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The Balearics, better in winter!

January 2018 | Места | Mallorca

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are at their best in the autumn, winter and spring. Learn all about their exciting cultural, sports and culinary possibilities!
  • Andratx, sierra de tramuntana
  • Regata. Palma | © Tolo Balaguer
  • Torrente de Pareis, Sa Calobra

Between September and May, the Balearics are the islands of culture, sports, tradition, heritage, gastronomy, nature, hiking and bicycle tourism. This is because the most intense moments, those most eagerly awaited by residents, take place at other times of the year than summer, when authentic experiences and quality of life make their return. That’s when the islands grow more peaceful, colourful and Mediterranean once again.

Indeed, it’s actually during the low season that Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera show their most intimate and little-known facets. It’s the time when numerous inland villages hold their gastronomy fairs and their most joyous festivals, when birds visit the wetlands on their intercontinental migrations, when the weather is pleasantly refreshing and invites you to go hiking or cycling, and when all types of musical, opera and dance events are held as well as art exhibitions. It’s also the ideal time to enjoy the heritage without crowds and to savour all the tastes and aromas of an exquisite cuisine that changes with each season of the year.

The islands’ sports calendar features such exciting events as the Princess Sophia Sailing Trophy, the Menorca Cup International Youth Football Tournament, the Isle of Mallorca Classic Rally, the Port Adriano Standup Paddle Surfing (SUP) Race, and the Vuelta a Ibiza International Mountain Bike Race.

If culture’s your thing, don’t miss Palma’s Art Night, which opens the artistic season each September; cinema events like the Mallorca Evolution International Film Festival, or the wide-ranging music programme which includes the Formentor Sunset Classics and the Ibiza Jazz Festival.

The spring, autumn and winter are also the best time to enjoy a heritage that’s unique in all the world, featuring the prehistoric sites of Menorca, the walled town of Dalt Vila and the white churches of Ibiza. Likewise, you can follow the Fortified British Menorca route or visit a number of fascinating museums, chapels, sanctuaries, churches and cathedrals.

Discover the tastes of each season at the best restaurants and markets of each island, and attend a long list of very interesting culinary events like the Mallorca Wine Days, Ibiza Tastes, Palma Tapas, the Sant Antoni “Nibble” or the Menorca Fish Gastronomy Days, among others.

From October to May, the gentle climate is perfect for hiking or cycling in the Tramuntana mountains, for discovering the Menorca Horse Trail, or for following the Formentera Green Routes. In the spring and autumn, the rains turn the fields a vivid green, and in the winter you can get breathtaking views of the almond trees in blossom.  

Throughout the course of the year, a number of towns hold agricultural and livestock fairs where you can discover and purchase traditional products of the highest quality. You can also attend some unforgettable winter festivals like the ancestral Dance of the Cossiers or the feast of Sant Antoni. On Christmas Eve, the Song of the Sibyl is sure to amaze you.


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