The islands tend to get stereotyped as a package-deal paradise, a sleepy forgotten gem and a glamorous party destination. But how do they actually compare in terms of culture, history and geography? In the final blog post completing my Guide to the Balearic Islands, I will take a look at the art and music experiences on offer across these three destinations.
Art in the Balearics
The Balearic Islands have inspired generations of artists to put paintbrush to canvas. In the 1920s when the Surrealism Movement was born, many artists were drawn to Ibiza where alternative lifestyle communities were set up to encourage creativity and intellectualism. Nowadays in Majorca exhibitions are put on by the March Foundation and the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation which display works from artists such as Dalí, Picasso, Miro and Juan Gris.
Menorca does not fall behind in the art stakes. The Scientific, Artistic and Literary Centre in Mahon stages exhibitions dedicated to local artists, such as Pasqual Calbó i Caldés, Hernández Monjo and Joan Font i Vidal.
Music in the Balearics
Ibiza is known as the home of dance music with its world-class club scene. Majorca is equally as vibrant with its wealth of all-singing, all-dancing shows and the post-A Level Mecca of Magaluf. The Menorcan music scene is – perhaps predictably – more laid-back than its Balearic neighbours.
Ciutadella hosts a Summer Musical Festival throughout August every year, with classical concerts playing in atmospheric venues such as the cloister of the Church of El Socorro. Events such as these are the perfect opportunity to soak up the rich musical culture that Menorca has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor activity, a historical visit or a cultural experience while on your holiday, Menorca can compete with its better-known neighbours on every level.