The walled city of Ibiza, a World Heritage Site, and the extraordinary sight of the the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca reflected in the sea are two of the most emblematic views of the Balearic islands. Washed by the gentle waters of the Mediterranean, the five islands seem designed to delight the visitor. They offer a mild climate with over 300 days of sunshine each year, unspoiled beaches with crystal-clear water, wild mountain scenery and villages that seem to step straight out of the past. A paradise for lovers of 'green' sports and water sports, the Islands are also a cosmopolitan place for to spend a holiday, or to stay forever.
The Balearic archipelago is located in the Mediterranean sea, off the eastern coast of Spain. It is made up of three main islands, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, two smaller isles, Formentera and Cabrera, and a number of small islets including Dragonera and Conejera.
A Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures (16-18 ºC), except in the Tramuntana mountain range, which is slightly cooler at around 14º C. Little rainfall, although this varies between islands: the driest are Ibiza and Formentera with Menorca being the wettest. The Tramuntana wind comes from the north, blowing strongly on the northern side of the islands.
Balearic cuisine combines ingredients from both land and sea in an original and careful blend which is varied, generous, original and exquisite. Olive oil forms the base of many dishes and for the most typical of the local sauces: mayonnaise from Mahon. Sausage-type products are well-represented, with the local sobrasada being particularly noteworthy. Soups and sauces, vegetables - basis of the excellent tumbet - meats (especially pork), seafood, particularly the local cigala lobsters, and the sweet spiralled ensaimada pastries should all be sampled by visitors to Mallorca. In Menorca and Ibiza fish and seafood dishes are top choices. Throughout the Balearics, you will find coques, small pasties with a variety of fillings including meat, fish and vegetables, as well as the appellation d'origine Felanitx wines and liqueurs made with local herbs.
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