Paseo marítitimo - Muelle de golondrinas, Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, s/n, 07014 Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain
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Photo by John Newton
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Rafael VerderaMallorca's history is tied to the sea as a trading post in the middle of the Mediterranean for centuries, while it is famous today in part for the mega-yachts of corporate tycoons that call at its ports. If you want to include seeing the island from the sea as part of your visit, but forgot to bring your yacht and crew with you, the Rafael Verdera offers an old-school solution. One of the oldest ships still sailing in Spain, it was originally built in 1841 on Ibiza and long traveled among the Balearic Islands. After an extensive renovation beginning in 1985, the ship transitioned from carrying grains and goods between the islands to a cargo of passengers on day trips.
In July and August, sailings consist of five-hour excursions during the day, with a stop for a barbecue lunch and an opportunity to swim in the sea. Shorter three-hour sunset cruises typically travel along the waterfront of Palma, with views of the cathedral at dusk. Outside of the high season, the ship is often hired by groups for private sailings but if enough individual travelers contact the owners through their website to justify an outing, the crew will put together an excursion and divide the cost among those who join.