The Balearic Islands have long been a hot spot for international holidaymakers looking to make the most of the balmy days and fiery nights. The archipelago offers something for all types of visitors, and you will never be short of things to do here. But beyond the beach days and water parks, where can you find the most unusual tourist attractions across the islands? Here are three of the most memorable activities to add to the itinerary of your next Balearic adventure (with or without kids) and which you will definitely want on your travel bucket list.
Swim with sharks at Palma Aquarium
Not one for the faint of heart, but certainly something unconventional and memorable, right? Head to Palma Aquarium in Majorca and immerse yourself in the ‘Big Blue’ tank – one of the deepest shark tanks in Europe! Sharing the water with you will be four different species of shark, as well as an assortment of other (less intimidating) sea life – how incredible.
This activity is only available to visitors with a full diving licence, which you will be required to show before partaking. If you aren’t a qualified diver, there is another way to get up close and personal with the sharks. Take a seat on the glass-bottomed boat, and feel like you’re out in the middle of the ocean as you soak up these beautiful creatures.
Visit Ibiza’s answer to Stonehenge
The magic and mystique of the White Isle is encapsulated within the 13 basalt columns that make up ‘Time and Space’. Found on the island’s western coast, this alluring sculpture was completed in 2014, and continues to attract both locals and visitors alike. There is no bad time of day to visit this Ibizan landmark, but it really comes to life in the light of the setting sun.
It looks an amazing place to explore, especially by sunset, as the arrangement of the columns is said to mimic the layout of the planets in the solar system, with the tallest of the columns topped with 23-carat gold to represent the sun. The link to outer space doesn’t end there though. Ibiza’s history is steeped in myths and legends, and one of the most popular is the supposed attraction of UFOs to the island, with ‘Time and Space’ said to be a calling to extraterrestrial life. But you don’t have to believe in aliens to admire this special spot on the island, so be sure to add it to your Ibiza itinerary on your next visit.
Watch the sunset from a cave bar
Cova d’en Xoroi sits on Menorca’s southern coast, and is essentially a bar and entertainment venue carved out of the cliff-side. Take in the un-obscured views of the horizon during the day, or kick back with a cocktail as you watch the sun dip down into the Balearic Sea in the evening. If you’re looking to dance the night away, perhaps find a quirky venue for an event or just enjoy a drink somewhere a little unconventional, then Cova d’en Xoroi is the perfect place to do just that. It also offers late night live music and VIP areas to give you a night to remember.
There is a car park close by meaning the bar is easily accessible if you’re renting a car. But do note that the stairs leading down to the caves are quite steep, and may not be accessible for disabled travellers.
The Balearic Islands make for an excellent getaway; whether with kids, friends or as a couple. Why not do something a little different on your next trip and make it even more memorable.