Full of late night parties and beautiful beaches, Spain’s Balearic Islands have long been a favorite destination in Europe. But beyond the famous clubs of Ibiza, there is plenty more to explore. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit the Balearic Islands.
1. Beller Castle
Beller Castle sits on a hill over the city of Palma. Since opening, the structure has been used as a prison and a museum. Look for the unique round shape with four towers that accentuate its design.
2. Palma La Seu Cathedral
Built in 1229 by King James I, Palma La Seu offers a glimpse of Balearic history. Gold and silver shrines present a beautiful contrast to the stone building materials found throughout the cathedral.
3. Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach is made of agates and sandstone. This natural attraction is situated around lake Martel, the largest underground sea in Europe. A light show is also presented for visitors.
This island features crystal clear water that perfectly complements its sandy beaches. It’s a good choice for biking, boating, or snorkeling. Be aware that some areas are nude beaches (though that might be a good thing).
5. Western Water Park
Western Water Park sits on the western side of Mallorca. There are plenty of water slides around the park, and children will also find a section built just for them.
The village of Soller has been home to San Bartomeu Church since the 13th Century. Jardi Botanic garden is also nearby and contains native plants that every visitor should see.
7. Ciutadella Old Town
Ciutadella Old Town is Minorca’s second largest town and features a history that dates back centuries. The Placa des Born is surrounded by palaces, but pirates destroyed some of its structures in 1558.
8. Ses Selinas
Ses Selinas is a park focused on the natural attractions found throughout its grounds. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a great location for biking. Take time to see the 16th century watchtower which is located onsite.
9. Palma Inca Market
This Mallorcan market is known for its extensive range of items for sale. Many selections come from artisans that live in the region. Jewelry, produce, shoes and purses are often popular choices for tourists visiting the market.
10. Necropolis del Puig des Molins
Necropolis del Puig des Molins has over 3,000 tombs from the Phoenician-Punic era. Built in late 7th century, its caves contain bodies, jewelry and coins covering centuries of time.
11. Toro Mountain
This mountain features the highest peak in Menorca. The peak contains a monastery and church for Augustine monks. Wood carvings of Virgen del Toro can also been seen in the area.
Mallorca is a famous island that is home to events throughout the year. The largest island of the archipelago includes monasteries, gardens, caves and amusement parks.
13. Almudaina Palace
Almudaina Palace was built around 123 BC by the Romans. Tapestries on the wall feature intricate design and patterns that enhance every space. Santa Praxedis Chapel and a 14th century throne room are also important parts of the palace.
14. La Real Cartuja
La Real Cartuja Monastery offers an isolated space away from the city life. George Sand as well as Frederic Chopin stayed there in the 1800s. Exhibits provide details about their stays and a look at other famous guests.
15. Jungle Parc
This amusement park is located in Santa Ponsa. Adults as well as children can experience attraction including zip lines, ropes, and bridges. Training and instruction is provided for all guests.