Top events in Balearic Islands

May
01

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

May
01

First held in 2007, this independent film festival is now an annual event on the island. Following the motto “the independent spirit”, the Ibiza...

May
05

The first Sunday in May celebrates the arrival of spring. The 'Spring Flower Festival' involves flowers being paraded throughout the town of Santa...

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.

Edited by Jane Duru
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