The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago in the western Mediterranean sea, near mainland Spain’s east coast. The four largest islands are: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. With these islands’ official language being Catalan and Spanish, they are considered an autonomous community.
Given their location in the Mediterranean, the history of these islands go far back in time, past the Roman Empire period to even the times of Greek and Phoenician settlements (with evidence of Phoenician artifacts found in the town of Mahon in Menorca). The Romans themselves established the present-day towns of Palma and Pollença in Mallorca. A Roman presence (in the form of a statue) can presently be seen at the entrance of the medieval period Dalt Vila castle in Ibiza town.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Balearic Islands went through periods of conquest by the Moors, the Crusaders, incorporation by the Kingdom of Aragon (Spain) during the 13th century, attacks by Barbary pirates, and occupations by the British and the French during the 1700s. By the early 1800s, the Balearic Islands permanently returned under Spanish rule.
These days, given the favorable climate that these islands enjoy, tourism (and to a lesser degree, luxury real estate) drive the local economy. Ibiza, in particular, attracts hundreds of thousands of young international party goers every Summer (to enjoy that island’s famed House music culture and nightlife). This, while Mallorca and Menorca attract tourists of varying age groups.
Alcampo (Marritxi, Mallorca) – this shopping center offers a huge range of groceries, household & electrical items. That and other types of shops (including apparel). This shopping center is located just outside of Palma (off the Palma – Inca/Alcúdia highway).
Amnesia (Ctra. Ibiza a San Antonio, Km 5, San Rafael, Ibiza) – this is another long-established nightclub on the island. Launched in 1976, it has since earned a reputation for its foam (espuma) parties, and top-notch DJ bookings.
Alcanada Golf Club (Carretera del Faro, Port d’Alcudia, Mallorca) – this is a 18-hole, 6,499 meter seaside golf course that opened in 2003, located in the northern part of Mallorca. This course, designed by golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., is well-regarded by various vacationing golfers. The club takes its name from a nearby island just off the shore which, complete with its own lighthouse, can be seen from most of the holes.
Apart from the splendid sea view, players are surrounded by pine and olive groves throughout their round. It has been named the best course in Europe by leading German magazine Golf Journal four years in a row. See Alcanada’s website for more details: www.golf-alcanada.com
Amante Beach Club (Sol Den Serra, near Cala Llonga, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza) — this is Ibiza’s most beautiful rural restaurant. Set in a stunning cove, Amante is perfect for anyone looking to relax in a luxurious country setting. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Sol D’en Serra bay, Amante is surrounded by dramatic rocks and lush greenery. These provide an idyllic backdrop for long daytime lunches and fine dining in the evening breeze. The Mediterranean menu is fresh, healthy and stylish and based on the freshest local produce. The exquisite Amante cocktails perfectly compliment the food and stunning views.
Ajuntament (Plaça Cort 1, Palma, Mallorca) — Palma’s charming town hall dates back to the 17th century. According to the history of the hall, it was built in 1515 but burned down in 1842. Along with it, the records of centuries of Canarian history and the island’s public archives were also burnt. Today, it is a famous rendezvous spot as outside of the hall, some pretty stone benches have been installed where locals can sit, chat and discuss sport or politics.