Oct 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Island Vacation for Seniors

The Balearic Islands are an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula.  Each of these islands, floating serenely in the glittering Mediterranean, could be said to have a theme.  Malloraca is the senior island, combining a little of everything, from spectacular mountain scenery and hiking to the standard sea‘n’sun seaside tourism. Ibiza is synonymous with clubbing, the island that gave Europe the rave. Menorca is a known as the haven of tranquility…so you may just want to head there first, seniors.

The archipelago forms an autonomous community and a province of Spain with Palma as the capital city. The co-official languages in the Balearic Islands are Catalan and Spanish.

Mild Mediterranean Climate Inviting to Senior Travelers

The islands are noted for their scenery and mild climate, and  are a major tourist center for those who love island hopping.  After tourism, agriculture and fishing are the chief economic activities; fruit, wine, olive oil, majolica ware, and silver filigree are exported.

You won’t be bored seniors as there all all kinds of things to see and do in the Balearic Islands. TripAdvisor provides their own listing and review on each topic.  Lonely Planet has their excellent suggestions as well. You can fly to the Islands from Madrid for around $89. The Balearic Islands have the airports of Palma de Majorca, Ibiza and Mahón, making any journey extremely easy. It is also possible to reach them by ship, since Barcelona is only a night-crossing away aboard the most modern vessels.

If you are visiting the center of Palma your best bet is to go on foot. You can also hire scooters and bicycles if you prefer. If you decide to drive into the city from another part of the island, leave your car in one of the municipal car parks. You will be offered a bicycle (free of charge) to use to explore the city until you return to pick up your car.

Are you a beach bum?  There are a plethora of Balearic Island beaches (almost 300 to be exact) located in the archipelago, so bring along a couple of bathing suits and enjoy the Mediterranean sun. jeb

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