What to See in Balearic Islands, Spain

Acquaintance with the island of Mallorca – the largest of the Balearic Islands, should begin with the city of Palma de Mallorca. It is the capital not only of the island, but of the entire archipelago. The city is located near the bay that bears her name. A sightseeing tour of the capital introduces the main attractions: the Cathedral, the “Spanish town”, which contains architectural monuments of different styles and eras, characteristic of various provinces of Spain, Bellver Castle (it was built in the 13th century by order of Jaume II, it was never used as a defensive structure, but served as a prison, the only building that cannot be reached on foot from the city center).

Of the other excursions held in Palma de Mallorca, the Knights Tournament is interesting. This is throwing spears, fighting with swords, riding dexterity, etc. The tour includes a performance by a pop group.

You can visit the bullfight. It is a national holiday in Spain. An unforgettable spectacle held in the center of Palma in the square of the bulls, with the participation of torreros from different provinces of Spain.

According to Definition Knowing, the main attraction of the island are the Dragon Caves .. These beautiful stalactite caves are located in the eastern part of the island near the town of Porto Cristo. There is one of the largest underground lakes in the world – Lake Martel – 177 meters long, 40 wide and up to 8 meters deep. The caves consist of three halls, every hour there are guided tours along the underground lake to the accompaniment of Chopin’s classical music. In addition to the dragon caves, there are others in the east of the island, for example, the “Caves of Arta” – giant caves known for their amazing beauty and variety of stone formations.

In addition, in the eastern part of the island you can visit the cultured pearl factory in Manacor, the glass workshop in Gordiola, the olive tree processing factory museum, a small liquor factory, the windmill valley and the beaches of the east coast.

In the center of the island, near the village of Sant Joan, there is a rural manor house. The interior, clothes, pets, a pond – all this will take you back 2 centuries and show how they used to live in Mallorca.

It will be interesting to visit the Spanish village, which is a collection of miniature copies of many architectural monuments of Spain, as well as the town of Valldemoso – the ancient estate of La Granja. This tour is similar to the previous one. There is also a manor’s house, a large magnificent garden with fountains, domestic animals and birds all around. During the tour there is an opportunity to taste the village cheese, homemade bread, sausages, local liquor. Visits to living quarters, a kitchen, a shoe shop and even a medieval torture chamber are provided.

You can take a cruise along the south coast of Mallorca, with a landing on the beach. This is a pleasant boat trip along the cliffs hanging over the sea, surprising with exotic bizarre forms.

Vacationers on the island of Menorca , first of all, there will be an interesting capital of the island – Mahon. You should walk around the city on foot: all the sights are located close to each other, and you can see them all at once.

You can visit the church of St. Mary with a magnificent organ. This is the largest temple of Maon, and its chapel gives the city a characteristic look. 19th century organ known for its power and sound quality.

On the squares of Columbus, Bastio, San Frances, Reyal, Miranda and Conquest, the life of the city is concentrated. There are magnificent palaces and historical buildings.

In the port area you can visit the Menorca gin factory, which is still distilled according to the method used during the British rule.

It is worth visiting the old town of Ciutadella with medieval streets and palaces of aristocrats. Like other Balearic towns, Ciutadella is best explored on foot. Among the attractions of the city are the following. The Cathedral is considered the most monumental temple of the island. Historians note that the cathedral was built on the site of the largest mosque in the city of Medina Minurca, the remains of which are preserved in the chapel, which previously served as a minaret. The Catalan Gothic temple has one nave and six basilicas. Olivas Palace with its austere neoclassical façade. Inside, there are interesting frescoes with animals and a Roman statue found during excavations in Pujol Antique de Menorca. Vivo Palace, next to the Salor Palace, with a red neoclassical façade painted with traditional Menorcan motifs, It is one of the city’s most remarkable buildings. Salort Palace is the only one open to the public, although with restrictions. It is open in the summer in the morning. The entire building is a museum worth seeing. The Palace of the Count De Saura has one of the most beautiful facades of the city. You cannot get there, but from the street you can admire the building, restored for the last time in the 17th century. From the observation deck, located behind the building of the Municipal Council, a beautiful panorama of the port opens. The port of Ciutadella is a small, deep bay that reaches the city center and can be accessed by ships of large displacement.

One of the features of Ciutadella is the arches on Josep Maria Cuadradu Street, popularly called Sas Voltas. These arches are the embodiment of folk motifs among the aristocratic architecture of Ciutadella, where monasteries, churches and palaces stand out.

The gallery of the Church of Salvation is another notable monument. You can get here from Castel Rupit Street, rounding the Seminary. The gallery is located on Santissim Street. In ancient times it was an Augustinian monastery. The gallery, one of the characteristic sights of Ciutadella, was built with money received by the monks from the sale of aristocratic titles under King Philip IV.

The third largest island of the Balearic archipelago is the island of Ibiza . The island is small: it is 40 km long and 20 km wide. A sightseeing tour of the island includes communication with the natural resources of the Mediterranean and a passing acquaintance with the history and cultural monuments of the island.

All cities, including the capital of the island – the city of Ibiza are located on the coast. The main attractions of the island are concentrated in the capital. During a sightseeing tour of the city, the most interesting are: the archaeological museum with numerous exhibits of the Carthaginian and Phoenician eras, the gates of Sas-Taulas – the remains of a Renaissance fortress. On the Cathedral Square there is the episcopal palace, the building of the Cathedral, the museum of the Cathedral, among the exhibits of which there is a tabernacle with works of jewelry. Castel Castle, or Almudaina, is the tallest building in the city. From the sea, it immediately catches the eye, along with the Cathedral. Its defensive walls and the preserved ancient tower of the Vassal Oath, apparently of Arab origin, stand out. The castle was built from the 6th to the 18th centuries. The municipal council is located in the monastery of the Preachers, which was taken from the ecclesiastical authorities, restored and adapted to new functions. Church of St. Dominica, as well as the palaces, seminary and narrow streets adjacent to the monastery, are objects of mandatory inspection. From the Dal Vila quarter you have a great view of the port and the old Sa Peña, which is well worth a leisurely stroll.

You can take a boat trip along the southeast coast of Ibiza to a unique white sand beach on the neighboring island of Espalmador.

On the Catamaran with a transparent bottom, you can enjoy the underwater world and its inhabitants.

And finally, from Ibiza you can make a trip to the pearl of the Balearic Islands – the island of Formentera. With the exception of two small rocky capes, La Mola and Cap de Barbaria, the island is practically flat. The only settlement is San Frances de Fomentera. Formentera can be a good option for tourists who prefer privacy and peace.

What to See in Balearic Islands, Spain

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