The 'Islas Baleares' (Balearic Islands) is
a group of 5 islands that lay 240 Kilomtres
away from the coast of Valencia
in the Mediterranean Sea. The islands are:
Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera y Cabrera.
It's one of Europe's most important tourism
resorts due to its fantastic weather, beaches
and entertainment choice.
Nightlife in Ibiza
Andanes del Port
Highlights: nightlife in Ibiza is
big and famous. It's where techno music is
king and hyper-disco-clubs go open day and
night. It is said to have some of the most
attractive beaches of all islands. Two important
events throughout the year are a handwork
fair and a fashion show in June.
beach in Menorca
Tourism office: Pl. Explanada,
Highlights: the beaches. Menorca is
said to have a less well developed infrastructure
and road network as Mallorca, but this makes
the island more unexplored by tourists and
has preserved better its landscape. The market
at the 'Plaza de la Explanada' in Mahón
is an interesting spot. Also the weekly open-air
market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Celebrations: 'Festes de Gràcia',
on September 7th and 8th. The 'Colçada'
and the 'Jaleo', medieval horse riding events
trough the narrow city streets, 'San Juan'
and 'San Pedro', on the 23rd and 29th of June.
Tourism office: Pl. de la Reina,
Highlights: Its port
and airport are the busiest in Spain due to
tourism. This might sound scary but this island
(aprox. 100Km north to south) has a large
and well equiped infrastructure so even on
high season you can find spots and tiny beaches
with few or even no people.
Celebrations: San Sebastián,
20th January, popular feast "Foguerons" (tiny
fires), carnival, parties at Palma beach.
Theater Festival in May, Jazz Festival in
July, 'Fiesta del Estandarte' on the 31st
of December. In April you can attend the "Mostra
de Cuina Mallorquina" a gastronomy fair.
Shopping: Handcrafts weekly market,
monday, friday and saturday at the Plaza Mayor
(main square). You can find another open-air
market (rastro) located at the bottom part
of the avenues on Saturday mornings.
Light house in Formentera
Port de la Sabina
General information: Close
to Ibiza (3,6 Km.) Formentera is the fourth
of the Balearic Islands. With a population
of 6.000 (1.000 of them foreign residents),
Formentera is an island with a plateau landscape
an not very exuberant vegetation due to the
porous nature of its soil. However, beaches
of white fine sand and turquoise sea waters
make of it a sublime place for relax.
Celebrations: The most important
is 'Sant Jaume' on July. Also 'Santa Maria'
on August 5th has special relevance.