The Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are found basked in Mediterranean sunshine, east of the coast of Spain. Their coastlines are steeped in history and are renowned for their exquisite architecture, tranquil coves and sandy beaches – many only accessible by yacht.
Explore the town of Palma with its gothic cathedral, before setting sail along the dramatic north-western coastline of the Serra de Tramuntana, calling in to enjoy the fantastic views and fine tapas of the restaurants in Deia and Soller. Further north, at the eastern end of the mountain range and around the Cap de Formentor, Pollença Old Town is the perfect Mallorcan town. Small enough to wander round in a morning, it has has narrow cobbled streets, pretty cafes and quaint shops. On a Sunday morning, the Placa Major is filled with market stalls and the locals congregate after church to relax in the Cafe Espanyol. Mallorca offers beautiful sites from the water, an island that’s hilly and green with plenty of pretty towns to explore, hidden coves and secluded beaches.
The tiny easternmost island of Menorca is more low-key than Mallorca and offers 216km of stunning coastline, studded with sheltered turquoise-watered bays called ‘calas’. The pine-fringed coastline is often considered some of the loveliest in the Med. In 1993 Unesco declared Menorca a ‘Biosphere Reserve’, aiming to preserve its environmental areas, such as the Parc Natural S’Albufera d’es Grau wetlands, and its liberal sprinkling of mysterious Bronze Age sites. The capital, Mahon, is on a bluff overlooking a large harbour, with Georgian mansions and a church with 13th-century roots. The small fishing village of Fornells has become the main place for sail based water sports and traditional fish restaurants for the island.
With a hedonistic reputation as the Balearics party island, where European nightclubs have summer outposts, the nightlife of Ibiza Town and San Antonio is well known. If partying is your thing, these ports should definitely be on your list. However, Ibiza is also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats, a pretty coastline and quiet sandy coves.
The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is famous for its clear waters and white sandy Caribbean type beaches, backed by dunes and pine trees. It is great for snorkelling and sipping the local liqueur, Hierbas, whilst watching the dolphins bask in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.
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