The Balearic Islands are found off mainland Spain and offer some of Europe’s most blissful beach holidays. While there is much more to discover than the sand across Majorca, Ibiza, and Menorca, the stunning coastline with its warm Mediterranean climate and irresistible bays are certainly a highlight.
While Ibiza and some of Majorca are known for their electric nightlife, Menorca is an equally beautiful island that lives life at a gentler pace. Whether you are looking for some of the largest nightclubs in the world in Ibiza, an exciting mix of whitewashed village history and vibrant nightlife in Majorca, or an island paradise ideal for couples and families in Majorca, you’ll find the seductive Balearic Islands to be the perfect holiday choice.
Beach worshippers – Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza all have spectacular shorelines with warm waters.
Clubbers – Ibiza and Majorca’s Magaluf have some of Europe’s best-loved (and sometimes wildest) nightclubs.
Families and couples – The beaches, kids clubs, and more secluded cafes and bars are great for visitors looking for family-friendly fun or coupley romance.
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Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, and its capital Palma is also the capital of the whole Balearics. The island’s abundant variety coaxes over a million visitors each year, ready to fall in love with Majorca’s astonishing scenery and the beautiful culture of its towns and villages. As well as the beaches and beautiful weather, Majorca’s homely tapas bars are wonderful spots to sample the local cuisine, and the nightlife in the capital is alive with music, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Menorca is the more humble, low-key sister to the more high-spirited and cosmopolitan Ibiza and Majorca. Menorca’s chilled-out atmosphere is intoxicating, and the island’s sleepy vibes run through the laid-back cafes and bars, as well as the shady coves and along the sun-dappled coastline. A perfectly tranquil day could include sampling a delicious local dish on the Cala’n Porter harbour-front, taking in the rays lounging on the beach, and rounding off the evening visiting the popular Aloha Cocktail Bar.
This island’s reputation as a hub for ecstatic nights out and staying out until dawn is justified, but the heart-racing parties are just one part of the Ibiza experience. If you are visiting for the world-class DJs and dancing you will be more than satisfied, but perhaps you are equally excited by the history and culture of the island. If so, you can visit the old quarter of Ibiza Town which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, the wild flower-strewn hills of Portinatx, or travel inland for some authentic villages.
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