Balearic Islands, Spain

An archipelago of Spain, the Balearic Islands are located in the western Mediterranean. Comprised of four large islands — the Mallorca, Menorca, Formentera, and Ibiza — the archipelago forms a province with a shared capital city, Palma de Mallorca. 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.

Cala Pregonda beach in Menorca, Balearic Islands, SpainDuring 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.

The moderate climate of the Balearic Islands draws family cruise holidays 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.
Cruise Ship in Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
History 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.

Mallorica is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is home to the capital city Palma de Mallorca. 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.

Menorca 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.


Menorca, Spain

Menorca, Spain is also known as the "Island of Pleasant Breeze." It is the second largest of the Balearic Islands. The island is home to many beautiful beaches that are typically less crowded than those of nearby islands. At 3 km, Son Bou is the longest beach in Menorca and is known for it's calm waters.
When you first arrive in Menorca, you may want head to the Placa Alfons III to visit the town's tourist information center. The information center is housed in a windmill that is a very popular tourist attraction in itself. You may also want to check out the island's harbors; tours are offered daily.
Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Among many others, some places to visit in Menorca are it's impressive churches, Es Freginal Park, the Xoriguer Gin Distillery, and the Museu de Minorca. Es Freginal park is often home to cultural events and musical performances, but even when there is nothing going on here, it makes a great place to relax and picnic. Xoriquer Gin Distillery was built in the 18th century, but if you stop here during your trip to Menorca, you are still able to purchase alcohol that it produces. For the history buff, the Museu de Minorca showcases the earliest history of the island. For those not as interested in history, it also has paintings from more recent times.
Keep in mind that the island's waters are perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, but if you prefer to stay above the water, Menorca's waters are also great for fishing. Cycling and hiking are also popular leisure activities on the island. These can provide exercise while allowing you to experience Menorca's beautiful scenery. The highest point on the island, Monte Toro, gives you an unbeatable view of the island.


By day, you can enjoy some of Menorca's most popular restaurants, such as the Windmill Restaurant, Es Cranc, La Ribera and Son Granot. By night, you can grab a drink at a local bar or nightclub. Menorca's nightlife is relatively low key, but Menorca is still home to some noteworthy spots. Be sure to check out Sa Sinia, a bar located in Carrier de Sant Jordi. One unique nightclub that you should be sure to visit is located in a cave. It is called Cova d'en Xoroi. Wherever you end up, be sure not to stay out too late because you need your rest.

There are many more things you must do on your trip to Menorca!