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The extreme wild beauty of Ciutadella

In Ciutadella, located on the island of Menorca, you can find  many things to see and experience. Such an inspiration for your senses will be in fact the smell of the sea, the sound of waves crashing on the rocks and sand under bare feet, and do not  forget the taste of the typical foods here such as fresh fish.

The island of Menorca is the wildest of the four main Balearic islands and thus is also the least crowded. Ciutadella is located in the northwestern part of the island and can be reached by ferry. In the past, up to XVIII century, it was the capital of Menorca, but the British who ruled the island at that time moved the capital to Mahon.

Ciutadella_in_MenorcaPhoto CC-BY by Ian Kirk

From the historical point of view, there are remains that date back up to 2000 B.C., like the megalithic monuments Taulas, Talayots and Navetas; only 5 km from Ciutadella you can admire the NAVETA des TUDONS.

The Arab domination instead lasted until King Alfonso III. There are still some witnesses of the Arab rule as, for example the MINARET of the mosque that was transformed into the “Torre Campanara” of the current CATHEDRAL that, under the orders of King Alfonso III, replaced the mosque in the XIV century. The style is Gothic Catalan and you must definitely visit  the Chapel of Souls inside.
All the old town is gathered around the SQUARE ES BORN who is a former parade ground; you will reach it by climbing a stairway and at its center there is an obelisk dedicated to people killed by the Moors; all the ancient part of the town can be explored on foot, for example, starting from the small Plaça de ses Palmeres, or Piazza Alfonso III, and keeping on walking towards the arcades (ses Voltes) on Joseph Maria Quadrado street.
Near the Cathedral there are many mansions with magnificent facades: just opposite the Cathedral we find PALAZZO OLIVES with inside interesting frescoes and archaeological finds on the site of Pujol; SALORT PALAZZO PALAZZO DE VIVO in neo-classical style and PALAZZO EARL SAURA boasting a XVII century style.
The Town Hall was built over the Arab “alcazar” and, from the Mirador, which is located behind the Town Hall, you can admire the harbour area.
At the entrance of the port there is the octagonal tower of SANT NICOLAU CASTLE. The ancient walls are built around 5 bastions, as these fortifications remained intact; one of these is the Bastió DE SA FONT; inside there is the Municipal Museum with prehistoric, Roman and Arab civilizations’ remains.

Ciutadella’s Churches

Then there are several churches to visit, besides the cathedral: the church of SANT FRANCESC is one of the oldest; SANT CRIST is very small, while the former Church of ROSER hosts various exhibitions. To visit also the convent of Santa Clara and the Cloister of the old monastery that also deserve to be seen.

Events in Ciutadella

In Ciutadella, especially in summer, there are many cultural and musical events, as well as various celebrations in honour of the patron saints. The most important of these festivals is without a doubt the one that takes place in June in honor of SAN JUAN. On that occasion, there are real tournaments and horse racing happening  in the town centre. Besides, throughout the island of Menorca horses they are very popular and numerous: several riding schools are up and running all around the area. Here you can book lessons for beginners and advanced level, and thus participate in walks and excursions in the various paths located in the surroundings of the city. Taking a ride on horseback on scented paths or down to the beach is truly priceless!
The FESTIVAL MUSIC of Ciutadella Summer is another fab event. You can enjoy  during this occasion also the International JAZZ FESTIVAL of Menorca where fans of this music genre can listen to their favorite music in one of the strangest places in the world, meaning a cave which was previously used to repair the boats during the winter.
The port area is very picturesque: clubs and various restaurants with a terrace you can also see the typical fishing boats, ILAUTS, which do not disfigure at all in the harbour near the yachts of the rich tourists. Fishermen play here a big role, since, as in all the islands of the world, fish is the main food in almost every menu, as well as crustaceans that are abundant in the sea close to the island and are highly appreciated by tourists.
On the coast, moving away slightly from Ciutadella, we will meet cute little fishing villages that still resist to mass tourism, and where you can experience deeply the island’s culture and the villages’ respect for nature.

Beaches in Ciutadella

The BEACHES are obviously very important for a relaxing holiday; Cala Morrell beach is just 7 km from the town: it is a sandy beach in the middle of the rocks – the water depth is perfect for diving, since you can find here also underwater caves.
Another very pretty beach is Algaiarens, surrounded by huge red rocks, and it is very pleasant to get here asthe beach is not too crowded.
In its surroundings you will find also the beach of Son Saura, Cala en Bosc, Cala Blanca and Cala Santandria. All these listed beaches have received the EU blue flag.
Starting from Bastio De Sa Font, just go to the North-East and get to PUNTA NATI where there is also a lighthouse. From there you will enjoy a magnificent sunset!

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Besides, Menorca Island is famous for its beautiful landscapes, where nature has not been overwhelmed by the ugliness of the resorts and modern buildings. Here a city like Ciutadella offer a very high quality of life both to locals and tourists.

So hurry up, book your holiday and discover Ciutadella!

Alcudia’s nightlife

Alcudia is a town and a port located in the Balearic Island of Mallorca, and more accurately, you can get to Alcudia very easily by ferry. The Island of Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands; Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the autonomous province which is part of Spain; Alcudia is located in the north east of the island, 40km from Palma. Perhaps it is less known than its neighbor, but it is no less interesting.

For many years, tourism in the Balearics has evolved and is no longer concentrated only in the best-known cities such as Palma and Ibiza. It is also true that, especially in the case of Ibiza, the fun in the Balearic Islands has become synonymous with high. But it need not be that way. Alcudia you can undoubtedly entertain in the various clubs or pubs and dance music in clubs or bars until dawn. But fun to Alcudia also means meeting young people from all over the world, discuss the different cultures, and in any case also relax at the beach and enjoy a beautiful landscape.

Alcudia is a perfect location for those over 30 who enjoy places full of entertainment but also relax in a lounge bar with a drink and chatting with friends.
Go it alone in Alcudia vacation is not a problem, it will be easy to make new friends, dancing in nightclubs or in music bars.

Alcudia

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Many of the nightclubs are located in the Port of Alcudia area; near DOLLAR STREET there are several bars where you can listen to live music, sing karaoke and even participate in various social games.
One of the most famous and important clubs is the MINT DISC, with its bars (he has less than 7) and the pool; It is located in Port Alcudia, as well as most of the locals.

The BANANA DISCO COMPLEX is not far behind with its bars and the Banana Club is a nightclub frequented mostly by young people; here are the best international DJs. In the same area there is the DISCO CLUB MAGIC and GOODFELLAS MUSIC BAR with a large selection of cocktails and drinks; continuing towards the North of Port Alcudia area we find the CAFE MILANO is a bar lounge. Even the ENJOY CAFÈ Lounge is a very popular bar for its cocktails. The BELLS DISC is located in the Bellevue area.

For those who want to listen and dance to salsa and latinodance, there are the CLUB SABOR LATINO and 5 globs where, if you want, there is also a dance teacher who can give a few lessons.
You can also listen to live music at SHAMROCK BAR which is in fact an Irish bar, as well as the IRISH TAVERN in the pedestrian area of ​​Port Alcudia.

Totally changing topic, you may decide to plunge into Hawaiian atmosphere of the BORA TAI.

For sports enthusiasts, there are the Linekers SPORTS BAR SPORTS BAR and SANDRA offering to follow the sport preferred sipping a drink in a friendly atmosphere.

Even the hotel in Alcudia they are equipped to accommodate tourists of every age, both young and old: the majority of them in fact offers live music, even to open air, meaning in the garden or terrace. About the hotels we must be said that, given the ever-increasing flow of tourists in Alcudia, which has lately become one of the most requested of the Balearic Islands, you can choose the hotel that best suits your needs and your wallet. In fact, in this sense, the choice is very wide, ranging from small very cheap hotel for the younger kids without great means to luxurious facilities that offer swimming pool and amenities.

In the evening, perhaps before going to dance, it is pleasant to taste the local food in one of the many restaurants in Alcudia. For example, in the Old City, we remember is pedestrian area, there are several restaurants to eat especially the fresh fish caught locally.
Then the fun is not just for the night: after eating, dancing and maybe even rested, why not take a ride in an amusement park such as the Hidropark? Or, if the night was so busy you have no desire to do anything, relax on the beach doing nothing but sleep it is undoubtedly the most pleasant solution: PLATJA OF ALCUDIA is 9 km long well and will not miss a quiet corner to lay down and snoozing.

Then if you still have a little energy and you want to take advantage of the holiday not only to dance but also to find out, perhaps in the company, the most interesting places, you can go a few kilometers to the Pollentia site (you can admire the ancient ruins but also turn to markets); Then, to be able to say that he saw one of the most beautiful places in the Balearic Islands, then you should definitely go to the L’Albufera Nature Reserve.

Pollentia

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The clean air that you breathe in this fantastic place will really help you recharge to face full of energy a new night of fun in music bars and discos!

Formentera and its stunning beauty

Do you fancy a holiday? Choose the island that will give you both relaxation and fun! It seems impossible, yet getting to Formentera will amaze you and deeply satisfy your needs – the tranquility of its natural sites is balanced out with the frenzy of its nightlife.

Formentera can be reached only by boat and by ferry (click here), since the closest is located in Ibiza airport. The island is a pleasure to look at with its beautiful rugged coastline; sandy coves are like little diamonds in the rocks.
You can go to Formentera throughout the year, given the very temperate climate, although certainly, unless you are very brave, swiḿming is more pleasant from May to October, but obviously in these months there will be more tourists, especially July and August.

The island’s natural beauty is undeniable, so much so that UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site.

Historical sites

The Formentera Island does not have among its attractions many historical monuments to be seen, however, his past is important because the first traces of prehistoric life have been found right here: you can visit the megalithic graves of Ca Na Costa and Cap de Barbaria which date back to about 2000 years A.C.  Another site to see is to Can Blai with its ruins of the Roman castle close to Es Calo.
Also pay a visit the Ethnological Museum where you can discover the old tools and various musical instruments folk.

Formentera has only 5 settlements: Sant Francesc Xavier is the largest; there is the island’s only town hall, a pretty little square around the church of the eighteenth century; here there are also many shops (though do not expect large luxury stores) and markets.
La Savina is the port of Formentera – here all the ferries arrive. The Strait of Es Freus separates it from Ibiza.
On the opposite side of the island we find El Pilar de La Mola; on the highest point of a cliff, there is the lighthouse of La Mola which is one of the three island headlights and also the oldest.
The other towns are Sant Ferran de Ses Roques et Es Pujols.
Just in Es Pujols is the largest concentration of clubs and bars on the beach.

The Beaches and seaside
The beaches are the main attraction of Formentera: the Llevant Beach, Ses Illetes Platja de Tramuntana, Platja de Migjorn, Cala Savina, Cala en Baster, Es Pujols, Cala Saona and Es Arenals.
From the beach of Cala Saona, on the west side, you can see Ibiza and get to the beautiful cliffs of Punta Rasa.
Ses Illetes beach (meaning small islands) is located on the western end of the peninsula Trucador.

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It is a beach that narrows to a small strip of sand with the sea from the two sides; from here you can arrive by boat to the island of Espalmador is a nature park where many animal species have found their habitat, also because there are no facilities of any kind to disturb them.
The Llevant beach is located on the side opposite to that of Ses Illetes.

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The Migjorn beach is the longest with its 6km. On all the beaches of Formentera is granted naturism.

Hippies and Formentera

Perhaps the fact that legislation is permissive in that sense (remember that the Balearic Islands are an autonomous province of Spain) has meant that the ’60s arrived here many young people of the hippie movement. Freedom, the landscape that was not marred by man, the ability to live cheaply have attracted all those who rejected the conventional way of life; artistic and craft activities became important on the island: Hippies markets still today are a feature of Formentera: you can buy clothes, jewelery and ceramics, all strictly hand-painted.
It was music to have fun but it was also a way of life that in the ’70s it was still much below. Many artists have come here on vacation, to perform, but also for longer stays. A name among all? To Bob Dylan.

Nightlife
Today there are many clubs and discos that make dance and entertain. The largest concentration of these rooms dedicated to entertainment is located at Es Pujols. Here the fun is not only the night but it starts already on the beach where there are beach bars that are on the beach bar where, in most of the aperitif which is almost mandatory if you want to be “in”, you listen to music dancing.

However, even if there is to have fun, you can never turn to transgression and exasperation of the fun at all costs like in Ibiza. Here everything is much more relaxing and enjoyable.

Excursions

If during the day you do not want to always be at the beach, you can take one of the many trails to discover the natural beauty of the inland area. There are various routes prepared for hiking or bike rides (these can easily be rented on site). A trip to do of course is to the salt flats: in the past the extraction and storage of salt was important for the local economy. Today, close to the Llevant beach, is the reserve of Saline that is a true spectacle, especially at sunset, the pink colour due to microorganisms.
However, getting around the island there are also good connections to the bus.
As for water sports enthusiasts can make fantastic scuba diving enjoying the perfectly clear water. Much also practised windsurfing and sailing.

So in summary, the perfect day might unfold like this: in the morning you do a nice walk or bike, then you go to the beach to relax; afternoon you choose between a boat trip, diving to admire the fantastic backdrops and windsurfing; then you take a drink at one of many Beach Bars listening to good music; continue walking around in flea markets and finally, after a great dinner at the restaurant (the fish is very appreciated, the specialty of the place is the Peix Sec, fish dried in the sun; traditional desserts instead are Orelletes and Bunyols) you immersed in the lively nightlife.
What do you say, is not a nice program for a wonderful vacation?

Balearic islands: climate

The Balearic Islands are the islands in the Mediterranean Sea, between Spain and Sardinia. There are 4 main islands that form an archipelago: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. There are also other very small islands, such as the island of Cabrera, who has a natural park.
The provincial capital is Palma de Mallorca, easily accessible by ferry as well as the other islands.

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All the islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with mild and temperate winter and hot and dry summer. The rains are not particularly abundant and are usually most intense in the fall.
In the warmer months, like July and August, it is very rare that it rains and if it happens does not last long. If the heat in these two months you obviously feel, never becomes unbearable, thanks to the breeze coming off.

The holidays in the Balearic Islands are possible in all seasons although it can be more pleasant from May to October. But we must not underestimate the fact that out of season there is usually crowded beaches and everything is for cheaper power.
To allow an informed choice on the basis of the climate of the different seasons and taking into account that there are slight differences in temperature and rainfall in the four islands, give directions to each one.

The island which lies further to the north is the island of Menorca. It is also the most flat and wilder; it is less known and crowded than the others. Having suffered in the past British rule, its countries are presented not only with the characteristics of Mediterranean white houses, but also with the houses in typical English style.
Menorca unfortunately is the rainiest of the four islands; but it must clarify that this does not happen in the summer, when the rain fails in one or maximum two days a month. The months with the highest concentration of rain are those of October and November.
In winter, in January, the average minimum temperature is 7 degrees, and the maximum average is 14 degrees. In May, the temperatures are pleasant enough, so as to enable not feel the cold to go to the beach and also to swim; in fact we have an average minimum of 15 degrees and the maximum average of 22 degrees. In August, the month hotter and consequently also the most crowded month and full of tourists, the average minimum temperatures are 22 degrees and those averages about 29 degrees maximum. In October, the temperatures are still pleasant, but as mentioned, there are the autumn rains. However the minimum temperatures are approximately 16 degrees and the maximum in the average of 23 degrees.
The water temperature passes from about 14 degrees in January to arrive at an average of 20 degrees in June and finally at about 25 degrees in the month of August.

Further south, we find the island of Mallorca. It is the largest and most populated of the Balearic Islands. The main city, Palma de Mallorca, is the capital of the autonomous province. Palma has always been loved by artists who have stayed there. They have left many traces of their passage: for example you can admire the architecture of Gaudi and the Miro Museum.
Still in summer the town is frequented by prominent figures, such as the royal family. The island presents a diversity of landscapes, from rocky coast to the white sand beaches, but also with mountain ranges such as the Sierra de Tramuntana which became a Unesco world heritage.
This geographical diversity means that the climate is different in different parts of the island. In fact in inland areas the winter is colder and has also been able to see the snow on the Sierra Tramuntana.
As for the coastal area instead, the winter is mild, with average minimum temperature of 8 degrees, and the average maximum of 15 degrees. In May, it rises to about 15 degrees to the minimum and at 22 degrees to the maximum.
In August, we arrive at the average minimum temperature of 22 degrees and maximum 29 degrees average. In October we still have pleasant temperatures ranging from 16 to 23 degrees, but the rains come we will be in November. The water temperature varies from 14 degrees in January to 25 degrees in August; in June and October is about 21 degrees.

Now we come to Ibiza, perhaps the most famous and transgressive of the Balearic Islands. This characteristic is due to the fact that Ibiza, already in the 60s, was proclaimed island of fun and transgression because it became at that time favourite goal of the hippie movement. Today it is still frequented by many young people, even though the families who love places full of entertainment will be happy to stay in a very beautiful island that still has a lot to offer, not just the clubs.
As for the climate, it is not much different from the other Balearic islands; the rains here are more abundant in autumn, namely in October. Morning temperatures in January are on average of 8 degrees and 15 degrees maximum. In June, they are already on average 18 degrees to the minimum and 26 degrees maximum. In August, it climbs up to 22 degrees minimum to 30 degrees maximum. In autumn temperatures are still pleasant, but the rains, especially in the month of October; it must be said, however, that are less intense than in the other islands.
The water temperature is about 14 degrees in January, 21 degrees in June and October, and 25 degrees in August.

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The Formentera Island that is located further south. It is also the smallest of the four main islands. It is a very quiet island and is also very popular with Italians who have opened in many of the activities on site.
The island’s climate is temperate; the summer heat is absolutely bearable thanks to the sea breeze.
The temperatures in winter, in January and February, are minimum average of 7 degrees and maximum 15 degrees average. In May we already have the minimum of 14 degrees and the maximum of about 22 degrees.
In warmer months, ie in August, we arrive at 22 degrees to the minimum and to 29-30 degrees for maximum. In October, the minimum is about 15 degrees and the maximum of 23 degrees; it is also the month when the autumn rains begin.
But you can still take a bath, with water of about 20 degrees.

Balearic and fun: the perfect combination

The Balearic Islands is an archipelago located in the Mediterranean Sea which was declared in recent years as an autonomous community of Spain. The capital of the Balearic Islands is the famous city of Palma de Mallorca, which is also the centre of nightlife and entertainment. In detail, the Balearic Islands are made up of four main islands, which are Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca, all very popular destinations for summer tourism.

When one wonders what is the fun in the Balearic Islands you can answered simply by naming the islands that comprise it. However, it is good to get into specifics, so as to facilitate the choice of one of the four as a preferred destination for your next holiday. The proximity to Valencia and Barcelona, ​​which are located on the coast, makes the Balearic Islands a very accessible destination.  In fact you can reach it using from  both inland locations an internal flight which will arrive directly on site. It is  a low cost landing at the airports of the Balearic islands incredible cities. Or you can book a great trip crossing the sea by ferry. Before leaving, as mentioned, it is preferable to choose which island to stay and for that reason it should be noted that it is very different islands.

Among all the island the fun is certainly to be looked for in Ibiza, while, for example, Formentera is known as the island nature. In short, there is something for every taste, you just choose the right destination to suit your needs.

To find out what tourists reserve the Balearics, both in terms of fun and otherwise, let’s start with Ibiza, the island that makes its nightlife a lifestyle. It is one of the largest of the Balearic islands and is known both for its marvellous beaches and equally for the nightclubs where to spend evenings of fun. Among the beaches on which to relax and enjoy a wonderful day of sun and sea, we point out, for example, Cala Llonga and Cala Bassa, but also Cala Tarida and Talamanca. Here you can enjoy crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches, ideal for water sports enthusiasts and for those who want to enjoy relaxation.

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For those who want to, instead, have fun all night, we can suggest you some clubs. Among the most famous are the absolute Amnesia, Pacha, Eden, Es Paradis and many more: here you can dance and have fun all night. In fact, the fun in the Balearic Islands begins at sunset, when drinking and dancing on the seashore for happy hour, another “local” tradition. Of course, the island is dotted with clubs of all sorts, such as bars, restaurants – a lot of people pour through the streets of towns for drinking, having fun and chatting for the sake of just enjoy and be in company.

Although Formentera, though, which is known mostly for its beautiful beaches, it gives us of the historical sites and hub of nightlife in the Balearic Islands. We’re talking about places like Fonda Pepe, which is located in Sant Ferran de Ses Roques and that is more in the local area, the Pirate Blues, Lucky and the Blue Bar.

Here too, then, albeit less than in Ibiza, there is plenty of choice. As mentioned, in fact, Formentera does not have the vocation purely worldly instead distinguishes Ibiza is known for its natural beaches to relax for most of the time as Ses Illettes, Es Pujol, as well as the coves of El Pirata, the Cala Saona and many more, but the fun “typical” of the Balearic Islands is still disdained!

Mallorca and Menorca are a bit more on the sidelines in what is the cauldron of the nightlife of the islands and, therefore, appear to be the ideal destination for those who prefer the calm, tranquillity and breathtaking beaches.

Mallorca offers, in fact, over 550 km of coastline and is home of the wonderful beaches, such as Cala Mesquida, Sa Coma, Arenal.

Menorca, however, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and, therefore, its beaches are more pristine. Cala Morell, San Saura, Son Bou are some of the main examples that you can explore.

In any case, however, when you say that Menorca and Majorca are rated tourism centered on the sea, on the beaches and relaxation, it does not mean that here are not entertainment of any kind, because it is not: on both islands, in fact, there are recreations where you can have fun alone or with friends. The only thing that is different than that of the latter is Ibiza, the nightlife is a real must, a kind of religion, which focuses more on what even for tourism, while on all the other islands of the Balearics is principal focus is on another.

For all those who want to leave for the Balearic Islands in search of fun and relaxation, click here for further  infos. We recommend, therefore, to try to understand in advance the ideal island for your needs, so that they can arrange everything at best.