Holidays to the Balearic Islands bank beachy coves, nightlife big-shots and traditional towns.
The Balearic Islands are a safe bet for that do-it-all summer trip. Each one offers prime holiday scenes, all less than a three-hour flight from London. Pick this destination for its beachy vibe, fishing village-speckled coastlines, natural sights and party credentials.
Majorca’s the biggest Balearic of the bunch, and its size means there’s plenty going on. You’ve got the bar-spangled south, with its famous nightlife spot, Magaluf. Then, in the north, it's all about family holiday hive Alcudia. Palma de Majorca is the island’s capital and lines up a neck-craning cathedral and the throwback Soller steam train, which chugs its way between mountains and through orange groves.
the place to go if you’re after a crowd-free, beachy break. Its 135-mile coastline packs in more sandy spots than Ibiza
combined. Playa de Son Bou, in the south, is one of the big names – it’s the longest beach on the island. Towards the west, pine-tree backed Cala Turqueta’s famous for its teal waters. And, inland, plenty of camera-ready walking routes wind through the countryside.
Party hard, chill hard Ibiza
Ibiza’s got a well-deserved rep as a top party island – San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa’s clubs are classics. But, there’s more to it than bass-heavy beats. Ibiza Town’s Dalt Vila has a historical side, while the island’s picture-perfect beaches make it easy to go with the flow. Plus, from here, you can easily pop over to neighbouring island Formentera for the day and try its sands on for size.