A travel guide and general advice about Balearic Islands. Travel guides includes Activities, City Life, currency, entertainment, food, eating out, getting around, shopping, legal requirements, language, sights, weather and wine
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About Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands - Majorca, Menorca & Ibiza all lie between Mainland Spain and the North African coast, and are one of the most popular destinations for young tourists.

There are some beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery,and plenty of sunshine. The food is great, and with a good choice of accommodation and lively nightlife, all the Balearics are worth considering for a holiday.

Majorca:The capital is called Palma de Majorca. Majorca is famous for its hand made pearls, a wonderful coastline, attractive small coves and lots of beautiful beaches.

Menorca: is a relatively unspoilt island, has a population of 62,000, is 47km long and between 10 and 20km wide. Menorca has an spectacular coastline of around 200km, and is dotted with numerous small towns and some beautiful villages.

Ibiza: Ibiza is not only renowned for its clubs, clubbers and fanatical nightlife, but also its beautiful and quiet resorts, pretty villages and gorgeous beaches.

Formentera: lies just off the coast of Ibiza, and only has approx 5,000 inhabitants. It is actually 12 miles from Ibiza and the boat ride is terrific. Formentera is famous for its quality beaches, peace and tranquillity. Back to holiday rentals in Balearic Islands

Activities

For most of the year, Majorca, Ibiza & Menorca all benefit from being beautiful islands in the sun. There is a wealth of activities and sports that are available for holidaymakers to get involved with during their vacation.

On or around Water: 

Lake-Fishing, Sailing, Snorkelling, Scuba-diving, Swimming, Canoeing, Yachting, Motor-Boats, Sea Fishing, Wind-surfing.

On dry Land:

Ballooning, Bowls, Camping, Cycling, Golf, Hiking, Trekking, Horse-Riding, Go-Karting, Volleyball.

Indoors: Bowls, Cookery, Dancing, Darts, Languages, Painting, Pool, Snooker.

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by the financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions with the member countries

Food / Eating Out

Majorca is known for its good food, and with well over 3000 restaurants on the island, visitors and residents are spoilt for choices of where to eat.
According to the Mallorcan Tourist Board, many range from just small local town bars serving traditional food and snacks, to really top quality ‘a la carte’ restaurants in the more popular tourist spots and the capital, Palma.
Seafood is extremely popular with visitors and locals alike, though surprisingly, much of it has to be imported. It’s not surprising however, that many Majorcans enjoy their locally grown olives and almonds, with around 4 million almond and olive trees its easy to see why it forms such a great part of their natural diet. Paella, made with saffron rice, cooked chicken, pork and prawns and some small vegetables, is another great favourite main course.

Language

The official language of Majorca is both Catalan and Spanish. The local dialect of Catalan is known as Mallorquí , and is sometimes referred to as Balearic, even though the dialects may be different on each island and village. Some of the young Majorcans are bilingual in Catalan and Spanish, with good general knowledge of English, French and German, which is mainly due to the volume of European tourists and new foreign residents who have settled in Majorca.

Sights

Interesting places to vist include:

Bellver Castle, Santueri Castle, Cuber Lake El Diablo Castle  and the well known Palma Cathedral. 
The Marina at Palma, Majorca displays a vast array of yachts and boats of all sizes. It's one of the most picturesque marinas in the Mediteranean and is worth a gentle stroll around to admire the magificent scene at anytime.
Palma Market, usually held weekly is also a must see.

Weather

The Balearic Islands, which include Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, are situated 170–250 km/100–150 mi to the east of Spain and are a popular winter and summer resort for visitors from northern Europe. They have a climate similar to that of south eastern Spain, which is temperate; with clear, hot summers in the interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in the interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast.

Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza enjoy approximately six hours of sunshine in the winter and temperatures of 14-18°C. Occasionally the Mistral wind brings severe weather to their shores.