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Balearic Islands: tell us what kind of trip you want and we'll tell you which island to visit
With friends, as a couple, as a family or for work. The Balearic Islands, that Mediterranean archipelago always on the travel radar, are the ideal destination for any kind of getaway.
No, this is not a cliché: let's take as an example the monumentality of Majorca, both architecturally and scenically; the beaches of Minorca as a synonym for play and carefree fun; the nightlife of Ibiza and the tranquillity and romanticism of the landscapes of Formentera.
Any trip to the Balearic Islands should include a stop in Palma, the provincial capital. We'd tell you about its photogenic Cathedral, but we think the city's most iconic landmark needs no introduction. But be sure to visit the interior to marvel at the madness of colours created by the light filtering through the rose windows.
Such a Gothic work of art becomes even more beautiful when its image is reflected in the enormous lake of the Parc de la Mar and if, in addition, its skyline companion is none other than the Almudaina Palace, Palma's royal palace.
Free up space in your smartphone's memory, you're going to need it. Especially when you enter the old town. Its streets and alleys exude a medieval air and its pavements are lined with modernist buildings and stately homes. Don't leave without going into one of these traditional bakeries. The ensaimada you buy today will be your breakfast when you return to the real world.
Until then, stay with us, in one of Sercotel's hotels in Palma. Located 200 metres from the Paseo Marítimo and close to the convention centre, Hotel Zurbarán has the perfect location to combine work and leisure time. The Hotel Joan Miró Museum, next to the Miró Majorca Foundation and 600 metres from the idyllic Cala Major, is the ideal starting point for exploring the island.
A visit to natural enclaves such as the Caves of Drach, in the east of Majorca, will allow you to discover that Nature is also capable of creating art. It will also serve to test you: What will you tell your children when they ask you which are stalactites and which are stalagmites? On the surface, the trails of the Serra de Tramuntana await you. But further north, the valleys and hillsides are home to villages of charming beauty such as Valldemossa, Deia and Sóller. It will be in coves like Sa Calobra where you can lie back and watch life go by.
Although for beaches, the beaches of Menorca. Their turquoise waters, white sand and the green and brown Mediterranean vegetation that surrounds them form a palette of colours to remember. Lay out your towel on Macarella or try to reach her little sister, Macarelleta. If you prefer pavements, but not too much, we encourage you to go into Ciutadella and its cobbled streets.
Balearic Islands: day and night in Ibiza and Formentera
We don't want to pigeonhole her, but her reputation precedes her. Ibiza is nightlife, leisure and the kind of partying that is associated with celebrating for the sake of celebrating and pure carefree fun. Legendary nightclubs, such as Pachá, are already part of the island's 'must'. The best thing? The sunrise will catch you awake to enjoy it on beaches such as Cala Llonga or Sa Caleta.
At the other extreme, the tranquillity and hedonism of Formentera. Living in your swimsuit or swimming trunks, getting around by bicycle, shopping in street markets such as the one in Pilar de la Mola, seeing how the pink of the salt flats of the Ses Salines Natural Park gives way to the clear water of Ses Illetes and discovering that yes, there is the best sunset in the world, and that is the one you can see from Cap de Barbaria.