When you see polls of the best holiday destinations, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza usually come out on top. After staying on all of the islands, I’m lucky enough to know first-hand why these beautiful places have so much to offer. Think picturesque coastlines, natural beauty, fantastic nightlife and superb sightseeing. Not sure where to stay? I’ve picked out some of the best bits of these Balearic Islands.
With at least 30 Blue Flag beaches you can understand why families love Majorca. Lively Palma Nova has one of the most popular beaches with tons of water sports. Alcudia’s fine white sands are a showstopper and its calm waters are perfect for paddling.
Menorca’s rugged coastline is virtually unspoilt and there’s so many coves that you’ll probably find one to yourself. To the south, Cala Turqueta is a stunner. Arrive early to secure a sun spot at this little bay. I love the spectacular location of Cala en Porter, it backs onto a nature reserve and is overlooked by beach bars.
If you like a choice of large and lively or small and serene, Ibiza has it all. Playa d’en Bossa is the longest stretch of soft sand on the island and has a variety of lively beach bars. Watch one of Ibiza’s famous sunsets at the secluded, picturesque cove of Benirras in the north of the island.
Ibiza’s San Antonio, Playa d’en Bossa and Ibiza Town attract large crowds every summer to experience the party vibe. But, if pool parties, super clubs and boat parties don’t appeal to you, then check out quieter resorts such as Santa Eulalia. Here the nightlife has a more traditional Spanish feel, complete with tapas and live music.
Menorca’s night scene isn’t as wild, but head to the delightful harbours in Ciutadella or Mahon, and you’ll find plenty of lively places for a night to remember. The coolest club has to be the Cova d’en Xoroi, it’s based inside a cave.
Majorca has many bars and clubs for a fantastic night out. Magaluf is a summer favourite with young groups of friends looking to party all night, while Palma is lively all year round. This historic town has everything from quirky cocktail bars to late-night clubs and harbourside chill-out lounges.
Majorca’s underground caves are unmissable, especially the dragon caves. Not only are the rock formations extremely unusual, it has one of the largest underground lakes in Europe. Palma Cathedral is an iconic sight and when the sun shines through its 61 stained glass windows, you’ll witness a mesmerising light show.
Ibiza has lots of green space so if you enjoy hiking, explore Puerto San Miguel’s scenic pine forest. I love hunting for trinkets to take home, so I had to visit the famous hippy market in Es Cana. It’s got all sorts! For amazing photo opportunities head to the fortified old town of Dalt Vila. Its steep cobbled streets are full of history and overlook the sea.
Being relatively flat and with routes well sign-posted Menorca is great for cycling. You can ride along the whole coastline on the Cami de Cavalls route and stop off at secluded beaches. Spend a day in the beautiful old capital, Ciutadella, where you can discover the pretty plaza. If you love people watching, this is the perfect place.
What are your favourite things about the Balearic Islands? Let me know in the comments below.