Majorca and Ibiza
Visit the island of Majorca (Mallorca) and discover the traces of Islamic culture in its capital, Palma. A fine example is the Almudaina Palace, in the Arab quarter, with narrow streets full of restaurants and fashionable shops. You can also visit the former Arab baths, located close to the attractive Cathedral of Palma. Interestingly, this is one of the few cathedrals oriented towards Mecca.
The nearby village of Sóller also offers Arab heritage in its park, the Jardines de Alfabia. A vintage train can take you from Palma to Sóller in 90 minutes.
Majorca has inspired many artists and creators over the years. For example, the Polish composer Chopin, who lived for a while in the Valldemossa Charterhouse. Charming places like this, the Son Marroig park, or a sunset on the beach or by the Formentor lighthouse, are sure to inspire you too.
Make the most of your visit by driving around the island to see the lovely Tramuntana region with its mountains and coves. The Tramuntana mountain range runs parallel to the north-west coast and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its unique agricultural landscape with medieval hydraulic systems.
Ibiza, in the Balearics, is one of the most exclusive of Spain’s islands and in fact it is the one where many famous people choose to spend some time. Its natural diversity and its culture have led UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site, and it is especially well known for its beautiful coves and world-famous nightlife.
Ibiza is so exclusive that a restaurant owned by Spanish chef Paco Roncero (considered the most expensive in the world) is located here, as well as a harbour with the Blue 5 Star Marina rating (Marina Ibiza).
There are direct flights to its Sant Josep airport, both from other cities in Spain and from various European destinations. If you come by boat, Ibiza has connections with several Spanish cities, such as Barcelona, Valencia, Dénia and Palma de Mallorca and has three important harbours: those of Ibiza, Santa Eulària and Sant Antoni, offering access for private boats, charters and cruise ships.
On the west of the island: another interesting spot is Sant Antoni de Portmany. This is a good place to buy leather or ceramic gifts, and also jewellery, and to stroll along its bay until you come to Caló d’es Moro, where you can watch one of the most renowned sunsets in the world. Many people choose to experience this moment at the typical Café del Mar.
To the east: you can discover Santa Eulària des Riu and take a stroll through the cobbled streets of Es Puig de Missa, or have a swim at one of the fine-sand coves in the region. Very close by, you’ll find the famous Las Dalias Market held every Saturday, where you can find jewellery, antiques, Adlib clothes (a dress style typical of Ibiza), etc.