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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.
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.
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Whether you are staying on the mainland, or even on one of the many islands themselves, you can easily travel to and between some of the more remote islands that will give you a glimpse of a more serene part of the Mediterranean, away from the tourists and the developed seafronts.