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Charter Itinerary: 7 days in Barcelona and The Balearics

Combining city and island life, this week-long route packs in chilled-out beach bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and historical sites.

Day One

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Meet the yacht in Marina Port Vell, set in the heart of Barcelona and just a few kilometres from El Prat Airport. You can meet the crew and hand over your luggage before heading out to explore this cosmopolitan city. Start at the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in the Eixample district to see the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and understand why the building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later visit Casa Milà – Gaudí’s last private residence – where you’ll find Lasarte, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by chef Martín Berasategui. Choose the tasting menu for exquisite morsels of squid tartare and wagyu ravioli.

Day Two

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The yacht will depart early so you can awake to the sight of the city of Tarragona drifting closer. Before arriving in the city drop anchor at La Jovera, in front of a small, secluded beach overlooked by the clifftop castle of Tamarit, which is perfect for a beach picnic. Head on to Tarragona, which is the former Roman colony of Tarraco and is home to ancient ruins and a waterside amphitheatre. Moor in the Royal Tarragona Yacht Club and stroll up to the Cathedral of Tarragona, which sits at the highest point of the city and offers the best views of the town.

Day Three

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Following an overnight cruise of 140 nautical miles, have breakfast as the laid-back island of Formentera comes into view. Drop anchor in view of Playa de Ses Illetes and take the tender to paddle in the cerulean waters before the crowds arrive. Cruise just one nautical mile down the coast to Es Cavall d’En Borràs and head to Beso Beach for lunch at the island’s most popular beach club.

Day Four

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After cruising just 20 nautical miles in the early morning, drop anchor in Xarraca, Ibiza, home to the glitziest bars, restaurants and beaches in the Balearics. Take the tender to Cala Xarraca, one of Ibiza’s most beautiful beaches and great for swimming and snorkelling. Choose a detoxifying body scrub at the Six Senses Spa in Xarraca or simply bubble away in its Caldarium Bath before returning to the yacht. Cruise 15 nautical miles west and drop anchor at Platges de Comte, before taking the tender to Sunset Ashram, a chilled-out beach bar with the best sunset view on the island.

Day Five

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Relocate 78 nautical miles to arrive in the coastal village of Port de Sóller, home to one of the world’s most revered cycling routes, the Coll de Sóller climb. For those who would rather leave their bikes at home, the historic town of Sóller has a charming market square where you can peruse the cafés and restaurants. Take a 25-minute taxi ride to Son Moragues, Valldemossa for a tour around the olive groves before indulging in a classic Mallorcan picnic with local wines.

Day Six

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Awake as the yacht cruises around the Pollença peninsula in northern Mallorca. Arrive at Club Nàutic Port de Pollença and take a 15-minute taxi inland to the Son Brull Hotel & Spa for lunch at the 365 Restaurant, surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation. After lunch, select a treatment at the spa at Son Brull before heading back to the yacht, which will have relocated to Alcudia Bay for dinner with a mountainous backdrop.

Day Seven

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Following an overnight cruise 106 nautical miles north, awake to see the mainland drawing closer on the final leg of the trip. After your final breakfast on board, the crew will help you gather your things and disembark the yacht. But before heading back to Barcelona Airport, dine at the two-Michelin-starred Disfrutar restaurant. Then head to Barcelona’s oldest market, La Boqueria on La Rambla, to pick up some local delicacies for your return home.

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