The Balearic islands are a group of Islands off eastern Spain, in the Mediterranean. Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera make up the four largest islands. Their excellent climate with some 300 days of sun per year, wonderful beaches, and rich cultural make the Balearic Islands one of the preferred holiday destinations in Spain. Here are a few suggestions for some of the popular places to visit on each of the Islands..
Mallorca – known for its beach resorts and sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. The Serra de Tramuntana mountains, Palma the capital, Santa María gothic Cathedral, Moorish Almudaina Royal Palace, Pollença, and the Caves of Drach – And for those of you who enjoy a good boat race, Mallorca also hosts the annual Copa del Rey regatta.
Menorca – its collection of megalithic stone monuments, Maó-Mahón its capital city, the beautiful Cales Coves where marine and underwater conditions are excellent, take a walk down the longest beach on the island at Son Bou village. And don`t forget to stay for the ‘Festes de Sant Joan’ celebrated in June with fireworks, bonfires, music, singing and dancing. In some places there are additional activities such as jumping through flames of bonfires for good luck.
Formentera – the village Sant Francesc Xavier, La Savina port village, including the Far de la Savina (lighthouse), El Pilar de la Mola the highest point on the island giving a fantastic view of Formentera, and the quaint village of Sant Ferran de ses Roques.
Ibiza – Known for its lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni, but also its also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Platja d’en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coastline. Places to visit include – beautiful Cala de Sant Vicent beach resort, the old fishing Port de Sant Miguel, and the small village in the centre of Ibiza Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, amongst others…
The Canary Islands, a volcanic cluster off the coast of northwestern Africa, are among Spain’s farthest-flung territories. This paradisiac yet rugged group of islands are known for their black and white sand beaches, varied resorts and mild climate, with the landscape of each of the major islands, radically different from the others.
Lanzarote – known for its warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. East-coast resort Puerto del Carmen has whitewashed villas, a harbor and dive centers. Caletón Blanco is a string of northern coves with calm, clear water for snorkeling, and Famara beach has cliffs for hang gliding and surf schools. For those day trips out why not try – Guinate Tropical Park & Penguin Paradise, the lava tube cave Cueva de los Verdes, and the Timanfaya National Park.
Tenerife – the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and dominated by Mt. Teide (National Park) know among the world’s largest volcanoes. Santa Cruz the capital of Tenerife, along with its magnificant street Carnival February time. Beaches with sands from yellow to black including Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. For those family days out try – Siam Park, the most spectacular water attraction in Europe and Loro Parque the animal and plant reserve.
Fuerteventura – the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife. Costa Calma beach holiday resort, Puerto del Rosario town where you can see the Bell tower of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, visit the Church of Our Lady of La Candelaria and the stone-built windmill in the town of La Oliva.
Gran Canaria – known for the white-sand beaches stretching along Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico to quieter, family-oriented Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín. The northern capital, Las Palmas, is a popular stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping, while the island’s interior is rural and mountainous. Days out can include – Palmitos Park, a 20-hectare botanical garden and aviary. The famous landmark Roque Nublo volcanic rock, and the botanical garden of Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo.
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