Boat and Ferry Travel

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Boat and Ferry Travel

From Barcelona: The Acciona-Trasmediterránea and Balearia car ferries serve Ibiza and Minorca from Barcelona; Iscomar ferries ply between Ibiza and neighboring Formentera. The most romantic way to get to the Balearic Islands is by overnight ferry from Barcelona to Palma, sailing (depending on the line and the season) between 11 and 11:30 pm; you can watch the lights of Barcelona sinking into the horizon for hours—and when you arrive in Palma, around 6 am, see the spires of the cathedral bathed in the morning sun. Overnight ferries have lounges and private cabins. Round-trip fares vary with the line, the season, and points of departure and destination but are around €90 for lounge seats or €200 per person for a double cabin.

Fast ferries and catamarans, also operated by Acciona-Trasmediterránea and Balearia, with passenger lounges only, speed from Barcelona to Eivissa (Ibiza), to Palma and Alcúdia (Majorca), and to Ciutadella (Minorca). Depending on the destination, the trip takes between three and five hours.

From Valencia: Acciona-Trasmediterránea ferries leave Valencia late at night for Ibiza, arriving early in the morning. Balearia fast ferries (no vehicles) leave Valencia for Sant Antoni on Ibiza in the late afternoon, making the crossing in about two and a half hours. There are also ferries from Valencia to Minorca. Acciona-Trasmediterránea and Balearia both have services from Valencia to Majorca, leaving midmorning for Palma, arriving early evening. Departure days and times vary with the season; service is more frequent in summer.

From Denia: Balearia runs a daily two-hour superfast ferry service for passengers and cars between Denia and Eivissa, and a similar three-hour service between Denia and Palma on weekends. Iscomar runs a slower car-and-truck ferry service between Denia and Sant Antoni, Ibiza.

Interisland: Daily fast ferries connect Ibiza and Palma; one-way fares range from €37 to €112, depending on the type of accommodations. The Pitiusa and Transmapi lines offer frequent fast ferry and hydrofoil service between Ibiza and Formentera. Daily ferries connect Alcúdia (Majorca) and Ciutadella (Minorca) in three to four hours, depending on the weather; a hydrofoil makes the journey in about an hour.

Boat and Ferry Information

Balearia (www.balearia.com.)

Formentera port (Formentera. 971/322057.)

Iscomar (www.iscomar.ferries.org.)

Mediterránea Pitiusa. Fares for the shuttle ferry from Eivissa port to La Savina on Formentera are €26.80 (Jet Line) and €23.80 (Express Line) one-way, €46 and €43 round-trip. Eivissa, Ibiza. 670/771297 or 650/694743. www.medpitiusa.net/en.

Trasmapi (902/314433. www.trasmapi.com.)

Acciona Trasmediterránea (902/454645. www.trasmediterranea.es.)

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