, sail a 260 nm overnight passage through the Bonifacio Straits and across the Sea of Sardinia to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Menorca, and then on to Mallorca to explore its beautiful calas and coasts, and the one-of-a-kind city of Palma.
(Schedule is weather dependent)
Arrival times in Porto Cervo, Sardinia: 12:00 to 23:00 hours. Unpack your bags, relax, meet your fellow crew members, learn your way around the boat.
We’ll start our adventure in Porto Cervo—the world-famous village and international sailing center on the Costa Smeralda built by the Prince Karim Aga Khan in the 60s.
We’ll spend the night in Porto Cervo, where you can go ashore and visit the Piazzetta di Porto Cervo (The Little Square of Porto Cervo:) this square is the heart of the Costa Smeralda, and have a drink in one of the outdoor cafes.
Briefings & Practice
Briefings in the morning, and then a short cruise up the coast to The Maddalena Islands.
Porto Della Madonna
From there if you like, you can walk up a few hundred yards from the beach at Isola Santa Maria for a beautiful lunch at La Casitta.
On the Northern Coast of Sardinia--one of the World’s Best Kitesurfing locations!
From Kite and Windsurfing Guide:
“Discovered in the late ’70s, this place on the northern tip of Costa Smeralda soon became one of Europe’s most popular freeride venues. Two large bays are divided by a narrow sandspit – onshore winds and chop on one side, mirror-flat water on the other, and the spit doesn’t interfere with the wind either. The Strait of Bonifacio forms a perfect wind-tunnel with amazing wind stats. All westerly and easterlies get strengthened, and Porto Pollo offers a suitable launch for every direction.”
Here accomplished kite boarders can launch their kites and have a ball, and those that would like to try Kiteboarding can set-up lessons with a local instructor, as there is an excellent Kite pro center at Porto Pollo. Windsurfers can also partake as the Western side is dedicated to this sport.
(possible option – sail across to Bonifacio on the French island of Corsica)
Sardinia to Menorca
From here, we’ll make a 259 nm overnight ocean passage from Northern Sardinia, through the Bonifacio Strait, and across the Sea of Sardinia to the Balearics and the island of Menorca, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Our port of entry is quaint town of Mahon on Menorca’s Southeast coast.
A little around the South side of the island from the city of Mahon is Cova d’en Xoroi overlooking Cala en Porter, which is a unique club built inside of caves, with stunning views out across the Mediterranean.
Hopefully the winds and the waves will be such that we can anchor there and go up and check out the views and have a refreshment, or we may anchor in one of the many beautiful coves that line Menorca’s coast.
Arrive in Palma de Mallorca
A sail around the coast of Mallorca for our final night in the city of Palma. Walk up and explore the old town, and find a quiet street side café. As we’ve said before, Palma is one of our favorite places — so much to see and do.
What an incredible journey--Costa Smeralda and the Maddalena Islands, kiteboarding in Porto Pollo, the overnight sail to Menorca, the cliff-side views, the calas and sailing around Mallorca, and Palma. But now it’s time to put the ship back in shape, do our debriefings, and say goodbyes, until the next time.
The schedule above represents a typical itinerary and should only be used as a guide as actual itineraries may change and are always subject to weather and local wind conditions.
All 3rd-party activities, such as scuba diving, kite lessons, and on-shore dining are arranged directly between you and these independent providers.