Spain is divided into several independent states of which the Balearic Islands are located in the Mediterranean Sea near Barcelona.
The Balearic Islands Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Cabrera are situated 200 km south of Barcelona off the east coast of Spain.
In spite of the close proximity of the different islands each one has its own landscape.
Menorca, with a population of 62.000 is a bright, radiant and very relaxed island.
Mallorca is the largest island covering some 3,640 square km.
Many civilizations left their mark on the island of Mallorca. Today’s remainders are mainly from the Arabian and Roman Empire.
The Spanish royal family takes their summer holidays here, so do millions of tourists drawn by the Mediterranean climate and the long sandy beaches. There are large, bustling resorts where the partying goes on all night in the south, and smaller, quieter coves which are just right for a relaxing holiday in the north.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, the island's capital, has a population of approximately 320.000. It stretches some 15 km along the coastline, from El Arenal and Palma beach in the east as far as the cosmopolitan districts of Cala Mayor and San Agustin in the west.
Due to its shape ( 47 km long and between 10 to 19 km wide) it has a coastline of some 200 km. The entire island is really all coasts.
The island of Ibiza is the third largest, covering an area of 541 square km, with a population of over 70.000. Thanks to its hilly terrain the island has magnificent scenery with isolated white sand beaches and clear water.
Ibiza city is the center of young and extravagant nightlife.
Formentera and Cabrera are extremely solitary.
Among the most impressive is the graceful Gothic Cathedral La Seu, which was commissioned by King Jaime I of Aragon in 1230. Most of Palma de Mallorca's main sights are located within the cathedrals area bounded by the old city walls, these are the Arab quarter with its maze of narrow streets hiding palaces and courtyards; the Palacio de Almudaina, where the Christian kings had their residence, and La Lonja, the old trade centre now converted into an exhibition centre.
Palma also offers splendid gardens with fountains and the wide promenade the Paseo Marítimo which runs along the whole bay. Palma is stylish, sophisticated and intimate yet bursting with life, a city you will love and no doubt return to.
Mallorca has a magnificent coastline with outstanding beaches. Around Palma de Mallorca you will find first class beaches with fine sand and crystal clear waters. Beaches close to our school are
Cala Pi; Magaluf and Palma Nova with a magnificent golf course near by and Portals Nous.
If you prefer Caribbean style beaches Es Trenc is the place, a simply perfect beach surrounded by pine woods.
Palmas main beach the Playa de Palma is located only 20 metres from our school. The perfect place to go for a walk, skating or bicycling along the bicycle route from Arenal to Palma de Mallorca. Traffic has been removed from the water front area. Along this 6 km long stretch, you will find fine sand, clear waters, all sorts of beach activities, many bars, restaurants and night clubs.