Just a hop, skip and a jump away from mainland Spain lies a splattering of four islands, known as The Balearic Islands. These islands, even though completely distinctive in style are often shrouded in confusion making them tricky to know which one best suits you and the sort of holiday you are looking for.
Here is a description of each island to help you decide which one best suits you and your holiday requirements.
The largest and best known of all the Balearic Islands, Mallorca can sometimes get a bad rep for being a booze-fueled, 18-30’s holiday destination. If that’s what you’re looking for, that’s fine, however, there is so much more to this island than the party bay of Palma.
Once you get out of the hustle and bustle of the party scene this island is serene, relaxed and authentic. The island is very mountainous and the natural slopes of the island make for some top-notch hiking. All framed by the glistening mediterranean sea and white sand beaches below.
Another distinctive feature of Mallorca are the stunning Almond trees you will find speckled around the island. Olive trees and vineyards are also in abundance giving Mallorca a rustic charm.
The elegance of the capital, Palma, surrounded by medieval walls is a far cry from the package holidays many associate with Mallorca. Explore the beautiful little villages dotted around the island, take in the heady views from various vantage points throughout the mountain roads and enjoy the jaw-dropping beauty of this unique and inspiring island.
The subdued, little sister of Mallorca draws in a vastly different clientele to the other three islands. Wild, lush and unspoilt, Menorca captures the attention of those looking for a bit of hard-earned ‘R&R’.
With its hidden coves, historical towns and dusty, sand roads, it feels undiscovered and wonderfully calming. Perfect for couples and families looking for a peaceful retreat in a beautifully tranquil setting.
Formentera is hippy, zen and wonderfully free. Ibiza may get more attention but Formentera is a little paradise island getaway that offers a totally distinctive charm. The turquoise sea and white sands surrounding this island offer the best beaches and the most welcoming and relaxed vibe of all. From the hippy markets to the cosy beach bars, Formentera is the place to go to put your problems and daily grind behind you and simply relax.
As there is no airport in Formentera, to get to this remote island you must get a ferry from Ibiza. There are a range of different ferry options that you can find here. Also if you’re flying from outside the EU it’s recommendable to visit etias.com to get useful information on the latest requirements of travelling to the EU.
Ibiza, again often ladled with the party and booze brush, is so so so much more. This chic and sophisticated island combines chilled beach bar vibe with historical and natural beauty. Ibiza is perfect for those looking to let their hair down and also those looking to unwind and relax.
There is something for everyone here from the stunning medieval city with its labyrinth of winding cobbled streets to its hidden coves to its amazing beaches all come together to create its cool and understated elegance. Whilst the crazy nightlife side exists, the island as a whole is much more low-key and laid-back than its reputation suggests.
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