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Consisting of the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and the minor Formentera, the archipelago has been a favourite retreat for holidaymakers since air travel and the tourism opened up for the development of hotels and resorts along the scenic coastlines in the 1950s and 1960s. The history of the islands, however, stretches back thousands of years and different rulers and empires, from the Romans and Carthaginians to British and even the Norwegians, have taken residence here throughout the centuries. Today, the Balearics welcome people from all over the world, offering a wide range of things to do and see, regardless of which of the islands you’re visiting.
On the biggest of the four, Mallorca, you can explore the delights of the only real city on the archipelago: Palma. A place where you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shops, restaurants and old buildings, you can marvel at the splendour of the Palma Cathedral, the Royal Palace and the fortifications at Bellver Castle, and then find a nice café along the narrow streets of the old town to enjoy a light lunch. Next, head out to explore further sides of the island, such as the breathtaking Drach Caves and the stunning views from Cap de Formentor.
Mallorca’s three other siblings might be smaller in size, but they all offer an equal abundance of things to do. Explore the quaint cities of Mahon and Ciutadella on Menorca, snorkel or dive along the coastlines, laze on one of the many amazing beaches on Ibiza and Formentera, or try something you’d never expect to find here. See the fireworks and the people dressed as demons at the Festival Sant Bartomeu in Soller, enjoy the Minorcan cocktail known as a Pomada from the Cova d’en Xoroi, -a cave and rock formation overlooking the sea, and go on a guided tour through Ibiza’s old town of Dalt Vila. Having been a top holiday destination for decades, the Balearics know how to welcome visitors. Bask in the sun, feast of the local treats, explore the islands until the sun goes down, and then start all over again the next day.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/