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Discover the Balearic Islands

Discover the Balearic Islands
Balearic Islands, the archipelago of Spain located in the western Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, consist of five larger islands – four of those inhabited – and a number of minor islets surrounding those four. The islands boast an enviable blend of nearly-perfect climate, pristine coastlines, stunning biodiversity, and a distinct vibe of each isle. Balearic Islands are easily accessible by a plane from continental Spain or other European destinations. The islands of Ibiza and Majorca can also be reached by a ferry from Barcelona or Valencia.
Balearic Islands
MAJORCA

The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca’s appeal contains everything from the stunning mountain scenery and hiking through the Serra de Tramuntana range, to serene pine forests, beach coves, and the popular seaside activities. A perfect getaway for the ‘active’ traveler, Majorca offers miles of rugged coastline views, and picturesque hiking and cycling trails. Visited by over 10 million people annually, Majorca also possesses a unique cultural legacy, blending Roman, Judaic, and Islamic influences in its distinctive architectural style. A touch of classical Roman Empire is evident throughout its capital, Palma de Majorca. The city also adds a plethora of cosmopolitan options for travelers, including many shopping, dining, and nightlife options.

Cathedral of Majorca
Cathedral of Majorca
Albufera Menorca
Albufera Menorca
MENORCA

The Balearics’ most tranquil island, Menorca, is a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve complete with untouched beaches, coves, and ravines that run along its 100-mile-long coastline. The island is an open-air museum of the archipelago biodiversity, boasting a wealth of flora, fauna and landscapes. Enjoy a mountainous hike or a bike ride, or a horseback ride on a designated trail that will unveil the stunning beauty of Menorca. The island’s S’Albufera d’Es Grau Nature Reserve is a refuge for many aquatic and migratory birds, and is one of southern Europe’s most important wetland areas. The island’s capital, Maó, has a busy port with ferries arriving from Majorca and the mainland, as well as an airport. For sommeliers, Menorca offers a unique opportunity to enjoy good wine produced from ancient winemaking recipes of the four local wineries.

IBIZA

A world-famous party hotspot, Ibiza boasts a laid-back party vibe perfect for its sandy beach backdrop. Thousands flock to Ibiza to enjoy its fun-filled nightlife atmosphere. From swanky lounges, bars, and nightclubs, to outdoor concerts and cultural events, and bar patios, the island is filled with vibrant energy and the world’s best party music. During the day, enjoy Ibiza’s famous beaches and fun marine activities. Stroll through the street markets and shops, filled with regional crafts and treats, and snack on local figs, olives and almonds. Don’t miss one of Ibiza’s legendary beach parties complete with funky beats, beautiful people, and an unforgettable atmosphere.

Ibiza
Ibiza
Formentera
Formentera
FORMENTERA

Formentera’s virtually untouched beauty, pristine coastline and crystalline waters have earned it a nickname of the ‘last paradise if the Mediterranean.’ Quaint and quiet compared to its livelier neighbor Ibiza, Formentera is ideal for a tranquil getaway, or for those interested in snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving. The island’s Cala Saona is one the best beaches for snorkeling. Yachting and boating enthusiasts can sail to the uninhabited island of Espalmador in low tide, separated from Formentera by a shallow sandbar. The main village and Formentera’s capital, Sant Francesc de Formentera, is lined with charming cafes and shops.

SMALLER BALEARIC ISLANDS

Some of the smaller islands and islets among the Balearics include Cabrera, Es Conills, Es Vedrá, Sa Conillera, Sa Dragonera, S’Espalmador, S’Espardell, Ses Bledes, Santa Eulária, Plana, Foradada, Tagomago, Na Redona, Colom, and L’Aire. Most of them remain uninhabited and serve as ecological refuge. The island of Cabrera, fifth largest amongst the Balearics, is a National Park, accessible by boat from Majorca. The islands of Sa Dragonera, Pantaleu, and Isla Mediana are designated natural parks and preserves that prohibit any tourism-related development.

Why not let us include one of these lovely islands in your Spain vacation ….

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