A group of islands in Spain, the Balearic Islands consist of a few large and some smaller islands that dot the sea. Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera form the larger of the islands and have been the centre of romance even as far back to the days of Aristotle. But there is even the smallest Cabrera island surrounded by tens of even smaller islands.
Ask anyone and they tell you that the Mediterranean offers perfect getaway. Its temperate climate and refreshing air, its turquoise water, and azure sky, all make up a land and water mass that is as romantic as it is splendid. The jewel in the Mediterranean crown lies on the western edge of the ocean, close to the Iberian Peninsula.
Cala Macarelleta Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain by Lali Masriera
A Guide to the Balearic Islands
Mallorca is the largest of the islands and hosts the capital city of Palma. Tourists flying into the Balearic Islands will land here before going on to their final destinations. It is also the port of entry if arriving by ship.
Some of the most modern sea vessels offering a delightful experience ply the route between the mainland, from Barcelona to Palma.
5 best places to visit in Mallorca
1. Serra de Tramuntana – mountain range full of wonderful nature, culture and heritage
2. Palma Cathedral Le Seu – breathtaking Gothic Cathedral in Mallorca’s capital Palma de Mallorca
3. Alcudia Old Town – the jewel of the island
4. Cap de Formentor – Mallorca’s northeast tip
5. Cuevas de Arta – even Mallorca has its caves
Caló des Moro, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain by Tommie Hansen
The name Minorca refers to the smaller island as opposed to Mallorca’s larger island. History buffs visit the island to view the many stone monuments that populate this island.
The megaliths give evidence to the notion that there were prehistoric civilisations in this part of the world. Its latest claim to fame was its historic pirate activity at the end of the Punic wars. This was the other attraction from history buffs.
Best places to visit in Minorca
1. Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau – protected murshes, dunes and countless birds
2. Fort Marlborough – some of the British history on the island
3. Port of Mahón – just after Perl Harbour this is the second largest natural port in the world
4. Puerto de Ciudadela – beautiful port
5. Cala Macarelleta – unforgettable beach
Port in Minorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Stay in a special place while exploring the Balearic Islands!
Transfer your visit to the Balearic Islands to an adventure you’ll never forget. Choosing the right accommodation is the first thing to start with! Melia Cala Galdana hotel amaze you with its services but mainly with its unique location!
Melia Cala Galdana, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Aside from all the partying that Ibiza is usually associated with, this is another historian’s paradise. Ibiza was at the forefront of the changes that occurred to this area after a decline of the Phoenicians. The area was inhabited by settlers as far back as 650BC.
As the Assyrians ascended to power while the Phoenicians waned, Ibiza came under the control of ancient Carthage. Today, its status as a party town is almost legendary and it continues to attract a crowd that is young and energetic.
Best places to visit in Ibiza
1. Ibiza Horse Valley – start your unique tour right here
2. Playa Cala Salada – hidden gem among Ibiza beaches
3. Es Vedrà – like Capri has its Faraglioni, Ibiza has its own Es Vedrà – rocky islands
4. Benirrás Beach – watching the sunset in Ibiza is a must-do thing
5. Ibiza Party Boat – Ibiza is a Party Capital of Europe
Sa Marina, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain by Manolo Gómez
South of the island of Ibiza, separated only by the strait, lies the island of Formentera. It is also the least populated of all the main islands and offers a serene and tranquil Mediterranean lifestyle.
The island is a throwback to the ways of the ancients that inhabited the island and it is a real getaway from all the walking and dancing the other islands offer. The best thing to do here is to lie on the beach and enjoy the ocean spray and pristine air as it cools your skiing while the sun tans it.
Best places to visit in Formentera
1. Playa de Ses Illetes – in the middle of a Natural Reserve you’ll find this wonderful beach
2. Cala Saona – another wonderful beach you must visit
3. Ses Salines Natural Park – a nature is why visitors are coming to this island each year
4. Faro de La Mola – 19th century lighthouse with amazing views of the rocky coast and the sea
5. S’Espalmador – a small island between Formentera and Ibiza
Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain by Nacho Pintos
The island of Cabrera is the smallest of all Balearic Islands and it is uninhabited. The island is not a common spot for tourists, but due to the almost a virgin nature, it became popular mainly among the fans of diving and marine life.
You can find some diving centres that organise trips to Cabrera in opposite Mallorca. Divers beginners can complete a diving training (of 5 days), which is possible to do in various languages.
Cabrera – Penyal Blanc, Balearic Islands, Spain by Calvin Smith