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Holidays In Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands Holidays at a glance

Book your next holiday to the Balearic Islands and you'll arrive at a group of islands located in the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea, sitting just off Spain's eastern shore, the Balearic islands benefit from year-round sunshine, soft, golden sandy beaches, warm waters and an seemingly endless choice of beach resorts. They are better known, perhaps, by the individual names of the three major players among the islands that make them up, that is Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza. A fourth, Formentera, is also popular, though less well-known. 'Players' is a good word to describe them, as they are known for the lively nightlife they offer and the young people who holiday there in large numbers every year. However, those who want simply to enjoy the sun, the simplicity and the scenery of some of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands will find somewhere to suit them too, if they look past the well-beaten tourist tracks and try some of the quieter, lesser known locations.

People in the region speak Catalan and Spanish; however don't worry about communication during your holidays in the Balearic Islands because English is widely spoken. The culture and cuisine is typically Mediterranean, with each island offering something uniquely different. So if you're looking for a relaxing family holiday or a break filled with all night parties, then a holiday to the Balearic Islands will definitely fit the bill.

Key Facts - Balearic Islands

  • Population785,000 (Approx.)
  • LanguageSpanish, Catalan & English
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 34

Balearic Islands Holidays - Destination Profile

Majorca, the biggest of the islands, has all the ingredients for a fun-filled sunny break with the restaurants, bars and discos to complement it. Leisure is largely centred on water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and swimming, but golf, go-carting and many other activities are also available. The mountainous centre of the island, where picturesque villages and beautiful scenery give your holiday a whole new aspect, can be enjoyed on foot, on a bike or horseback or, if that all sounds a bit energetic, in a hired car. Theme and water parks are also abundant for the young and fearless.

Majorca's more demure sister island of Menorca is altogether more chilled and relaxed. With an easy-going charm that harks back to the traditional ways of earlier island life, Menorca is a great choice for a family holiday being child friendly and full of activities for everyone to enjoy. Menorca's fabulous coast has a greater number of beaches than Ibiza, Majorca and Formentera put together, but, as well as its amazing shoreline, Menorca encompasses some of the most important environmental areas in the Balearic region. The north coast is a wild, unspoilt, pine-clad area indented by several enchanting, isolated coves and is home to scores of sea and migratory birds, flora and fauna.

Say Ibiza think party; its reputation goes before it. It's wild if you want it to be, it ticks all the boxes of the sun and action crowd, and is hard to beat for sheer fun. If dusk `till dawn is when you visit the land of nod, however, don't be put off - Ibiza has a much quieter side to it which comes as a surprise to all but those already in the know. The island is full of tranquil locations ideal for a more laid-back experience, with excellent snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving, and sailing, as well as great walks, shopping, and fine dining. In smaller, inland villages, life retains much of its authentic charm; clubs, pubs and nightlife tends to centre around the coastal resorts and larger towns.

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Holidays in Balearic Islands - Things to see

Cuevas de Drach (Dragon Caves): These are the most famous and popular site in Majorca. The outstanding beauty of these caves include an impressive underground lake. The caves are definitely worth visiting and you will see the wonderful rock formations including stalactites and stalagmites.

Bellver Castle - Palma: This is a circular castle situated upon on a hill near Palma the capital of the Island of Majorca, Balearic Islands. Built in the 14th century for King James II of Aragon, it was used as a military prison during the 18th and 19th centuries. Now it is one of the main tourist attractions of the island.

Capilla de San Ciriaco: Located in Ibiza Town in a steep small cobbled street that crosses the Calle Mayor leading to the cathedral in the heart of the old city. In this little street you will find an interesting chapel, it is a large crack in the rock with a grille covering the hole in the wall. Legend has it that this is the place where the first Catalan soldiers entered the Arab citadel in 1235, thus allowing the island to be conquered by King Jaime I.

Estatua del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus: Ibiza's statue of Christ can be seen from the road running between San Antonio and Ibiza Town. The statue is a monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was erected after the Spanish civil war. From here you will be able to enjoy wonderful view of the valley.

Faro de Botafoc: The Botafoc lighthouse sits just right of beach as you head towards Talamanca. From here you can enjoy panoramic views of the Ibiza Town and particularly impressive at night. Built in 1861, the lighthouse is 16 metres high. Unfortunately, visitors are not permitted to go inside the building.

Xoroi Caves: Menorca's caves feature a spectacular disco bar set in a cave high above sea level. The dance floor is built into the cave entrance, partly inside the cave and partly above the sea.

Things to do on a Holiday in Balearic Islands

Holidays to the Balearic Islands continue to be popular because of the wonderful beaches, coupled with glorious summer climate making it a haven for watersports. As you'd imagine there are huge amount of other activities on offer.

Waterparks: Ideal for families taking holidays in the Balearic islands, each of the islands have their own water parks, these include Aquapark, Hidropark and Aquacity on Majorca; Aguamar and Agualandia on Ibiza and Aqua Center and AquaRock Menorca on Menorca. All the waterparks are family friendly with plenty of facilities for the entire family. These include playgrounds, restaurants, funfairs, Jacuzzis, and pools with wild slides to keep the children occupied.

Watersports: There are also pedal boats available for rent. Most beaches and resorts on all the islands rent out banana boats, canoes, pedalos, water-skis and jet-skis. For the adventurous at heart, there are abundant windsurfing, para-sailing and surfing equipment for rent at the main beaches. And if you're still learning, you can always find expert instructors or schools that teach windsurfing, para-sailing and surfing on the main beaches in the island.

Visitors can not only enjoy the magnificent beaches in the Balearic Islands, but also a wide range of leisure centres, nature parks that showcase fauna and waterfowl, impressive natural caves, manor homes, world-famous archaeological remains and more. An array of cultural and entertainment activities to suit the most varied tastes. A myriad of alternatives also exist for nightlife. Restaurants and clubs for late night abound in the Balearic Islands.

Eating/Drinking During Balearic Islands Holidays

During your Balearic Islands holidays you will be able to discover the wonders of Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine, sharing many dishes with the Catalan and Valencia people. Traditional Balearic cuisine is rich in vegetables, cereal, legumes and healthy because of its low fat content. The islands' position in the Mediterranean means that seafood is very popular with succulent dishes such as Caldereta (Lobster stew), Arros de peix (rice cooked in a fish broth with fish pieces) and baked fish.

As well as the traditional cuisine many resorts have restaurants and cafes serving more familiar British favourites. Many resorts also have restaurants serving international cuisine including Chinese and Indian.

Getting Around on Balearic Islands Holidays

Getting around whilst on your holidays to the Balearic Islands is extremely easy and convenient, like many Spanish holiday destinations the transport is cheap and reliable. Taxis are a relatively inexpensive way of getting around, Buses are significantly cheaper and are a really good way of seeing more of the islands. For ultimate flexibility car hire is recommended as the best way of getting around and allows you to really explore the less visited parts of island that you are staying on where public transport may not reach.

Balearic Islands Holidays Shopping

The Balearic Islands have a strong tradition of craftsmanship. This means great buys from embroidery, hand painted ceramics, glassware, items made from raffia and palm leaves, handmade shoes, the famous pearls and other costume jewellery from Majorca. Something for everyone!

Weather and climate information

The Mediterranean benefits from plentiful sunshine throughout the summer and holidays to the Balearics are no exception, they enjoy ideal weather with hot sunny days and fine temperatures almost every day.

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