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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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But it's much lower than in the Balearics at 40p per night and capped at five euros.
Princess Motor Yacht Sales operates in the UK, the Channel Islands, Spain (Malaga and Balearic Islands), Portugal, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland.
The Spanish-owned Balearic Islands, the largest and most visited of which are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera, are intending to impose the tax as an ecological measure, but ABTA is concerned that the added cost to a week's car rental will be bad for tourism to the archipelago.
MAJORCA, Menorca and Ibiza are famous for mass-market packages but here are seven different Balearic holidays.
The Balearic Islands, which groups Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, gets 80 percent of its gross domestic product from tourism, directly or indirectly.
An exhibition is being staged this weekend at the National Motorcycle Museum near Solihull, The Balearics Roadshow runs from Saturday, September 13, to Sunday, September 14, open to all who might like to know more.
The 12million [pounds sterling] raised during the tax's first year has been spent on planting thousands of traditional Balearics species such as almond, carob, apricot and olive trees; development of themed tours around Palma; demolition of a hotel that blocked access to the beach of Cas Catala in Calvia; purchase of a 1,160 hectare strip of coast with important sixth-century archaeological remains and 16th-century rural buildings at Son Real; and the acquisition of the Old Barracks in Palma for restoration.
Cream Collect: Balearics is out on Monday, and features the best of the sounds that have come from the scene.
The second largest of the Balearic Islands, it boasts more beaches that the rest of the Balearics put together.
The DRV is advising all holiday-makers to ask for a receipt when told to pay the tax in their hotels in the Balearics, so they will have proof with which to claim damages in the event that the tax is scrapped.
The ban on movements, which already applies to shipments from Greece, Corsica, the Balearics and parts of Italy, also covers animals passing through the countries named.
Hugger-Mugger in the Louvre (1940), Mayhem in B-Flat (1940), Fracas in the Foothills (1941), The Black Gardenia (1952), and other crime novels brought Paul thousands of readers who had never heard of transition or the expatriate colonies in the Balearics.