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 collection 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, and Formentera’s untouched natural beauty, to Santa Eulalia’s boutiques and classy restaurants.
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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.
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.