Naveta de Estudons
San Ferrán de Ses Roques
Just like the tourism it receives, the geography of the Balearic coast is similar yet different. Majorcan vacations, in general, take more packing than Minorcan ones, and are less quiet.
The archipelago has become a tourist emporium and the top tourist destination in the western Mediterranean. It hosts an excellent combination of elegant summer resorts, coves and beaches, without detracting from the beautiful spots hidden inland on each of the islands. The Balearic Islands include Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, plus numerous isles like the ones that form the La Cabrera Archipelago, declared a Marine-Land National Park. Baleares, also officially known as the Illes Balears (Balearic Islands), is an Autonomous Community with its own government. There are seventeen Autonomous Communities in Spain. The insular institutions are made up of the Balearic Government, the Balearic Parliament and three insular Councils: the Council of Majorca, the Council of Minorca and the Council of Ibiza and Formentera. The larger islands are connected by plane and ferry. Each airport offers several direct flights between each of the islands and to main European airports. Only Majorca has a railway line, although the network of buses makes it possible to reach every area of each island on public transport. The most popular method of transport amongst the archipelago's many tourists is car hire. These islands enjoy mild weather, characteristic of the Mediterranean climate, while tinged with typical insular features such as high levels of environmental humidity. As a result, the difference in temperature between seasons is accentuated. The average temperature varies between 19.5 ºC in spring, 27ºC in summer, 20.5ºC in autumn and 15ºC in winter. The yearly average temperature for the entire archipelago is approximately 17 ºC, with minor fluctuations between the various islands. Throughout the year, the Balearics enjoy 300 days of sunshine, a fact that has lead it to become a highly appealing tourist destination for Northern Europeans, for whom this is not such a common occurrence. Traditionally the water is drawn by windmills, whose outlines form a very characteristic feature in the landscape of these irrigation lands, especially in Majorca. The calm landscape of the windmills, which are no longer in use, can be seen in the areas of the Pla de Sant Jordi, Campos, Muro and sa Pobla. The most developed industries in the Balearics and those which have the greatest repercussions abroad are undoubtedly the production of footwear, costume jewellery, furniture and fake pearls, of which the latter two are mainly carried out in the region of Manacor. Apart from the regular hotel selection, there is also a new series of facilities for the enjoyment of the visitor, including marinas, golf courses, agro-tourism establishments, etc.