5 must-see places in the Balearics

For many, the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza are sources of quick and easy holidays in the sun. Many visiting these locations are happy to do nothing more than soak up the sun on the beach, but there is more to the Balearics than may first meet the eye…

Palma Cathedral

Though this might not be so much of a hidden gem (there’s no missing the grand, gothic appearance) the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is a welcome cultural experience. Locally called La Seu, the cathedral was home to Gaudi for 14 years of restoration works in the early 20th century, and is now a magnificent sight to behold. The cathedral is only a short walk away from Palma’s coastline too, making it an easily accessible trip away from the sun in the heat of the day.

Palma Cathedral

Serra de Tramuntana

The island of Mallorca has more to offer than exquisite (if tourist-centric) coastline. Be sure to venture towards the coast on the northwest of the island. Here, you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Serra de Tramuntana. The mountainous region is full of natural beauty, and the way of life here appears to have remained the same for generations. Walking and mountain biking are popular in Serra de Tramuntana, and the views over the region are worth the often-challenging routes!

Necròpolis del Puig des Molins

When you’re looking for inspiration for a day away from the beach in Ibiza, we understand that the suggestion of a cemetery isn’t the most conventional piece of advice. That being said, the Necròpolis del Puig des Molins is steeped in history, and yes, it may be a burial site, but it’s also home to some ancient tombs and a dedicated museum explaining the site. It’s a fascinating walk around, and sits on the hillside just outside of the beautiful Ibiza Old Town of D’Alt Vila.

Xoriguer Gin Distillery

Gin and the island of Menorca are not two typically synonymous things. However, in the 18th century British invasion of Menorca, recipes were brought over and gin has been created on the island ever since. Today, Xoriguer Gin is something of a cult drink for gin lovers. A trip to the distillery will enlighten you further as to the history of the drink, and offers you the chance to see where and how the gin is made – expect a chance to buy a bottle, or take advantage of samples galore!

Foralesa de la Mola

There are few things more intriguing than structures that look out of place in their surroundings. You can’t help but wonder what they were used for, and how they came to exist where they do. This is exactly why Foralesa de la Mola is so fascinating. The fortress served as a military base and as a prison in the time since its creation in 1848, and sits atop a cliff overlooking the Menorcan Port de Mao. Today, you can wander around the structure for around €7 and see the varied mix of exhibitions on offer. Think everything from art galleries to army barracks and you won’t be far off!

Foralesa de la Mola

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