Medieval towns, miles of coastline, hippy markets and multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites…..Welcome to the Balearic Islands!
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the eastern coast of mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands include four main islands, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Each island offers its own unique experience. Visitors can select the one that is best for them, or take advantage of the daily ferry service that runs between all of the main islands.
The most popular of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca attracts many visitors due to its excellent beaches, Gothic architecture and numerous sightseeing activities. A favorite with visitors is the Serra de Tramuntana, a mountain range and UNESCO World Heritage site that extends over 20 municipalities. Another popular destination is the Palma Cathedral constructed during the reign of Jamie II that still remains open today for tours and worship services.
Declared a protected Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993, Menorca combines secluded beaches, prehistoric sites and picturesque walking trails that circle the entire island. Visit Naveta des Tudons, a tomb from the pre-talaiot period dated between 1200 and 750 A.D. Or, hike the Cami de Cavalis trail that circles the island and was used by the army of King James II to watch over the coastline.
And no visit to Menorca would be complete without sampling Mahón cheese, a strong flavored artisanal cheese that has been produced on the island for centuries.
The island of Ibiza offers stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, hippy markets, and beautiful historical sites. The Dalt Villa is one of the best preserved fortresses in the Mediterranean and was declared a World Heritage site in 1999. Walk to the castle, or take a trip back in time by visiting the Puig des Molins Museum.
Located off the coast of Ibiza, and accessible by boat, this is the smallest inhabitable island of the Balearic archipelago. Here visitors will find a dream-like paradise with secluded beaches, quaint towns, beautiful lighthouses and miles of trails to explore by bike or on foot.
The secluded nature of the island has resulted in a variety of local dishes that focus on organic produce, sustainable agriculture and slow foods. Dishes to try include peix sec’ (dried salted fish) and bullit de peix’ (fish stew).
With so many exciting experiences to choose from, the Balearic Islands offer something for everyone. Start planning your trip today!
For further information on the Balearic Islands, please contact the Tourist Office of Spain at: www.spain.info
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