The Balearic archipelago is an autonomous community of Spain located off the Spanish east coast, in the Mediterranean Sea. It includes five main islands divided into two groups: the Pityuses Islands, made up of Ibiza in particular, and the Gymesia Islands, made up of Majorca and Menorca mainly. Its capital is Palma de Mallorca and is inhabited by nearly 400,000 Palmesans. It is located on the largest island of the archipelago, namely Mallorca. It is also very easy to get there with direct flights from Paris-Orly airport to Palma de Mallorca airport. The trip takes less than two hours and there is no jet lag.
The Balearic Islands, a typical Mediterranean climate
Located off the Gulf of Valencia, Spain, the Balearic Islands enjoy one of the best Mediterranean climates, without the excesses of some other islands. Unlike the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and Corsica, the Balearic Islands are not swept by strong winds in summer, which is more pleasant. Another advantage is that the excessive heat is less marked there than in Sicily, for example. So many small meteorological advantages that have earned these islands a well-established reputation for quality of life. The climate is typically Mediterranean, with mild but fairly rainy winters. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit the Balearic Islands, as the temperatures are already high enough to allow you to swim and sunbathe, but the heat is more bearable for visits and excursions. As for the sea temperature, it is always higher from May to October, with peaks of 25°C in the middle of summer. In this context, the beginning of June is one of the times of the year for a last minute trip to the Balearic Islands.
This week: what a beautiful weather!
Fancy a last-minute trip 2 hours by plane from Paris? The sun and the heat of the Balearic Islands await you throughout the week. You will have quite seasonal weather, with blue skies and a light wind despite some more sensitive breezes on Menorca, which will be conducive to sailing sports. Temperatures will range from 24° to 28°C in the afternoon, which is bearable heat, and around 20°C at night, which remains mild. The sea temperature is higher than seasonal averages this year, with water at around 23°C, locally 24°C in the small creeks. Even the chilly can enjoy swimming. And above all, don't forget your sunscreen, because at this time of the year, a few days before the equinox, the sun is at its highest in the sky.
A culture with multiple influences
On the island of Majorca alone, there is no shortage of monuments to visit. Thus, the Gothic-style cathedral is an essential building with in particular a remarkable circular rose window. A visit to Bellver Castle is also a must. It is one of only three European castles with a ground base that is circular. You can also stroll through the alleys to discover the famous shaded patios, these small open-air courtyards. Finally, from the ramparts of Palma, the view of the bay is absolutely magnificent.
Bellver Castle, a must a few kilometers from Palma de Mallorca
Favorite: Mondragó Natural Park
The Mondragó Natural Park is a protected area located on the southeast coast of the island of Mallorca. Its aim is to protect the remarkable fauna and flora of an area of creeks and its hinterland. Declared a natural park in 1992, its 785 hectares are home to two of the island's treasures: several areas of lizards (the archipelago's mascots) and fields of posidonia, an underwater plant protected because it purifies the water and serves as a home to many species. If this park is one of the most visited in Majorca, it is also because it is crisscrossed by many paths and small country roads which can also lead you to very beautiful beaches, some of which are quite confidential...