WATER SPORTS IN PALMA DE MALLORCA
Water sports in Palma de Mallorca are ideal for enjoying the island to its fullest. Why? Mallorca has 550 kilometres of coastline, so there are many varied spots where you can participate in many different water sports and activities.
From all of here at the Hotel Predi Son Jaumell, we’ll reveal the 4 water sports that are most popular on the island. We recommend you try them all at least once!
- Stand up paddle boarding
This is a relatively new sport, but more and more people are becoming fans. One of the reasons for this trend is because of how easy it is to learn paddle boarding. It doesn’t require professional skills or an extreme level of fitness, and the handling is relatively simple.
You’ll just need a board that’s a little bigger than a surfboard plus a paddle to start. The idea is to stand upright on the board, and paddle once on the right side, then the left, and so on. This way you can paddle along different coasts around Mallorca, discovering coves and virgin beaches that are otherwise inaccessible.
Mallorca is a dream spot for paddle boarding, since many of its beaches are calm with hardly any waves, something that’s necessary for this sport. Go for it and paddle board!
It’s curious how Mallorca, the birthplace of windsurfing, is associated with a miracle. It was performed by San Ramon of Penyafort. Legend has it that, in the 13th century, after several disagreements with King Jaume I, Ramon of Penyafort wanted to return to Barcelona. The king opposed his departure and explicitly forbade his trip to Barcelona. The monk went to the port, and since he saw that no one was willing to go against the king’s orders, he prayed, cut his tunic into two parts, stretched the larger one over the water and tied the smaller one to his staff. Suddenly he entered the sea riding the waves, and crossed the Mediterranean to Barcelona. They say that’s how he became the first windsurfer in history!
Apart from legends and miracles, you should know that this sport, carried out with a surfboard and a sail, requires a high level of fitness and optimal weather conditions for success.
The north and northeast of the island are good places for windsurfing. In those areas the wind is usually stronger. Cala Ratjada, Pollença or Platja de Muro are three of the beaches most frequented by windsurfers. Also, at these spots you’ll find schools where you can learn the sport and rent the equipment you’ll need to do it on your own.
- Water skiing
Skiing on the sea is a fantastic experience that we recommend you try if you’re thinking of spending your holidays in Mallorca. This sport will boost your adrenaline and will make you feel the power of the sea as you’ve never felt it before. Of course, you’ll have to look for one of the several spots where this sport is offered, since you’ll need a powerful boat to pull you along at full power!
Contrary to what you might think, this is actually a very full-on sport, since it requires a lot of effort for you to keep your balance. It also requires a lot of skill to stand on skis while you’re hooked up to a boat that’s pulling you along on top of the water at high speed.
A prerequisite for water skiing is that the water is completely calm, so take advantage of the days when the wind is barely blowing.
Who hasn’t dreamed of flying? Well, flyboarding gives you the opportunity to experience what it feels like to literally fly over the sea. This is possible thanks to a board that’s connected to a tube, which expels water at high pressure at the bottom. This propels the board and whoever’s on it up to 7 metres above sea level!
One of the great advantages of this sport is that you don’t need a lot of experience to master it. With just a short lesson you’ll be able to enjoy it to the fullest, executing spectacular turns and dives into the water. Dare to fly!
Now you know everything you need to about these four water sports, decide which one suits your tastes and take advantage of your stay in Mallorca to try one, or as many as you can!