The beauty of the landscapes, the uniqueness of its places, the protection of flora and fauna, make the Balearic Archipelago an earthly paradise, a tourist destination capable of responding to the needs of everyone, not just those who love blue tourism.
Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera offer an infinity of landscapes and places capable of satisfying all the wishes of holidaymakers, sea and mountains, trekking and hiking, cycling and kayaking, snorkeling and sailing, every day spent in these places can be transformed into a unique experience.
The archipelago is much more than sun, beaches and nightlife! And over time, numerous natural parks and reserves have been established on these Mediterranean islands, some of which are among the most spectacular in Spain and Europe, privileged destinations for those who want to rent a boat in September.
Here we talk about the 10 natural parks not to be missed if you visit the Balearic Islands:
1. National Park of the Cabrera Archipelago (Majorca)
Just over an hour's sailing south of Mallorca, the Cabrera Archipelago represents the best example of an island ecosystem in the Mediterranean. The Terrestrial Maritmo National Park, since it was established in 1991, has preserved the natural richness of this set of limestone islands and islets.
To visit the Park you need a navigation and anchoring permit, and you can access it thanks to tourist boats, but above all by renting a boat in the port of Sant Jordi, which is the closest to the archipelago, or in one of the other ports of the 'Island.
Coves, caves, small and large beaches are the characteristic of these 19 islands, inhabited by other 450 plant species that offer asylum to colonies of migratory seabirds, such as the Audouin's gull and the fish eagle, and to some endemic species, such as a rare specimen of lizard. But it is the flora and fauna that can be admired under the water that really amaze: we are talking about the best preserved seabed in all of Spain!
In its crystal clear waters, among the rocky or sandy bottoms, among the seagrass meadows of oceanic posidonia, an infinite number of marine species find shelter, including groupers, corvines, barracudas and starfish of a red that is impossible not to notice! More than 200 species of endemic fish and invertebrates.
2. Ses Salinas National Park of Ibiza and Formentera (Ibiza).
This Natural Park, declared a World Heritage Site since 1999, extends from the south of Ibiza to the north of Formentera, including the strait that separates them, 13,000 marine hectares, and even 3,000 land hectares.
A natural space of significant interest, which includes marine and terrestrial habitats of high ecological, landscape, historical and cultural value.
A rich marine biodiversity guaranteed by clean waters and seagrass meadows but which is also a resting and nesting area for migratory birds, permanently inhabited by flamingos.
3. S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park (Menorca).
The whole island of Menorca was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993, this lets us understand how high the level of protection of the landscape is and how much development has been and is compatible with the protection of its ecosystems.
On the island, typically Mediterranean habitats and human activities coexist in harmony, despite the presence of more than 160,000 visitors during the summer season!
The S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park occupies 5,000 hectares on the island of Menorca, between S’Albufera des Grau, the island of Colom and Cape Favaritx, and is considered one of the most important parks on the island. The environments are very diversified and range from wetlands to agricultural land, from pastures to woods, from cliffs to beaches, to islands. Hundreds of animal and plant species, including sea birds and birds of prey.
4. Natural Park of S’Albufera de Mallorca (Majorca).
Northeast of Mallorca, in the territory of Muro and Sa Pobla, is the S’Albufera Natural Park. Water is its richness, an element that nourishes the vegetation, which varies continuously according to depth, proximity to the sea and the type of soil, creating the habitat suitable for offering food and shelter to birds, so much so that only in this park more than a third of the total bird species of all the Balearic Islands have been surveyed: 271 different species, which makes this area one of the favorite destinations for ornithological tourism.
5. Monument Natural of the Torrent de Pareis (Majorca).
The Torrent de Pareis Monument is one of the most beautiful and wildest natural places on the island of Mallorca. It is located in the Sierra de Tramuntana, a karst canyon, dug and shaped over the centuries by the brutal force of nature, between the torrents of Pareis, Gorg Blau, and LLuc: three km long with walls that reach 200 meters above the level of the sea.
6. Natural Reserve des Vedrà, Es Vedranell and the islets of Ponent (Ibiza).
In this natural reserve, various species of marine birds and endemic invertebrates coexist and an extremely varied flora. Located on the west side of the island of Ibiza, in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia, it is a group of islets where organizing a boat trip is very simple.
7. Mondragò Natural Park (Mallorca).
This park has a great ecological value due to the enormous variety of landscapes and the richness of its flora and fauna: more than 750 hectares, declared a special protection area for the 70 different species of seabirds that populate it. They are located in the south-east of Mallorca in the territory of the municipality of Santanyì.
8. Sa Dragonera Natural Park (Majorca).
A total of 361 plant species have been identified in this Mallorcan park, of which 18 are endemic to the Balearic Islands. The island of Sa Dragonera can be reached by renting a boat at the Port of Andratx or in one of the other ports of Mallorca and set off for the majestic coasts of the island and the emerald green waters of this part of the Mediterranean.
9. Natural Area of the Sierra de Tramuntana (Majorca).
1123 hectares of sea and 61961 hectares of land, in the northern part of the Majorcan island, which includes several municipalities, including: Andratx, Banyalbufar, Deià, Mancor de la Vall, Palma, Pollenca, Puigpunyent, Soller and Valldemossa. It is characterized by the diversity of its landscapes, the richness of terrestrial and marine flora and fauna. Don't miss the coral colony!
10. Peninsula de Levante Natural Park (Majorca).
In the north-eastern part of the island of Mallorca, in the Levante Peninsula, in the territory of the municipality of Artà, it is made up of different typically Mediterranean habitats, wonderful beaches among centuries-old olive trees, streams and holm oak groves.
More information on the parks of the Balearic Islands on the institutional website:
The islands of the archipelago with their typically Mediterranean climate are perfect to visit during this period, and renting a boat in the Balearic Islands in September, for a week or even just for a weekend, is simple and very popular.
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