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    Ibiza – a brief overview

    The small Balearic island of Ibiza has quite the international reputation – not all of it good. Hippy-style hedonists started arriving in the 1960s, enthralled by the immaculate beaches and heavenly climate. In the 1990s, it became a clubbing mecca. Today, it’s still popular with partygoers, but has begun to sharpen up its image with more sophisticated hotels and high-end restaurants.

    It’s possible to escape the herds of tourists by visiting the little villages dotted around, seeking out remote coves, or even taking a boat to one of the tiny islands within touching distance of Ibiza. Even in the main town of Eivissa, there’s a beautiful fortified Old Town, and several museums and galleries to explore.

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    Dalt Vila

    Eivissa
    07800 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Dalt Vila is the historic centre of Ibiza’s main town, Eivissa, and is quite staggeringly beautiful, with golden ramparts, ancient gateways and several pretty churches.

    Catedral de Sante Maria

    Plaza de la Catedral, s/n
    07800 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1400 and 1700-2000

    With roots in a Phoenician temple, the present-day cathedral of Ibiza was built in the 13th century, and despite tinkering 500 years later, it still sports an impressive Gothic tower.

    Museu d’Art Contemporani

    Ronda Narcis Putget
    07800 Ciudad de Ibiza
    Spain
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1400 and 1700-2000
    Sat-Sun 1000-1400

    This charming contemporary art gallery inside the old city walls features painting, photography and sculpture predominantly by artists with an Ibiza connection.

    Ses Salines

    Ses Salines
    Ibiza
    Spain
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    A short drive from the main town of Eivissa, this popular golden beach is in a wildlife conservation area. It’s also a place to party, with plentiful bars, restaurants, clubs and shops.

    Agua Blanca

    Agua Blanca
    07850 Ibiza
    Spain
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    With looming cliffs and clear-blue water, Agua Blanca is one of the best beach spots on the island, popular with nudists.

    Formentera

    Formentera
    Spain
    Tel: +34 971 322 057
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    Immediately to the south of Ibiza (they’re almost touching), lies the smaller island of Formentera. With few tourists and quiet beaches, it’s great for a day trip.

    Tagomago

    Tagomago Island
    Spain
    Tel: +34 691 858 553
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    A tiny island to the northwest of Ibiza, Tagomago is ideal for fishing enthusiasts and those keen on water spots.

    Museo Arqueológico de Ibiza y Formentera

    Via Romana, 31
    07800 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 0930-1500 (Oct-Mar)
    Tue-Sat 1000-1400 and 1830-2100 (Apr-Sep)
    Sun 1000-1400

    With a history dating back more than 2,500 years to the Phoenicians, Ibiza (and nearby Formentera) is a treasure trove of archaeological finds, many of them displayed in this museum.

    Centro de Interpretación Madina Yabisa

    Casa De La Curia
    Carrer Major, 2
    07800 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1400 and 1700-2000 (Apr-Jun, Sep)
    Tue-Fri 1000-1400 and 1800-2100 (Jul-Aug)
    Tue-Fri 1000-1630 (Oct-Mar)
    Sat-Sun 1000-1400

    Ibiza was ruled by the Moors in the Middle Ages, as explained through artefacts and exhibits at this museum, while an impressive video tells the story of the island’s Islamic history.

    Benirrás

    Carrer Benirràs A, 1B
    07810 Sant Joan de Labritja
    Ibiza
    Spain
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    Head to this pleasant bay for snorkelling beneath rugged cliffs, or follow trails leading into forested hills for a break from sunbathing.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    From sizzling cuisine and riotous fiestas to cutting-edge contemporary art, age-old museums and a palpitating beach culture, Spain sure packs a punch. It’s feisty, sexy and extremely hot – almost like a sensual flamenco dancer who captivates with her mesmerising moves. Whether you are a culture vulture, history buff or beach bum, it’s almost inevitable that with Spain, it’ll be love at first sight.

    As versatile as a chameleon, Spain’s multifaceted personality is further highlighted by different corners of the country: from the golden sun-kissed shores of Costa del Sol to the snow-lathered peaks of the Pyrénées; from the futuristic architecture of Valencia to the medieval towns of Catalonia; from the expansive boulevards of cosmopolitan Madrid to the rural countryside of Galicia.

    Geography

    Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with its smaller neighbour, Portugal, and is bordered to the northeast by the Pyrenees mountain range that cuts across France and Andorra. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Spain has numerous stretches of coastline that are extremely crowded especially in summer.

    Spain has two main groups of islands that are popular with tourists: the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located 193km (120 miles) southeast of Barcelona, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa (mainly Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma). Located in continental Africa, the tiny enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla also form a part of Spain.

    Mainland Spain is the second highest and most mountainous country in Europe, with an average height of 610m (2,000ft). The Pyrenees stretch roughly 400km (249 miles) from the Basque Country’s Atlantic coast.

    In places the peaks rise to over 1,524m (5,000ft), the highest point being 3,404m (11,169ft).

    The main physical feature of Spain is the vast central plateau, or meseta, divided by several chains of sierras. The higher northern area includes Castile and León and the southern section comprises Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura. In the south, the high plains rise further at the Sierra Morena before falling abruptly at the great valley of the Guadalquivir.

    Southeast of Granada is the Sierra Nevada, which runs parallel to the Mediterranean. Its summit Mulhacen, at 3,718m (12,198ft), is the highest point on the Spanish peninsula. The highest peak in Spain is the Pico del Teide on Tenerife in the Canaries, measuring a height of 3,718m (12,198ft).

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    Key facts

    Population: 46.4 million (2014)

    Population Density (per sq km): 94

    Capital: Madrid.
    Population: 3.14 million (2014)

    Language

    The official language is Spanish (Castilian). Other languages spoken in the first language in Spain include Euskera (in Basque Country, northeastern Spain), Catalan (in Eastern Spain, with variations spoken in Valencia and the Balearics) and Galician (in the northwest). There are also various regional dialects, but you’ll have no problems getting around Spain with knowledge of Castilian Spanish. English is not commonly used, so be sure to pick up some basic Spanish words before your trip.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents (céntimos). Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    General business opening hours

    In Barcelona, Seville and Granada, business hours are generally 0800/0900-1800/1900, with an extended lunch break from 1330-1500/1600. In Santiago de Compostela and Malaga, office hours are generally 0900-1400 and 1700-2000. Banks and government offices open only in the morning.

    In Madrid, standard business hours are Monday to Friday 0900-1400 and 1600-1900, although 0800-1500 is quite common during summer. Larger companies and multinationals, however, are increasingly working through the day, in line with the rest of Europe

    Country overview

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Note: Additional dates are celebrated as regional public holidays.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2016
    Maundy Thursday: 24. March 2016*
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    National Day: 12. October 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Constitution Day: 6. December 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2017
    Maundy Thursday: 13. April 2017*
    Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Easter Sunday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    National Day: 12. October 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Constitution Day: 6. December 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    * not in every region

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    Nightlife in Ibiza

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    Ibiza is known around the world as a party capital. These days it’s not just techno and house DJs soundtracking the revelry, but top bands and singers, too.

    There are, believe it or not, also a few more laid-back bars amidst the ever-more extravagant clubs.

    Nikki Beach

    Avenida S’Argamassa 153, Santa Eulalia del Rio
    07840 Ibiza
    Spain 
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    Imported from Miami, this new over-the-top bar on the beach is decadence personified.

    Booom

    Passeig Joan Carles I 9
    07800 Ibiza
    Spain
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    With hip DJs and residencies from the likes of UK record label Defected, this is an über-cool club.

    Pacha

    Avinguda 8 d'Agost
    07800 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Dating back 30 years, this cherry-flavoured nightspot is one of Ibiza’s pioneering clubs.

    Space

    Playa d'en Bossa
    07817 Ibiza
    Spain
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    One of Ibiza’s most legendary locales, the party never stops in the colossal Space.

    Charlies Bar

    Avenida Punta Arabi
    Es Canar
    07840 Ibiza
    Spain
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    With cocktails, bingo and live music, this unpretentious venue is one of Ibiza’s favourites.

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    Restaurants in Ibiza

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    While it’s a bit tricky to find top-notch food off-season, there are plenty of restaurants serving paella and decent Italian standards all year round.

    Touristy fare abounds, but there are a few finer options, traditionally in the towns rather than by the seafront.

    El Chiringuito

    Playa Es Cavallet
    07830 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive

    Dine in luxurious style at this beachside restaurant with beautiful Mediterranean-style food.

    Las Dos Lunas

    Carretera Eivissa-Sant Antoni km5.4
    07816 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Price: Expensive 

    An elegant restaurant serving sophisticated Italian cuisine, Las Dos Lunas is also a boutique hotel.

    Bambuddha Grove

    Carretera de San Juan, km8.5
    07840 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    For something a bit different, head to this fusion restaurant mixing Mediterranean and Thai influences.

    La Paloma

    Carrer Sant Llorenzo, 4
    Sant Llorenzo de Balàfia
    07812 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Price: Moderate

    This small family-run restaurant serves trattoria-style Italian food with local ingredients.

    Can Pujol

    Carretera de Port des Torrent, Sant Antoni
    07820 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Price: Cheap

    Serving the most delicious seafood in Ibiza, seek out this hidden gem on the edge of Sant Antoni.

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    Eivissa Medieval

    5 – 8 May 2016

    Venue: Upper Town (Dalt Vila).

    Celebrating the UNESCO World Heritage status of Ibiza’s fortified Upper Town (Dalt Vila), this festival transforms the streets into medieval thoroughfares, complete with colourful bunting, flags and tents. Jousting, juggling, falconry and traditional craft demonstrations are accompanied by music played on authentic instruments.

    Ibiza Rocks

    30 May – 19 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Ibiza Rocks Hotel (most events).

    Big-name bands and DJs keep partygoers on their feet at Ibiza’s summer rock festival which stretches from May to October. The festival kicks off at the legendary Pacha opening night and continues with regular boot-stomping gigs at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel.

    SUP Magic Xtreme Tour of Ibiza

    22 – 26 Juni 2016
    Website

    Venue: Around the coast of Ibiza.

    Elite stand-up paddleboarders compete over five days and 125km to race round Ibiza’s picturesque coastline. Professional instructors offer demos on the beach at the end of each stage, and there are plenty of fun games and competitions to keep audiences entertained as they await the athletes.

    Festival Cultural Nits de Tanit

    Summer 2016

    Venue: Most events take place in the grounds of the Universitat de les Illes Balears.

    Spanish and international artists stage a terrific cultural programme on evenings throughout the summer. The festival blends classical and operatic concerts with theatrical performances, dance displays and ingenious circus acts. The setting in the historic university grounds makes for an atmospheric occasion.

    Bloop Festival

    16 July 16 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Sant Antoni de Portmany (various venues).

    Open-air installations, graffiti art, video mapping and live performances are just a few of the innovative and fun exhibits at this annual art festival, on the go since 2010. A new theme each year (such as ‘Control’ or ‘The Best’) provides inspiration to artists.

    Virgen del Carmen Festivities

    16 July 2016

    Venue: Various locations including Ibiza Town, Sant Antoni, Es Cubells and Portinatx.

    Every year on 16 July, religious processions are held in honour of Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen and sailors. Statues of the Virgen are carried aloft through the streets and onto boats, where they are accompanied out to sea by decorated flotillas.

    Fiestas de la Tierra

    5 – 15 August 2016

    Venue: Ibiza Town.

    Held in honour of the patron saints Santa Maria and Sant Ciriac, these annual festivities are a vibrant mix of dazzling parades, fun kids’ activities, cracking live music, folk dancing and sparkling fireworks displays. The Feast of Sant Ciriac is celebrated on 8 August with a mass and procession.

    Royal Cup Marina Ibiza

    September 2015
    Website

    Venue: Marina Ibiza.

    Around 15 high-performance TP52 sailing boats compete in this stage of the prestigious 52 Super Series. As well as watching the sleek vessels cut through the waves, visitors can take a closer peek at these boats in Marina Ibiza’s dock before and after the race.

    Ibiza Music Video Festival

    16 – 17 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Sant Josep de la Talaia.

    Recognising the finest music videos of the year, this festival awards prizes to the best entries in a two-day competition. Industry experts are on hand to give an insight into music video production, and workshops allow entrants and visitors to pick up creative tips.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Ibiza

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    There’s no shortage of lofty resort hotels to hole yourself up in Ibiza, particularly in Sant Antoni, with excellent beaches.

    There are also some more rustic options away from the tourist hubs in little villages, as well as in Els Amunts – the uplands.

    Ushuaia Beach Hotel

    Playa d’en Bossa 10
    Sant Jordi de Ses Salines
    07817 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Category: Expensive

    Probably the most extravagant and hedonistic hotel in Ibiza, Ushuaia has its own poolside concert venue.

    Grand Hotel Palladium Spa & Health Resort 

    Calle Los Lirios 1
    07839 Ibiza
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    One of the few 5-star hotels in Ibiza, this 27-room design property is inspired by Italy.

    El Hotel Pacha

    Paseo Maritimo s/n
    07840 Santa Eulalia del Río
    Ibiza
    Spain
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    Category: Moderate

    With just over 50 suites, El Hotel Pacha is an iconic party spot with restaurant and swimming pool.

    Neptuno 

    C/ Bella Vista, 2
    07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany
    Ibiza
    Spain
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    Category: Cheap

    For a quieter stay, try this family hotel near Es Pouet Beach, with excellent views of the sea.

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    Climate & best time to visit Spain

    Spain’s climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. As it is a big country with varying terrain and altitudes, climate can be extremely distinctive from one corner to another. Overall, the coastal regions in the South and Eastern parts of Spain are excellent to visit all year round thanks to the Mediterranean climate (mild temperatures and long days). Northern Spain generally experiences colder temperatures than the South, while Central Spain stays hot and dry due to its location on a plateau.

    The best time to visit depends on the region and type of travel experience you’re seeking. For a beach vacation, the best months for guaranteed sunshine are June to August. Naturally, these are also the busiest months for tourism along the coast and on the Spanish islands, so be prepared for high prices and crowds. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head inland to cities like Seville, Madrid and Granada where temperatures are sizzling but streets are empty.

    The shoulder season for travel in Spain is usually late spring and autumn: from April to end of May and October to November. These are when tourist destinations are least crowded and weather is still pleasant. January to February is the best time to ski, as snow is ample and the sun is shining. Especially in the Sierra Nevada, the sun can be quite overwhelming even in the snow – come prepared with snow goggles and sunscreen.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +34

    Telephone

    Most telephone boxes require telephone cards that can be purchased in grocery stores. Call centres and internet cafés allow you to call overseas at a lower rate. Area codes are incorporated within a nine digit number dialled from wherever you are. Emergency calls: 112.

    Mobile Telephone

    Coverage is good throughout most of the country. It is relatively easy to get a mobile phone to use temporarily in Spain. Most service providers like Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica offer prepaid SIM cards (that include data roaming). Spanish mobile numbers begin with 6.

    Internet

    Internet cafés are available in most urban areas in Spain, and wireless access is widespread in cafés and hotels. It is generally easy to find good and fast connections throughout Spain. Most hotels and airports in Spain offer Wi-Fi access.

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    Shopping in Ibiza

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    Key Areas

    Ibiza is known for its traditional pottery, which tends to be of high quality and good value, as well as leatherwear. The principal shopping street is Vara de Rey, with stores operating out of historic buildings flogging high-street brands. In the Old Town, there are lots of artisanal shops selling handmade goods.

    Markets

    Lest we forget that Ibiza’s tourist roots lie in the hippies that started showing up in the 1960s, there are various markets in Eivissa and elsewhere with artisans selling jewellery, pottery, paintings, clothes and various souvenirs. Perhaps the most famous is Las Dalias Hippy Market in Sant Carles de Peralta, opened in 1973 and still going strong, now with restaurants, bars and events.

    Shopping Centres

    There are a handful of malls on the island. Centro Comercial la Sirena is one of the largest and best for clothes, with everything from Calvin Klein and Armani, to Diesel and Nike.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Spanish life has undergone rapid change in recent decades and stricter religious customs have been superseded by more modern ways, particularly in the cities and among women. In spite of this, traditions remain strong; hospitality, chivalry and courtesy thrive. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting between men, while women (outside of a business context) are greeted with a fleeting kiss to either cheek (left then right).

    Spaniards eat late; lunch around 1400-1530; the evening meal 2100-2300.

    The Spanish have two family names; the maternal surname follows the paternal, but is rarely used outside a formal context. Smoking is banned in offices, shops, schools, hospitals, cultural centres and on public transport. Bars and restaurants must declare whether they permit or prohibit smoking. The vast majority have opted for the former, though large restaurants are obliged by law to have a substantial non-smoking section.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Spain is generally safe to eat. Most restaurants and bars adhere to a certain standard of hygiene. For those with sensitive stomachs, try to avoid street food, such as churros, kebabs and jacket potatoes. These are usually sold in small street-side stores especially in big cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Other foods to look out for include seafood that might not be fresh and sandwiches and omelettes that might have been left out for too long. Tapas bars may sometimes serve foods that have been kept overnight, so be careful what you eat.

    Foods sold in local markets are generally fresh and affordable. If you’re extremely careful about what you eat, these are the best places to look for clean and fresh produce. Tap water in Spain is safe to drink but some complain that tap water in Ibiza can be quite salty and  has an unpleasant taste so it is generally recommended to drink bottled water. Tap water is suitable for washing, brushing teeth, etc. Bottled and mineral water are easily available throughout the country and can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores.

    Other Risks

    In mid-summer temperatures can reach over 40°C and heat-related risks are high. Be sure to drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, wear strong sunscreen and cover your skin with a hat and loose clothing. If partaking in hiking, cycling or other outdoor activities avoid the midday hours and limit exercise to early mornings or late evenings.

    The national police have set up a telephone hotline for tourists to use in non-emergencies. Those who wish to report a crime such as theft or lost property should call 902 102 112; callers can speak German, English, French or Italian. On islands such as Ibiza be aware that alcohol and drugs are prevalent. Stay hydrated when consuming alcohol and be aware that spirit measurements are generous. Taking drugs is illegal and drug dealing is dealt with very severely by the local police and courts. Every year accidents happen in resorts with holidaymakers falling from hotel balconies, often when under the influence of alcohol. Take care on hotel balconies at all times and avoid excessive drinking.

    In Mallorca in late summer waves of jellyfish can make an appearance, and while these are not deadly, they can give a very painful sting. 

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    Visa & Immigration

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