San Sebastian Bay and Harbor, La Concha Panorama

San Sebastian Bay and Harbor, La Concha Panorama


Guide to Balearic Islands

These are undoubtedly one of Spain’s most popular islands with British holidaymakers and you have four amazing islands to choose from. Majorca is the biggest of the three and by far the most bustling, with fantastic beaches and amazing nightlife there is something here for everyone.

Menorca is a little quieter and interests the more discerning traveller with hundred year old harbours. Ibiza is the closest of the islands to the mainland where artists, musicians and writers live in abundance. Finally, there is Formentera, the smallest of the island with unspoilt pine fringed beaches often frequented by nudists due to the privacy.

Majorca


Majorca Balearic Islands spain
The largest of the Balearic Islands, offers something for everyone, you can find the more historic Palma with its beautiful cathedral and the walls of the Almudaina citadel. Palma is a fantastic old town with quaint streets, wonderful food and amazing sunsets.

At night you can party all night long at the bars and clubs and during the day check out the fantastic beaches on offer. You can discover many caves and shops at the colourful markets in Pollenca.

Ibiza

Ibiza is the flattest and the hottest of the Balearics and will interest the party goers and the sightseers. There are an abundance of bars and clubs where you can party all night long with the hip and trendy DJs in San Antonio. Watersports are awesome with windsurfing available in spring or late September/October.

In contrast, you can delve into the back streets of the old town Eivissa and the old city of Dalt Villa where cobbled streets, massive walls and wrought iron balconies line the streets. Ibiza is definitely the place to see and be seen.

Menorca

Menorca Balearic Islands SpainMenorca is home to the more traditional Spain with Cala Santandria, a quiet bay with calm waters, a beautiful beach and typical whitewashed houses that ooze of peace and tranquillity. You will find Ciudadela (or Ciutadella) in West Menorca, which used to be the capital, filled with beautiful palaces and homes. Drive to the east and you have Mahón (or Maó).

The island’s main road links many different attractions putting most of them within an hour’s drive. Look out for the local hand made goods, taste the local pink gin and choose to chill out on one of the hundreds of pristine beaches.

 

Formentera Formentera Balearic Islands SpainThe smallest of the islands is Formentera, and is the furthest south island of the Balearics. It is only 19 kilometers in length and is 6 kilometers to the south of Ibiza and lies in the Mediterranean Sea. It boasts lovely villages such as Xavier, Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran, El Pilar de la, Mola de ses Roques, and La Savina.
 
At one time you could only reach the island by boat, over the last few years, regular lines from the Spanish mainland have helped to increase the tourism. It is home to many private beaches where nude sunbathing is allowed on most.

Each island has its own international airport attracting visitors from various countries worldwide. Many low cost flights operate to and from the UK into Menorca, Majorca and Ibiza.

Map of  Balearic Islands

Map of Balearic Islands
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