The Balearic Islands, which sit off the eastern coast of mainland Spain, are a staple destination for holidaymakers the world over. From families looking to escape with the kids, to partygoers in a pursuit of happiness, there really is something for everyone in the Balearics.
There are four main islands in the archipelago: Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca and Formentera. Some common characteristics are shared between the islands – warm temperatures and stunning beaches can be found all across the archipelago. However, each island offers its own unique experiences for travellers, and depending on the type of holiday you’re after, one island might suit you better than another.
But which island will best suit your holiday needs? Read on to find out.
Beach holiday – Formentera
It’s fair to say that you could enjoy a relaxing beach holiday on any of the four main islands, with each boasting a vast catalogue of sandy stretches. But if you’re looking to really escape the crowds whilst watching the world go by from the comfort of your beach towel, head to Formentera.
Formentera is the smallest of the four main Balearic Islands, and in the absence of an airport, is only accessible via ferry from Ibiza. This gives Formentera a much more laid back vibe compared to its far busier neighbours, making it ideal for a relaxing beach holiday.
One of the most popular beaches in Formentera is Playa des Ses Illetes, situated on the northern tip of the island. Here you will find the trademark white sand that is typical of the beaches in this part of the world, and shallow, clear waters – perfect for cooling off from the scorching sun, with temperatures averaging 27°C in August.
Nightlife – Ibiza
Ibiza is the staple diet of clubbers across Europe and beyond, and is home to some of the world’s leading nightclubs and entertainment venues. If it’s an upmarket party-based holiday you’re after, there really is no alternative in the Balearics. Just a stone’s throw from the bustling sunset strip in San Antonio is the main resort of Playa d’en Bossa, where you can expect to be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in some of the world’s most prestigious clubs.
Don’t be mistaken, Ibiza has so much more to offer than just hedonistic haunts and hangovers. With its stunning landscapes, fascinating culture and world-famous sunsets, the White Island has many more strings to its bow, with holidaymakers of all types attracted to its shores.
All inclusive – Majorca
If you’re looking for a combination of all of the above, and a whole lot more, then Majorca is the place for you. The island has gained a growing reputation for its bustling nightlife scene, and is particularly popular with ‘spring breakers’ looking to soak up the Mediterranean sun (and cheap drinks).
Away from the dizzying excitement of the Magaluf strip, Majorca attracts a range of holidaymakers, from families looking to keep the little ones entertained, to couples seeking a romantic retreat. Beyond the generous offering of beaches and swimming spots, there are also lots of tourist attractions to choose from.
A local favourite is the old wooden train which runs from the capital of Palma to Sóller – a small coastal town in the north west of the island. The journey lasts around an hour and takes you through the rolling hills of Majorca’s breathtaking countryside, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
Whichever island you choose, you are sure to enjoy a wonderful trip.
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