Ibiza is the closest island to mainland Spain. Along with Formentera, it constitutes the Pitiusas Archipelago. Majorca is the largest island, covering an area of over 1000 square miles, while Minorca is the second largest island, and also the furthest from the Iberian Peninsula.
Bathed in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic coasts offer an array of pleasures to holidaymakers. From the long Majorcan beaches to the hidden coves of Ibiza or the stunning waters of Formentera there is a common theme: generous sunshine all year round.
There is no huge diversity in the wildlife, unlike what you find in another Spanish archipelago (the Canaries), however if you're into bird watching, you may be rewarded. The island's flora meanwhile, will leave you with lasting memories of the intoxicating Mediterranean perfumes.
We don't need to remind you of the excellent reputation of Spanish painters. While the island's sun and sand may distract you from the various cultural sights found on the archipelago, a special mention must go to the Joan Miro Foundation that gathers the most beautiful works of this Majorcan artist.
Between the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, Bellver Castle, the Valldemossa Charterhouse, a large number of churches and even some well-preserved Arab baths, Majorca has plenty of interesting monuments to be discovered.