By Viator, April 2012
Off the north-eastern coast of Spain lie the sunny Balearic Islands. This archipelago is one of today's most popular holiday retreats, and is full of delicious food and interesting sights. While here, be sure to enjoy some fresh sea food, or other specialties like pomegranate-stuffed chicken. The best-known recipe invented here is actually mayonnaise which came from Menorca! While you may only hear of the amazing nightlife and beaches when people talk of Mallorca or Ibiza, these gorgeous islands have plenty more adventures to offer beyond the party scene.
Mallorca: Explore the capital city, Palma de Mallorca, on a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour or a One-day Sightseeing Tour which includes rides on a boat and vintage train. You'll get to see the magnificent La Seu Cathedral, Plaza Mayor and more. Some other sights to see around the island include the ancient Almudaina Palace and the beautiful Caves of Drach. Go somewhere the whole family can enjoy on Mallorca at Aqualand El Arenal Water Park or go on a Skip the Line Mallorca Marineland Tour to see dolphin shows and more!
Ibiza: For a little history of paradise, we recommend you stroll in the UNESCO site of D'Alt Vila (Old Town Ibiza), exploring the medieval streets and castle of this lovely walled neighborhood. Ibiza has some gorgeous natural attractions as well, including the mystical Es Vedra rock formation and the Ses Selinas Natural Park. Cala Compte is one of the island's great beaches. Check out our guide to Ibiza beaches here.
For a fun way to tour the cities and natural wonders of the Balearic Islands book a scooter rental or guided scooter tour. We have offerings on the islands of Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Islands of Portugal
At the gate of the Mediterranean stand the Islands of Portugal. Picturesque Madeira is known as the "Garden Island" and is filled with lovely landscapes dotted by quaint villages among the mountains and valleys.Get a feel for what this island is all about on a Half-day Traditions and Enchanting Valley's Tour where you'll see some amazing views, ride a "sledge" and enjoy a wine tasting. Continue the cultural immersion while you enjoy dinner and watch a folk dance show on the Madeira Nights Tour. One of Madeira's claims to fame is the amazing variety of bird species. Birdwatchers come from all over to spot some of the rarest birds. You can discover some of the natural treasures on this island on a Full Day Bird Watching Tour or a Half Day Tour to Laurel Forest.
There are over 6000 islands and islets belonging to Greece, the majority of which are uninhabited. The Cyclades group makes up just 212 of this impressive collection, yet includes some of the most important destinations. The largest of the Cyclades is Naxos, a laid-back and fertile island with lovely beaches and quiet towns filled with architectural delights from ancient Greece, the medieval period and more. Its neighbor Paros is the perfect island to explore by scooter, going along the smooth roads to the famed marble quarries inland or the pristine beaches of the coast. If you’re after ancient sights and monuments, Delos is your island. This is the sacred birthplace of Apollo and the sun shining down on the ruins of ancient Greek society will make you believe it’s true.
Santorini: This is one of the most popular of the Cyclades islands, and for good reason. The eruption of the Santorini Volcano may be the source of the legend of Atlantis, and here you’ll find some amazing sights, like a village buried and preserved with Volcanic Ash for the last 3650 years! You can see this archeological wonder along with the modern capital on a Private Tour of Oia, Fira and the Akrotiri Excavation.
Mykonos is another of the most well-known Greek islands. Getting there is easy with our 2-day trip from Athens that will take you to all the major sights. If you’ll be in port for a cruise, we also offer several shore excursions including the Panoramic Sightseeing and Old Town Walking Tour.
Tours & Tickets
Explore the ancient Mediterranean port city and experience the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca with this 24-hour ticket aboard a City Sightseeing ... Read more
Duration: Ticket valid for 24 hours
Have a fun day swimming and snorkeling off the beautiful coast of Mallorca on this 6.5-hour catamaran cruise! You’ll enjoy views of the breathtaking shoreline ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover some of Mallorca’s top attractions on a day trip to the Majorica Pearl Factory and Cavern of the Dragon (also known as Caves of the Drach or Cuevas ... Read more
While you are in port in Palma de Mallorca, explore the villages of Valldemossa and Palma de Mallorca on a private shore excursion with a private guide. Marvel ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Spend a day admiring the picturesque scenery of Madeira. Start today with a beautiful view over Camara de Lobos from Pico da Torre followed by stunning views ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Half Day Traditions and Enchanting Valleys - Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras, Monte, Madeira Wine Tasting
Stop at Pico dos Barcelos, viewpoint from where you can admire a beautiful view over Funchal. Journey to Eira do Serrado, viewpoint (1,094 meters) overlooking ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)