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Christmas in the Balearics

by Penny Sadler

The Spanish Balearic Islands are made up of Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentara- four popular holiday destinations, each with its own attractions and highlights. Here is a brief guide to each of the islands to help you decide where you will spend your holiday this winter season.

Port de Sóller, Majorca, Spain. The tram line ...

Port de Sóller, Majorca, Spain. The tram line from Port de Soller to Soller can just be seen at the extreme bottom right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ibiza

Most famous for its nightlife and beautiful beaches, Ibiza is an attractive island with spectacular scenery and legendary nightclubs. From quiet, secluded beaches to vibrant party resorts, there is something for every holiday-maker. Es Canar is a popular resort amongst families, with a relaxed atmosphere, sandy beach and shallow waters for bathing. Cala Llonga is situated on a beautiful bay with picturesque pine covered hills – perfect if you’re looking to escape the clubbing crowds.

Menorca

Hailed as ‘the jewel of the Balearics’, Menorca is popular for its unspoiled landscape. Home to an impressive coastline and preserved environmental areas, such as the S’Albufera Wetlands, this island is perfect for trekking on foot or on horseback! As you explore, look out for lagoons and pine cones, as well as the many seabirds that inhabit Menorca.

Majorca

If you’re looking for an affordable winter holiday then Majorca could be the place for you! Whether you like the buzz of Magaluf’s bars and restaurants or the cultural centre of the island’s capital city Palma, this island has something to offer visitors all year round. Avoiding the high summer season is advisable – it will be cheaper and quieter, allowing you to explore Majorca undisturbed. Make sure you visit some of the island’s less well-known attractions like the Roman ruins at Alcudia and the numerous traditional Spanish fishing bays.

Formentara

This is the smallest and least well-known of the Balearic islands. The small number of hotels and resorts means it is an exclusive place to stay with limited urban development and fewer visitors than its sister islands. Formentara has beautifully secluded Mediterranean beaches and is perfect for a peaceful, laid-back holiday. Enjoy the island’s delicious fresh seafood as you watch the sunset from the beachside bars.

The Balearic Islands are the perfect place for a last-minute winter break.

English: Mallorca, Magaluf, beach

English: Mallorca, Magaluf, beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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4 comments

wandertooth December 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Ooooh! Looks awesome! We are headed to Strasbourg for Christmas, so no luck on a warm holiday for us, but this looks like a nice place to plan for another year!

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Penny December 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I agree! It’s on my list.

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Penny December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hey Meg, it does look like a great idea doesn’t it. And inexpensive too!

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megtraveling December 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

They sound wonderful for a winter holiday – thanks for the information!

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