The Balearic Islands are located on the west coast of Spain, surrounded by the Mediterranean. The Balearic Islands are made up of 4 islands – Mallorca (Majorca), Menorca (Minorca), Ibiza and Formentera. The islands have beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and colonial towns.
SPRING – AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 10c AND 19c
SUMMER – AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 21c AND 29c
AUTUMN – AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 16c AND 23c
WINTER – AVERAGE TEMPERATURE BETWEEN 8c AND 16c
POPULATION: 1.1 MILLION (2016)
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
1. Mallorca (Majorca) – Take a trip and visit the capital city of the islands – Palma de Majorca. Wander around the old town, visit the cathedral and experience the beautiful streets and stalls.
2. Mallorca (Majorca) – Walk around the village and port town of, Port de Soller, enjoy the coastline and mountainous terrain.
3. Menorca (Minorca) – Visit the ancient ruins of Torre d’en Galmes a Talayotic site, in which a community developed from the beginning of the Talaoytic era, and abandoned in the Roman era.
4. Menorca (Minorca) – Discover and walk around the town of Ciutadella, which is considered the most beautiful town in Spain, experience the beautiful architecture, archways, Catalan gothic 14th century cathedral.
5. Ibiza – Discover and kayak around the beautiful deserted coastline of Port de Sant Miguel.
6. Ibiza – Visit Las Dalias an outside market which has been famous since it began in the 1950’s. Here you can purchase local crafts, listen to live music and eat fresh food.
7. Formentera – Spend the day relaxing on Es Calo beach, go snorkelling or relax on the white sandy beaches. Ciutadella, which is considered the most beautiful town in Spain, experience the beautiful architecture, archways, Catalan gothic 14th century cathedral.
8. Formentera – Explore the small village of Sant Francesc de Formentera, discover the picturesque square, cathedrals and artisanal souvenir shops.
9. Formentera – Spend the morning exploring the Museum Etnologic, which contains information on the agriculture and fish heritage of the island.
10. Ibiza – Spend the evening sampling delicious cocktails at the open air bar – Kumharas, the beach front bar covers a large spread out area where DJ’s often play events.
Delicacies in the Balearic Islands
1. Fomenter – Arros negre (Black Squid Ink Rice), is a dish made with cuttlefish or squid, mixed with rice. The traditional recipe contains squid ink as a dressing which is poured onto the paella style rice. A great place to try this dish is Es Codol Format in Fomentera.
2. Mallorca – Paella is a Spanish dish, made with rice, seafood or meat, beans, snails (occasionally), as well as a variety of herbs. Cap Roig is located at the top of a hill, has been in service for 30 years, and is popular with locals.
3. Ibiza – Guisat de Peix is a typical fish dish from Ibiza. The dish contains potatoes, rock fish, onions, tomatoes almonds, oil and seasoning. A great place to try this typical dish in at Restaurante Es Pins in Ibiza.
Accommodation in the Balearic Islands
2. Mallorca (Majorca) – Best Value Hotel, Hipotels Marfil Playa
3. Formentera – Hostal, Hostal Sol i Mar
Airlines that fly to the Balearic Islands
1. Mallorca (Majorca) – Ryan Air (Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Rome, Stockholm and Seville) – Jet2 (Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle) – EasyJet (Bristol, Liverpool, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva and Hamburg)
2. Formentera – To access the island, visitors have to take a ferry, boat or sailing boat. The island has no airport.
3. Ibiza – Easyjet (Amsterdam, Belfast, Bristol, Hamburg, London, Lyon, Milan, Naples, Paris, Rome, Venice and Geneva) – Luftansa (Frankfurt and Munich) – Ryan Air (Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Turin, Rome, Pisa, Marseille and Malaga)