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A holiday to the Balearic Islands is as laid back or active, hedonistic or cultural as you care to make it. These are gems of many facets: where the beaches are soft, golden and plentiful. Where first class, modern resorts sit alongside delightful unspoiled villages, where you can dance under the stars, wander through mandarin groves and explore spectacular mountain scenery. A Balearic island holiday truly does spoil you. Off the east coast of Spain, surrounded by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, lie these Islands and their irresistible charm. Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza (as well as the smaller, unspoilt islands of Formentera and Cabrera) make up this province of Spain, each with their own identity and all await any keen holidaymaker looking for sun, sea and sangria.
With three unique destinations to choose from, it¿s no surprise that a holiday to the Balearic Islands is ever popular with Europeans looking for endless sunshine, seemingly endless beaches and an endless list of things to see and do.
The islands are home to some fascinating cultural delights dating back through the centuries. Menorca, with a history as far back as 2,000BC, has a wealth of prehistoric monuments, from watchtowers to burial caves, whilst Majorca shows signs of a long period of Moorish occupation with its Arab Baths. Ibiza, despite its size, is saturated with sightseeing opportunities. Wander the Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town, a World Heritage Site that is a must see for anyone heading to the White Isle.
Renowned for their coastlines, holidays to the Balearic Islands are a contrast unto themselves. Inland from the beaches you'll find lush countryside and rugged, wild beauty. The Serra de Tramuntana of Majorca dominates the north and west coastlines and the peaceful countryside of rolling hills and meadows form the backdrop to the rocky coast of Menorca. And not to forget the highest point of Ibiza, Sa Talaia, from where the Spanish mainland can be seen on a clear day.
Home to some of the best beaches in Spain, a holiday to the Balearic Islands is a sun-worshippers dream. From fun packed family resorts to hidden pine fringed coves, you¿ll be sure to find the perfect spot to sit back and soak up the rays. With azure skies and endless sunshine you'll be able to kick back and relax. All islands offer plenty of water sports for those looking for adrenalin filled fun, whilst the island of Ibiza boasts beach parties that go on well into the night.
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca is one of Europe¿s favourite holiday destinations. A warm climate guarantees sunshine throughout the summer, ideal for catching some rays and perfect for water sports fans, thanks to the calm clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Whatever you are looking for on your holiday to the Balearics, you'll be sure to find it in Majorca, there's something for everyone, from children to grandparents. Take in the culture and explore the beautiful castles and churches or sample the mouth watering cuisine, with menus full of seafood and tapas.
The White Isle is named for its magnificent white gold beaches and crystal clear waters. Known as the clubbers Mecca, the island is ever popular with famous DJs and party goers looking to dance until dawn and party with the masses. But there's more to an Ibiza holiday than drinking and dancing. Stunning landscape, year round sunshine and a more family friendly scene than ever before, it's the perfect destination if you're looking for something you know you'll enjoy.
For a more tranquil holiday in the Balearic Islands, head to Menorca, with its authentic charm and unhurried way of life. Azure skies, endless sunshine and beaches of pale golden sands washed by turquoise waters ¿ these are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing holiday in the Balearics. Mao, the modern capital, is a bustling city with an old town of stylish shopping streets and one of the world¿s great harbours. Ciutadella, the capital city of the past, is more traditional, with a Gothic cathedral and palaces of the Catalan nobility. Despite having little of the hectic nightlife of the neighbouring island of Ibiza, it certainly does not lack after dark entertainment, there are plenty of places to dine, drink and dance.