Sparkling sea, sandy beaches, endless sunshine and lively
nightlife—all are synonymous with the enduringly popular
Balearic Islands. Look beyond this and you’ll
find atmospheric fishing villages, fragrant orange orchards,
magnificent bush walks and prehistoric remains.
There are four main Balearic Islands - Ibiza, Formentera,
Menorca and Mallorca. Occupying a combined area of 5040 square
kilometers, Mallorca is by far the largest island and home
to the Balearic capital, Palma. Each island has its own distinct
character. Ibiza is stunningly beautiful with a rugged coastline
indented with coves and fine sandy beaches. The nightlife
on the island is renowned. Ibiza is home to some of Spain’s
largest and most famous discos and offers an unrivalled summer
club scene. Check out the old walled town of Ibiza city -
D’Alt Vila - and the funky shops in Sa Penya. The beaches
at Las Salinas and Es Caballet are two of the most popular
on the island. The windswept island of Menorca is the second
largest in the Balearics. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by
UNESCO in 1993, it is full of prehistoric relics and monuments
dating from three main periods: the Pre-Talayotic Period (cave
era), the Talayotic Period (Bronze Age), and the Post-Talayotic
Period (Iron Age). Menorca is still relatively untouched by
tourism and there are miles of unspoiled beaches to enjoy.
The island of Mallorca is probably the most popular Balearic
island, attracting people in their droves since the 1950s.
Formentera is the smallest of the islands and the least developed.
Wild rosemary exists in abundance and the island boasts idyllic
sandy beaches and fine walking and cycling trails. So whether
it’s the legendary nightlife in Ibiza, the cool forests
of Majorca, the fine beaches of Formentera or the prehistoric
remains in Menorca, the Balearic Islands offer a range of
unforgettable holiday experiences. Balearic Islands
tourism is great success.