The The Balearic Islands are an archipelago located off the mainland coast in the Mediterranean Sea. They are a single-province autonomous community and are made up of two groups of islands and various islets. The Gimnesias islands are Mallorca, Menorca and Cabrera with their smaller islets and the Pitiusas that are made up of Ibiza and Formentera as well as some islets.
Let's see what can be done enjoy in these Balearic Islands, which have been the summer resort for many people who want to spend the summer enjoying a Mediterranean island. They are undoubtedly islands to spend the summer, but they also have a lot to offer at other times.
Mallorca is one of the most visited islands in the Balearic Islands and is known for its spas, small coves and beautiful towns, as well as the touristy ones. turns out its capital, Palma de Mallorca. The visit to its capital is one of its strengths, in addition to the incentive that the airport is very close. We can get lost in its beautiful old town, with narrow streets and very beautiful areas. We will not resist looking for a pastry shop in which to buy the famous ensaimadas. The Cathedral of Santa María is a beautiful religious building within which we can appreciate its incredible stained glass windows and also the Chapel of the Santísimo by Miquel Barceló where we can see the touch of the genius Gaudí.
El Bellver Castle is another essential place in Mallorca and is close to the center of Palma. It is a very peculiar Gothic-style fortification, since it is circular in shape. From the top you can have excellent views of the city. It dates from the XNUMXth century and inside you can see old pieces and the museum. We can also visit the Almudaina Palace, the summer residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Back in the city, we can see Sa Llotja, the fish market that reminds us so much of the Lonja de la Seda in Valencia. You should also enjoy the Barrio de Santa Catalina and the nearby promenade with its beaches.
In Mallorca the coves are also famous as Es Trenc, Cala Mondrago, Cala Marques or Sa Calobra. On the other hand, we cannot miss the famous Caves of Drach. They are located near Porto Cristo and have been formed by water erosion over millions of years. Inside we can also see Lake Martel and enjoy a concert with impressive acoustics.
Menorca is another place visited by its coves, such as Cala Turqueta, Cala Macarella or Cala Mitjana. The city of Ciutadella, the former capital, is also well known, with its beautiful old town full of narrow streets, the Plaza de Ses Voltes, the Castle of San Nicolás or the Gothic cathedral. Menorca also has natural spaces such as Monte Toro, its highest mountain, or Cova d'en Xoroi, a cave located on a cliff from which spectacular sunsets can be seen.
This small island is not as saturated with tourism as Mallorca or Menorca. It is a National Park, which offers limited and strict access so as not to damage it. Es Port is the port area, where the only bar on the island is located. From there you can climb up to the XNUMXth century castle and finally it is time to take a bath in the beautiful coves of the island.
Ibiza is one of its most famous islands, very touristy in summer. It has wonderful beaches and coves such as Ses Salines or Cala Salada. But Ibiza also stands out for its beautiful old town called Dalt Vila, with narrow streets that lead to the highest area, in which the cathedral is. During the summer we can also visit some of the famous Ibiza markets. Do not forget how well-known its discos and leisure areas are, with places like Ushuaia. For those who prefer quieter choices, they can enjoy natural environments such as excursions that take us to places like the Moscarter lighthouse.
Formentera is a small island located very close to Ibiza that can be reached by boat. It is the ideal place to enjoy a quieter vacation doing sports such as snorkeling or kayaking. How can it be otherwise, on this island there are also beautiful coves like Caló des Mort, a place to bathe in turquoise waters. It is a small crescent-shaped place ideal for snorkelling. You can also visit the Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse, which is reached by a very picturesque road with arid landscapes. The lighthouse offers the best sunsets on the island and is located on a cliff. On the other hand, near the lighthouse is Cova Foradada, a beautiful cave with a terrace facing the sea. Other essential places are Ses Illetes or Cala Saona.