BALEARIC ISLANDS

BALEARIC ISLANDS

Every year, discos, ancient history, and beaches especially beaches draw nearly two million of the hippest Europeans to the Islas Baleares.

TRANSPORTATION

Flights are the easiest way to get to the islands. Those under 26 often get discounts from Iberia ( 902 40 05 00; www.iberia.com), which flies to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza from Barcelona (40min. €60-120) and Madrid (lhr. €150-180). Air Europa (s 902 24 00 42; www.air-europa.com) and SpanAir (902 13 14 15; www.span-air.com) offer budget flights to and between the islands. Most cheap round-trip charters include a week’s stay in a hotel; some companies called mayoristas sell leftover spots on package-tour flights as “seat-only” deals.

Ferries to the islands are less popular. Trasmediterranea ( 902 45 46 45; www.trasmediterranea.com) departs from Barcelona’s Estacio Marftima Moll and Valencia’s Estacio Maritima for Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza (€38-58). Buquebus (902 41 42 42) goes from Barcelona to Palma (4hr. 2 per day, €49). Between islands, ferries are the most cost-efficient way to travel. Trasmediterranea (see above) sails from Palma to Mahon (6!hr. Su only, €23) and Ibiza (2Hhr. 7am daily, €37). Car rental costs about €36 per day, mopeds €18, and bikes €6-10.

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