The Balearics is an archipelago of 5 islands consisting of enchanting coves, lush natural landscapes, golden sunsets and exclusive luxurious accommodation and retreats. Enjoy the islands in any way you wish; either by relaxing in utter tranquility, wandering through old fishing villages, discovering breathtaking landscapes, enjoying a range of water sports or unwinding in the islands luxurious villas.
Majorca (Mallorca) and Ibiza are two of the Balearic’s largest islands. Majorca’s main attractions are its stylish Capital City, Palma, the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountain Range and the Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park (a 10km trip off the south east coast of Majorca).
Visit Majorca’s picturesque towns of Sóller and Fornalutx. Travel back in time and discover one of Europe’s circular castles, Bellver Castle or take a journey to the “Center of the Earth”, where through the caves of Drach you will find one of the world’s largest underground lakes.
In 1999 UNESCO declared Ibiza (Eivissa) a World Heritage City, a city appreciated for its rich biodiversity and cultural attractions including the Sa Caleta Phoenician Settlement and Necropolis of Puig des Molins. Unlock Ibiza’s historical past and discover Dalt Vila (upper town), home to many medieval battlements, towering cathedrals and some of the islands most iconic hotels. Visit the natural wonders of Las Salinas or Cala d’Hort Beach, or enjoy the picturesque views of the uninhabited Es Vedrà and its mysterious island escarpments.
Within two small corners of the Balearic Islands you will find Menorca and Formentera which are the epitome of serenity and makes for an ideal island getaway for diving, sailing and relaxing among breathtaking landscapes. When in Menorca, discover the historical chamber tomb, Naveta d’Es Tudons or visit the charming Favàritx Lighthouse, capturing the beauty of s’Albufera des Grau Natural Park. Wander through pine forests and olive groves or find a spot along the shores of Cala en turqueta, Cala Mitjana or Cala Macarelleta.
For relaxation, the Formentera and Illetes are arguably the most “free spirited” islands of the Balearics. Playa de ses Illetes is not only Spain’s most impressive coastline but is also listed as one of the world’s best beaches.
The Balearic’s cuisine consists of many flavorful dishes which reflect the islands local produce and its Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Arabic, French and English influences. There are two types of crustaceans which differentiates the Balearic Islands from the rest of the Mediterranean and that is the Mallorquin Shrimp and Menorquin lobster. Savor “Caldereta de Langosta”, a lobster stew, “’Jonquillo croquettes”, a species of whitebait, “Parrillada de pescado fresco”, fresh grilled fish, “Cocarrois”, a vegetable stuffed pastry dish or the locally produced Mahón cheese. True meat lovers may want to try “Sobrasada”, a local cured ground pork sausage.
Those of you with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice with the variety of decadent treats on offer. Some of your choices include a baked cottage cheese apricot cake, “coca de albaricoque”, the world-renowned “Ensaïmada”, a spiral shaped pastry, “Crespells mallorquines” small sponge cakes or “Flaó” a round cake made with cheese and anise seed. Savor these delicacies in Balearic Islands fine dining restaurants, fishing villages, local bars and secluded gastronomic temples.
Contact our IKON Balearic Islands specialist to help design your perfect getaway.