Cultural visit to the Balearic Islands on board a boat
The Balearic Islands are exponents of culture. Whether in its museums, in seeing a different building, in the Neolithic towns of Menorca and much more, the best way to explore its attractions is by sailing the Balearic Islands aboard a boat either on your own boat or by renting a boat tour the Mediterranean
A review of some emblematic buildings for the Balearic culture
From different periods, many of its buildings give off a unique architecture with Gothic and Modernist styles, among others.
Some examples we have in the Charterhouse of Valldemosa , in Mallorca, which has the origin of being a palace for King Jaume II and his son. It dates from the 14th century and the best are the views that can be seen from this place, and the excursion that can be done to the Carthusian monastery. We can not miss the Cathedral of Menorca, in Ciutadella, which was built on an Arab mosque. The moored boats and the stillness of the sea can be seen from above. In turn, in addition to the cathedral of Mallorca that offers guided tours of its terraces , known to all, is the cathedral of Ibiza, Gothic structure and dated in the thirteenth century.
The castles also extend across the island. To move from one island to another, the boat is the right transport. In this case, we highlight the Castell d'Alaró, in Mallorca, which offers the ruins of this castle. The buildings that define Formentera are the mills and the lighthouses, considered already main buildings of the island. In the heights his views dazzle the most incredulous.
If we continue with castles, we can also visit the Castle of Capdepera, in Mallorca, a fortification of the fourteenth century. The Roman city of Pol·lèntia, in Alcúdia, Mallorca, presents ruins to which you can go on a trip being the greatest exponent of the romanization of the Balearic Islands. We take the boat, and we enter the beautiful Formentera to see the tower of Garroveret, in Es Cap de Barbària, a tower that served as a watch for anyone who could come to the island.
The ancient walls of the city of Ibiza date back to the 16th century and its historical legacy is named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. In itself, the architecture of Ibiza represents a sensation for the senses. Their white houses are imitated in many territories. To finish, we rent a boat to plant in Menorca where we will discover the naveta dels Tudons, which dates from 1,500 BC
Museums and art galleries
The cultural life of a community or region is measured by its works, legacies and museums. The Balearic Islands represent a good part of them in galleries and museums of all times. We started with the Municipal Museum of Pollença, in Mallorca, located in the convent of Sant Domingo, and encompassing paintings from different periods, from the contemporary to the Gothic. The Mar Museum, in Sóller, on the same island, is in the only natural harbor of the Serra de Tramuntana.
From Mallorca we moved directly to Menorca, with our boat, sailing the seas and renting boats to a solvent boat charter company. The museum of Menorca, in Mahón, collects examples of life and history of Menorca, while it is worth going to the cheese museum, in Ferreries, since the famous Mahon cheese is DO and protected.
Once moored the boat we have rented in the Balearic Islands, we will enter the Ethnography Museum of Formentera, which is located in Sant Francesc Xavier and presents the tools that were used on the island for various trades. Majorca encompasses important art galleries that must be taken into account when we walk through its downtown streets. Many of them are free and present the work of new emerging artists who show their artistic skills.
On the same island, the Granja de Esporles combines gastronomy and crafts to discover the roots of the Balearic Islands. In Palma de Mallorca there are some of the most important museums and galleries in the Balearic Islands. The March collection stands out ( Fundación Joan March), the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art that shows works of consecrated artists, such as Dalí, Miró and Picasso. For its part, the Episcopal Palace and the Diocesan Museum of Palma is the residence of the bishop of the island and exhibits pieces that have the heritage of the church.
Prehistoric sites and settlements
Something that characterizes these star islands of the Mediterranean are their deposits and remains of very ancient times. In fact, besides the yacht excursions, they are some of the most visited.
We will cite the archaeological sites of Son Real, within Santa Margalida, in Mallorca or the Torre Llafuda Village, in Menorca, being a prehistoric town that represents the dwellings and caves in which the ancestors lived. While the prehistoric village of Talatí de Dalt, in Menorca, lets glimpse the different monuments that date from this time.
On the island of Ibiza, there is the Phoenician settlement of sa Caleta, in Sant Josep de sa Talai, a practically unique example of the Phoenician era throughout the Mediterranean, and named a World Heritage Site. On the same island, there is a walled enclosure in the Dalt Vila neighborhood that was established as protection for those who came to the island.
In Formentera, Ca na Costa represents one of the largest megalithic tombs in the Balearics, where a large dolmen stands out.