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Ibiza resorts run trips to neighboring beaches and to smaller islands. Trips from Ibiza to Formentera include an escorted bus tour. In Sant Antoni, there are a number of tour organizers to choose from.

Most Majorca hotels and resorts offer guided tours. Typical itineraries are the Caves of Artà or Drac, on the east coast, including the nearby Auto Safari Park and an artificial-pearl factory in Manacor; the Chopin museum in the old monastery at Valldemossa, returning through the writers' and artists' village of Deià; the port of Sóller and the Arab gardens at Alfàbia; the Thursday market and leather factories in Inca; Port de Pollença; Cape Formentor; and the northern beaches.

The resorts also run excursions to neighboring beaches and coves—many inaccessible by road—and to the islands of Cabrera and Dragonera. Boats generally depart from Colonia de Sant Jordi, 47 km (29 miles) southeast of Palma, six times daily from 9 am. Tickets for the 2½-hour trip are €38, which you can buy on the dock at Carrer Babriel Roca s/n, are €38. Visitors to Cabrera can take a self-guided tour of the island's underwater ecosystem—using a mask and snorkel with their own sound system; the recording explains the main points of interest as you swim. Contact Excursions a Cabrera or the National Park Office in Palma.

On Minorca, sightseeing trips on glass-bottom catamarans leave Mahón's harbor from the quayside near the Xoriguer gin factory; adult fares are €10. Departure times vary; check with the tourist information office on the Moll de Ponent, at the foot of the winding stairs from the old city to the harbor.

Contacts

Mahón Port (Moll de Llevant 2, Mahón, Menorca, 07701. 971/355952 or 902/929015. Pl. Explanada s/n, 07701. 971/363790 or 902/929015.).

Excursions a Cabrera (971/649034 or 627/881885. www.excursionsacabrera.es.)

Parque Nacional del Archipiélago de Cabrera. For guided tours of the Illa de Cabrera, and diving excursions offshore, inquire first at the Visitor Center (Centro de Vistantes Ses Salines) in Colònia Sant Jordi. Three companies in the Colònia are authorized to take groups of visitors to this protected area: Excursions a Cabrera (971/649034), Transports Gregal (971/657012), and Marcabrera (622/574806 or 971/656403)—this last one operates every day, year-round. If you have a self-charter, and want to lay over off the island, you will need to apply for permission to dock and scuba dive at the Oficina Administrativa del Parque Nacional Maritimo in Palma. Visitor Center, Carrer Gabriel Roca s/n, corner of Pl. Es Dolç, Colònia Sant Jordi, Mallorca, 007638. 971/656282 Visitor Center; 971/177641 Administration Office, Palma.

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