Paradise to live: ten spectacular coves of the Balearic Islands

 

The Spanish archipelago offers over 1400 kilometers of beaches that are real natural paradises, rich in beauty and evocative landscapes. For all these reasons, Spain is the destination for the holidays of more and more Italians. According to an ISTAT survey, in fact, 12% of our fellow citizens choose to spend their holidays here.

Here is the list of the most beautiful and least known bays of the Balearic Islands according to Hundredrooms, the comparator of accommodation and holiday homes. Have a good trip!

1. Cala Tuent (Escorca, Majorca)

This is a solitary bay located along the north coast of Mallorca, between Punta de sa Corda and Morro des Forat. The beach is made up of pebbles and gravel, has the shape of a horseshoe and is part of a truly impressive landscape. A catwalk allows access to the sea without walking on the rocks and be able to devote undisturbed to snorkeling.

2. Cala Varques (Manacor, Majorca)

It is one of the most beautiful among the virgin beaches of the island. Located about 12 kilometers from Portocristo, it has a fine white beach surrounded by a spectacular rocky amphitheater. It can be reached by land through a path in the pine forest behind it, although it is advisable to arrive by sea.

3. Cala Romantica (S’Estany d’en Mas, Majorca)

The evocative name is not given by chance. The beach is very white, crystal clear and shallow and is the ideal place to admire the beautiful sunsets. A favorite destination among divers, on its depths you can admire a real paradise including many submerged galleries of prehistoric times.

4. Cala Turqueta (Ciutadella, Menorca)

This Cala has become famous for the extraordinary blue color of the sea. The beach of fine white sand is set in a semicircular bay. It is surrounded by a Mediterranean pine forest that is reflected in the turquoise sea, from which the creek takes its name.

5. Cale Macarella and Macarelleta (Ciutadella, Menorca)

These two coves are a mirror of the other in terms of beauty and naturalism. It is only a 10 minute walk away and, through the paths, you can admire Punta de Macarella and the entire coastline.

6. Cala Pregonda (Es Mercadal, Menorca)

Known as the red cove of Menorca, thanks to the presence of clayey sand, it is located in the north of the island.

Opposite its shore you can see Illot y Esculls de Pregonda, a natural habitat of little known species of seagulls and other rare animals.

7. Cala Conta (Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza)

Set in a breathtaking landscape, this Cala is also known as Platges de Comte. It is famous for its sunsets, its golden beach 800 meters long and 30 wide and is equipped with bars and restaurants.

8. Cala Salada (Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza)

From the beach you can admire sunsets of extraordinary beauty and this beach offers the privacy that often is not found in Ibiza. In fact, access is only possible through a steep passage through the pines.

9. Cala d’en Serra (Sant Joan de Labritja, Ibiza)

Located north of the island of Ibiza, the beach is small, about 50 meters wide and 30 meters long. It alternates areas of coarse sand and smooth stones and is a beach not frequented by tourists and allows you to enjoy moments of true relaxation.

10. s’Espalmador beach (Formentera)

This wild and unspoiled island boasts only 3 square kilometers of surface and is devoid of structures. It is populated by numerous animal and plant species and, for this reason, it is considered a protected natural park.

Guide to Ibiza: where to sleep on the island

In our review on Ibiza, we gave you all the information you need for a visit to the Spanish island of the Balearics. We have reported the places of interest, we have given you directions to the capital city, we have proposed the most beautiful beaches and a guide to romantic Ibiza. Now it’s time to give you some suggestions on the best places to sleep on the island. Depending on the type of holiday and needs, in fact, the structures and especially the places where it is advisable to stay will change. Here is the guide of Ibiza to the best places to sleep.

Hotel, residence, house for rent, b & b. There are several facilities to stay in Ibiza, distributed fairly well throughout the island. The best places to sleep depend on the type of holiday you want to do. In fact, they change according to specific needs. Ibiza is good for both groups of friends and couples and families. The island has so much to offer: from the beaches, to the typical restaurants to the nightclubs to the monuments. The choice of the structure and the place to sleep depends on the holiday you want to do. Here’s where to find the best places to sleep on the island.

Ibiza Town. The city of Ibiza is the place where the greatest number of tourists and also the one with the most receptive structures. The island’s main port is located here and the airport is just a few kilometers away. Choose to stay in the city or the surrounding area is convenient for transport and attractions available. Here, in fact, are the main monuments: the Old Town of Dalt Vila with its fortified walls, the archaeological museum and the Punic necropolis. In the immediate vicinity are some of the most beautiful beaches of the island: Talamanca, Ses Figueretes, Ses Salines. Buses to the towns and beaches of the south-western area leave from Ibiza town to Sant Antoni de Portmany, on the opposite side of the island. In the city there are many trendy clubs, from typical restaurants to trendy bars, and shops for shopping. The main nightclubs are nearby or just a few kilometers away. You move easily by scooter. That’s why staying in the city of Ibiza or in the immediate surroundings is good for everyone: for those looking for fun, for those seeking culture, for young people, adults and families. For those who want to have a quiet holiday, on all couples and families, it is better to avoid the nightlife areas, such as Playa d’en Bossa, just outside the city, and the area of ​​the old port where the locals are concentrated. Even the historic center at night is quite noisy. In this case it is preferable to choose the structures in the area of ​​the marina and Talamanca, quieter, those just outside the historic center to the north, where there are many residences, or near the beach of Ses Figueretes. Young people looking for fun, however, will choose hotels or residences with apartments for rent in Playa d’en Bossa, a few kilometers south of Ibiza, the place of nightlife, with night clubs, discos and beach bars with parties not stop.

Sant Antony de Portmany. On the coast of the island opposite the city of Ibiza is Sant Antoni de Portmany, another worldly resort and very popular with young people, especially for the sunset from the Cafe del Mar. Even here, it is better that families and couples avoid the city ​​center to move to hotels and residences near the coves of the west coast. Young groups, on the other hand, have a wide choice of facilities in the city or in the immediate vicinity if they want to save money.

Sant Josep de sa Talaia. If you are looking for absolute tranquility for your night’s sleep, we recommend the residences of Sant Josep de sa Talaia, in the south-western hinterland. Here you will stay in residences of white houses surrounded by nature and overlooking the hills and the sea in the distance. The beaches are just a few kilometers away, the beautiful Cala d’Hort is a quarter of an hour away by car. Obviously this solution is preferable for those who have a car,

Santa Eularia des Riu. The seaside resort of Santa Eularia des Riu is located on the east coast about 15 km north of the city of Ibiza. It is a very beautiful and elegant resort, perfect for couples looking for a romantic and family holiday. It is not a nightlife area for young people. In addition to the city beach, on the Santa Eularia coast, there are many beautiful coves: Cala Longa in the south and Cala LLenya in the north. The whole coast is very beautiful and well served, with numerous residences and even luxury hotels. Santa Eularia is perfect for families, for the tranquility and especially the wide, sandy beaches, with a shallow sea bottom and shaded by pine woods.

Slow spring in Formentera

It is one of the most popular islands in the Balearics, especially in summer, thanks to a clear sea and its enchanting beaches. But in Formentera also beats a green heart that makes it a true paradise for a holiday in the midst of nature out of season. When the mild temperatures, the colors and the scents of the flowers and the absence of crowds allow you to enjoy all its beauty, including the small villages of the interior and the white beaches along the coast.
Formentera is an island that invites calm. For this reason it is also the ideal place to visit on foot or by bike, thanks to its small size and not very demanding slopes.

Just last year, 32 green routes were inaugurated, creating a circuit of over 100 kilometers.
The access point to the island is the port of La Savina, located 3 kilometers from the capital Sant Francesc, a cozy and quiet place, where in addition to the ancient fortress built in the early eighteenth century, is characterized by many local specialties food, craft markets and hippy stalls. From here you can start to discover the island.

 

To the north you reach the peninsula of Es Trucadors, a long tongue of sand that stretches into the sea where there are some of the most beautiful beaches. Like Llevant, Es Cavall d’en Borràs and Ses Illetes, the most famous of the island also to watch the sunset, which offers a unique show at the end of the day. All this territory is located within the Natural Park of Saline d’Eivissa and Formentera, a large protected area for biodiversity. Admission is free for those who access on foot or by bike while paying for those arriving by car or motorbike. The landscape is characterized by white sand dunes alternating with cliffs surrounded by pine woods and juniper sabina di costa. Inside, instead, there are a series of evaporation basins fed by the sea that cover the ground with salt crystals. Next to it, two large pools of water, the ponds of Estany des Peix and Estany Pudent, are the perfect habitat for terns, flamingos and seagulls.
Opposite the peninsula is, as a natural continuation of Es Trucadors, the private island of S’Espalmador accessible to all with local boats. Even here you can take beautiful walks along the coast where, among others, there is the beach of S’Alga, on the west coast.

Returning south, following a flat path of about 30 kilometers, we reach Cap de Barbaria, where the lighthouse of the same name dominates a rocky and deserted landscape. Along the way, it is worth stopping off at Cala Saona, the only real beach on the west coast, with shallow waters and protected from the wind by high cliffs.
To the east, instead, extends the Costa de Tramuntana with low rocks and crystal clear water. It is one of the most peaceful places on the island, where you can walk starting from Racó de sa Pujada along the coast and reach Caló de Sant Agustí, the only town in this area that is highly appreciated for its picturesque fishing port and its many small restaurants. where to taste the gastronomic specialties. Just a 2 minute walk away is Ses Platgetes, two small sandy and rocky bays.

Continuing we arrive near the promontory of La Mola, at the foot of which is the most chic area of ​​Formentera, with elegant hotels and restaurants on the beach that offer traditional local dishes. Going up, however, you reach the Faro de la Mola from where you can enjoy a spectacular view. For a little ‘relaxation on the beach there is Migjorn, 5 kilometers of fine sand in the shape of a crescent that frames the whole south of the island between Es Mal Pas and Es Copinar. It is one of the most magical places on the island where, it seems, that Pink Floyd composed The Dark Side of the Moon. It was a place much loved by hippies in the 60s, and today you can choose the vivacity around the chiringuitos or the calm in the middle of nature.

Ibiza, the island of emotions

A trip (but it’s also a weekend) to discover the essence of the island where everything can happen

Ibiza – the second largest island in the Balearic Islands, after Majorca – has now established itself as the most popular tourist destination during the summer months. Stoves of tourists from all over the world crowd the island in search not only for fun, but also for relaxation and psychophysical wellbeing.

Precisely for this reason, Ibiza (perhaps) has no secrets. We already know it for its trendy clubs and clubs, for its wild coves and its sea that ranges from turquoise to iridescent green (thanks to Posidonia Oceanica, an endemic plant of the Mediterranean Sea that makes the waters transparent and crystalline).

But not everyone knows that in Ibiza the five-star luxury gets married (happily) with the hippy spirit that sets it apart. When you set foot in Ibiza you fall into a sort of ancestral and magical atmosphere. A rare and impalpable alchemy.

Ibiza offers (yet) unexpected sunsets, pure energy, hidden places such as the Casita Verde, in the heart of Sant Josep, the flagship project of an association that acts as a center of environmental education and is aimed at proposing a model of eco-sustainable life through alternative energies. It is the island where everything can happen. Where joy alternates with fear, where one gets lost in the alleys of the old town of Dalt Vila and admires the puesta del sol in Benirrás.

You can wake up in the morning in a five-star villa with the scent of lavender (look at the photos in the gallery and all addresses), take a bath in a magazine pool and then find yourself barefoot at the Hippy Market in Es Canar – it takes place every Wednesday – to look for some trinkets to take home as a souvenir. (In the gallery above all our advice).

The village of Dalt Vila (the old city) and the Cathedral – Photo: adobe.stock
Ibiza really makes everyone agree. Families with children who want to relax and enjoy nature, perhaps through an excursion on horseback to the north of the island, or for the adventurers a fun and exciting ride in a hot-air balloon (and the pleasant sensation of floating in the sky), to admire the island from another point of view.

Not to be missed (restaurants and clubs)
The Thursday evening aperitif of the IT Restaurant in the heart of Marina Botafoch, where fashion, style and beauty are mixed. From 19.00 aperitif to the bar with raw and lounge music. Every Monday, do not miss the usual appointment at Flower Power (from May 29th to October 2nd) at the Pacha disco in Ibiza and for the fans of electronic music the Circoloque at DC10. If instead you are more underground try to jump to the Zooproject (the location is a scream) where every Tuesday plays a DJ of our house, the Florentine Federico Grazzini. Do not miss the evening Ants (every Saturday from 4 pm to midnight) at the Ushuaïa.

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The beautiful spring of the Balearic islands

The evocative Easter celebrations are an opportunity to discover the archipelago in the best season

Easter is one of the best moments to experience the most authentic soul of the Balearic Islands: the ancient rites, religious traditions and the excellent gastronomic proposal become protagonists in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Not only ancient rites and excellent gastronomy but also the opportunity to go to the discovery of the territory, enjoy the mild climate, the green landscapes in bloom and the scents of spring.

A trip to the Balearics during Easter as well as immersion in a truly mystical atmosphere, is also a dive into the gastronomic tradition: the must for every gourmet are the “panades”, “cocarrois”, the “robiols” and the “crespells” . The panades are based on salty pasta and contain lamb, pork and chicken, peas and cured meats; perfect for vegetarians instead cocarrois made of the same paste of the panades but stuffed with chard and raisins; instead robiols are filled cakes in the shape of half moon and crespells in the shape of stars and hearts are filled with apricot and ricotta jam.

Four islands, four worlds – For those staying in Majorca, you can book tours of historic palaces and fincas, finely furnished manor houses rich in history dating back to the thirteenth / fifteenth century. Among the most famous and representative La Granja and Els Calderers. In Menorca do not miss the tour of prehistoric megalithic monuments, well-preserved stone structures dating back to the period between 2000 and 1000 BC. which at the time served as burial places or defensive towers. Those who choose Ibiza can experience the island from a naturalistic point of view, visiting two national parks of particular interest for their ecological value: the Park of Ses Salines, the Es Vedrà reserve, Es Vedranell and the islets of the west. In Formentera, a complete tour of the island is possible with a 15 km journey along the north coast from Es Caló de Sant Agustí and ending with el Faro. Walking we discover the camí de Sa Pujada, with numerous caves of the megalithic period, descending towards the pier of Sa Cala and passing through some streams with incredible views.

The Crist de la sang in Palma de Mallorca – Returning to Easter, the Holy Week celebrations take place in the various localities of the islands and are all characterized by the great devotion and the heartfelt participation of the faithful. Among the most important celebrations, the first of great impact is that of Holy Thursday in the city of Palma de Mallorca with the “Sant Crist de la sang”: a spectacular procession with more than twenty thousand hooded confreres, belonging to the thirty official confraternities, carrying the Christ through the streets of the historic center to the rhythm of the drums.

The Via Crucis of Pollenca – Good Friday is very popular in the town of Pollenca, (Majorca) where the “Davallament” takes place one of the most intense celebrations of the archipelago for the intense and realistic representation of the last moments of Christ. A long procession ascends to the church at the top of the hill, known as Calvary, staging an intense and painful Way of the Cross; at the top of the hill there is the crucifixion and then the deposition of Christ. At this point begins the ‘Davallament’: a procession on the 365 steps lit by torches, to the pressing sound of the drums, in a solemn atmosphere and underlined by the glorious song of a “Miserere”, where the Christ is carried in procession by some representatives of the confraternities through the city.

What to do in Milan on the weekend of 2 and 3 December 

What to do in Milan on the weekend of 2 and 3 December
Openings, inaugurations, markets and events: that’s all you need to know to decide what to do in Milan this week

The first weekend of December can not but be dedicated to Christmas, with the inauguration and lighting of trees and villages dedicated to young and old. So many initiatives dedicated to shopping, from vintage markets to those of crafts, up to new shops, traditional and over the top.

There are also appointments related to taste and those in solidarity, as well as cultural events and nightlife.

Friday, December 1, at 5:30 pm Chiara Ferragni will be the godmother of the opening and lighting ceremony of the Christmas lights by Swarovski, at the center of the Gallery. More than 12 meters tall and decorated with over 10 thousand ornaments, including at least a thousand crystal stars, the tree will transform the Milanese salon into a place of magic and sharing, combining tradition and innovation.

At his feet there will be in fact some interactive screens to play, take selfies and virtually try the jewels to be included in the wishlist
At the base of the Tree will also be set up an exhibition dedicated to the many facets of the crystal and its multiple creative uses.

The flea market of Lambrate, inspired by those of East London, returns in December with two events, Sunday 3 and Sunday 17. For this first week, among the 25th exhibitors mention Francesca Suardi, which offers jewelry and accessories in the Christmas theme, in particular the American costume jewelry from the 50s onwards with dozens of pins with the symbols of the party. Beautiful and original proposals by Cravattaio Stravagante, a collector who boasts thousands of pieces of all kinds from Versace ’80s to Christian Dior’ 60s, passing through Mickey Mouse and Braccio di Ferro.

Also on Sunday 3 December there will also be a special area dedicated to four-legged friends, with the aim of raising funds to be donated to charity thanks to the organization of Charity Event Dogs Love Me. In the specially set up space you can make shots with your dog thanks to a professional photo set or extravagant Victorian portraits to animals.

From Saturday, December 2 at the Fabbrica del Vapore you go back in time, thanks to «Revolution – Music and rebels 1966-1970. From the Beatles to Woodstock ».

A journey that retraces the areas in which the revolutions of those years took place: fashion, music, drugs, clubs and counterculture; human rights and street protests; consumerism; the festivals; the alternative communities. From Carnaby Street to London to Haight-Ashbury hippies, from Bay Area’s technological innovation to French May protests, from communities all over America to the Woodstock and Isle of Wight festivals, these years were characterized by a optimistic idealism that pushed people to fight together to subvert the structures of power in every sphere of society.

A reflection on how many of them have produced a real and lasting change and how many have been lost in the following decades. An immersion in the spirit of the era that will be possible until 4 April.

From December 1st to December 31st the Pornhub Christmas Store arrives in Milan, the temporary of the famous video streaming site for adults. A few steps from Corso Como, in Via De Cristoforis, you will find Christmas gifts definitely original, for fans of the genre or even just for those who want to have fun and make some joke. Among the products on sale: red light gadgets, clothing, sex toys, games and limited edition products made by well-known Italian designers and cartoonists such as Roberto Recchioni, Davide Toffolo, Tanino Liberatore and Fumettibrutti.

Then there will be events and signatures with guests like Malena, Rocco Siffredi and Immanuel Casto. Entry will be forbidden for children under 18

To stay up-to-date on all the activities and events planned in this month, which will be boiling despite the temperatures, it is recommended to visit the official Facebook page of the Pornhub Christmas store.