Travel east from the mainland of Spain and you’ll arrive at one of the most popular island groups in the world, the Balearic’s. Mallorca (sometimes Majorca) is the largest island but you can also enjoy the clubbing capital of Ibiza, the idyllic charms of Formentera and the glistening sands of Menorca.
The Balearics have long been a popular destination thanks to the beautiful beaches and year round sunshine. The islands all have their own distinct attractions and as such can offer something to suit every taste and budget. The good news is that the Balearic’s have always been a relatively low cost option and excellent deals are available on accommodation and flights to Menorca, Ibiza and Majorca.
The clubber’s paradise
Ibiza is well known as the world’s party island capital and it does have more than its fair share of bars and night clubs. The island is home to international club names such as Pacha, Space, Eden and Amnesia, to name just a few. But it’s not all about the music and this destination also offers the historic charms of Ibiza Town, which is glamorous, atmospheric and incredibly picturesque. Ibiza prices may be slightly higher but this is an island awash with nightlife options and some gorgeous stretches of sand from which to watch the sun rise and set.
Bohemian island charms
Formentera is the smallest of the main islands but it packs a lot into its compact size. Often referred to as Ibiza’s little sister, this island offers beautiful white sand beaches similar to those found in the Caribbean. This is an altogether more relaxed alternative to Ibiza and it’s the ideal destination if you’re looking to escape the crowds. The clearest seawaters, the freshest seafood and almost deserted beaches during the low seasons are all available on Formentera.
The diverse island
Majorca is the largest of the islands and is a firm favourite with families looking for safe beaches and plenty of vacation activities. Around 23 million holidaymakers arrive here each year to stay in famous resorts such as Palma Nova, Puerto de Soller and Sa Coma. Majorca offers something for everyone with beautiful towns such as Palma and Soller as well as nightclub favourites such as Magaluf. The beaches are a major attraction and can include the immense white sands in the north or the busy golden beaches in the hotter southern resorts.
Space to relax
Menorca exudes a low-key vibe and is the perfect destination for those who love to be in harmony with nature. This is a rural island that has not been too disturbed by commercial development and there are plenty of pristine beaches to enjoy. Menorca has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1993 and you can easily stumble upon prehistoric monuments while trekking through the magnificent countryside. Mahón and Ciutadella are the two main towns offering atmospheric little restaurants and tavernas after a day spent relaxing on the beaches.
It won’t take long to find your favourite Balearic island and you can always choose to visit more than one on an island-hopping vacation. Stunning beaches, fantastic cuisine and dramatic sunsets – what more could you ask for? Mke sure to vists the Balearics: one of the world’s natural beauty spots.