Thursday, 14 January 2016

SPAIN -Balearic Islands / Illes Balears

The Balearic Islands Catalan: Illes Balears  Spanish: Islas Baleares  are an archipelago of Spain in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The four largest islands are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. There are many minor islands and islets in close proximity to the larger islands, including Cabrera, Dragonera and S'Espalmador. The islands have a Mediterranean Climate, and the four major islands are all popular tourist destinations. The islands' culture and cuisine are similar to that of the rest of the Catalan Countries.
The archipelago forms an autonomous community and a province of Spain, with Palma de Mallorca as the capital. The co-official languages in the Balearic Islands are Catalan and Spanish. The current Statute of Autonomy declares the Balearic Islands as one nationality of Spain.Though currently a part of Spain, throughout history the Balearic Islands have been under the rule of number of different kingdoms and countries.

These perfect covers sent by my good friend Fernando from Palma de Mallorca. He is a philatelist too. He used the flag stamp of Balaeric Ilsland , it helped to get an Ideal cover from Baleric Islands into my collection. On right corner of the first cover, you can see a stamps written as Islas Balaeres which is issued long back before Euro currency implemented in Spain. The covers posted on September 27, 2013 and I received on October 10, 2013. Thank You very much Fernando for the perfect covers into my collection.

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