The Balearics: escape to the Med for some winter sun

With average temperatures never dropping into the single digits, Spain's Balearic Islands are prime winter sun destinations. Whether you're looking to steal away for a long weekend or a month's sabbatical, here's what you can expect from the main islands of Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza.

Rich culture

Across the winter sun holiday destinations of the Balearics, you'll find a breadth of cultural attractions, both new and old. These range from the ritzy galleries of Palma to the lively music scene of Southern Ibiza.

Just outside the capital city of Mallorca is one of the Balearics’ foremost cultural highlights – the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró. This small collection of buildings is dedicated to the life and works of the famed Catalan painter Joan Miró. In addition to extensive exhibitions of Miró's own work, the centre also displays the work of other contemporary artists. Visitors can also explore Miró's workshop, which still contains many of the artist's trinkets, tools and paintings. The luscious gardens which surround the studio are worth the visit in their own right, giving marvellous views out towards the water.

Breathtaking nature

Winter sun destinations are about enjoying the outdoors, as well as soaking up the local culture. Lovers of nature have plenty to inspire them in the Balearics.

Ibiza may be known as the liveliest of the islands, but it also has a more peaceful side. This is where you'll find some of the most beautiful and serene beaches in the entire Mediterranean region. Cala Jondal is a stunning example. The bay is surrounded by fragrant pines and offers some of the clearest waters on the island, making it a firm favourite for keen swimmers and snorkelers.

Those who prefer to enjoy the inland charms of these winter sun locations have their choice of two mountain ranges on the island of Mallorca. The Serra de Tramuntana is as good as it gets. Here you can trace the mountain roads from deep verdant valleys to dizzying heights, from where you'll spot the most breathtaking panoramas on the island. This often precipitous route is a challenging but magnificent one for keen cyclists.

Spellbinding properties

The appeal of Mallorca, Minorca, and Ibiza as winter sun destinations is clear to see. The temperate year-round climate makes the Balearics a popular place to purchase a second home, delivering warm sunshine right into the depths of winter. The islands’ popularity with tourists also means you can get a good rental return from these winter sun locations.

The market for luxury properties in winter sun destinations such as the Balearics is thriving. Impressive, architect-designed properties are dotted around the hillsides and beachfronts of the islands. Browse properties in the Balearics to find inspiration for a holiday home – whether it be a traditional farmhouse inland, or a cutting-edge contemporary pad overlooking the shimmering Med.

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