Attractions Nearby Mallorca, Day Trips and Excursions
(Mallorca / Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain)
Mallorca, Spain is full of many fantastic tourist attractions, but within a short journey from the island there are countless other superb attractions and places well worth a visit. Those looking to indulge in a spot of Spanish island hopping will find that both Ibiza and Menorca are within reach.
The attractions of Menorca are especially popular with summer tourists and this island is generally less developed than Mallorca. Those headed to Ibiza can expect world-class beaches and nightclubs, as well as a surprising amount of culture.
Menorca is the second largest of the Balearic islands and is smaller and quieter than its neighbour Mallorca. Situated just 34 km / 21 miles from Mallorca, the island of Menorca has many family-friendly resorts and almost as many beaches as Mallorca and Ibiza combined. Menorca has escaped most of the effect of package holidays and the island's small towns and villages offer a fairly quiet and relaxed holiday, even during the peak season, with many wonderful attractions.
Menorca is a very green island, with pinewoods and many fields for the island's 25,000 grazing cattle. Cycling tracks criss-cross the meadows and scrublands, offering some spectacular views of the island and the seafront. The north coast of Menorca is rocky and rough, whilst in contract, the south coast of Menorca is full of sandy coves, with fine, golden sand, sheltered by cliffs.
The oldest and largest towns in Menorca are Mao, the walled capital of Menorca, which is situated at the end of an enormous natural harbour, and Ciutadella, Menorca's ancient capital at the opposite end of the island. Mao is a particularly busy port and has many impressive architectural features, whilst Ciutadella is a more graceful town, full of winding streets and old buildings, including several churches.
There is an enormous amount to see and do on the island of Menorca.
Ibiza has a reputation as a party island, but there is much more to Ibiza that its excellent nightclubs. The island is the closest of all the Balearic islands to mainland Spain and has a 200 km / 125 mile coastline, with many small coves and over 50 stunning beaches. During the 1990s tourism in Ibiza grew dramatically and the island was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'entertainment island of the world'.
Many thousands of visitors fill the resorts on Ibiza and the big-name nightclubs are legendary. Away from the clubs, other highlights of Ibiza include olive, almond and fig groves, salt lakes, pine forests and many historic buildings and attractions. Ibiza town is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the whole of Europe and is the largest and most beautiful town on the island, including a stunning cathedral and many fabulous restaurants and chic bars. Nearby there are also many old stone cottages in the island's hilly countryside.
The pace of life for locals on Ibiza still remains relaxed and moves at a gentle pace. Ibiza offers so much for the visiting tourist, both young and old.
Local tourist agents provide many interesting excursions in and around the island of Mallorca, including day-long sightseeing trips, cruises, safaris, visits to casinos, theatres and nightclubs. Mallorca's tourist information offices will be happy to provide the latest excursion details and prices.