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The Balearic Islands Area Guide

The Balearic Islands are a group of Spanish islands situated on the east of the Spanish coast, in the heart of the western Mediterranean Sea. Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formantera are the most well-known of the islands, although there are other small islands such as Dragonera, Es Vedrá and Cabrera. The capital of the islands is Palma, in Mallorca, where culture and history meet nightlife and beach-life. Ibiza is world-famous for its clubbing scene, but also has its fair share of history, as well as gorgeous sandy beaches. Menorca is known to attract a quieter crowd, but is not short of beauty and things to do, while Formentera is the least visited of the four main islands, but has the most stunning beaches of all.

Things to Do

One of the most stunning buildings of all time can be found in Palma: The gothic cathedral, La Seu, was built in 1229 by King James I of Aragon and stands at an imposing 121 metres, and it also has the 8th highest nave in the world. Bellver Castle is another gothic-style building in Palma, and is unique in the sense that it is only one of a few circular castles that can be found in Europe. Ibiza is home to the 14th century cathedral, Santa Maria d'Eivissa, which allows visitors to peer out onto panoramic views of the harbour, as well as the 7th century Necropolis of Puig des Molins. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Eivissa Dalt Vila, can also be found right next door in the old town, and has distinct cobbled streets with beautiful architecture. The Castle of San Felipe in Menorca and the Ethnography Museum in Formantera are also definitely worth a visit.

In terms of nightlife, Mallorca is full of bars and nightclubs, particularly in Magaluf, where there is a large English contingency of party goers, as well as El Arenal, which is more continental. Palma Aquarium is a great place to take the family and has over 700 different species, while the dolphin show at the Marineland is another exciting destination. San Antonia in Ibiza is the hotspot when it comes to bars, clubs and restaurants, with waterfront clubs such as Es Paradis, Ocean Beach and Eden Ibiza hosting open-air parties during the high season, while the Sunset Strip is where people flock to witness magical sunsets and the beautiful ocean. The Jeep Safari in Menorca is a great way to discover the beautiful terrain and archaeology of the island with a 4×4 vehicle, allowing access to more obscure locations.

Places to Eat

In Mallorca, Simply Fosh is a Michelin-awarded restaurant that prides itself on local dishes, such as beetroot gazpacho with apple vodka jelly, and artichoke-tomato risotto. Es Molí d'en Bou is another top restaurant in Mallorca, offering delicious combinations of flavour and texture. The Madrigal in Ibiza Town is famed for its homemade chicken croquettes and fresh lobster, while Giri Café is a very suave restaurant/bar serving favourites such as Iberico pork with pumpkin. Café Balear in Menorca catches fish daily, making sure their dishes are of the utmost freshness, and their monkfish and lobster casseroles are known to be exquisite.

There are many excellent cafés dotted over the islands, with Cappuccino being the most popular in Ibiza and Mallorca, as they serve a range of coffees, desserts, meals and cocktails. Chill Café in Ibiza is another standout location, serving organic food and drinks, as well as the Café Bistro Sol 32 in Mercadal, Menorca.

Shopping

Palma is the main shopping destination in the Balearics, with numerous high-street stores, well-known outlets, boutiques and artisan stores, while Cala d'Or and Alcudia also have excellent shopping facilities. Ibiza is also a great place for shopping, as it has a great deal of department stores and boutiques catering to all different needs. While Menorca and Formantera are slightly quieter than their counterparts, they still have good options for shoppers.

Getting There and Around

There are regular cheap flights to the islands throughout the year, in as little as under 2 hours, making it a very convenient trip indeed. Public transport around the islands during the summer is very functional, but Mallorca is the best-connected island throughout the year, with regular bus, railway, boat and airport services available.

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