Spain’s Balearic Islands – Adventures and Parties Await You

Author: , February 26th, 2016

Balearic IslandsThe Balearic Islands of Spain, located in the western Mediterranean Sea, have been in the crosshairs of many rulers, from the Vandals of 461 AD to the Byzantine Empire to the Kingdom of Aragon. Many landmarks, like the imposing Gothic Cathedral in Mallorca and the salt marshes in Ibiza, are reminders of their ancient history and architectural wonders built on the beautiful islands.

In addition to exploring the relics of past centuries, Mallorca and Ibiza both offer a plethora of excursions for outdoors enthusiasts. From boat rides through caves to tanning on gay-friendly beaches the Balearic Islands are a destination for every type of traveler.

The Pueblo Espanol is one of several sights to see in Mallorca. Photo: Adrienne Jordan
Start your journey by visiting the largest island of the archipelago, Mallorca. Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in the capital of Palma de Mallorca is the magnificent La Seu Gothic cathedral. Built from sandstone walls and lined with flying buttresses that seem to rise out of the sea, La Seu was created during the rule of King James I of Aragon in 1229, with construction finishing four centuries later in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar, where couples stop for a romantic bite and teenage locals host rap battles in Spanish.

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5 Experiences in 5 Days on Ibiza Island

Author: , November 19th, 2015

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One of the places I was super excited to visit this year was Ibiza island in Spain. Like Barcelona, this place needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe. It has everything: great beaches, amazing food and famous massive parties. On my direct flight to Ibiza with Air Berlin, I was singing this cheesy song in my head.

When I arrived in San Antonio, located at the western side of Ibiza, what I saw shocked me. Dozens of chavs littered the place. If you don’t know what a chav is here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

Chav is a pejorative epithet used in Britain to describe a particular stereotype. The word was popularised in the first decade of the 21st century by the British mass media to refer to an anti-social youth subculture in the United Kingdom. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “chav” as an informal British derogatory, meaning “a young lower-class person who displays brash and loutish behaviour and wears real or imitation designer clothes”.

My take: really trashy British kids. Really really trashy. And apparently this was their enclave. But thank god we were only sleeping here and we were exploring and partying in other parts of the island. The chavs in Ibiza need its own dedicated blogpost so I’ll focus on the experiences I enjoyed in Ibiza instead.

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Gay Ibiza Like a Local

Author: , May 3rd, 2015

Scott DempsterScott Dempster, an Ibiza rooftop bar manager, talks about gay Ibiza, Spain.

Ibiza is a little different from Dumfries, the town where 25-year-old Scott Dempster is from.

When he originally came to the Spanish island at the age of 17, it was the typical go out in San Antonio with friends and go crazy.

But then when he returned the next year, he saw the other side of Ibiza – the beautiful side.

The following year after that, he was calling Ibiza home.

Now 25, he manages the rooftop bar of Hotel Es Vive, one of Ibiza’s hottest spots for chilled out drinks and stunning views.

Why have you stayed in Ibiza?

For me, Ibiza is home. I always knew I would end up living here.

What’s the best gay night out?

You’ve got Calle de la Virgen, which is the gay street, and to be honest I don’t tend to venture out there too much. From time to time there are a few bars I like to go to, but normally if I like to go for a drink I go to the port, because there are lots of bars down there. For gay bars, I’d go to the Soap Bar. It’s a nice crowd, really nice atmosphere. There’s not really anywhere just for twinks or bears or whatever, everyone just comes together.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Pension Bellavista, Port de Pollenca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Pension Bellavista - Balearic IslandsPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Time is Art, Relax with Art!: Bellavista is a charismatic place with a great atmosphere. We are in the town center, very near the harbour and the beaches with a very good bus connection. In our beautiful garden we have a very nice onganic and vegetarian cafe where to have breakfast, lunch and dinner or just a glass of wine at the end of the day.

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A Fantastic Time in the Balearics, Spain

Author: , January 29th, 2014

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Majorca is a small Spanish island (one of the Balearics) in the Mediterranean sea. It’s a hugely popular holiday destination, with just over 6 million visitors every year. Because Majorca is a relatively small island of just 100 km from east to west and 75 km from north to south, it’s possible to explore all this fascinating island has to offer in the space of a relatively short two week vacation.

No doubt because of its huge tourist and ex pat population, Majorca (particularly the capital of Palma de Majorca) is an incredibly gay-friendly resort, offering a host of gay clubs and bars and an annual gay pride event held in June every year. It’s also home to a surprisingly large number of historic artifacts and sights of interest, bearing in mind its relatively small size. Whatever you’re looking for from your annual summer break, you’ll find something to enjoy if you head to Majorca.

Things to Do

One of the most popular things to do in Majorca is simply to relax on the many miles of beaches and soak up the sun. That’s why you’ll find the beaches are always busy with tourists. Whilst on the coast you could try your hand at wind surfing or sailing, or even hire a pedalo and paddle close to the shore line. If you’re looking for more strenuous activities then you could try renting a road or mountain bike.

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The Sights and Sounds of Spain’s Menorca

Author: , August 29th, 2013

Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain - Google Maps

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One of the things I adore about Menorca is its many beaches and if you travel outside of peak season, you’ll be able to enjoy a large majority of them uncrowded. The lower temperatures make the coastal walks less of a chore and more about enjoying the surrounding scenery, whilst the glittering turquoise waters are still warm enough to swim in.

What to Do?

During my week in Menorca, there were a number of activities I had pre-planned. Both cycling and riding were top of my list. I like to think I’m relatively fit so always try to pack a couple of light physical activities into my holiday but nothing too strenuous – I’m on a break after all!

Where to Stay?

When choosing a holiday destination, I always consider the needs of the party I intend to travel with. I’d decided to embark on this adventure with a large group of friends. Thankfully there are a number of villa holidays to choose from, which meant we could enjoy our own space together. The only other option was a hotel which would mean splitting up the group – not one hotel had room for us all.

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