Drop anchor in a tranquil bay or right in front of a buzzling beach. Get the dinghy out or call the yacht-to-shore service. Or if you are feeling up to it: swim ashore to build up an appetite. Here are a few of our favorite, not to miss lunch spots across the Med.
Chez Jo, Le Lavandou, France
Go for the Pasta Langouste or world famous Bouillabaisse. The place looks nothing too fancy, which is exactly what gives it its charm. We spotted Kate Moss (true story), waved to her and continued to focus on our food, the view of the bay and the nudist beach right next door. Anchorage is perfect, even for yachts with a little more draft. We swam ashore, but there is a tender service available.
The bay offers enough shelter for safe anchorage under a wide range of wind directions. Should the afternoon winds shift or pick up, you’ll be back on board in minutes.
El Tiburon, Formentera, Spain
Our second entry is again in fact nothing more but a basic shack on the beach. No fancy dress or stylish interior designers at work. The beauty is in the view, the very relaxed atmosphere and fantastic seafood, salads and the occasional burger & fries. What is may lack in sophistication in terms of layout, is well made up by the absolutely fantastic scenery. The bay offers plenty of well protected anchorage and there is a tender service available from the restaurant. Be careful with (rare) strong easterly winds.
Playa Cavall d’en Borras, Es Pujols, Formentera (Spain)
t. +34 659 63 89 45
Amante Beach, Cala Llonga, Ibiza, Spain
Ok, this one is a little bit more fancy: Amante Beach Club. We never visited this place by yacht, but a fellow captain and admirer told us the Sol d’en Sera bay is perfect for anchoring as Amante’s position on the north-east of Ibiza makes it that the cove generally lies in the lee of the island.
Expect fantastic food, great ambiance and service. As said: this place is a little bit more upmarket than usual on the island of Ibiza, but is tranquil setting on top of the carved out rocks overlooking the bay is a nice welcome from the buzzling vibe that is hanging over the rest of the island. Not that we are disliking that, but from time to time one needs to unwind. Amante is just the place for that. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Ca’s Patro March, Deia, Mallorca
We hop over to another island in the Balearics, to Mallorca. It’s back to basics again in terms of furniture and design, but you will love a lot of things about this little hidden gem. Starting of with the fantastic views of the bay that offers great and spacious anchorage. Access to the rocky beach by your dinghy may be a little tricky, but once there, al that stands between you and a fantastic seafood lunch is a few steps up the stone stairs to enter the restaurant. Go for the fried octopus and sea bass. You won’t be disappointed. If you come by car, be prepared to brush up on your driving skills, the road down to the bay is not for pussies.
Note: be very careful in northerly winds. The swell can pick up rather quickly and would make for a nasty surprise if you see your floating dream end up on the rocks while you take a bite of your salted sea bass.
Cala Deià, 07179 Deyá, Mallorca, Spain
t. +34 971 63 91 37
Cap Falco Beach, Mallorca
With an excellent tender service, Cap Falco beach should be on your list when cruising around in the waters of Mallorca. The bay itself offers good anchorage and splendid views, but you won’t be able to anchor close enough to shore to swim. The restaurant serves fantastic food, served by great staff. Their daily special menu is a great combo of healthy salads and fresh catch of the day. Order a bottle of wine or two and if you are lucky, scoop up one of the daybeds for a long nap after lunch. Although you’d probably better of doing that on your yacht. Still, take your time to enjoy this fantastic place between the trees. After all, life is better at the beach.