Ibiza (Balearic Islands, Spain)
According to Foodanddrinkjournal, Ibiza is the closest Balearic Island to the Iberian Peninsula. There is a lot of entertainment for every taste here. It is here that youth companies from all over the world come in search of adventure and thrills.
On this rocky island, where the soil is poor and stony, from time immemorial the smallest piece of fertile land has been used, arranging terraces in hollows on the slopes of hills, steeps overhanging streams. From a bird’s eye view, it seems that the entire island is lined with lines of low stone walls. No less peculiar are the traditional houses of the Ibisians – “Finnish”, with flat roofs, narrow windows in thick walls, balconies, balustrades and rectangular ledges. In summer, they keep cool well, and in winter they protect from the wind blowing from the sea.
Until the 18th century in Ibiza pagan traditions were strong. In an attempt to eradicate them, the Catholic Church resettled the inhabitants of Ibiza, whose “Finns” were scattered throughout the island, in parishes based around new churches. Therefore, most of the villages here bear the names of saints – the patrons of parishes.
In the late 1960s, Ibiza became famous because of the hippies who turned it into a counterculture center. Since then, the city has not taken off its festive outfits. The nightlife of Ibiza deserves special mention. The fame of the local discos spread all over the world. For European youth, this is the most party place on earth, and many come here for the weekend to “break away” in full.
But not only the nightlife attracts to Ibiza many tourists. The island has many wonderful beaches. Their total length is about 18 km. The best beaches are Talamanca, Figueretas, Playa d’en Bossa, Portinatx, Puerto de San Miguel. Exclusive Ibiza – musical beaches.
The most popular cities among tourists are Ibiza, the capital of the island of the same name, and San Antonio.
Ibiza, located in the southern part of the island, is called the “pearl” of the Balearic archipelago. The old part of the city, surrounded by medieval walls, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This area is a real monument of medieval architecture and architecture. Here you can see the fortress of the XVI century, the Cathedral, the old houses of the nobility. Interesting to visit the archaeological museum, the necropolis, the museum of modern art.
San Antonio is 20 minutes from Ibiza. In May and June, as well as in September and October, mainly families with children and single couples come here to enjoy walks, safe waters of a shallow bay and fantastic beaches. July and August are the best months for nightlife lovers: most clubs open in mid-June and close in mid-September.
Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)
Menorca is the second largest island in the Balearic archipelago, located in its northeastern part. The island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Despite its proximity to Mallorca, it has a number of unique features.
The island has been inhabited for 3500 years. Many monuments of ancient times have been preserved here – there are about 1600 of them in a small area. The most amazing structures on the island are the “tauls” and “talaiots”, the purpose of which is still being debated. “Talayots” are stone towers up to 10 meters high and 15 – 20 meters in diameter; “tauls” are T-shaped structures up to 4 meters high. Another monument of the megalithic era is the ancient crypts with burials that look like an overturned boat. The crypts are older than the Egyptian pyramids.
Not far from the resort of Cala en Porter is a complex of unique natural caves. They are located high on the slopes of the cliff, which offers a breathtaking view. During the day, the caves are open to tourists, and in the evening they turn into a club. At night, the caves are illuminated by laser beams gliding down to the sea.
The island has about 120 beaches, more than Mallorca and Ibiza combined. But many of them are hard to get to – you have to go down the rocks, and some can only be reached by boat. But if you do this, you will be rewarded in full – the fabulous beauty of the bay will not leave anyone indifferent. The most amazing bay is Cala Santa Galdana.
Main city of Menorca is Mahon. It is located on the coast of a five-kilometer harbor, the port of which is considered one of the best in the world. The British influence is clearly visible in the appearance of the city (in the 18th century the island was a British colony). In the city, you should visit the churches of San Francisco with its adjacent monastery and Santa Maria with a baroque organ, where organ music festivals are held annually; military museum, scientific and literary museum. The main cultural event in Mahon is the International Opera Week. In the south of the city there are several well-preserved monuments of the megalithic era.
Ciutadella was the capital of Menorca from the Moorish era to the 18th century. Palaces in the Venetian style have been preserved on the town hall square. The streets of this charming town, planted with fig trees and palm trees, invite you to leisurely walks.
The island has preserved monuments from the Roman era. The towns of Son Bou and Fornas de Torello have 5th-century churches with interesting mosaics.
Festivals and holidays with the participation of horses are very popular on the island, the history of which goes back more than 6 centuries. These days, riders in black and white clothes ride through the streets of cities on horses decorated with ribbons and carnations, and also show their skills.