The island of Cabrera, a tiny piece of land off Majorca’s southern coast, has been declared a national park and access is restricted. The island has developed its own unique range of flora and fauna and for anyone interested in wildlife it should not be missed. The bay is beautiful, peaceful and sheltered.
The harbour entrance is hidden until you are upon it, and then opens up into a beautiful natural bay with a 15th Century fortress on the port side that rises from a clump of stones. Entrance is possible in all winds, but would be tricky if the wind was blowing very strongly from the north. Good shelter once inside.
Around 50 moorings have been laid here (anchoring is forbidden) and must be reserved in advance via the Park Office in Palma de Mallorca (see listing below). Bookings must be done via the website (which cruisers report only works on a Windows PC), which is in Spanish and can be slow. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your booking has been successful.
The number of permits is strictly limited and normally only 50 yachts are allowed on the island at any one time. Permits can only be obtained between a maximum of 20 days and a minimum of 2 days in advance, and only for 1 night in July and August, 2 nights in June and September, and 7 nights the rest of the year.
It is also necessary to get a permit to go scuba diving, and the park authorities will tell you where you can dive.
For a guide to Cabrera, see the Cabrera Natural Park website for more information about the island.
Here is a useful map of the island.
Last updated September 2012.