The Balearic Islands, a paradise bathed by the Mediterranean Sea

In the midst of all the hype surrounding travelling, travelling and then travelling some to see absolutely everything there is and more, very few people realise that they have seen so much of the world that they’ve forgotten to explore their own neighbourhood, the things nearest to them: their own country. One of those places, unknown to many (even if it’s well known by word of mouth) is the Balearic Archipelago.

Gently rocked by the intensely, beautifully coloured turquoise Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands are the perfect destination for an unforgettable and unbeatable summer holiday. In this region the large island Mallorca rules. Those who choose Mallorca can not only enjoy the magic of beaches like Muro, Ses Covetes and Cala Mondragó, they can also discover the beauty of the Tramuntana mountains.

Mallorca is also a place where you can enjoy tourism in all its forms, whether you travel on your own, as a couple, with friends or with family since the island offers plenty of hotels that are designed for every kind of travel. Hotels that really do offer families everything they can possible ask for, and this at an excellent price to boot.

Smaller, but just as large where spirit is concerned, is the island Menorca. This island (much more natural and authentic than its neighbours) has a certain maritime touch and is ‘little exploited’, which means visitors surrender themselves to its magic at the very first visit. The most famous places to visit? Ciutadella, Mahón and other special places such as Fornells.

Known as the Pityusic Islands, Ibiza and Formentera are a totally different case. Two islands with a common language but a completely different accent and a more natural, unique way of life – more hippie-style. Ibiza might be the perfect place to enjoy an intense nightlife, but Formentera is an ideal destination if you want to fall in love with beaches and intensely blue waters.

Cala Agulla

 

Where to stay on the Balearic Islands?

As we stated previously, out of the four islands Mallorca is the island best suited to those who enjoy travelling as a family. It’s an island where you can enjoy long walks by the sea, dozens of attractions and – of course – guaranteed rest in perfect, family-friendly hotels. Our recommendation? That would be the Green Garden Aparthotel, a hotel surrounded by gardens located on the beautiful beach Cala Agulla.

Part of the innate magic that makes us all fall in love with the Balearic Islands is to be found on the white island, Ibiza, a destination where you can find hotels such as Tropic Garden Aparthotel where you can enjoy a really relaxing holiday.

For those who prefer the maritime spirit of Menorca there’s nothing better than heading towards the area Cala d’en Bosch to stay in a hotel like Marinda Garden Aparthotel. Apart from a perfect breakfast buffet, this family hotel also offers free wifi and mini golf.

Mallorca, the best destination for those who love hiking

There is an extensive list of superb travel destinations in Spain, but Mallorca is one of those destinations that provides an array of possibilities for a traveller looking for “a bit of everything”. Pretty in winter and more lovely than ever during the spring season we’re experiencing right now: the largest of the Balearic Islands is a place that offers more than just the well-known beaches with white sand and turquoise waters, and the popular nightlife… yes, that nightlife that tempts younger travellers more and more as the summer season approaches.

The island of Mallorca is a paradise filled with amazing nature. This is a place where you can lose yourself with no fear among the narrow paths leading up to the Tramuntana mountain range. The mountains award you with exquisite panoramic views filled with that special light that you can’t find anywhere but here, in our beloved Mediterranean archipelago. It’s an exceptional place that is made even more interesting if you’re planning to enjoy a few days  hiking in the best of settings.

The Tramuntana Mountains

Proudly holding the UNESCO award as a World Heritage, the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is the perfect place to enjoy high-altitude hiking. This is where you can discover gems such as Deià, Valldemossa, Fornalutx and Sóller, and where travellers can enjoy places of extreme beauty that can still (luckily) be referred to as ‘intact, or not too exploited’.

Enjoy the paths running near the well-known Sóller train line, or get lost along the famous route ‘Pedra en Sec’, the Dry Stone Route; those are two of the many ‘musts’ that deserve to be part of the to-do list for any fairly serious hiker who heads over to Mallorca.

The magic of Cura and Randa

Guarding the so-called Mallorcan Plain are Cura and Randa, the base for another two routes that deserve a visit if you come here for hiking. The beautiful monastery Cura (where you can eat, enjoy the views and even spend the night listening to an indescribable silence) awaits at the end of the hike, providing you with a unique view of the Serra de Tramuntana (to the right) and the Llucmajor coastline (to the left).

Hotels on Mallorca

One of the keys to any trip being a success lies in knowing how to choose your hotel with care. How can last-minute surprises be avoided? Go for one of the hotel chains that’s been around forever, such as Sol Hoteles, a group that offers you perfect hotels such as Sol Katmandu Park Resort and Sol Beach House where you can get away from the routine and enjoy a well-earned rest after you’ve been hiking through the more rural parts of the island.

A Holiday in Mallorca with an Irish Flavour

Apart from being a spring month and a precursor to the long-awaited Easter holidays, the month of March in places like Mallorca combines a lot of interesting options and lets you enjoy experiences that go beyond the traditional Easter processions we normally see this time of year.

March is not only the ideal month for spring excursions (that work to well with the ideal climate on the Balearic Islands), it is also a time of year when festivals from other countries have a strong presence on the islands. So much that they form part of their very character. The most prominent one? Without doubt, it’s one with a clear Irish flavour that comes dressed in intense green. Yes, in March Mallorca is the island of St. Patrick, the Irish patron saint.

Even if this Irish festival is celebrated in many corners of the island, it’s the top bars in Palma (such as Shamrock and Three Lions) and their neighbouring venues that bring you the best festival atmosphere, combining music, craft beer, tradition and good fun. That said, if you’re wanting to really go green this day and enjoy it as never before, you should definitely head to Santa Ponça, St. Patrick’s Mallorcan Kingdom.

A fun-filled weekend

As a couple, with friends or family: the St. Patrick Festival comes to Santa Ponça the weekend of March 18 and 19. Two days during which residents dress in shades of green , letting you enjoy proper Irish music as well as craft beer and typical dishes from the emerald island.

Even if any time of day is a good time to enjoy the perks of this festival (a festival that almost counts as a local one), it might be best to choose noon to join the drumming, the parades and live concerts.

Hotels in Santa Ponça

For all those who have chosen to travel to Mallorca during March this is what we recommend: don’t miss the fun of celebrating S:t Patrick in the Mallorcan town Santa Ponça.

It is a lovely coastal village located in the municipality of Calvià – less than 15 minutes from Palma, the Mallorcan capital –  where you can find high-quality hotels such as Pirates Village Apartments (for those travelling as a family) and the Hotel Piscis Adults Only. Two great establishments, guaranteed by the quality seal provided by Gran Isla Hotels.

Mallorca, an ideal destination for winter sports workouts

Located in the gentlest Mediterranean area and with a climate that remains mild (except for the months of December, January and February, in which the thermometer touches below zero) the island of Mallorca is a perfect holiday destination for families, couples and groups of friends. Mallorca, for its size and shape, is a place where you can enjoy unique panoramas, in which to discover an extensive catalogue of flora and fauna and in which you can practice sports in unique conditions.

Beyond these water sports practiced assiduously in Mallorca (sports such as sailing, kayaking, kite surfing, surfing or paddle surfing, among many others), the island is ideal for athletes from many other disciplines to enjoy high quality workouts in the winter months.

Bicycles

Running in Cala Estancia

On the basis of that practice running in Mallorca is a pleasure to choose the starting point you choose, there is no better place to enjoy the benefits of running than in the area between Palma and El Arenal. This coastal route (halfway between city and country) runs through the areas of Cala Estancia and Playa de Palma and promises not only a unique view but also a flat, continuous and comfortable track in which to practice different speeds.

Cycling by the Tramuntana

To travel to Mallorca in Winter and visit the routes of the Tramuntana is synonymous with coming across lots of cyclists from different parts of the world who choose the island to prepare for the season. Why is this? Its different microclimates, its ups and downs and the many differences between areas make Mallorca perfect for elite cyclists (sprinters or members of international teams) are tested in the same territory.

Hiking from north to south

If the island of Mallorca has anything it is its trails, which are unique and highly beautiful natural paths that are perfect for walkers. With different lengths and degrees of difficulty, the hiking trails of Mallorca are not set in a unique area of the island but run from North to South so do not hesitate to inform yourself about what is best suited to that which you are really looking for.

Hotels in Mallorca for Sports

For those who decide to spend some days relaxing and practicing sport in Majorca, there is nothing better than enjoying a good hotel The aim? Completely endorse to rest without having to worry about anything.

Out of all the hotels in Majorca that are adequate for sports enthusiasts, the Garden Holiday Village hotel by Garden Hotels. A hotel that offers the Garden Sports service, designed to transform sports activities into authentic extrasensorial experiences “made in Majorca”.

The best beach bars and beach clubs of the Costa de Calviá

According to real estate experts, few places in the world are as exclusive as the Mallorcan town of Calvia and especially its coast. Visited by thousands of mega yachts (which moor at impressive ports such as Portals and Port Adriano) and where the largest fortunes in the world reside. The coast of Calviá is also the base for some of the most beautiful beach bars and special, exclusive clubs on the island of Mallorca.

Decorated in light tones, in a rustic style and with sand from the beach underfoot, visiting these bars before sunset is a perfect idea for dreamers, romantics and solitary nature lovers. Where can you find the most beautiful? Today, we give you five names:

Il Chiringo of Palmanova

Palmanova’s “Playa Grande” is one of the first bars that came into being on the island of Mallorca. Il Chiringo is a place to feel at home, a beach bar resting on the sandy beach where you can eat paella with orange or drink really elaborate daiquiris. What’s best? Night-time when the place is filled with torches.

El Chiringuito

El Chiringuito

The Costa de la Calma beach bar

Taking its name from the area that houses it, the beach bar Costa de la Calma is one of the most beautiful and special on the island. Located on the rocks and with a breath-taking sunset, this place is the meeting point for the locals just as it is for those who’ve chosen it as a retreat.

Perseverantia Beach Club

Newly created in the Bay of Santa Ponsa (one of the most beautiful on the coast of Calviá) and with a high-class gourmet menu, the Perseverantia Beach Club is one of those places to fall in love with the island, its sea breeze and its people. Perfect for a romantic dinner or to meet friends, the place is open until the early hours of dawn.

Mood Beach

With its white slide, indoor pool and an amazing view of the beach cove of Costa d’En Blanes, the Mood Beach is one of the most exclusive beach clubs on the coast of Calviá. Sounds too good to be true?  Take a chance on seeing the place with a snack and a glass of champagne.

Campino, Es Carregador (Palmanova)

Halfway between a beach club and a beach bar, the Campino is the perfect blend of all the best that the Costa de Calvia has to offer. Located on the beach of Es Carregador (known as “la playa pequena” or small beach of Palmanova”), the place is perfect to go with family, friends or as a couple. It has a full menu of exquisite dishes, delicious desserts and a very desirable cocktail menu.

Hotels in Calvia for both big and small

Traveling as a couple, with friends or family; in the Calvia area there are hotels that cater perfectly for whatever we need and look for in our holidays. One of those chains that can boast of doing particularly well in the area is the Sol Hotels chain; a hotel chain that comprises the amazing Sol Katmandu Park Resort (designed for families) and Sol Beach House for those who prefer a vacation with friends.

How to make your holiday a five-star experience

To live a unique, special and unforgettable holiday there is no need to spend thousands of euros, or stay in suites of the most expensive hotels in the country. To have a perfect summer full of exciting experiences is easier and cheaper than you think: just be clear about the destination that we advise, study it in depth and leave the ” inertia” for those who are content with anything.

From among our country’s main destinations, we have chosen three: Mallorca, Fuerteventura and Cadiz. These three places, full of natural beauty, are all acclaimed by foreign and local tourists in the summer months both for location and quality. How can you make the days in these destinations become a highly repeatable experience?

Hunt for and capture Majorcan silence

Mallorca is a quiet island, full of peace and spectacular places that go beyond the bustling capital and the packed beaches. Enjoying that calm is definitely the key to a five-star vacation.

Some trips that can’t be missed from any travel book? The most recommended are: a visit to Port Adriano’s new Marina, tasting the island’s local cuisine, a boat excursion bound for the island of Cabrera or lose yourselves in the coves where only early birds venture to go.

Cabrera Island

Cabrera Island

Fuerteventura and a taste of the exquisite Atlantic

Simply by choosing the island of Fuerteventura is the first step in your journey of discovery that the Canary Island is the perfect holiday retreat and earthly luxury that most people search for when spending their free time. Where is the key that opens this flood of sensations? That’ simple, it is in the tranquility of the most beautiful beaches (like Cofete or the large beaches of Corralejo) and in the variety and quality of its local cuisine.

Cádiz, much more than Andalusian art

One of the wildest, charming and natural destinations that you can visit in summer is Cadiz. Although the beaches and restaurants in the capital tend to be crowded (partly for their quality and low price); there are other areas in the province that offer real luxury, calm and relaxation.

Places such as Zahara, de los Atunes, Valdelagrana or Chiclana de la Frontera. Three  destinations with kilometres of unspoilt beaches and a range of bars that are a real treat.

Where to stay in Mallorca, Fuerteventura and Cadiz?

If we want to enjoy a few days of rest, relaxation and luxury in one of these three destinations, there is nothing better than choosing one of the hotels in the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resort chain.  So, in Mallorca (in the Santa Ponsa area) relaxation is guaranteed in IBEROSTAR Suites Hotel Jardin del Sol and in its Spa; in Fuerteventura the option to choose is the beautiful IBEROSTAR Fuerteventura Palace.

For those who opt for it, there is nothing better than the IBEROSTAR Royal Andalus, a hotel with a golf course located in the most beautiful and exclusive area of Chiclana de la Frontera.