There are many faces to the Balearic Islands, from the peaceful coves of Menorca and historic towns of Majorca to the buzzing nightclubs of Ibiza. Miles of sandy beaches ring all of the Balearic Islands, making this a haven for anyone who wants to laze on a lounger, dip a toe in the water, or just do that beach holiday thing with a chilled-out vibe. Pretty whitewashed villages hide in mountainous interiors, just waiting to be explored, making Balearic Islands holidays an unbeatable mix of relaxation and revelry, with plenty of family-friendly fun thrown in.
Things to do
In Majorca, explore the historic city of Palma, which is noted for its impressive Royal Palace of La Almudaina, Gothic Cathedral and medieval Bellver Castle. Visit the beautiful walled town of Alcúdia, or head inland to the scenic hilltop villages of Deià or Valldemossa. In the northwest of the island, you can also visit the Santuari de Lluc, a large monastery and place of pilgrimage with wonderful mountain views.
For a truly luxurious holiday, go to the stylish resort of Camp de Mar in Majorca where you can live the high life and perhaps even bump into some famous faces! For all-night partying, head to Magaluf where you’ll find lively nightclubs serving up cocktails until sunrise. Explore the historic quarter of La Palma and see its magnificent Gothic Roman cathedral, one of the largest in Europe. Or enjoy superb views of Palma from Bellver Castle, a huge Gothic-style landmark and the home of the city’s history museum.
Alternatively, take a day trip to the north of the island to see the stunning high cliffs of Cap de Formentor, one of the best places to catch the sunset anywhere in the Mediterranean. Majorca is also home to the stunning Cueves del Drach cave system, where you can see one of the biggest underground lakes in the world.
What can we say about this serious party island that hasn’t been said already? Ibiza has long been renowned for its super clubs like Dc10 and Amnesia, where the atmosphere is more euphoric than anywhere in Europe. Dance the night away to the sound of the globe’s biggest DJs in Ibiza, with sets from megastars including Calvin Harris and David Guetta. Party at globally renowned super clubs like Amnesia near San Rafael or Privilege in the heart of the island, or head to one of Ibiza’s excellent music bars for a more chilled atmosphere.
However, there’s more than just megaclubs in Ibiza. Snorkel, sunbathe or watch the sunset on lively Cala Comte beach, or explore the charming Ibiza Old Town with its stunning Renaissance landmarks and medieval cathedral. The best time for an action-packed holiday with plenty of nightlife in Ibiza is from around May to September. For a more exhilarating experience, a 4×4 ride through the pine forests of Ibiza is a must. Ibiza also has a lot to offer in terms of history and art, too. Visit the enchanting Ibiza Old Town with its photogenic whitewashed buildings and medieval cathedral, or find yourself a secret cove and simply chill out on the beach.
Because of its laid-back vibe, Menorca is arguably the best Balearic Island for relaxing holidays and for those who prefer a more chilled out experience. Key resorts like Punta Prima, Mahon and Ciutadella offer historic cultural sights alongside family-run restaurants and busy marketplaces all year round. Explore the island’s gorgeous coves, or take a ferry to Majorca’s golden beach resort of Alcudia from Ciutadella for the day. In Menorca, you can visit the buzzing markets of Mahón, explore the attractive old quarter of Ciutadella, or book a horse-riding excursion for a fun alternative to the beach. Go to the Museo de Menorca to learn about the island's ancient roots, or head to Fort Marlborough, an 18th century fort built by the British.
Walk along the powdery white sands of Cala Torta, hike through the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, or take a gentle stroll through Menorca’s shady olive groves to enjoy nature at its finest.
Places to stay
A popular Balearic Island holiday destination is Majorca, which is the largest of the islands, combining family-friendly resorts like Alcudia and Palma Nova with party capital Magaluf. Celebrity-spotters head to Camp de Mar and other stylish resorts near the capital, Palma de Mallorca. Clubbers can’t resist the lure of Ibiza’s energetic nightlife in resorts like San Antonio Town, but families have lots of choice too. They return year after year to child-friendly resorts like Es Cana and Playa d’en Bossa. Head to Menorca if you want to slow the pace down on holiday, with laid-back resorts like Punta Prima and the historic towns of Mahon and Ciutadella.
For trips in the great outdoors, the Balearic Islands are also full of natural gems, from turquoise lagoons to the dramatic mountains of Majorca. The largest Balearic Island, Majorca is remarkably diverse, with bustling coastal resorts and quiet mountain villages inland, where time has almost stood still.
The Balearic Islands are also home to some of the world’s most legendary party spots, with world-class nightclubs in the big resorts of Majorca and Ibiza. For families, the Balearic Islands are full of child-friendly resorts, too, from Majorca’s Alcudia to Ibiza’s Playa d’en Bossa. With golden sand beaches and calm, clear waters, these coastal areas are great for little ones and their parents to relax in safe, friendly surroundings.
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