Top events in Balearic Islands

December
01

Mallorca seems to have escaped some of the commercialism afflicting some other countries at Christmas, and there is a special, traditional feel to...

December
01

Every village and town on the island celebrates its patron saint with a weekend of fiestas. A fairground atmosphere, complete with bunting,...

December
31

Towns and villages across the island join in this joyous evening of celebration of the year to come. Fireworks, dancing, concerts and parties are...

Shoreline in the Balearic islands
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Balearic Islands Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

Total: 5,014 sq km (1,935 sq miles).

Population

1.1 million (2013).

Population density

222 per sq km.

Capital

Palma de Mallorca.

Sun-soaked and skirted by golden sands, the Balearic Islands are one of Europe’s prime island getaways. This Mediterranean archipelago, leisurely sat off the coast of mainland Spain, is awash with leafy terraces, crumbling heritage sites, secluded coves and rolling hills.

Mallorca - the largest of the three – has, over the last few decades, become the archetypal sun-sea-and-sangria island adored by package tourists. Recently, the island has been given something of a facelift, with rundown resorts replaced with shiny modern facilities; Mallorca’s capital, Palma, is now one of Spain's most beguiling and trendiest small cities.

Party-hard Ibiza has long been famous for its club scene, concentrated in the charming hippy-chic capital of Ibiza Town, the high-rise canyons of San António, and in the resort of Playa d'en Bossa. Away from here, however, the island is remarkably rural. Both Ibiza and Mallorca offer excellent beaches, but it is the Balearic Island of Menorca that is renowned for its picture-postcard coves.

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