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The Balearic Islands Area Guide

The Balearic Islands are an archipelago located to the east of the Spanish mainland and are comprised of four major islands: Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. Ibiza is famed throughout the world for its incredible clubbing and party scene, as well as plenty of notable historical and cultural points of interest, while Mallorca is the largest of the islands, and home to the stunning capital city, Palma. Menorca, although slightly more subdued, is another popular resort destination, while Formentera is lesser known but has some of the most stunning beaches of all the islands. There are also other small islands or islets such as Cabrera, Es Vedrá and Dragonera.

Sights & Attractions

The Balearic Islands are blessed with incredible landmarks and places that simply must be seen to be believed. The Cathedral of Santa María de Palma, or La Seu as it is commonly known, is not hard to miss in Mallorca, towering over the coastline at an incredible height of 121 metres, and has the 8th highest nave in the world. Considered one of the most magnificent buildings ever, the gothic structure was erected all the way back in 1229 by King James I of Aragon on the site of an old Moorish mosque. Eivissa Dalt Vila is a protected area in Ibiza and the most historical part of the old town, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Teeming with slender cobblestone alleys and archetypal Balearic architecture, it is also home to Santa Maria d'Eivissa, an amazing 14th century cathedral, where visitors can appreciate picturesque views of the harbour, and the Necropolis of Puig des Molins, a burial site dating back to the 7th century BC.

Other notable places of interest on the islands include the Castle of Ibiza, the Ethnography Museum in Formantera, the Castles of Santa Águeda and San Felipe in Menorca, and the Fundancio La Caixa in Mallorca. Aside from landmarks, walking is one of the main attractions on the islands, with hikes along Cami de Cavalls in Menorca and Arenal Volcano National Park both highly recommended. Mallorca and Ibiza are known for being the main party destinations of the islands, with Magaluf and San Antonio attracting thousands of clubbers each year.

Restaurants & Cafés

In Ibiza, the Restaurante Sa Soca has a delicious traditional menu, revered for its paella, seafood and extensive wine cellar, filled with Balearic and Catalonian favourites. El Limonero in Playa d'en Bossa, Ibiza, is another highly-rated restaurant, particularly for those who appreciate tapas in large portions. Salvia Restaurant and El Norte Sidreria Restaurante are among the highest rated restaurants in Mallorca when it comes to local cuisine, while Taverna Ca's Mestre D'aixa is a highly reputable tapas restaurant, serving up popular dishes such as higado (liver and garlic) and calamares a la romana (fried squid rings in batter).

Cafés can be found all over the islands, with Cappuccino being one of the most popular destinations in Ibiza and Mallorca, where you can also have breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as desserts and cocktails.

Shopping

As the capital city, Palma is considered the principle destination for shopping, with many popular retail and fashion outlets all prominent there. Cala d'Or and Alcudia are also well known for fashion, art and artisan boutiques in Mallorca. Ibiza also has a considerable amount of department stores, shops and boutiques, with fashion, local foods, and arts and crafts all widely available. Menorca and Formantera have lesser options in terms of department stores, but still have a significant number of stores for most needs.

Travel

Flights to the Balearics are frequent and very cheap throughout the year, with a number of budget airlines flying there daily. Flights can usually be as quick as 2 hours, so making trips back and forth should never be a problem. Mallorca is the best connected of all the islands during the year and comes complete with local buses, the Soller Railway, ports and airport.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

p>All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith



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