Balearic Islands

An archipelago of Spain, the Balearic Islands are located in the western Mediterranean. Comprised of four large islands — the Majorca, Minorca, Formentera, and Ibiza — the archipelago forms a province with a shared capital city, Palma. Numerous smaller islands such as Sa Dragonera, Es Conills, Es Vedrà, Sa Conillera, L'Aire, Na Redona, S'Espalmador, S'Espardell, Ses Bledes, Santa Eulària, Plana, Foradada, Tagomago and Colom also make up the Balearic Islands and draw tourists.

During the months of January and February, the Balearic Islands are awash with flowers as the 7 million almond trees that grace the islands bloom. Tourists from around the world flock to the islands to marvel at the trees' flowers which range in shades of white to pink. Visitors can enjoy the locally grown almonds toasted or as part of local cuisines. Almond beauty products also abound at the local perfumeries.

Cala Pregonda, Menorca, Balearic Islands, SpainThe moderate climate of the Balearic Islands draws tourists year round. The islands feature about 300 days of sunshine per year. Visitors can enjoy lounging on one of the many golden beaches or take in the culture of the region. The islands are dotted with fishing villages that feature quaint shops.

Map of Balearic IslandsHistory buffs may want to tour the island of Ibiza. The island was declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. It has several archeological sites such as the historic centre of Eivissa Phoenician, the site of Sa Caleta and the necropolis of Puig des Molins. Ibiza also has a reputation for a thriving nightlife with numerous clubs and ample dancing opportunities.

Majorica is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is home to the capital city Palma. Visitors can tour several of the island's water parks or try their hand at a bit of gambling at the Casino, located near Magalluf. Outdoor enthusiasts may want to explore the island's mountain range, Serra de Traumunta, or try a but of scuba diving.

Minorca has the reputation of having some of the best white sand beaches along the Mediterranean. Numerous pine shrouded coves also exist around the island. Archeological ruins, fishing villages and small towns that feature medieval architecture all draw tourists to the island.

The island of Formentera appeals to sailing, diving and water sport enthusiasts. The island also boasts numerous bars and restaurants.

With so many islands to choose from, tourists to the Balearic Islands will find a wealth of attractions, accommodations and resorts.


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