If you think there’s not much more to the Balearic Islands than a thumping, hedonistic club scene, you’re very much mistaken – and in for a fantastic surprise.
This guest post is by Jenni Tulip of Jet2Holidays.com
While there is a lot of party-fuelled fun to be had in the Balearics for those that crave it, there are also countless beautiful towns and breath-taking sights to take in that will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into another world altogether. Here are five of the Balearic Island’s most stunning sights that are simply not to be missed.
The Balearic Islands are renowned for having hundreds of nearly-secret coves and beaches just waiting to be found, and one of the most picturesque is Cala Varques in Majorca. It’s only accessible on foot or by boat, but when virgin white sands lapped by brilliantly turquoise blue waters, and enclosed by pine-covered hills are your destination, it’s more than worth the journey.
In the north-west part of Formentera, a tiny island situated just 6km south of Ibiza, you will find Ses Salines – a complex of saltpans filled with shimmering blue waters. Formerly used commercially for the production of salt, Ses Salines are now classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and throughout the year a cornucopia of birds come to rest here, including flocks of flamingos in the wintertime. On holidays to Ibiza you can easily reach Formentera by catamaran.
Travel below the surface of Ibiza and step back in time almost 100,000 years in the Cova de Can Marca, a network of fascinating underground caverns that can be traversed, illuminated by multi-coloured lighting. Having been previously used as a treasure hiding place for pirates and smugglers, they have an intriguing story to tell, and above ground there are sheer cliffs offering unforgettable panoramas of the Mediterranean.
A testament to the sheer beauty of the Balearics is the fact that the entire island of Menorca has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and no location on Menorca encapsulates this more than the S’Albufera Nature Reserve. Covering 5,000 hectares on the island’s north-east, here is where you see at least 30 different species of birds, as well as a variety of animal and marine life and a rainbow of plants and flowers.
To discover a part of Majorca where time seems to stand still, take the scenic road to El Cabo de Formentor, a rocky peninsula where you can take in the most fantastic views over the water and the island itself. As it’s the most extreme northern point of the island, you’re guaranteed to witness a wonderful sunset, so pack a picnic and don’t forget your camera.
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