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Oficina de Turismo de Menorca

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Mon-Fri 0930 to 1600. Visits are by appointment only.


Website: http://www.e-menorca.org

Oficina de Turismo de Ibiza

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Oficina de Turismo de Mallorca

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Spanish National Tourist Office in the UK

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Spanish Tourist Office in the USA

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Spanish Tourist Office in the USA

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By appointment only.


Website: http://www.spain.info

Spanish National Tourist Office in the UK

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Website: http://www.spain.info/uk

Things to see and do

Valldemossa

Make a pilgrimage to beautiful Valldemossa and visit the monastery where the composer Frederic Chopin spent the winter of 1838-9 with his mistress, George Sand, who later published a famous account of the disastrous visit.

Ciudadella

Explore Menorca’s atmospheric former capital Ciudadella visiting its cathedral, elegant palacios and medieval churches. The shopping is good here too. At the other end of the island, Mahón, the capital, is also well worth a visit.

Menorca's prehistoric formations

Take in at least one of Menorca’s famous prehistoric formations from the Talayot civilisation of the 2nd millennium BC. One of the most important stone sites is the Talatí de Dalt.

Beach lovers

Pose in your best swimsuit at Las Salinas on Ibiza, find a deserted strand on Formentera, or the perfect little cove, such as Cala en Turqueta or Cala Macarella, on Menorca.

Dragon's Cave

Find out why Mallorca is famous for its caves, particularly the extraordinary Cuevas (Coves) del Drac (Dragon’s Cave) where the visit climaxes with a unforgettable concert on an underground lake (www.cuevasdrach.com).

Yachting

The Balearic Islands are an arrival point for many Mediterranean yacht cruises and the crystal waters around these islands are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Pay homage to Robert Graves

One of Britain’s most famous war poets, after a tumultuous life in the trenches – and a somewhat colourful life in London – the venerable writer moved to Deiá, a sleepy Mallorcan village where he wrote his most celebrated works. Fans can explore his rambling villa, which is home to a small but informative museum, and visit the late poet’s grave in the nearby cemetery.

Cap de Formentor

At Mallorca’s easternmost pinnacle lies the Formentor cape, one of the most picturesque parts of the island. Tall cliffs dip into deep blue seas, sporadic pine trees grow along its shore and seabirds swoop overhead. A winding road weaves along the coast here, providing the most spectacular views.

Go on pilgrimage to Santuari de Lluc

High up in the Tramuntana Mountains is Lluc monastery, Mallorca’s most famous pilgrimage destination. Since the 13th century, pious Catholics and others have made their way here to pay homage to La Moreneta, “the little dark one”, a statue of the Virgin Mary. There is also a simple but unique hostel inside the monastery.

Browse Inca Market

Weekly town markets are an important part of Mallorcan life, and Inca’s market is one of the biggest. Stalls fill the town centre where everything from toys to flowers to fruit and vegetables are sold. It’s most famous for its leather goods including wallets, belts, bags and shoes.

Wander dozens of beaches and coves

Mallorca’s coastline is pocketed with natural coves, whose clear sparkling waters attract sailboats, traditional fishing boats and are perfect for swimming in. Of these Cala Pi, Cala D’Or and Sa Calobra are particularly beautiful. Golden beaches can be found all around the island. Some especially attractive ones are Es Trenc, Alcúdia and Sa Coma.

Explore Palma de Mallorca's old town

The long and multi-faceted history of Palma is well preserved by its old city, where cobbled streets, stout city walls, grand courtyards and gothic buildings beg to be explored. Busy shopping streets, grand squares, pavement cafés, chic restaurants, trendy bars and a flourishing art scene bustle with locals and tourists alike.

Visit S 'Albufera Nature Reserve

S ‘Albufera Nature Reserve in Alcúdia bay is a large tranquil area of marshy coastline formed by lakes, and natural and artificial canals. The park is home to 200 species of bird, a huge variety of plants and wildflowers, insects, fish, and some unusual amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

Try traditional Mallorquin food

Palma is perfect for discovering tasty traditional tapas bars and stylish designer watering holes. Tapas are varied and can be enjoyed as a light lunch or more hearty dinner. Also worth a visit is the glorious cocktail bar Abaco, which is set in the candlelit courtyard of a 17th-century palace.

Practice watersports around the island

The crystal waters encircling Mallorca are perfect for sports. The island is a popular yachting destination, while the warm sea is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving or kayaking. Day boat cruises are a great way to see the coast and there are many excursions that can be booked locally.

Climb the La Sierra de Tramuntana

La Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains run ragged across Mallorca’s northern coast, offering scintillating views and challenging bike rides, with a diverse mix of calas and rocky outcrops dotted along the way. Steep cliffs drop into the blue sea below and picturesque villages such as Deiá perch on the mountainsides.

Hit the dancefloor

Although the Balearic Islands have started to move on from their party image in recent years, they still attract many visitors keen on irreverent nightlife. There are several “super clubs” in Mallorca, many of them in Palma’s trendy Paseo Maritimo district. And if all else fails, there’s always Magaluf.