Just off the coast of Spain, there’s a collection of islands offering the luxury holiday of your dreams. Known as The Balearic Islands, this vibrant archipelago of golden sands and party hotspots is made up of four main landmasses – Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca – and a collection of smaller ones. Each has its own distinctive character and offers a little something for everyone but are also conveniently close together for day trips and island-hopping adventures. So pack your sunnies, appetite and your best pulling outfit, because here you’ll find stretches of sand, fantastic food and a phenomenal nightlife scene.
Home to the infamous Magaluf, Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic chain and ideal for both party animals and those seeking refuge from the world. Despite its sole reputation as the perfect resort for a night on the town, this palm-fringed destination offers so much more. La Palma de Mallorca, its capital, is a city packed with history, from its Gothic cathedral to its charmingly quaint ‘old quarter’, while the northern coast is a haven of tranquility with boutique sanctuaries and secluded mountain villages. Due to its quiet natural surroundings, this is an ideal locale for adventure sports and wellness retreats.
The often-overlooked smaller isle of Menorca is a laid-back alternative to its sister islands. With a nightlife consisting of classy cocktails rather than clubbing, beaches of pristine natural beauty and a landscape of rolling green hills, this is the ideal destination for couples looking for romantic privacy. The colourful capital of Mahón provides plenty of culture to keep things entertaining with its friendly atmosphere and picturesque settings.
Ibiza, perhaps the most famous location in the Balearics, is a wild ride for anyone looking to spend their holiday partying from dusk ‘til dawn. The east coast’s Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio in the west are inarguably the top places for drinking and dancing, with a multitude of pubs, clubs, bars and after dark destinations. On the quieter side of the island, you’ll find resorts such as Cas Mallorqui and Port de Sant Miquel which offer low-key entertainment and slightly quieter beach scenes.
If you want the feel of a private island with a laid-back boho vibe, then the secluded island of Formentera is your next holiday stop. Just 11-miles wide, this spot is known for its Caribbean-like white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, making it idyllic for couples or those on a wellness escape.
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
It is advised that you carry copies of your European Health Insurance Card and passport (or the real things) as they are required by law and very often asked for when paying by debit or credit card.
Good to know
- Currency: EUR
Flying time to destination:
2-hours and 30-minutes from London
- In A Word: Vibrant
- Packing Essential: Your favourite party outfit
Best Time To Travel
|Jan: 12°c||Feb: 13°c||Mar: 14°c|
|Apr: 16°c||May: 18°c||Jun: 22°c|
|Jul: 25°c||Aug: 26°c||Sep: 24°c|
|Oct: 27°c||Nov: 16°c||Dec: 13°c|