Balearics: Even more intriguing in the winter
An original escape from the cold in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera between mysticism, nature and archeology
For a different winter weekend than usual, the Balearic Islands are the right destination even in winter. Here are some ideas on what to do and see in Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera on a off-season trip.
Mystic Majorca – In December, discovering the many cribs in the city of Palma is one of the most enjoyable activities for families. Conventions, churches and cultural centers display their cribs, some of which are real treasures, such as the Palau March, a 18th-century Neapolitan crib made up of more than two thousand pieces made by hand and elaborated in the smallest detail. For a full immersion in the frame of the Major of the Balearics, you can stay in the sanctuaries of the island. The offer is very wide: from the Santuari de Cura, which stands on the top of Puig de Randa – the highest peak in the center of the island – at the Sanctuaries of Lluc, a privileged place of the Serra de Tramuntana with a precious artistic heritage and natural, there are many solutions offered to those who really need to regenerate mind and spirit, accompanied by their own family.
Menorca, on the trail of history – Starting from the heart of the port of Maó, Menorca, you can relive a bit of island history through the military itinerary. The immense fortress of the Mola, full of underground galleries, first defensive lines and ancient dusters, rises into a magnificent natural landscape. By walking, cycling, off-road or horseback, you discover the history of the island enjoying the spectacular scenery of the coast. This fascinating journey in the past continues in the underground tunnels of San Felipe, located on the southern shore of the Maó harbor. Another interesting itinerary is the one that accompanies the discovery of the so-called British route, a journey on the trails left – precisely – by the British during the period when the island was annexed in the territories of the English crown. Masseries, fortresses, walls, towers, and museums are just a few of the suggested steps to learn how influential the British have been to the daily life of the Spanish island.
Archeology in Ibiza – In addition to the Renaissance walls of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, theatrical visits are also organized at the Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins. On the last Sunday of every month, through these representations you can discover the traces of civilizations that have lived in ancient times Ibiza in a fascinating and alternative way. Discovering the past of the island narrated and featured by actors is a fantastic program for the whole family, an experience that falls in love with young and old. Through the theatralized visits, you enter the everyday life of the Punic, Phoenician and Roman times, in the archeological context of the Puig des Molins, surrounded by the rich collections of sarcophagi and funerary elements that won the recognition of the World Heritage by the ‘Unesco.
Formentera and nature – There are 32 “green” itineraries of the island of Formentera. Cross-country trails that add more than 100 km of walking tracks, biking or Nordic Walking, and accompany visitors to discover thousands of natural treasures such as the rocks of Ses Salines, the endless beach of Ses Illetes, the rural landscapes of the hinterland and the iconic Faro de La Mola. The Lighthouse is located on the westernmost part of the island and from here there are several paths leading to woods and green valleys. Visiting the eastern part of the island, between the port of La Savina and Cala Saona, you will encounter what once was a quarry: a jagged coastline formed by a desert of rocks with strange and unusual forms, called Sa Pedrera. In this varied landscape, within a wooded area, is the Can Marroig Interpretation Center. Here flora and fauna are all within reach, thanks to a wide range of interactive educational activities that tease the senses and curiosity of children and adults.