Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands Destination Guide

The Balearic Islands bask in the Mediterranean Sea like the mythical Sirens beckoning the voyager to unimaginable delights.  Unlike the Sirens, though, the Balearic Islands make good on their promises offering a fantastic opportunity to really relax and have fun.

They offer an unbeatable climate, endless beaches, culture and tradition galore, and best of all, so much diversity that there’s not just ‘something’ for everyone, there is a whole slew of pleasures to be savoured, whatever your tastes and preferences may be.

There are five islands in the Balearic chain, and each has its own personality and particular allure.  Closest to mainland Spain, the island of Ibiza is about 100km from the Costa Blanca.

Ibiza is the nightlife capital of the Balearics; in fact it’s often referred to as the party capital of Europe.  Home of world-famous nightclubs and playground of celebrities, the scene is rambunctious and non-stop in the south-western beach areas.  In remarkable contrast, much of the island’s interior still lives in a peaceful time warp of old Mediterranean culture.

Mallorca, largest of the Balearics, has its rowdy spots also, but in general it is more elegant and sophisticated, a retreat for royalty and many of the rich and famous from around the world.

The capital city of Palma de Mallorca is one of the most favoured destinations in the Mediterranean, with a heady combination of glorious beaches, fine hotels and restaurants and every kind of entertainment a visitor could wish.  Luxury resorts such as Blau Porto Petro Beach and the Hotel Melia de Mar offer fabulous beaches and every modern amenity, plus golf, spas, gourmet dining, no effort is spared to create the perfect holiday experience.

For perfection with a different emphasis, the island of Menorca is a dream come true for travellers wishing to find an idyllic retreat.  With relatively little development and commercialization, Menorca is a lush and still unspoilt gem of beauty and tranquillity.

Shaded coves and sparkling beaches, verdant fields, ancient villages and some of the best seafood in the world are just a few of the delights to be discovered.  5 star holidays are readily available in establishments such as La Quinta at La Xoriguer on the south coast, but the norm is low-key, relaxed and reasonable.

Travellers can retreat even further from the beaten track by taking a boat to the smallest and southernmost of the Balearics, Formentera.  This tiny island is gradually increasing its tourism status, but it is still best known for untouched beaches where sunbathing au natural is both legal and very popular.  Daily ferry service from Ibiza’s capital San Antonio offers the only access to the island and tourist amenities are still few and widely scattered.

If you want the ultimate contrast, make your holiday headquarters in Mallorca, and when you tire of the party scene, take a day trip to the outlying island of Cabrera.  Go for the peace and quiet, the two magnificent beaches, and the wealth of birds and Balearic lizards, but bring your own lunch!