Places of Interest in the Balearics

Information about the main tourist attractions and places of interest in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera...

Below is information on some of the main tourist attractions in the Balearics.

Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca: The capital of the island of Mallorca has many sights of cultural interest, including the Palau Reial de l'Almudeina, once a Moorish palace and now belonging to the Spanish royal family. Opposite the Palace is the cathedral, mainly a Gothic structure, with a modern façade following renovations undertaken by Antoni Gaudí at the beginning of the 20th century. To the east of the town are the Banys Arabs. These well-preserved Arab baths date back to the 10th century and are a remnant of the Moorish culture in the Balearics.

Pollença (Pol?lèntia): This popular tourist spot is situated in the north of the island. Founded in 123 AD on top of an ancient Talayotic or Bronze Age Village, it is the only Roman city that can be visited in Mallorca.

Visitors can admire a fragment of the wall, the ruins of three mansions, a street with an arcade and the rests of the Roman theatre dating back to the 1st century.

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Menorca

Menorca is often described as an open-air museum with its number of pre-historic sites. The Menorcan landscape has literally hundreds of Bronze Age villages, structures (talayots) and stone towers (taula). The taula are exclusive to Menorca and consist of a huge horizontal slab on top of a vertical one.

Torralba d'en Salord is one of the more impressive sites, due to its taula precinct measuring more than 4.3m. Visitors can also see a Talayotic dwelling, fragments of walls and caves. It is situated between the towns of Mahón and Alaior.

Santa Àgueda Castle: Situated in Ferreries, in the northern part of the island, the rests of this medieval castle with Moorish towers are of Roman origin.

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Ibiza

Ibiza has a reputation for its nightlife in the summer and is renowned for its beaches, discos, restaurants, bars and fashion boutiques.

Dalt Vila Quarter: This is the old part of Ibiza, and is a walled city with five entrance gates. On one of the gateways is the carved coat of arms of the Kingdom of Aragon, which the Balearic Islands belonged to until the Middle Ages. Sites of interest inside the miniature citadel include the 16th century Eglésia de Santo Domingo and a 13th century Catalan Gothic cathedral. From the ramparts there are views of the bay, Ses Salines and the island of Formentera.

Phoenician Settlement of Sa Caleta: A World Heritage site since 1999, the site is an example of Phoenician town-planning in the Mediterranean. Founded in the 7th century BC, the settlement was abandoned in the 6th century BC, when its inhabitants moved to the Bay of Ibiza (Eivissa) and founded what is today the capital of the island. The site is characterised by its narrow streets, with small, irregular buildings and the combination of distinct architectural styles.

Formentera

Ca na Costa: Formentera has one of the most spectacular megalithic burial tombs in the Balearic Islands. Dating back to the beginnings of the Bronze Age, this collective burial tomb lies in the north of the island, near the natural nautical reserve land of Ses Salines and the Estany Pudent lake. Ca na Costa has a large dolmen made of several pieces of stone. Because of its circular arrangement, it is also known as “The Watch” (Es Rellotge).

Beaches

The Balearic Islands have more than three-hundred beaches with crystalline water and all types of services, some of which have been awarded the Blue Flag of certified quality.

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Cala Esmeralda (Mallorca): Fine white sand beach with mostly calm waters, located in the south of the island, equipped with volleyball nets.

Cala en Forcat (Menorca): This beach, located in Menorca/Ciutadella in the west of the island, has fine golden sand and mostly calm water. Many people practice scuba-diving here.

Platja des Figueral (Ibiza): This very large beach, located in the north-east of the island, is divided into two parts: Veido Cove and Platja des Figureal. A wide range of services and facilities, such as sun lounger and sunshade hire, water skiing, parasailing, pedal boats, restaurants, beach volley and sailing club, are made available to visitors.

Estany des Peix (Formentera): Located in the north-west of the island beside a lake named Estany des Peix, this fine white sand beach is 100 metres long.