Balearics fairly one of Med most popular destinations
Balearics, fairly one of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations and favorite yachting playground, due to the constant sunshine, azure waters and rugged landscapes.
The Balearic Islands make a combination of old and new. The history is prevalent in gothic castles, museums, and ancient cobbled streets, whilst the famous Spanish nightlife, lives on in tapas bars, nightclubs, and port side cafes. Golden beaches, an intended coastline with rocky peaks and lively harbors, coves, and land to explore. Take leisurely strolls on the secluded or cosmopolitan beaches and spend a memorable time in the well-known clubs.
Menorca: Fairly Menorca was given by the UNESCO in 1993 the distinction of “Reserve of Biosphere” as is a wonderful island, with emeralds 50 beaches, and an always blue sky with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. The island, with its stunning rocky cliffs, picturesque resorts, and attractive anchorages, will make you instantly feel euphoria. Cap de Cavalleria, with the beacon on a cliff about 90m above the sea, at the most northern cap, the Illes Blades and more of remarkable resorts, Addaya and many coves within the Bah’a de Fornells.
Cala Santandria bay, a blue flag beach to enjoy great rides on tenders and a long series of water toys. The sand is fine and golden, and the waters are generally calm in this area. Here is set the popular nightspot Pedro’s, which ranges from flamenco and foam parties to karaoke and laser shows. If Menorca’s getting too quiet for your liking, pop along there for great entertainment. If you feel like exploring the land we can head to the resort of Ciutadella, situated a little in from the coast, with the old capital well worth to visit. One of the best places to view the harbor and enjoy an aperitif is from the main square, Plaza de’s Born.
The center of the square is dominated by an obelisk which commemorates the defense of the city in 1558 when it was attacked by the Moors. There are a lot of sights including two museums, the Castle of the Three Dragons, the Horse Harness Racing and more to discover. On one side of the square is the Town hall across from this is Palace Torre Saura. Open to the public and to the side of this is an alley, which leads up into the old city. Most of the streets are narrow and typically Mediterranean. The arches of Ses Voltes provide welcome shade from the sun while shopping along the main street. The Cathedral in the Plaza de Pio XII, completed in 1362, took over 50 years to build. Forget the time and your map and just wander through narrow streets soaking up the atmosphere. Binibeca, a coastal village on Spain’s Balearic island of Menorca, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, has narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Set in a calm cove, Binibeca Nou beach is backed by sand dunes and shrubland. Other nearby coves include the small, rocky Caló Fondo. Son Bou, a small resort on the south coast of Menorca, one of Spain’s Balearic islands. It has a long beach with shallow water. Behind the beach, Prat de Son Bou nature reserve in dunes, marshes, and diverse birdlife. The ruins of the early-Christian Basílica de Son Bou nearby. Inland, to the east, Torre d’en Galmés is an ancient ruined settlement known for its stone towers or talayots.
If you wish to mix with the crowd Cala ‘n Porter is the place where, undoubtedly the most dramatic day and nightspot on the island, Cova d’en Xoroi is based in. This has to rate as one of the world’s most unusual clubs!
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Mahon, with the dockside cafés and restaurants, together with the casino, set on the natural harbor on Mahon buzz with activity. Stroll in the old town to admire the Santa Maria gothic church, the bridge of San Roque, the museum of Hernandez Mora. Watch the sun go down from a bougainvillea-clad terrace overlooking the sea while you sip your sangria. Try some of the traditional Menorcan fare – local cheeses, roast baby goat, crème Catalan and some of the finest fresh fish you’ve ever tasted.
If you feel like having a golf course enjoy the Club de Golf Son Parc. Designed by Dave Thomas, close to the sea, and surrounded by pine trees, and peacocks, it is a moderately stunted and even course, trickier on the greens, however, the wind can add challenges all over. There’s a famous club in San Clement, near Mahon, where you can hear local or professional jazz musicians holidaying on the island giving the club an extra boost.
Mallorca will be ideal for excursions ashore, at Pollenca, a favorite place of artists, with the interesting treasure gallery and the austere convent where spectacular music festivals take place every summer. It is still an old fishing port with a beautiful long and narrow bay. The countryside between Port de Pollenca and Formentor is unforgettable, as is the most scenic spot on Mallorca.
Another old town to visit in “Bahia de Alcudia” is the homonym Alcudia, founded by the Phoenicians and once the capital of Majorca.
Cala Millor at the Bahía de Artá. Artá is highly interesting thanks to amazing monuments, its castle, several small palaces, the San Francisco Monastery, the Iglesia Parroquial, and a museum with important pre-historical objects. In Ses Paises were made important findings of the megalithic epoch. Last but not least the beautiful natural caves, Cuevas Naturales de Artá.
Porto Cristo, ideal for water leisure and still a very typical Spanish fishing village with a natural harbor, a popular site of the famous natural Caves of Drach and Calas de Mallorca, discovered by Mea Martel in 1896. Caves of Drach have a subterranean lake, the Acuario showing the submarine fauna of Baleares. Don’t miss the exotic park here, with a wide variety of cactus and exotic birds!
Manacor has a long tradition with the manufacture of quality furniture. It is also the center of the island’s pearl industry. These artificial pearls are produced in a special process that somehow combines glass and pulverized fish scales. The resulting article is then barely distinguishable from the genuine article. Cabrera island, a known park of lots of birds species and dolphins. If we are lucky we will spot dolphins here. Es Trenc, a still unspoiled and well-preserved white sanded beach with fine-grained sand, crystal clear, clean and shallow water with a gentle slope.
Bay of Illetas hosting the new beach bar of La Solana to enjoy a massage session under the palm trees whilst the waiters serve you cold champagne and exotic fruit, it really is decadent!
Puerto Nous (Puerto Portals), the “Beverley Hills” marina of Mallorca for nice strolls in the port. The beach at Puerto Portals, to the east of the harbor, is a small one for the glitziest marina on Mallorca, in soft golden color with clear shallow waters and a famous beach-bar at the end of the promontory. Roxy’s beach bar is one of those places that you stop in for quick refreshment, to end up staying until the sun goes down.
Palma de Mallorca with the ancient walls of Palma: Steeped in history and stunning architecture, with music bars and pubs Palma has a bohemian charm. Old Town, an area of narrow city streets crisscrossed by winding lanes that is close to the most important monuments. If you are a Museum fun you will certainly be enchanted by the Miro Museum and the Es Baluart dedicated in modern art. Maze of cobbled streets, plazas, enchanting in hidden courtyards, the Gothic Quarter and the Cathedral de la Seu and Alumdaina Royal Palace.
Church of Fornalutx village, Port Andratx, Valldemossa where Chopin lived and the Las Cuevas del Drac caves, which echo with the symphonies of live musicians, admire Cabo de Sa Mola with cliffs sharply falling into the sea. Sóller, sharing its valley with the village of Fornalutx and the hamlet of Biniaraix. The valley is famous for its orange groves and terraces of ancient olive trees.
The valley and its surrounding mountain range, the ‘Serra de Tramuntana’, is a favorite destination for people from all over the world, especially those who enjoy walking, nature and ecotourism. At the inland, you will find unexpected beauty with olive groves and fruit orchards, Moorish terraced cultivation and dramatic mountain views.
Formentera by Ibiza island: Sha-sha-shallow crystal clear waters (sorry I was singing the fav song of Lady Gaga), with very good underwater visibility. Perfect waters for snorkeling and scuba diving sessions! Ashore the picturesque beach bars are selling drinks and tapas in sounds of the lounge or more vivid music. This tiny island is dotted with fig trees, vineyards and traditional whitewashed villages, each more charming than the last. Around the coast, idyllic beaches shaded by pines and palms are a popular draw. Sandy Es Pujols or alternatively west at Cala Saona, which is actually the most developed, all worth seeing place in Formentera. Here you can visit the pirate caves and swim in the unbelievably crystal clear waters of the bay. Espalmador island, which is an undeveloped island by Formentera. Both are featuring lagoons, salt plains, rocky cliffs, pine forests, and sandy beaches.
Ibiza babe! Heaven of bohemian cotton dresses and colorful accessories, visit the castle and stroll through narrow alleys to get the feeling of this beautiful island with magnificent historic Old town and picturesque beaches like Talamanca or Figueretas beach, San Antonio Bay. Las Salinas, named after the salt lakes in the island and the most popular beach for celebrities. This is the ‘in’ beach not only for the wealthy and the beautiful people but also for the party scene. The bikini fashions tend to reveal more than they cover up, and the sun-worshippers here are more than a match for the Baywatch beauties. The rather exclusive bars play summer music throughout the day, and will serve cocktails right to your sunbed! The very long, wide crescent of pale sandy beach is bordered by pine woods. The water is crystal clear with super breakers that appear on windy days, perfect for body surfing. Ideal for adventure walks as the surrounding terrain is Ibiza’s Wildlife Conservation Area. Visit all villages in a road tour and certainly San Jose my fav one.
Dalt Villa. No matter what your age, nationality, interest or sex, the fairytale architecture of Dalt Vila will captivate you! The dramatic main entrance is up to a slope, crossing a drawbridge through the Portal de Ses Taules, flanked by mighty statues in Roman stone, entering into an ancient cobbled stone courtyard, giving immediately on to the Plaza de Vila.
I know, I’ve not said even half of what we could have said for Balearics.
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