A Sweet Overview Of The Balearics

By Tom Binns

The Balearics, or the Balearic Islands, are an island chain that is technically a Mediterranean based province of Spain. These islands are set on the Western edge of the Med and carry with them a host of mystery, intrigue, partying, and historical wonder.

Since there is little actual information on the very earliest of the inhabitants of the chain of islands, stories and legends abound. A cast offs from a Boeotian shipwreck, many are certain that the inhabitants were originally visitors who were never intended to be there. Others claim that the island was inhabited post Trojan War era with the mission bound in discovery and conquer.

In much more recent history there has been a significant fascination with the islands as a holiday destination with those from Europe. You can stop in for a convenient boat hire just as easily as you can find a party to attend. Relaxed visiting is naturally the ultimate goal, and many find the people of the island to be friendly and welcoming.

While it is officially considered a province of Spain, the Balearics are also very much a melting pot. Those who visit the islands tend to fall in love with windswept beaches, beautiful clean waters and magical inspiration. Many writers and poets have landed on these islands and have found the inspiration so strong they rarely left.

If you...apos;re there to find a party, be sure to stop by the island of Ibiza. This is an island where anything goes, and often does, and provided your actions hurt no one they are perfectly acceptable.

Alternatively, for a peaceful holiday that allows one to sit back and relax and take in some of the most impressive sights of these Spanish Isles, Mallorca offers great fun without the partying chaos. More than 6 million happy visitors flock there annually. - 30682

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All About Staying on Formentera Spain

By Engracia Abadin

There are four Balearic Islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Eivissa and Formentera. The first three of these islands also have anglicized names: Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza. The two smallest islands are Ibiza and Formentera, and these are collectively known as the Pine Islands. When you visit the islands and see all the pine trees you will understand why! These islands form their own autonomous community and are a province of Spain. Palma in Mallorca is the capital city, and there are two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. After doing some research you decide that Formentera is the island for you, then you will need to take a boat as it does not have an airport.

There are a lot of different places that you can stay on Formentera. Even though the island is just thirty two square miles in area it has varied terrain and styles of accommodation, from the resort village of Es Pujols, to the rural charm of El Pilar de la Mola. There is a wide range of accommodation on Es Pujols and Apartamentos Castavi in Es Pujols are a typical example of what you might expec. Just 300 meters from the beach, they each have a kitchenette, bathroom, telephone, TV, air conditioning, a safe and a hairdryer and safe to hire. The apartments themselves have a reception, cafeteria, and swimming pool.

Formentera resorts are limited to just Es Pujols so if you want the resort experience then that is the place for you. However, you can also enjoy many other types of holiday. There are a lot of rural farmhouses that are rented out for the summer. There are only a few thousand houses on the island in total so it is difficult to book one. You need to be very quick. If you miss out on the farmhouses then you will find that the hotels are often called hostels. This doesn't mean that they are youth hostels with people all packed in rooms and sharing beds, but it does indicate that the accommodation on the island is pretty basic.

My top recommendation for a place to stay would be around San Ferran. This is a smaller village than Sant Francesc, but you can reach Sant Francesc in just 15 minutes on bike, and Es Pujols is even closer. San Ferran has a decent collection of shops which will serve most of your day-to-day needs. If you head east from San Ferran then you can cut down to Platja de Mitjorn by taking the road to Ca Mari (just follow the big signs to Club Gecko) or you can travel along a bit further and explore Platja de Tramuntana.

Formentera is a small island so wherever you choose to be based, you will have access to the other parts of the island. - 30682

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Your Guide To Ibiza Town's Historic and Gay Districts

By Belicia Delbrey

Ibiza Town is the capital of Ibiza Island, both in terms of culture and administration. The town has grown around a natural harbor, and in addition to the many historical buildings there are layers of restaurants, boutiques and bars. In the summer you will see people walking the streets in extremely fashionable clothing.

The most famous historical area is Dalt Vila, which is a walled enclave that contains a Catalan cathedral, a Moorish cathedral. Dalt Vila overlooks the harbor. The New Town is to the west, and the New Harbor zone is in the north side of the bay.

La Marina, which sits between the Dalt Vila walls and the harbor is the first area that most visitors explore. If you arrive from the smaller island in the south, Formentera, then as you approach the imposing Dalt Vila it is clear that there are no similar Formentera properties of such imposing stature. La Marina itself has many different bars and restaurants, and in the summer it is packed with erotic parades promoting the nightclubs that Ibiza is famous for.

After exploring La Marina it is well worth heading up to Dalt Vila to see its historical buildings up close. The fifteenth century Church of Esglesia de Sant Elm is well worth a look. It was burnt down quite a few times by Barbary pirates, and the current structure was built following a final attack on the building during the Spanish Civil War. It now stands at three storeys in height and even has a bell tower.

The next area you will come across is the Placa de sa Constitucio is a square of white washed old merchants houses. There is a market there known as Es Mercat Vell, which sells organic vegetables. Fruit and vegetables have been traded at the market since 1873.

Spain's gypsies have always struggled for rights, and the gypsies on Ibiza are concentrated in a triangle of streets known as Sa Penya. The area is also known as a hub for homosexuals, and the combination of locals can make for some wild and dangerous streets at night.

If you make through Sa Penya you will come to Carrer de la Verge. This is a totally gay street, and is lined with gay bars, restaurants and clubs. If the gay scene is for you then you will not be disappointed by what is on offer. There is certainly nothing quite like it on the quieter island of Formentera. - 30682

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How To Get Flights to Spain

By Susan Renolds

If you're considering Spain as a holiday destination, you have a wealth of options in destinations and airlines to get you there.

Aena, Spain's airport management company, operates 47 full service airports in the country. With such a large number of airports, travelers can usually make arrangements to land at an airport that is within 50 km of their holiday destinations.

You'll find that Spain's airports offer the same services and conveniences of your home airport.

Here is a list of the airlines that fly into Spain:

Aer Lingus Air Canada Air France American Airlines BMI British Midland British Airways Iberia KLM Qantus SN Brussels Swiss United Airlines Virgin Atlantic

In addition to these larger, full-service carriers, you can choose from these low-fare airlines:

Air 2000 BMI Baby Britannia Easyjet Excel Airways Go JMC Monarch My Travel Ryanair Virgin Express

Now that you know you can get there, check out some of the top coastal holiday destinations in Spain.

The busiest holiday island is Mallorca (Majorca, if you prefer) Island is the largest of the Balearic Islands. It is a perennial top pick thanks to its versatility. You can find Spanish history and culture, night life as well as fish and chips. The climate is typical Mediterranean with warm, sunny summers and cold, wet winters. Recommended attractions are Palma de Mallorca offering stunning beaches, history and night life; and Alcudia, a Medieval port town with great beaches. Mallorca Airport is located on the island.

Ibiza Island reportedly offers more than 300 days of sunshine every year. All the better to take advantage of its 210 km of coastline and 50 beaches. If you tire of sunning, you can tour its historical and cultural landmarks before heading to Ibiza to experience the night life. This sunny locale is serviced by Ibiza Airport.

Girona Costa Brava offers many destinations of interest, making it an important tourist destination. Offering history, nature, sports and exceptional cuisine, Girona Costa Brava is a land of contrasts. Girona, home of the Girona Airport, also offers history and art. Visit the beaches and historical attractions at Blanes. Cadaques is another ancient town, home to artist Salvador Dali. The village of L'Escala - Empuries is right next to the archeological site of the Empuries. Palamos offers luxury lodging and restaurants.

No trip to Spain can be considered complete without a trip to Barcelona and the Barcelona Coast. Widely known as one of the most beautiful European cities, Barcelona is a rich blend of the ancient and modern. Calella and Sitges, two other recommended destinations, offer the best of Spanish coast travel: Spanish charm, beautiful beaches, cultural experiences, first rate hotels and restaurants.

Tarrogona and Costa Dorada, the golden coast, offer all you would expect in a costal Spanish destination. Beaches sport golden sand (hence the name) and clear waters. Visit Tarragona, the capital, to see Roman ruins, Calafell, a laid back village where you can visit and old fishing neighborhood, and Salou, offering beaches and great night life.

Valencia and Costa de Valencia are growing in popularity thanks to its beaches as well as the city of Valencia. With long, dry summers and mild winters, you can consider this destination year-round. Gandia, also located in this region, is another highly recommended destination offering historical buildings, museums, and shops, along with pubs, discos and restaurants. - 30682

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Why Learning Spanish Online Is Great

By Larry Summers

People who want to learn Spanish may want to learn it for personal reasons, or they could be moving to a new country or simply going on vacation and want to learn some basic Spanish for their trip. However learning a different language for the first time can be difficult and can become very costly. Many people who want to learn a language the first time, are lured on the net, and ask me whether learning online is a good idea. I say, hell yeah, Here's why.

Hiring a private Spanish tutor can be very expensive, they can teach you fluent Spanish, but it can cost you a $1000 of dollars. Normally lessons are about $50 per one hour session, and this can add up over time. Depending on how motivated you are to learn Spanish, it may take over 100 hours to get a basic Spanish foundation. So learning online is a much cheaper option, and can be much more effective then learning with a private tutor.

The net is soo efficient and fast, you can download a language teaching program, which can teach you via video, audio and interactive game formats. Its great, because its interactive and you can learn whenever you feel like without needing to book in lessons with tutors.

Its great to also get other people in your family or friends to learn Spainsh on the same program. Normally the programs have levels and higher level you are the more advanced you will get at Spainsh. So having another person using the same program, encourages competition and makes you work harder through the lessons, thus giving you a thirst for learning.

When choosing the online teaching programs on the Internet. Choose carefully! You want the best bang for your buck. You can pick up down loadable products on the Internet, for up to a hundred dollars! And you can get instant access to the materials. - 30682

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How To Learn Spanish Free: Practicing The Basics

By Miguel Perez

If you want to learn Spanish free, you simply need to practice your pronunciation. It might seem demanding at first, but honestly learning any language can be difficult; all languages use various pronunciation keys to string sounds together to form words.

Spanish, by comparison, is fairly by the books, which makes it ideal for those who want to learn on a budget as you don't need fancy teachers or huge textbooks. Practice your pronunciation and you'll learn Spanish free before you know it.

The Sound Of Spanish Vowels

Spanish vowels are mostly letters are the same as in English, but the way they are pronounced is different. For instance, the letter "A" is voiced "uh" in Spanish, and "e" becomes an "ay" sound. "I" changes to a long "e" sound, and "u" is pronounced with an "ooh." There's only one vowel that keeps the same sound in English, and that's "o," as in "oh."

As an example, let's take a look at a sentence in Spanish and work it out. For our example, we'll use the simple sentence "I like to eat the fried chicken."

Quiero comprar pantalones nuevos.

"Me gusta" are the first two words, which are pronounced "May Goose-toe" and it means "I like." The following word, "comer," is spoken as "koh-mare" and it means "to eat." Finally, "el queso" means "the cheese" and it is pronounced "el kay-soh."

The Sounds of Spanish Consonants

Consonants in Spanish take a backseat to the vowels, much like they do in English, but even so there are more rules to watch out for here than before, and even a couple extra "letters" come into play. The first, "ch," is pronounced just as they would be in English.

The letter "c" becomes an "s" sound when used in front of an "e" or "i," for instance the word "cero," or the Spanish version of the English word "zero." A "g" in front of an "e" or "i" produces the "ch" sound, but if it's used anywhere else it represents a hard English "g" sound, as in "go."

There are additional hiccups as well. The letter "z" will make a "th" sound. The letter "h" is always silent. There's a second new letter as well, the "ll," which is pretty common in Spanish and makes a hard "y" sound like in "you." That sound is used in the word "llamar" and gives the word the following pronunciation: "ya-MAR."

A tilde (~) makes frequent appearances in Spanish as well, such as in the word "el nio." This word imitates that "ll" sound and makes the word sound like "el neen-yo." These sounds make up 90% of the sounds used in the Spanish language, so by practicing these you'll be able to say just about anything you would like to.

This article won't tell you everything you need to know to speak fluent Spanish or even prepare you to visit some Spanish speaking friends, but by going over the sounds here you can give yourself a good base to help you learn Spanish free.

More sounds come in handy as you get more advanced, include "qu" which turns into a hard "k" sound, the "r" which is always said with a roll, and the long "eee" sound of the letter "y. - 30682

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Maps Of Spain - Get More Than Directions

By Peter Wilson

Where is Spain? It sits in the middle of the European Common Market and takes up most of the southwestern part of the European continent. It is the nation of Spain. On a map, it shows up as 40 degrees north and 4 degrees west. His country of Spain is a part of Europe located easily on a detailed map.

A detailed map of Spain will assist your visualization of where Spain fits into the geography. You can compare the United States to Spain. Spain would only measure up to a little more than two times the size of the State of Oregon. A map like this gives the user a quick visual image as well as providing you with a lot of information. If you study the map legends and understand how the district that you're viewing relates to the region as well as its status in the world.

Spain covers a total area of 504,000 square km that includes a couple of island chains, such as the Balearic Islands, the Penon de Alhucemas, and Penon de Velez de la Gomera, and two autonomous cities. (Melilla and Ceuta). There are islands in the Spanish territory among others all situated off the coast of Morocco. Spain has almost 5,000 km of coastline and the beaches are a big part of the country's tourist trade. In total Spain has a land mass of 499,542 sq km and 5,240 sq km of water.

Have you seen a detailed map of Spain? Did you notice that Spain it is bordered by several countries? Spain has an enviable climate, which adds to the tourist trade. The coastline is very fair and the interior districts experience a greater degree of cold or hot temperatures. The country of Spain is situated at sea level. At its lowest spot, it hugs the Atlantic Ocean. At its highest spot, Tenerife at the Pico de Teide it sits on top of the Mountainous Canary Islands 3,718 meters.

Key Cities and Regions of Spain At the southern tip of Spain is the Straights of Gibraltar. This is a significant passage from the Mediterranean Sea into the North Atlantic Ocean. The Alicante district is situated on the Mediterranean coast. This is a popular tourist location for all of Europe, Spain, and International visitors from other parts of the world. The city of Madrid is the country's capital. Situated in the centre of the Spain and is located near the Tagus River on the Iberian Peninsula. The North Atlantic Ocean approaches this part of Spain via Portugal.

In the southwestern part of Spain, The city of Seville is known for its finance art and Spanish culture and is a short day trip from Madrid. Barcelona and Cartagena both on the Balearic and Mediterranean Seas are important cities in Spain. The Bay of Biscay is a beautiful seaside coastline community with the cities of Gijon and Santander nearby. Then there are the northern coastal cities of are A Coruna and Vigo. Spain is thickly caught up in the development of salt harvesting and sea life including fishing. - 30682

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