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Two weeks in Valencia and the Balearic Islands

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If you are thinking of spending your next holiday in Spain and have around 15 days, a great option is to combine Valencia with the Balearic Islands. The first destination is synonymous with joy, culture and gastronomy. And what can you say about the islands? You can summarise their allure in one single word: paradise. Thanks to the proximity of these destinations, you can move from one place to another in little more than 30 minutes by plane or you can take a boat trip that takes just over three hours.

Valencia

This city is home to some iconic landmarks that you simply can't miss if you choose to visit, such as the City of Arts and Sciences, comprising the Hemisfèric, the Palau de les Arts, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Umbracle, the Ágora and the Oceanográfico.The Valencia Silk Exchange is another monument well worth a visit. Built in the civil Gothic style it was the place destined for commerce and all of the city’s commercial transactions. Very close to the Silk Exchange is the Central market, considered one of the greatest example of the modernist style known as Valencian Art Nouveau. Also worth a visit are the Serranos Towers, defensive structures built in the old city walls, and a stroll through the Barrio del Carmen, one of the most iconic districts in the city.You also can’t leave the city without visiting the Plaza de la Virgen, to see Valencia Cathedral up close with its famous Miguelete bell tower, the Virgen de los Desamparados Basilica and La Generalitat Palace. Last but not least, you can’t leave Valencia without sampling the varied and delicious Valencian cuisine. Put the finishing touch to your trip by trying a genuine Valencian paella, a dish of mussels and a well-chilled glass of horchata.

Top: The City of Arts and Sciences / Below: The Valencia Silk Exchange

Balearic Islands

Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera are the largest islands in the archipelago. If you are going to spend a week here, a good option is to visit one, or two at the most, so you can enjoy them in depth, as they have a multitude of beautiful coves and beaches, as well as other interesting places worth spending time in. A magnificent option is to rent a sailboat so you don't miss any of their magical corners.Below, there are some must-sees for each of the islands.

Mallorca

Losing yourself in the streets of Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the island, is always a good idea, as it has iconic buildings such as the cathedral or the Almudaina Palace. There are also charming villages such as Valldemosa, Sóller and Pollensa. And of course, you'll find beaches you simply love: Formentor, Portals Vells, Canyamel, etc.

Top: Costa de Canyamel / Below: Views of Valldemossa village in Mallorca

Ibiza

This island is world famous for its nightlife and every summer it becomes a meeting place for the world's top DJs.Apart from its iconic nightlife, Ibiza has plenty of possibilities such as seeing quality crafts in one of the hippie markets or enjoying the array of water sports in one of the crystal clear coves, such as Cala Salada or Cala Saladeta.Don't end your days in Ibiza without watching an unforgettable sunset from some of the key spots, like Cala Benirràs, to the sound of the drums.

Top: Crystal clear water in Cala Salada / Below: Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel in Ibiza

Formentera

On this Balearic Island you can find picture-perfect white sand beaches bathed with turquoise water such as the ones at Es Arenals, Migjorn and Ses Iletes, and many more. It also boasts some fantastic coves like Saona and Caló des Mort.What’s more, if you decide to spend your holidays in Formentera you have to watch the amazing sunset from Cap de Barbaria lighthouse.Don’t forget to finish your holiday with a lobster stew, it’s incredible! 

Top: Es Caló d'es Mort beach / Below: Migjorn beach in Formentera ©IngoDC

Menorca

On your visit to Menorca, you have to visit some of its unique places like Ciudadela with its charming port or the beautiful white village of Binibeca. And like the rest of the Balearic Islands, it also has plenty of paradise beaches and coves where all your cares simply drift away, like Macarella, Macarelleta, Pregonda and Turqueta.Now you can start thinking about which trip you’d like to embark on when you visit Spain. We’re sorry to say that you will want to come back again and again as these are places that everyone falls head over heels in love with! 

Top: Cala Pregonda / Below: Binibeca Vell in the town of Sant Lluis in Menorca
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