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Balearic Islands

(bălēăr`ĭk), Span. Baleares (bälāä`rās), archipelago, off Spain, in the W Mediterranean, forming Baleares prov. (1990 pop. 767,918) of Spain; also an autonomous region since 1983. Palma is the capital. The chief islands are Majorca, Minorca, and Ibiza. Noted for their scenery and their mild climate, the Balearics are a major tourist destination. After tourism, agriculture and fishing are the chief economic activities; fruit, wine, olive oil, majolica ware, and silver filigree are exported. Both Catalan and Castilian Spanish are spoken. Inhabited since prehistoric times—there are numerous Cyclopean remains—the islands were occupied by Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, and Byzantines. The Moors, who first came in the 8th cent., established (11th cent.) an independent kingdom, which became the seat of powerful pirates, harassing Mediterranean coastal cities and trade. James I of Aragón conquered (1229–35) the islands. They were included (1276–1343) in the independent kingdom of Majorca and reverted to the Aragonese crown under Peter IV. At the outbreak of the Spanish civil war (1936), Majorca and Ibiza were seized by Insurgent forces—Majorca becoming a base of the Italian fleet—while Minorca remained in the hands of the Loyalists until 1939.
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MENORCA The quietest of the three main islands, Menorca has more beaches than all of the other Balearic Islands combined and a strong emphasis on family holidays.
James, who had a hit with You're Beautiful, laughed and frolicked with his shapely crew off the Balearic island of Formentera.
The retired lawyer, who lived on the Balearic island, was with friends in the town of Bitche near the German-French border when he collapsed.
Prior Information Notice without call for competition: Establishment of framework agreement for the supply of oil c to cp dependent of the general secretariat of penitentiary institutions in the peninsula and the balearic islands.
The Balearic Islands top a list of destinations rated as good value for a family holiday, with Greece and Portugal placed high too.
29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Huawei announced that IB-RED, a Spanish wireless network service provider, deployed Huawei's enterprise LTE (eLTE) solution, including a 4G ultra-wideband wireless network, to cater to increasing demand for fast Internet access, voice over IP (VoIP), and multimedia services by tourists to the Balearic Islands.
The Balearic Islands Tourist Council have drawn up a new code which will ban drunk clients from their hotels and the closing down of nightclubs that allow bad behaviour.
Balearic Islands health chief Raul Izquierdo warned the drugs were "especially dangerous" because of their unknown side effects.
BARCELONA (CyHAN)- Princess Christina, the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos, will testify in court on charge of tax fraud and money laundering at a court in Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.
com flies to 29 destinations from the Tyneside airport, including popular resorts in Cyprus, Spain, the Balearic Islands as well as popular Eastern European destinations.
The island, which is part of the Balearic Islands archipelago and located off the eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, is going to have a makeover.
of the Balearic Islands Parliament Margalida Capella sent a letter to Palestine