These pretty Islands off the Spanish Mediterranean coast have, over the last few decades, gained a reputation as one of the world’s premier party destination. Don’t assume, however, that pulsing dance music and a crowd of international young things is
all these islands have to offer, however - Mallorca
, and Ibiza
each have their own distinct and unique treasures for those who travel beyond the party beaches.Where to go
Find a beach and find yourself a spot for some well-deserved sun. Drive inland and explore the ruins of castles and the strange prehistoric ‘beehive’ barrows unique to these islands. Go wine tasting and sample some of the striking reds that the Balearics are famous for. Jet ski, water ski or surf off the beaches. Take a sunny cruise to some of the smaller islands, such as Formentera. Visit one of the raucous village festivals throughout the summer, celebrating saints days. Visit the many markets in towns such as Mahon and shop for some of the distinct island handicrafts.
Food & Drink
The cuisine of the islands shares many traits with the Spanish mainland, with a few unique flourishes. Menorca is known for its cheeses, while Flao is a distinctive form of cheesecake made on Ibiza. Mallorca is also justifiably famous for its pastries. To eat well in the Balearic Islands, we recommend Aura (Ctra San Juan, San Lorenzo) on Ibiza for its unspoiled country views and authentic island dishes. Aramis (La Lonja, Palma de Mallorca) on Mallorca, in addition to being one of the places to be seen, delivers superb Mediterranean cuisine. For a real taste of what the Balearics have to offer, you can’t go past the restaurant at Hort St Patrici (Camí Sant Patrici, Ferreries) on Menorca, with most of the ingredients coming from the working estate surrounding it.
It’s not just the nightclubs and party beaches of Ibiza! Beyond the beaches, maybe a little inland, one can find some stylish and chic bars. Opio (Calle Montenegro 12, Palma) on Majorca is one of the chicest bars in the islands. On Menorca, Cova D’en Xoroi (Carrer de Sa Cova 2, Alaior), located in a huge cavern, is one of the most striking and unusual places you’ll ever enjoy a cocktail. On the grandaddy of party islands, Ibiza, head to the Experimental Beach Club, Las Salinas (Playa des Codolar Salinas), for effortless cool and some unique mixology.
Where to stay
In addition to gorgeous views out into the ocean, Pure Salt Adriano
, on Mallorca, has an extensive spa offering treatments and is close to golf and tennis courts for active sorts
- it's adults only too. Biniarroca
, on Menorca
is a renovated 14th farmhouse turned boutique retreat - we adore the pool surrounded by flowers and lit by candles in the evening. Finally, Hotel Rural Es Cucons
, on Ibiza, is one of our favourite
hideaways, with a tiny, intimate restaurant. How to get there
Easyjet, Ryanair & Monarch fly to Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca from London, daily.