The Balearic Islands are a group of islands located off the eastern coast of mainland Spain in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The largest of the islands that make up the Balearics are Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. In total there are 151 islands which make up the Balearics, the majority of which are uninhabited. The Balearics are one of Spains’ Autonomous or self governing Communities, the capital being the city of Palma de Mallorca located on the island of Mallorca. The Balearic island currency is the Euro (€).
The Balearic Islands as a holiday destination
Holidaying on the islands of Majorca (Mallorca), Menorca and Ibiza can be as laid back or active, hedonistic or cultural as you want to make it. First class modern resorts blend into the landscape alongside delightful unspoilt villages, where you can dance under the stars, wander through mandarin groves and explore spectacular mountain scenery. Formentera, by contrast is the most understated of holiday destinations in the Balearic Islands and provides a rare opportunity in today’s world to retreat into peace and tranquility.
The Balearic Islands climate
With a year round low of 9º and a high of 32º the islands offer sunny days whenever you travel. They are a sure bet if you’re seeking a lively time amid family friendly resorts, good value restaurants and fabulous beaches.
The Balearic Islands Coastline
There are 370 different Mediterranean Beaches on the main Islands. With more than 95 % of the coastline being golden sand, this is an irresistible beach paradise. Water temperatures go down to around 16º in the winter months but up to 26º in the summer.
Balearic Island Culture
Egyptians, Carthaginian, Roman, Muslims, Jewish and Catalans are just some of the cultures that have occupied these islands through history. Being a center for shipping in the Mediterranean all through history, one can imagine the diversity to be encountered here. You´ll find some kind of fiesta in one of the towns or villages all year round.
Balearic Island Gastronomy
The cuisine of the Balearic Islands, because of fishing industry and seasonal crops, is very rich and varied. Enjoy the typical caldereta de llagosta , a Minorcan lobster speciality, oliaigua amb figues (figs), coques (made of vegetables or trempó , etc)or the formatjades of Easter. Ibiza has flaó (cheese with herbs), and Formentera a delicious fish salad. These are just some of the culinary delights to experiment when you visit the Balearic Archipelago.
Golf in the Balearic Islands
Discover a real golf paradise. Practice your favorite sport twelve months a year and enjoy the unusual golf layouts of 25 different Golf Courses, most of which can be found on the island of Majorca.