Offering everything from rugged mountains to lively beaches, secluded coves to olive groves, world-class clubs to prehistoric ruins, it’s little wonder Spain’s Balearic Islands are such a favourite among British holidaymakers.
Mallorca is the largest Balearic and synonymous with sun, sea and spectacular scenery. The southern sprawl of resorts absorbs more than fifty percent of visitors, but is just one small corner of this beautiful island. For mountains, head for Deia, a pretty artist’s village beloved by Robert Graves, or for a secluded retreat among olive, almond, lemon and walnut groves, rent a house near Pollenca in the north of the island. Save time, too, for Palma, Mallorca’s capital and as authentic a Spanish city as anywhere on the mainland.
Known to party-goers for its wild nightlife and amazing clubs, Ibiza also enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status on account of its rich biodiversity and cultural attractions, which include archaeological sites at Sa Caleta and Puig des Molins.
Menorca is a little more low-key than its neighbours, it’s pine tree-fringed coast full of turquoise-tinted bays and isolated beaches like Son Bou. The capital, Mahon, is known for its stately Georgian houses that gaze across the sheltered harbour.
Serving up clear waters and long stretches of fine white sand, tiny Formentera is the perfect island for those looking to really switch off. Snorkelling and sailing are popular pastimes here, but you can also head inland to discover lakes, saltpans and juniper woods.