The Balearic Islands are a beautiful part of the Mediterranean and the best way to explore them is by island hopping between destinations. This is as easy as getting on a bus as there are a large number of ferry operators as well as those offering trips by smaller vessel.
All of the main islands of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera have marinas and harbours making it easy to jump off a boat and head straight to the principal towns or sensational scenery.
As each island has its own distinct character it is a great idea to hop between them and sample the best they have to offer. This will lead to a diverse and varied holiday, which combines relaxation with activities and sightseeing.
With 550 kilometres of coastline the island of Majorca has become famous for its beaches and coves, making it a wonderful place to come and relax. Many visitors on holidays to Majorca like to swim in the clear water surrounding the island, but there are also a number of more energetic activities that can be undertaken too.
These include scuba diving, fishing, windsurfing and sailing, while those who prefer to stay on dry land can make the most of the island’s well appointed golf courses.
Nearly 40 per cent of Majorca is made up of protected landscape, meaning areas such as the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains and the Cabrera Marine and Terrestrial Nature Reserve are wonderful to visit. This group of tiny islands lie just an hour away by boat.
The picturesque towns of Deia, Pollenca and Valldemossa provide the perfect break from exploring the countryside, with superb bars and restaurants to choose from.
The island of Minorca is a great destination for undertaking activities on foot, by bike or horseback with a comprehensive network of routes and trails in place. They are well marked, making for easy navigation, leading to some wonderful scenery.
It is also home to a wealth of archaeological and heritage sites, which are great for history buffs and those interested in learning about the area’s past. Heading to the old town of Cuidadela or the prehistoric remains at Naveta des Tudons Megalithic site will not disappoint.
Despite its reputation as a party island, Ibiza has far more to offer and many people would be surprised to know that it is actually designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is due to the number of cultures which have passed through the island over the years and left behind their mark.
A must-visit destination on Ibiza is the Necropolis del Puig des Molins where in excess of 3,000 tombs were created during Phoenician and Punic times. This amazing collection is considered to be among the best examples in the world and dates back to the 7th century.
Of course partying is the order of the day once the sun goes down in Ibiza and this unique atmosphere is worth experiencing if only just for one night as part of a longer holiday. The open-air culture has led to a number of street markets, terraces and concerts all being part of the local scene.
What marks Formentera out from the other islands in the Balearics are the huge cliffs which tower up above the beaches. Such dramatic landscape provides an unusual backdrop to a relaxing break in this small but immaculate destination.
There is not much to do apart from let the troubles of the world seep away, take in the pristine white beaches and enjoy some delicious food, including freshly caught seafood. This is the part of the Balearics where true relaxation takes priority.