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The Fine Wines of Mallorca Tour
Come along on our wine tour to visit some of Mallorca’s finest wineries. We taste their wines while leaning about Mallorcan grape varieties and wine production..... Read more

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Balearic Islands, Spain
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The Balearic Islands (Catalan and official: Illes Balears; Spanish: Islas Baleares) are an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

The four largest islands are (from largest to smallest): Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. The archipelago forms an autonomous community and a province of Spain, of which the capital city is Palma. 

The languages in the Balearic Islands are Spanish and Catalan (i.e. Mallorquí, Menorquí and Eivissenc, as Catalan is known by its speakers in this territory).

The Balearic Islands have the airports of Palma de Majorca, Ibiza and Mahón, making any journey extremely easy.  It is also possible to reach them by ship, since Barcelona is only a night-crossing away aboard the most modern vessels. The journey takes just eight hours. By air the flight from Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid takes less than an hour, while from París and London it takes under two. It is also possible to take vehicles to the islands aboard ferries specially designed for the purpose. Both air and sea services have extra flights and crossing during the "high season" (July 1st-September 30th).

The local cooking of the islands is exotic, exquisite and at the same time imaginatively presented. The official Majorcan foodstuff is a type of red pork pate called sobrasada in Majorcan. Highly popular in parts of the mainland too. The red colour comes from hefty amounts of sweet paprika. It is good. There is also an official Majorcan cake, called ensaimada. It contains pumpkin jam and lard (obviously the Majorcans do keep some pigs) and it is delicious. The locals are very proud of their centuries-old olive trees, so while visiting the island it would be worth trying Majorcan extra virgin olive oil, which is otherwise hard to find.

Palo and Hierbas are two of the most popular local liquors among local residents. Palo is made from the fruit of the carob tree. It is often drunk mixed with soda water and sometimes even taken for medicinal purposes. Sweet, mixed and dry "Hierbas" are available. The ingredients include assorted herbs.

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Featured Private Tours and Holidays in the Balearic Islands and New Accommodation Additions:

The Romantic Balearic Island of Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is one of the most romantic islands in the world to spend your special honeymoon vacation. You will be based next to a gorgeous beach and right near the city of Palma... read more
Gran Hotel Son Net is an exquisite luxury Mallorcan Estate, a breathtaking historical mansion dating back to the 17th century, which has been lovingly restored into an elegant sanctuary amid the rugged Sierra Tramuntana Mountains (now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site) - a mere 20 minutes from Palma....
Chartered Week long Sailing trips in the Balearic Islands of Mallorca Menorca Ibiza and Formentera

Enjoy a week-long sailing trip explore the hidden coves and beaches of the Balearic Islands. Charter one of our yachts for your private departure... read more

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