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Balearic Isles, Spain
By:andrew clive

Balearic Isles are an archipelago in the western warm, deep and blue Mediterranean Sea

The archipelago includes four large and eleven smaller islands. The larger islands consist of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Balearic Isles received the status of a Spanish province in 1900 and in 2007 they got the status of an Autonomous community. The islands have about a million inhabitants and they are an attraction since the Romans. The official languages are Spanish and Catalan.

Balearic Isles are located very close to the Iberian Peninsula

Therefore, the first settlers of these islands were Iberian nomads. Most of the history of these islands is based on legends. The Roman Consul Quintus Caecilius Metellus is the founder of the capital city of Balearic Islands - the city of Palma.

Most of the population is Christian

Christianity has been present on the Balearic Islands for 16 centuries. Over 40,000 Catholics churches were built here.

The islands have an important nautical location; throughout history, they have been the target of barbaric pirate attacks for many times.

Minorca was held by Britain in the 18th century and Spain regained the island during the French Revolutionary War in the late 18th century.

The basis of the Balearic Islands economy is pigs, oranges, lemons, oil, almonds and wine.

Balearic Islands have many places to see

First of all, many historical monuments, churches, cathedrals, squares, fountains, houses, streets and old cities are a real oasis for history fans.

Some of the tourist attractions are the Royal Monastery of Valldemossa located in Mallorca and founded by King James II; Ciutadella Cathedral founded in the 13th century in Menorca on the remains of the former mosque and hundred years old Windmills in Formentera.

Sa Dragonera belongs to a group of smaller islands and the whole was declared as a national park. Majorca is the largest island and most of the tourists who visit it are from Germany, Ireland and the UK. Mallorca has 208 beaches!

Above all, you can enjoy the excellent cuisine

Balearic Isles offer you some of the greatest alcoholic drinks like liquor of roses, wine of the kings, Minorcan Xoriguer Gin and Orange liquor.

If you are a vegetarian, you can enjoy Tumbet, Tremp and Fava parade. All three meals contain lots of pepper. And if you are not, you have to try the popular Sobrassada and Caldereta.

In these great islands, entertainment cannot be less bright

Balearic Isles are the best party place in Europe. Just remember the famous Ibiza. Superb nightlife is the reason why many tourists come to these islands. However, you can also attend many concerts of classical music, religious festivals, music events or carnivals here. It is up to you.

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