Tourism in the Balearic Islands of Majorca (Mallorca), Minorca, Ibiza and little idyllic Formentera just off Ibiza have a special place in British hearts, so much so we kind of renamed them? Brits have been coming here in their droves since the tourist boom of the late 1960s on, and we keep coming along with many German and other European visitors. Why, because the Balearic Islands cater for so many holiday tastes from so many angles.
Balearic Island holidays, where to start? Well, take your pick from picture postcard blue flag sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, all inclusive family friendly package holiday choice, rural Mallorca and rural Balearics dramatic landscapes offering challenges to walkers and cyclists alike, Ibiza clubs and Majorca club hotspots like Magaluf and Palma Nova, historic cultural cities like the Balearics capital Palma de Mallorca or shopping heaven in primo gay scene mecca Ibiza Town. We can't stop there, what about that golf in the sun, dramatic churches and sanctuaries high up on hills, watersports and scuba diving in Menorca, a concern for eco-tourism and preservation of the the Balearics beauty, nature reserves and birdwatching, Balearic Islands cheap car hire, and Balearic Islands cheap flights, it's all here in these beautifully diverse Balearic Islands.
Majorca tourism Mallorca, whatever you want to call this the largest Balearic Island, you'll fall for it hook line and sinker, guaranteed.
Majorca, or Mallorca the fifth Balearic Island, as the joke goes is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Beautiful blue flag sandy beaches with a choice of watersports including windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving and fun waterparks, golf courses galore, character clubbing resorts, family holiday all inclusive majorca hotels, the panoramic landscapes of the Tramuntana mountains, Joan Miro and contemporary art to die for, and a fascinating history including big historical figures like Christopher Columbus who grew up on Majorca, and an array of settlement influences including Roman, Moorish, Christian and more recently tourism. Eco tourism is important in Majorca, and Mallorca together with all the Balearic Islands takes this issue seriously. Climb into your hire car and discover for yourself the delights awaiting you on this diverse, dramatic and culturally explosive Balearic Island - Majorca.
Cycling hotspots include the west coast of Mallorca, especially around Deia and Valldemossa where the climbing Tramuntana mountains offer plenty of challenges for cyclists. Further north prime cycling territory is to be had around Pollenca, and back into the Tramuntana from Alcudia and the Bay of Alcudia. Popular stop off points for cyclists include Pollenca and Arta. You've gotta stop for lunch sometime!
Expect clear waters and beautiful white sands here, with less of the crowds. Peace and quiet is on the menu, and the self-contained low key resorts have proved to be a key attraction to families. Menorca scuba diving hotspots include beautiful Fornells to the North east of the Menorca. There's some great fish restaurants here as well. Suffering seaweed, and in the Name of Neptune the crystal clear waters of Menorca and scuba diving go together perfectly.
A holiday in Menorca, Mallorca's smaller sister island in the Balearics, has a different flavour. Largely untouched by a big influx of tourism, although there are a few clustered resorts on the island but these are pretty much family friendly self-contained resorts, Menorca is a rural joy with some of the best beaches in the Med. It's less an island of mixes than Majorca. Menorca is an island rich in history, with a large number of prehistoric monuments and sites to visit. It's an island of idyllic beaches, particularly along it's south west coast.
Ibiza holidays and Ibiza really started to get a name for itself as a Spanish Mediterranean island with a difference during the 1930s, when a selection of avant garde notables such as Walter Benjamin began visiting. Ibiza, as is well documented, was adopted by the hippie generation in the late 1960s and it's popularity grew. Today it's a mix, much like Mallorca. Hit creative dance culture at it's best in key Ibiza club resorts like San Antonio or Ibiza town, or push out into Ibiza history and Dalt Villa, the old medieval part of Eivissa/Ibiza Town with it's gothic cathedral and sprawling castle.
With Ibiza holidays you can take in over 50 Ibiza beaches. Most Ibiza beaches are long and sandy, often with little rocky islets off shore. You'll find a choice of nudist beaches. Ibiza, Formentera and other outlying islets in the area have been dubed the Pitiusas meaning pine tree islands. If you move towards the North of Ibiza it gets pretty rural, and you'll see plenty of olive groves, fig groves and almond trees of course, common in the Balearic Islands. The North West of Ibiza is prime walking territory, especially along the coast.
Ibiza's west coast, much like Mallorca's rocky west coast, holds some real treasures and the sunsets along this coast are something to see. Scuba diving galore is to be had out from centres like Cala Vedella.
You can go diving around the magical Es Vedra and Es Vedranell islets as well. Ibiza's west coast is where to head for that alternative quieter family holiday with lots on offer on the active watersports side, including great swimming out to rocky off shore outcrops, oh and some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the Balearics.