An original escape from the cold in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera between mysticism, nature and archeology
For a different winter weekend, the Balearic Islands are the right destination even in winter. Here are some ideas on what to do and see in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera on a trip out of season.
Mystic Mallorca – In December, discovering the many nativity scenes in the city of Palma is one of the most enjoyable activities for families. Convents, churches and cultural centers exhibit their cribs, some of which are real treasures, such as that of the Palau March, a Neapolitan crib of the eighteenth century composed of over two thousand pieces made by hand and processed in detail. For a full spiritual immersion in the frame of the major of the Balearics, it is possible to stay in the sanctuaries of the island. The offer is very wide: from the Santuari de Cura which towers over the top of Puig de Randa – the highest peak in the center of the island -, to the Sanctuaries of Lluc, a privileged place of the Serra de Tramuntana with a precious artistic heritage and natural, there are many solutions offered for those who really need to regenerate mind and spirit, accompanied by their family.
Menorca, on the trail of history – Starting from the heart of the port of Maó, in Menorca, it is possible to relive a piece of the island’s history along the military route. The immense fortress of the Mola, full of underground tunnels, first defensive lines and old dust-containers, rises in a magnificent natural landscape. On foot, by bike, off-road or on horseback, you discover the history of the island enjoying the spectacular view of the coast. This fascinating journey into the past continues in the underground galleries of San Felipe, located on the south bank of the port of Maó. Another interesting itinerary is the one that accompanies the discovery of the so-called British route, a journey on the traces left – in fact – by the British during the period when the island was annexed between the territories of the English crown. Masserie, fortresses, walls, towers and museums are just some of the suggested steps to fully understand how influential the presence of the English was on the daily life of the Spanish island.
Archeology in Ibiza – Beyond the Renaissance walls of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, theatrical tours are also organized in the Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins. On the last Sunday of each month, through these representations it is possible to discover the traces of the civilizations that once inhabited Ibiza, in a fascinating and alternative way. Discovering the past of the island narrated and represented by actors is a fantastic program for the whole family, an experience that makes young and old fall in love. Through the theatrical visits, one immerses oneself in the daily life of the Punic, Phoenician and Roman eras, in the archaeological context of the Puig des Molins, surrounded by the rich collections of sarcophagi and funerary elements that earned him the recognition of World Heritage by the ‘Unesco.
Formentera and nature – There are 32 “green” itineraries on the island of Formentera. Trails that cross and add more than 100 km of tracks that can be traveled on foot, by bike or through Nordic Walking and accompany visitors to discover thousands of natural treasures such as the pink waters 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 in the westernmost part of the island and from here there are several paths that lead to forests and green valleys. Instead, visiting the eastern part of the island, between the port of La Savina and Cala Saona, you will encounter what was once a quarry: a jagged coastline formed by a desert of rocks with strange and unusual shapes, called Sa Pedrera. In this varied landscape, within a wooded area, is the Can Marroig Interpretation Center. Here flora and fauna are within everyone’s reach, thanks to a wide range of interactive educational activities that excite the senses and the curiosity of adults and children.