Tourism in the Balearic Islands
The holiday destination par excellence
Fairy tale coves, unspoilt natural beauty and wonderful sunsets... That sums of the charm of the Balearic Islands. The perfect place to lose yourself and escape everyday life in the fishing villages of the islands. It's the closest thing we have to real life paradise.
The Balearic archipelago is made up of several islands, the major ones being Majorca, with Palma its capital and Ibiza (whose official name is Eivissa).
For lovers of seaside tourism, there is no better destination than the Balearic Islands. To reach the most impressive corners of Ibiza and to anchor in its recondite coves, you'll have to travel by catamaran, yacht, speedboat or sailing boat. The nature of the Balearic Islands stands out for its variety of diverse ecosystems, from the endemic plants to the holm-oak forests and coastal plains.
An island full of contrasts and a place of harmony and diversity. Over 216 km of coastline lined with coves lined with pine trees and beaches of golden sand and crystalline waters. It's the perfect island for lovers of diving and windsurfing. Minorca has an extraordinary natural landscape that transforms the island into a place of tranquillity and relaxation. Minorca also has historic monuments to be discovered, such as Ciutadella, La Naveta des Tudons and small fishing villages.
Majorca is the biggest archipelago in the Balearic Islands. It features a 550 km coastline of bays, sandbanks and white sandy beaches. What is unique about this island is that nearly 40% of its territory is protected. Apart from beach tourism, Majorca is famous for its parks, like the Maritime Terrestrial National Park of the Archipelago of Cabrera. Another option is to walk the mountain routes of the Sierra de Tramontana, with its peaks rising above 1,400 metres. Among the best known tourist destinations in Majorca are Palma, Deya, Calvià and Valledmossa.
There are impressive views of the Palma de Majorca, the Cathedral of Majorca, the Royal Palace of the Almudaina, Bellver Castle and also the Cuevas de Artà and Cueva del Drach.
It is probably the only island in the world that knows how to throw the best and craziest parties and music festivals on the beach, and still offer the rich landscape of quiet, rocky coves. Ibiza surprises us with its historic past as an old Phoenician-Punic settlement. If you travel to Ibiza you will be surprised at its artistic heritage which is concentrated in the Dalt Vila area or the Sa Caleta excavation.
There is no more perfect island than Ibiza for renting a car and losing yourself among the seaside towns. Some of the places that you can't afford to miss are Eivissa Castle, Santo Domingo Church and walls of the old town or Dalt Vila. What's more, don't forget the nightlife and parties at the likes of Pacha, Ushuaia and Ibiza Rocks.
With a population of 11 thousand, Formentera is the least populated of all the Balearic Islands, although it is probably the prettiest. This island boasts close to 69 km of coastline where, according to Forbes, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The mild climate has an annual average temperature of 18.6 degrees, making Formentera the perfect destination regardless of the time of year. At the moment there is no way to travel to Formentera direct, but the island can be accessed by boat from Ibiza or by ferry from Denia (province of Alicante).
Gastronomy in the Balearic Islands
When you visit the Balearic Islands don't miss the opportunity to try authentic Mediterranean food, which is a fusion of Catalan and Valencian cuisine. You absolutely must try the Minorcan date mussel: shellfish that is the same shape and colour as the date. To start the day, there's the delicious Balearic breakfast of a coffee with a Majorcan ensaimada (typical local artisan pastry, often filled with pastry cream or a pumpkin filling).