Beyond Ibiza: Why You Should Visit The Balearic Islands

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. 

Bellver Castle

Bellver Castle(ILA-boy/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Palma La Seu Cathedral

Palma La Seu Cathedral(Chixoy/Wikiedia Commons)

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.

Cuevas del Drach

Cuevas del Drach(no/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Snorkeling (Francesco Antunes/Flickr)

Snorkeling (Francesco Antunes/Flickr)

4. Formentor

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.

Soller

Soller(Antoni Sureda/Aqui/Wikimedia Commons)

6. Soller

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.

Minorca

Minorca(Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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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.

market on the wharf

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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.

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb

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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. 

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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

Mallorca(Mbdortumd/WIkimedia Commons)

12. Mallorca

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.

Almudaina Palace

Almudaina Palace(Beaudroit/Wikimedia Commons)

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.

La Real Cartuja

La Real Cartuja(José Luis Filpo Cabana/Wikimedia Commons)

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.


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