For classic Med beaches, a good dose of Spanish culture, and nightlife that rivals the rest of Europe, it’s got to be a holiday to the Balearics.
Islands in the sun
This trio of islands – east of mainland Spain – are tried-and-tested holiday favourites. And while they’ve all got sandy beaches and camera-ready scenery to brag about, they each have a personality of their own.
Menorca is decidedly low-key. This natural beauty is all about peace and quiet, with pine-clad hills, traditional towns and more beaches than Majorca and Ibiza put together. Son Bou has the longest sandy stretch, while Cala’n Bosch lines up open-air cafés and trendy bars.
The biggest island of the bunch, Majorca, has been pulling in the punters for decades. It’s a bit of an all-rounder, with great beaches, waterfront restaurants and buzzing clubs. In the north, you’ve got family-friendly resorts like Alcudia, while the south is home to party-hard Magaluf.
Speaking of partying, Ibiza’s clubs are world-famous – the best are in Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio. But the island also has a laid-back side, from Portinatx’s quiet coves, to Formentera’s untouched natural beauty, to Santa Eulalia’s boutiques and classy restaurants.
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The soft, sandy beaches of Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona – with their calm, safe waters and full complement of restaurants and bars – are firm favourites with families. The 13-kilometre ribbon of sand at the former fishing village of Ca’n Picafort is also a magnet for those who enjoy the simple pleasures of sunbathing and swimming.
Top-line DJs and famous clubs that stay open until the wee hours of the morning – this is the recipe that has made the nightlife of Ibiza so well-known around the world. And the legendary and lively party scenes of San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa show no signs of slowing down.