Location and importance of Balearic Islands
This group of islands is segmented into Pitiusas (Formentera and Ibiza) in the south-west and Gimnesias (Menorca, Mallorca, and Cabrera) in the north. These four largest islands form a province of Spain with Palma as the capital. Each of these islands has its own individuality. Floating in the picturesque backdrop of the Mediterranean, Mallorca is said to have a little of everything from great beaches, sea, and sun to fascinating mountain scenery. Ibiza is the other name for clubbing and is a popular crowd-puller for the hip and partying vacationers. Menorca in contrast to the loud Ibiza is a calm and serene island with coves and beaches along with prehistoric monuments. Formentera is a cool island where vacationers love to loose themselves in the sand, beach, and sunset parties.
This multifaceted paradise attracts hordes of tourists each year increasing the population of the islands--Easter to October being the favorite time for them to visit these islands. Despite the throng of people invading the islands, the Balearic Islands have still maintained their inherent beauty.
Apart form the bars, ultra-modern resorts, and the startling beaches are the Stone Age ruins, fishing villages, Gothic cathedrals, private coves, impressive walks, and the never-ending almond and olive groves, and citrus orchards. Beyond the party-thirsting crowds, grand, rural retreats and high-quality eateries are attracting different types of visitors too.
Irrespective of the types of tourists, Balearic Islands' almost 300 days of sun rays, enthralling beaches, a rich culture, and a welcoming heart has made them a great tourist attraction.
Things to do in the Balearic Islands
Ibiza: Ibiza's laid-back attitude and beaches have been attracting people since the 1960s. Known as the birthplace of rave, Ibiza is the place for some of Spain's most famously infamous clubs. But this is not all that Ibiza has to offer. Away from the noise and bars are the coastal walking trails, woods, and quite beaches that can give you a breather, if you need one. If you are looking for a family holiday, coves and small resorts of the northeast are ideal locations. The island also has some architectural marvels that date back to the ancient times.
Mallorca: It is the largest of all the Balearic Islands and is a popular destination for people in search of the idyllic sun, ravishing sea, and alluring sand. But beaches are not all this island has to offer. Palma or Palma de Mallorca is the main center. Pine forests, olive groves, and ochre villages are the sights seen in the northwest coast of mountainous range of Serra de Tramuntana. The ravishing rugged coastline is another important attraction. The best beaches on this island are found on the east and north coast with some fine beaches also seen in some parts of the south coast.
Menorca: It has a comparatively wetter climate than the other Balearic Islands and is also cooler. UNESCO has declared it a Biosphere Reserve so that ecological and historical areas like the island's archaeological sites and the Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau wetlands can be preserved. If you are adventurous kind, then the untouched coves, beaches, and ravines will give your adventurous steak the thrill you crave. This is one of the select Mediterranean places where you can have a beach to yourself in the summer.
Formentera: This unspoilt and beautiful island is the smallest of the Balearic islands and lies to the south of Ibiza. There are many splendid beaches on this island where you can swim and relax in the warm sunshine. The other activities that you can engage yourself in are snorkeling, cycling, walking, and sailing. The cultural places to visit are the 18th century chapel of Saint Francesc Xavier, megalithic sites, watch towers, a roman road, and a small Ethnological museum.