Regions In Balearic Islands
Holidays in Menorca
Book Menorca holidays with Olympic Holidays and enjoy one of the most popular Balearic Islands with more beaches than all the other Balearic islands put together (120 in all)! Measuring 52 kms long and 15 kms wide, this smaller neighbour of the much larger Majorca has so much to offer. Holidays to Menorca has something for all tastes from attractive fishing villages on the north coast to spectacular bays in the south ideal for a variety of watersports.
Who holidays in Menorca?
Menorca holidays are ideal for families and those looking for a relaxing break. The pace of life on the island is far removed from that of its noisier neighbour, Majorca. Holidays to Menorca generally means lazy days on the beach, delicious evening meals, scenic coastal walks and perhaps the occasional spot of shopping.
Holidays to Menorca are probably not complete without a visit to one of the many sandy beaches, probably the most popular beach on the island is Cala Galdana, set in an amazing horseshoe bay while Santo Tomas is probably the preferred choice of honeymoon couples and families. The wonderful unspoilt golden beach of Son Bou is the longest at 3 kms and backs onto beautiful undeveloped countryside.
If you enjoy your history then holidays to Menorca have so much to offer. This small Mediterranean island has exchanged hands countless of times, from the Romans and the Moors to the French, British and of course the Spanish, each has left its mark on the landscape and the culture. Even more ancient are the strange T-shaped rock constructions reminiscent of Stonehenge together with other stone-age burial mounds, villages and places of worship, the amateur historian in you will no doubt find something amazing.
Menorca holidays remain extremely popular for package holidays, Menorca holidays depart from a wide range of UK airports including London Gatwick and Manchester. There is just one airport in Menorca (Mahon Airport) located for convenient access to all the resorts. As well as package holidays to Menorca, Olympic Holidays has great range of cheap flights to Menorca.
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!
Things To See
The strange and mysterious prehistoric Stone Taulas: Holidays to Menorca would be incomplete without visiting the world renowned Taulas, these T shaped stone monuments set in a horseshoe shaped precinct and found only in Menorca have always defied rational explanation. There are many theories but studies point to them being a sort of stellar observation centre precisely aligned with the Southern Cross in their day.
The Cave of Es Mussol containing: In recent years several caves containing very interesting archaeological remains have been discovered that date back to 1200BC, the earliest dated remains found in Europe. The wooden faces have been dated 1200BC and were found in the cave of Es Mussol which would have been used as a sanctuary by people more closely related to the Celts than the Mediterranean.
Mahon, the capital of Menorca: During your holiday to Menorca why not visit the fascinating town of Menorca in the middle of the east coast of the island, 3 miles north of Es Castell and 2 miles from Mahon airport. The town sits on cliffs above an exceptionally long and deep natural harbour and is surrounded by beautiful farmland. Mahon has an attractive-looking centre whose history has bequeathed an intriguing mix of architectural styles. There are many interesting attractions including the gin distillery, the hippodrome, a small museum, the Church of Santa Maria with its vast church organ, and the prehistoric remains of Trepuco. The south of Mahon runs into the Menorca resort of Es Castell with its charmingly atmospheric harbour at Calas Fons.
Things To Do
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.
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.
- Beautiful landscapes
- Superb beaches
- Ancient sites of historical interest
Holidays in Majorca
Book Majorca holidays with Olympic Holidays and enjoy the largest of the Balearic Islands with over 350 miles of stunning coastline with beautiful coves and white sandy beaches. Majorca is synonymous with world renowned beaches but there is so much more that this popular island has to offer. Majorca holidays are the perfect choice to enjoy a huge range of watersports such as scuba diving windsurfing, fishing, sailing and even surfing to name but a few.
Who holidays in Majorca?
Majorca holidays are ideal for young people & families and those looking for an exciting break with lots of activities on offer. Majorca is also suitable for older couples looking for a culturally rewarding holiday on an island steeped in history.
Many young people choose holidays to Majorca for the vibrant nightlife as well as the beach culture. Resorts such as Magaluf on the south coast are literally buzzing with life after sunset as people enjoy the many bars and nightclubs.
Holidays to Majorca are not just about the beach and bars, the countryside also plays an important role. Almost 40 percent of the island is protected and this can be enjoyed by following one of the many hiking trails either on foot or by mountain bike. Alternatively, many visitors chose to hire a car and take a trip inland to see some of the countless Roman ruins, ancient villages, olive groves and windmills from a bygone era.
In fact if you enjoy your history then holidays to Majorca have so much to offer, Majorca boasts several historically important medieval castles, interesting monasteries such as Santuari del Puig Maria and Miramar and a glorious 13th century cathedral in the heart of old Palma.
Culture is a vital part of life on the island, throughout the year there are festivals, concerts, literary events and exhibitions. The capital Palma City is the islands cultural centre, outstanding for its historic old town as well as its fabulous international cuisine including typical Majorca fare, tapas (a selection of small dishes such as, meat balls, chorizo, squid rings & many more).
Majorca holidays remain extremely popular for package holidays, Majorca holidays are depart from a wide range of UK airports including London Gatwick and Manchester. There is just one airport in Majorca (Palma Airport) located for convenient access to all the resorts. As well as package holidays to Majorca, Olympic Holidays has great range of cheap flights to Majorca.
Palma has an excellent shopping district with everything from upmarket boutiques to familiar high street shops. The area also has modern shopping centres (malls) and hypermarkets.
Practically every town in Majorca has a weekly market. Typically starting early in the morning and finishing by noon. The largest market is held on Thursdays in Inca.
Things To See
Palma Cathedral: Holidays to Majorca would be incomplete without visiting the magnificent cathedral in the capital Palma. The tower contains 9 bells including a bell know as "N'Eloi" which measures 2 metres in diameter and weighs 4,517 kilos!
Bellver Castle: This 14th century Gothic masterpiece located atop a hill is unusual in its circular construction. The castle is around 3km from the historic centre of Palma.
Drach Caves: During your holiday to Majorca why not visit the fascinating Drach Caves. Why not enjoy a tour of these caves formed by the sea which includes a short classical music concert at Martel Lake.
Things To Do
As you'd expect from a established place for tourism, Majorca holidays offers a fantastic range of attractions and things to do.
Waterparks: Majorca has 4 waterparks, Aqualand El Arenal is one of Europes largest water parks and has a range of attractions. Aqualand Magaluf is just 10 minutes from Magaluf resort centre and has mini parl for younger children. Marineland Mallorca is home to dolphins, sea lions, pengwuins and an aquarium with many species of fish.
Windsurfing: Majorca holidays are great for inexperienced windsurfers, all the major beaches offer windsurfing facilities. The winds are mild so Majorca is an excellent place for beginners.
Water Skiing: All the major beach resorts in Majorca offer water skiing facilities.
SCUBA Diving: You can book SCUBA diving sessions at most of the major beach resorts.
Horse Racing: Visit Europes first floodlit racecourse The Hipodromo Son Pardo located in Palma and makes for great day/evening out.
Car Hire: Hiring your own car is the most convinient way of getting around Majorca. You have the flexability to travel where you want and when you want.
Train: Majorca operates two train routes and both depart from Palma's Placa d'Espanya. One route runs through Sierra de Tramuntana mountain and ends at the town of Soller. This journey is a beautiful trip for sightseeing and exploring the Majorcan landscape. The second route travels north to Inca, stopping off at the villages of Marratxi, Santa Maria del Cami, Consell, Binissalem and Lloseta.
Bus: Travelling around by bus is the very cheap and convinient. Various bus operators run services between Palma and the rest of Majorca.
Taxis: Getting around by Taxi is also very convinient, taxis are adundant in availability and supply. Most taxis are metered and supplements are charged for for considerations such as extra passengers and luggage.
- Vibrant Nightlife
- World Renowned Beaches
- Picturesque Landscapes
Holidays in Ibiza
Book Ibiza holidays with Olympic Holidays enjoy a Balearic island holiday well known for its traditional Spanish towns set in the countryside, some of Europe's best beaches and nightclubs well known around the world. Ibiza is the third smallest Balearic island and has been tremendously popular for tourist for the last 40 years. As well as clubbing, Ibiza holidays have an excellent range of resorts with excellent beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters.
Who holidays in Ibiza?
Ibiza holidays are ideal for young people seeking wild nights and parting into the early hours in a sophisticated and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Ibiza holidays are also suitable for families with children looking for glorious beaches ideal for relaxation and sunbathing.
Choose Ibiza holidays and arrive in the most diverse of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain together with its neighbours Menorca & Majorca. Each of the holiday resorts are scattered around the beautiful coastline, each has its own unique charm making Ibiza holidays an unforgettable experience.
The resorts of Ibiza Town and San Antonio are where the clubbing scene and nightlife is most vibrant. These resorts have a plethora of bars and nightclubs offering those taking holidays to Ibiza the opportunity to party into the early hours and relax during the day. Located the south east coast is Santa Eulalia, 9 miles north from Ibiza Town and 13 mile from Ibiza airport. Santa Eulalia is a charming resort with a central square leading to a seafront promenade. The beach is has a excellent range of bars and restaurants while the centre of the resort has some lovely cafes to relax. The nightlife is low key making it an ideal base for relaxing Ibiza holidays for families and couples.
Playa d'en Bossa is a wonderful resort that is heavily targeted to families and couples, located on the South West coast this resort has a wonderful blue flag beach and plenty of facilities to keep everyone occupied including a waterpark. If your looking for Ibiza holiday with nice mix of relaxation and some party nights than Figueretas is an excellent resort. Located just a short walk to Ibiza town promising stunning sights of the old town, together with a wonderful array of bars, restaurants and cafes.
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Ibiza holidays remain extremely popular for package holidays, Ibiza holidays depart from a wide range of UK airports including London Gatwick and Manchester. There is one airport in Ibiza that is located conveniently for easy access to all the resorts. As well as package holidays to Ibiza, Olympic Holidays has great range of cheap flights to Ibiza.
Ibiza holidays are excellent for those who like shopping, bargain purchases include designer brands, sunglasses, watches, alchohol, perfumes and leather goods. If you head down to Ibiza Port you will discover a vibrant shopping scene with trendy boutiques selling the latest fashions.
The hippy market is located in Es Cana and operated every Wednesday and has been doing so since the 1970's. If your looking for mementos or souvenirs of your Ibiza holidays there is huge choice including moccasins, batik wraps and trinkets.
Things To See
Capilla de San Ciriaco: This is 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 with the same name. 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
Estátua del Sagrado Corazòn 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 Ibiza Town. Built in 1861, the lighthouse is 16 metres high. Visitors are not permitted to go inside the building.
Things To Do
Golf Courses: For golf enthusiast Ibiza holidays are great fun with a number of professional golf courses located on the island. Even if your a beginner you can quite easily hire equipment and enjoy a round.
Water Park: The Aguamar in Playa den Bossa is Ibiza's largest waterpark, guaranteed to keep the adults and children happy. The waterpark offers a spectacular variety of water slides, chutes and swimming pools. You may even dare to enter the 'Black Hole', with its scary high decent sliding down on a rubber ring.
Sunset Sailing: The sunset in Ibiza can only be described as phenomenal, take a trip upon a catamaran and take in the breathtaking views of the sunset.
Car Hire: A very convinient way of getting around during your Ibiza holidays is to hire a car. In the larger resorts you will find Car Hire companies offer a range of vehicles.
Buses: Ibiza has an extensive regular bus service that run half hour connections between all the major resorts and popular beaches. During the summer buses run between 7am - 10pm. a disco bus is available from midnight to 6am catering for clubbers.
Taxis: A very comfortable method of transport and quite cost effective if there are 3 or 4 people travelling. Taxis can be flagged down at any time and operate on a meter system.
- World renowned nightlife
- Beautiful golden sandy beaches
- Stunning picturesque landscapes
- Family friendly resorts