Discover the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western Mediterranean. They offer nature, culture and leisure, coves with crystalline water and white sand, beautiful sunsets, peace and quiet or all-night revels. You can stroll around seaside villages, discover amazing scenery and do all kinds of water sports.

The archipelago is made up of two groups of islands and many islets: the Gymnesic Islands (Majorca, Minorca, Cabrera and some nearby islets such as Dragonera, Conillera or  Illa de l'Aire) and the Pityusic Islands (Ibiza and Formentera, together with the various surrounding islets, such as S'Espalmador and Espardell). The two largest islands are Majorca and Ibiza and the two quietest, Minorca and Formentera.

Majorca

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Majorca is called Sa Roqueta by its residents and the Romans called it Balearis Maior (“the biggest”). Majorca has a very pleasant, year-round climate and over 100 kilometres of sea and mountains. We make some suggestions here of a number of interesting places to get to know Majorca and its charms:

  • Palma de Mallorca. The capital of the island of Majorca attracts visitors with its culture, history and nightlife. The centre of Palma is made up of narrow streets which you must wander through and explore. In the old quarter, you can visit the Cathedral, an example of Mediterranean Gothic architecture. Of particular interest inside are the Mirador Door, Trinity Chapel, and the Gothic Museum.
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  • The caves. There are many caves on the island. You can visit the Drach and Hams caves in Manacor, the Campanet caves in the village of the same name, the Artá caves in Cap Vermell at Capdepera.
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  • Andratx. This is one of the island’s main coastal towns and a place where there are many small coves, big cliffs and islets such as Sa Dragonera, which was declared a Natural Park in 1995.
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  • Sóller. This is a beautiful village on the north-western coast of the island. It is an excellent choice to do mountain sports and enjoy nature.
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  • Beaches. Majorca has over 300 fine white sandy beaches with crystalline waters. The must-see beaches include Can Pastilla, which is linked to Arenal beach, Cala Major, Cala Estancia, Formentor and Es Trenc.
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  • Valldemossa and Serra de Tramuntana. Valldemossa is located in the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana, 17 kilometres from Palma. It is an ideal place for hiking with its hills and pleasant climate. The main tourist attraction is La Cartuja, the Carthusian Monastery.

Ibiza

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Ibiza, although it is smaller than Majorca, has a great deal to offer: natural parks, beaches with turquoise waters, cliffs, traditional villages, spectacular sunsets and, of course, all-night partying.

Ibiza town is located in the south of the island and is known for its nightlife. However, it also has interesting areas to visit such as the old quarter with its surrounding wall. You can follow the steep streets up to the top to enjoy spectacular views.

San Antonio, named Portus Magnus by the Romans because of its wide bay, is one of the main tourist centres on the island, and popular with tourists from all over Europe who are attracted by its beaches and lively nightlife. Santa Eulalia is a quiet town, ideal for people looking for relaxation on the beach.

Cala Conta, is a cove located on the most western point of the island, where the water is especially clean. At night you can admire spectacular sunsets.

Platja d'En Bossa, is Ibiza’s most famous and liveliest beach. The days and nights are one continuous party. It is one of the biggest beaches and offers a wide variety of services.

Minorca

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It has 216 kilometres of very varied coast, a rugged coastline and reddish beaches to the north and more gentle relief and coves of golden sand to the south. All the beaches have clean and transparent waters. It was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, due to the richness of its ecology and landscape. One particular highlight is the Natural Park of s'Albufera d'Es Grau, a refuge for many aquatic and migratory birds, which is also one of the most important wetlands in southern Europe.

Another of its attractions is its archeological and cultural heritage, such as the historic old district of Ciudadela, the prehistoric remains such as Navata des Tudons, the Mahon site or the fishing villages.

Formentera

Formentera

Formentera is notable for having managed to combine tourism with conservation of the environment. Formentera can only be reached by boat from Ibiza, and especially because of its inaccessibility, it is a very peaceful location. You can enjoy the island while cycling round it or swimming on its more than 20 kilometres of white sand beaches and transparent waters.

Cabrera

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In the Cabrera Archipelago National Park, you can go scuba diving and discover one of the best-preserved seabeds on the Spanish coast. You can also take boat trips to visit bathing areas that can only be reached from the sea.

There are three public beaches, Sa Platgeta, Platga d'es Pagès and S'Empalmador, and many trails for walking.

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Discover the Balearic Islands