I’ll be honest with you: we’ve already been to the Balearic Islands three times.
Our Balearic Islands love story
A classic Majorca jaunt during my teens
The first one was a long time ago. As a teenager, I got to spend a week in Majorca with a bunch of other high schoolers. It was fun at the time but we stayed at a party spot and even back then, I left the group for a couple of days on my own to see other parts of the island since I could not take so much party anymore.
And so on top of Arenal, the clubs, and some amusement and water parks; I went around the whole island and fell for other spots like Drach caves and Alcudia. Unfortunately, I have zero pictures of that trip, but you have to believe they would not make a huge difference.
An Ibiza getaway for two in December in my mid-twenties
I have already told you something about my 2nd time in the Balearic islands in this blog a few months back. In December 2011 Jose and I took an Ibiza getaway that was filled with exciting moments:
As that first day we spent on the island when we could not believe how early the sun was setting as we were still having a late lunch – a tasty black paella – in front of the striking Es Vedrà.
Or that other time when it started pouring hail like it was the end of the world at midnight while drinking caipirinhas at the terrace of the deserted apartment building we were staying at. Joys and perks of Winter travel!
A Menorca expedition four years ago
We were cool exploring this paradise in Winter though, so we came back a third time to uncover all Menorca has to offer in low season. If I had to choose my favorite memory from this trip, it would be feeling like we were on the moon in the Favàritx lighthouse surroundings. The landscape there is just unbelievable!
But why do I tell you all this? What do you care about my past Balearic Island experiences?
Great question! lol
Thing is that I am here to tell you why you, me and everyone else should consider visiting this archipelago in Winter as I take part in the #Betterinwinter contest that BalearesTB and illesbalears.travel have recently launched, hoping to get a chance of visiting one of the Balearic islands such as Formentera – which we never had a chance of exploring so far – soon.
Reasons to experience the Balearic Islands in Winter
1. Mild weather can be enjoyed in Fall and Winter
Take for instance Formentera, since we are aiming to finally experience it. Temperatures in October range from 16-24ºC and January is the ‘coldest’ month with 8-15ºC. On the other hand, precipitations are infrequent, averaging only 5 days with showers per month. What makes Formentera a pleasantly warm island with no shortage of sunny days even in Fall and Winter.
Temperatures in Formentera in October range from 16-24ºC and January is the ‘coldest’ month with 8-15ºC. On the other hand, precipitations are infrequent, averaging only 5 days with showers per month. What makes Formentera a pleasantly warm island with no shortage of sunny days even in Fall and Winter.
2. It boasts a couple of Unesco recognized diving spots
After getting our scuba diving basic certifications in Koh Tao, Thailand, we fell madly in love for scuba diving.
Good news is there are lots of good diving spots nearby as Ses Salines Nature Park and Es Freus Marine Reserve both recognized by the Unesco. But there is more. Like ‘Don Pedro’, a shipwreck less near D’en Bossa beach, the so-called Cathedral air-filled cave in Cala Llonga and ‘La Seca de Santa Eulalia’ that features two sunken lighthouses.
3. The insane Summer crowds are gone
Hedonism seekers, party goers, and clubbers are gone once the high season is over, with most of the big clubs closing until late Spring. Luckily for us, we were never too interested in partying like crazy on the Balearic islands. Two of our visits were in Winter already and we could not be happier with our choice. Who needs to be surrounded by drunks all day? Not these guys!
4. Therefore, raw nature can be enjoyed quietly
As it happens with most of the cool seaside spots where we are based, there’s nothing quite like enjoying an awe-inspiring landscape alone. And visiting Ibiza and Formentera in Fall or Winter could bring a few unique chances of having stunning beaches, cliffs and other wonders to ourselves. At least for a while.
5. And all the goodness these islands are known for is still there
The warm locals, the stone wall houses, the freshness of the products and deliciousness of their cuisine, the great atmosphere, the chilling spots, the turquoise of its clear waters, their fine sand beaches, the ravishing cliffs, the Mediterranean way of life.
There are many other reasons to visit the Balearic Islands in Winter, but they are a tale for another day. One that we’ll tell if we get a chance of visiting some of them next month.
Keeping our fingers crossed for this one! Are you with us?