Posted on 25 January 2017
Our love affair with the Spanish sun extends beyond the mainland. Set in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, off the east coast of Spain, lie the Balearics. This small group of islands – five in total – are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Such is their appeal that an increasing number of Brits are snapping up affordable property on their shores.
Are you thinking about joining them but don’t know your Menorca from Majorca, or have you ever wondered if there’s more to Ibiza than clubbing? Let’s take a closer look at the Balearics three largest islands.
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca is famous with British tourists because it has something for every taste and budget, courtesy of popular holiday destinations in each of its four corners. Idyllic villages such as the picturesque Puerto De Soller can be found nestled along its coastline, as can holiday hotspots like Magalluf, which is world-renowned for its buzzing nightlife, to put it mildly.
If you want to escape the throng of tourists, Palma offers something different. The capital of Majorca is one of Spain’s richest cities, its coffers bloated by the arrival of nearly 10 million tourists each year. But here’s the clever bit – Mallorca sweeps the German, British and Scandinavian tourists off to resorts, while keeping the best bits to themselves. That includes this gorgeous city, based round a cathedral. It has a medieval old town – cobbled alleyways behind which are ancient palaces based around cool courtyards with water features and palm trees.
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Known by many as the Jewel of the Balearics, Menorca is Majorca’s smaller and much quieter neighbour. The relaxed atmosphere on the easternmost Balearic Island means it is very much geared towards families, couples and retirees. Its two cities, Anglo-Spanish Maó and medina-like Ciutadella, are lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and are delightfully low-key. Menorca is steeped in history and rich in historical sites, such as the naveta of Es Tudons, which is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Europe. But the islands main draw is its beautiful, mainly undeveloped coastline, with more beaches than Majorca and Ibiza put together. Great news if you don’t like sharing the sand with thousands of tourists – tranquillity springs to mind.
Ibiza is famous for one thing: clubbing. And rightly so; the island is home to some of the biggest and most famous dance music clubs on the planet, making it a mecca for party-lovers from across the globe. But scratch the surface of this intriguing island and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Ibiza than meets the bleary eye. The capital, Ibiza Town, is a perfect combination of vibrant nightlife, a trendy marina and picture postcard old town – you may even spot a celebrity or two.
Head off the beaten track, away from the masses, and you’ll unearth its rural and surprisingly peaceful charms. You might choose to explore a secluded north-coast cove or take in the stunning view of the mystical island of Es Vedràto the south – yes Ibiza has a spiritual undercurrent, mixed in with the hedonism.
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