Spain is a wonderful country to visit for the variety of the land, the food and also because it offers many different places where you can relax and enjoy the sun. It is particularly true of its group of islands: the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Located south-east of the country’s mainland, in the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands are famous for parties (Ibiza), its food and accommodations. Here is some more info on the four main islands.
How to Get There
Normally, it is quite easy to find a flight in the summer time, at low prices, to get to the Balearic Islands. In winter, the only island which is easy to get to by plane, is Mallorca. There are also many ferries and catamarans that leave from Barcelona and Valencia, that will take you and your car to the various islands. You can also catch one to go from one island to another (note that rental cars usually do not let you go from one island to another – ask your rental company).
But the best way to visit the islands might just be by using a Spain yacht charter. Living on the sea is a unique experience. Shared with your friends and family, this could become one of the most memorable journeys of your life. You’ll be able to visit all the islands and spend some time near Menorca, which boasts the deepest harbour in the Mediterranean Sea.
Main Attractions of Each Island
Ibiza: Party and Clubbing
Also called the “hippy hub”, Ibiza is known all over the world for its clubs where people dance all night long to techno beats. Some of the best DJ stops at Ibiza to do concerts, all the time. If you are not looking to sleep, but to have fun, Ibiza is definitely your island.
Mallorca: Stunning scenery
Mallorca is the largest of the four islands. It features an exquisite coastline. The island can get really busy, thanks to its bustling resorts. Once there, don’t forget to visit its historic towns and discover its literary heritage.
Menorca: Relax and Enjoy
If Ibiza is not your thing, then Menorca probably is. This quiet, green island is the perfect place to stay if you want to forget the busy life of the cities. You’ll be able to relax on beautiful beaches and enjoy evenings spent in atmospheric towns.
Formentera: Best Beaches
You can’t fly to Formentera, and the boat ride is usually quite rough. But once you get there, you understand why so many decide to come. There is only one reason: To lie on the beach and enjoy the beautiful, untouched surroundings.
Note that Catalan is the spoken language throughout the Balearics, and each of the three main islands has a different dialect. This should not stop you from enjoying your time in the Balearic Islands.
If you enjoy fish and sea food, the Balearic Islands will be a paradise for you as most restaurants serve fresh Mediterranean fish, served in a variety of ways. Gin is quite popular on the island as the “local drink”, some of it being distilled on the islands and local wine is something to discover.