Top Reasons Why Your Next Holiday Should be in the Balearics
The Balearic Islands have long been one of the most popular short haul destinations for the British, and it is easy to see why.
Consisting of the four major islands, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera with several other smaller islands, situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it is the perfect place to escape from day-to-day life and stress.
While many holidays to the islands revolve around beach life, this is not the only thing they have to offer. Look a little closer and you will find everything from amazing food, gorgeous mountain and coastal landscapes and captivating culture and history.
The islands have some of the best coastal landscapes in the world
Surrounded by ocean, and with a varied terrain, the islands have views that will take your breath away.
Take for example Mallorca, which has attracted many an artist and writer to its sun-drenched shores over the years. Rugged and majestic mountains wind their way down to stunning beaches and mysterious coves. There are many walking routes across the island that allow you to take it all in, and if you are a cycling enthusiast this is most certainly the island for you if you are up to the challenge.
Menorca is equally as beautiful, but in a quieter, more peaceful way. It is a true escape to paradise, with much of the island still untouched by human hands. The landscape is a little different to its larger sister, with it mostly being flat aside from a single 350 meter mountain, but the views are equally as beautiful, and the landscape dotted with Bronze age ruins that add a sense of history and mystery for those keen to explore. It is well worth taking the time to visit Cova d’en Xoroi, a cave in the south of the island on the Cala en Porter cliff, especially as the sun sets. Menorca is also home to the D’es Grau lagoon, and important natural park that shouldn’t be missed.
The Mediterranean cuisine is fantastic
The Mediterranean cuisine is known across the world for its full rich flavours and natural local ingredients and nowhere is this more true than in the Balearics.
Obviously being surrounded by the sea, seafood is a staple of the local cuisine, as is pork as a result of pig farming. Almonds also feature in both sweet and savory dishes, and the spanish staples of olive oil, bread and tomatoes are certainly in good supply.
While international food is certainly available, you absolutely have to try the more traditional dishes on offer such as la caldereta de langosta (lobster stew) and aubergine stuffed with various fillings. Mahon cheese is a typical island product with designation of origin, as well as sobrasada, camot, formatjades, carquinyols, ensaimadas and pomada (a mixture of gin and lemonade).
On Mallorca you will also find everything from quaint village cafes and relaxed chiringuitos (beach bars) to Michelin starred restaurants, so there is certainly something for every style and budget.
There is something for everyone
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for you will find it. If relaxing on the beach or by the pool reading a book is your thing, then you absolutely will find it here.
If you want peace and quiet, Menorca has got you covered. Or for something a little more lively with lovely towns, villages and local festivals, Mallorca is definitely for you.
The capital of Mallorca is Palma, and is the biggest city in the Balearic Islands. In the Old Town you will find such lovely quaint shops selling all manner of crafts, gifts and clothing. You can also use the hop on hop off bus to go and see all the keen sights such as Palma Cathedral and Bellver Castle. The architecture of the city is quite lovely day or night, when vibrant bars and restaurants bring a real atmosphere to the place.
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