Spanish Islands Travel Guide
Home to the endless resorts that specialise in sun, sea and sand, the Balearic Islands are a perfect choice regardless of whether you are looking to party or relax.
Whilst Ibiza is synonymous with the former, it is Menorca where you will find ideal spots in which to take it easy. Usually, quieter than the islands around it, Menorca was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. As well as golden sands, there are rugged coastal areas protected by lighthouses and ancient megaliths with intriguing stories behind them.
Although Ibiza has made its name as a clubbing destination, there is so much more to this beautiful island than live music and all-night bars. The spas and yoga retreats allow you to unwind before the water sports get the adrenaline pumping again. Add to that a historic Old Town and the mysteries surrounding the Es Vedra rock formation and you have quite a diverse destination.
Mallorca (Majorca) offers more of the above with some fantastic dinner spots thrown in for good measure. Glorious views feature charming harbours, sweeping vineyards and craggy cliffs, whilst the nightlife can definitely hold its own against that of its noisy neighbour.
Did you know?
The ground in Ibiza is orange because of the tannins released by needles dropping from the many pine trees.
- Flight time from London: 2 hour 25 min
- Palma de Mallorca Airport: 47km from the city centre; transfer time about 39 min
- Ibiza Airport: 21km from the city centre; transfer time about 20 min
- Menorca Airport: 15km from the city centre; transfer time about 13 min
- Currency: Euro
Torre d'en Galmes, Menorca
An archaelogical park featuring megaliths from the Bronze Age and other finds.
Cap de Cavalleria, Menorca
This piece of headland is home to the oldest lighthouse on the island. After years of ships wrecking themselves on the rocks below, things changed drastically with the introduction of this beautiful warning system.
Es Vedra, Ibiza
Plenty of myths and legends surround this 400-metre high rocky island off Ibiza's south coast. There are also reports of it sending ship's instruments haywire.
Talamanca Beach, Ibiza
One of the largest but quieter beaches on the island, there are plenty of bars and restaurants as well as the white sand.
Palma de Mallorca
Mallorca's capital can offer great shopping, interesting museums and the stunning La Seu cathedral.