Paradise comes in many shapes and forms. To some, staring into a crystal blue ocean with a tropical drink in hand is enough. To others, it’s whiling away the hours amongst old town streets, in the shadow of hundreds of years of history or conquering a new landscape with only the birds and bees for company. Fortunately for holidaymakers, there is somewhere you can get both of these and more: the Balearic Islands.
Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza are the best-known of these sun-blessed Spanish islands and while each enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate and creamy white shores, they all have their own flavour and distinctive culture. So if you can’t decide which isle to pick for your holiday this year, read on for our guide to the brilliant Balearics!
The largest of the islands, Majorca has a little bit of everything. From challenging hikes to thrilling watersports and a hip nightlife, all aspects of your holiday are covered. It’s a mixture of the old and new, with plenty of all-inclusive resorts in popular haunts such as Puerto Pollensa and Magaluf.
For culture vultures, the most noticeable landmark on the island is Bellver Castle, one of only a few circular castles in Europe. Various paths wind up to the top of the hill where the castle is located, just outside of capital Palma de Mallorca, and once you reach the top, the best view of the city awaits. Don’t miss the magnificent Gothic cathedral of Le Seu if you’re staying in Palma for a few days.
Another cultural high-point in Majorca is the northern port of Alcudia, with luxury lodgings on the coast and a medieval town a few kilometres inland. Inside this medieval town is a look into the more traditional Majorcan life, with festivals and fairs adding to this small town’s charm.
Menorca is the most serene of the Balearics. Beach parties are replaced with isolated beaches and coves; if you’re looking a holiday more focused on quiet contemplation along with some spectacular views, this is the island for you. Places like Cala n’ Bosch offer more of an upbeat vibe but for the classic Menorcan experience, try the quiet family resort of Santo Tomas.
Newly opened, the Cami de Cavalls (meaning ‘pathway of the horses’) is a perfect way to experience the island. This ancient pathway winds its way around the entire Menorcan coastline, and was used as a way of warning the population of an invasion. Today this path gives people off all fitness levels the chance to see the beauty of this island in the same way locals did hundreds of years ago.
While all types of holidaymaker can find something for them on this multi-faceted island, Ibiza is most famous for being one of the premier destinations in the world for partygoers. No less than twenty world class clubs dot this small island, with most situated around the town of San Antonio. Here people come to party the night away, then recover on the sandy, warm beaches.
For people who decide that they’ve had enough partying, Dalt Villa in the Ibiza Old Town gives visitors plenty to do and to see. A hike to the top of the town gives some of the best panoramic views of the island. Along with this, there is a castle, narrow streets with vendors hawking their wares, and a general sense of Balearic charm.
If you’re looking for a slice of paradise in the middle of the Med, you can’t really go wrong with the Balearics, whether it’s Ibiza, Menorca or Majorca you choose. Check out Falcon’s deals on the Balearic Islands for this summer and see which island takes your fancy!
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