The Balearic Islands is an autonomous community within Spain. The main city is Palma de Mallorca. The Balearics are made up of four major islands – Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – surrounded by several small, rocky islets. Mallorca, the largest of the islands, is fringed with sparkling sandy beaches to the north and rocky coves and harbours along the south coast. The spectacular Serra de Tramuntana mountain range that makes up Mallorca’s spine tops out at 1445m Puig Major.
Luxuriating in that perfect-for-human-habitation Mediterranean climate, the Balearics enjoy a mild winter and fairly hot summer, which forces even the most reticent visitor to spend quality time along the coast. Temperatures average around 15°C (60°F) in the winter and 27°C (85°F) in the summer, keeping the temperature just about perfect for outdoor activities. The peak summer season in the Balearics sees average daily maximum temperatures up to a very warm 29 °C (85 °F) with a respectable average of 11hours of sunshine. Winter daytime average maximum temperatures in the Balearic Islands, peak at about 15 °C (59 °F), with about 5 hours of sunshine per day.