Guest Author - Sarah Reid
The Balearic Islands are an eclectic destination. With beautiful beaches for sun worshippers, the hottest clubs for night owls and entertainment for all the family, we can all enjoy a fantastic vacation on any one of these islands.
A province of Spain located in the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearics are made up of a number of islands, the largest and best-known of which are Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
These islands boast an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, making them a haven for sun-seekers - although packing plenty of sunscreen is an absolute must. During the summer, temperatures hover around the mid-80s. In the winters, they rarely dip below 50 degrees, meaning visitors can still enjoy the pleasantly mild weather.
Natives of the Balearic Islands generally speak both Spanish and Catalan. As tourism is so central to the economies of this area, a great many residents also speak some English and German. As is now the case with most of Europe, the currency in the Balearic Islands is the Euro (Ä).
The main religion of these islands is Roman Catholicism. As a result, there are religious celebrations and holidays throughout the year, with each island celebrating its own Saintís Day. When booking a vacation, check the dates of religious festivals beforehand.
By far the largest of the Balearic Islands is Majorca (Mallorca). The capital of this island, Palma, is also the capital of the island group. While this is a very popular destination for package holidays, particularly with visitors from the United Kingdom and Germany, there are still some unspoilt areas such as the beaches at Cala Falco and Cala Portals Vells.
Those visitors looking for a more lively experience may prefer to spend their vacation in Alcudia. All-inclusive hotels offering great facilities for children and entertainment for the grown-ups, and bars and restaurants in the area make Alcudia very popular with families. Magaluf, on the other hand, is famed for its more raucous nightlife, with groups of young men and women flocking to make the most of the clubs in the area.
Home to the largest club in the world, Privilege, and host to world-renowned DJs each summer, the reputation of Ibiza (Eivissa) as a party island is well-deserved. However, there is a lot more to Ibiza than all-night parties and dance music. If the club scene is not of interest, the best time to visit is outside of the height of the summer season, before July or after August. Beaches galore, historic sites and ancient fishing villages make this a picturesque place to vacation, with plenty of sights to see.
Menorca and Formentera echo the beauty and seclusion that Majorca and Ibiza have to offer. Each of the Balearic Islands can be a beautiful, unspoilt escape, or can be an exciting whirlwind of bars, clubs and parties.
You just have to choose.