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.

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Ibiza

From the hills and valleys of Ibiza to the mosques of Yemen, Villa  San Lorenzo draws inspiration from across the world.

As its name suggests, this beautiful vacation rental is perched above the San Lorenzo Valley in central Ibiza and has gorgeous outdoor living areas from which

to take in the views. Its elegant interiors, inviting courtyards and six bedrooms are modeled on both traditional Moroccan architecture and Yemen’s Great Mosque

of Zabid.

This luxury villa is laid out around a private central courtyard with a large pool, a row of loungers in the sun, and shaded sitting and dining areas.

A passage out of the courtyard leads to water gardens with a tea house in the middle,

loungers and a daybed on a sunny terrace, and an infinity pool with a pavilion overlooking the mountains and valley.

Linger outside and see if you can spot the neighboring island of Formentera, or enjoy the satellite TV, sound system and pool table indoors.

Spain, Ibiza

Modern Fully-Serviced Villa With Breathtaking Sea Views To Formentera And The Old Town

Villa, 6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 12 persons, Pool, Garden, WiFi

Recently renovated and refurbished throughout, this exquisite villa is in one of the best locations on the island

INTERIOR
The total of six stylish double bedrooms includes two master bedrooms on the main floor, both with en-suite bathrooms, sea views, air

conditioning and underfloor heating. One of these master bedrooms also has its own large lounge terrace and walk-in wardrobe.

The remaining four double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms (one with a walk-in wardrobe) are located on the lower level – two have

sea views and all have air conditioning. All the bedrooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and towels.

On the main level, the doors to the large living area slide away, opening onto a terrace with dining facilities for 12 people and incredible

sea views. You will also find a fully-equipped kitchen featuring a 3-metre kitchen island, a comfortable sofa lounge area and a guest

cloakroom and WC. The lower level has a gym, large play/cinema room with 55-inch flat-screen TV and a guest cloakroom and WC.

EXTERIOR

The shaded poolside dining area has a gas BBQ and seats 12 people. Single sunbeds are available on the spacious terrace by the pool, and

in shaded areas. The cocktail terrace and dining area on the main level are ideal for relaxing with drinks at any time of day, especially

sunset and sunrise.

DINING ROOM AND LOUNGE
Two large lounge sofas in the living area by the open-plan kitchen. The sliding glass doors encourage the indoor kitchen and lounge