The Balearic Islands are a small archipelago off the coast of Spain, bringing all the flavours of a Spanish holiday to a gorgeous island setting. Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca are a power-packed trio, diverse in activities but well-matched in beauty.
All sharing the same Mediterranean climate – that's code for sunny and warm – the three islands house dozens of resorts with their own individual vibes. You can cycle along the scenic coastline of laid-back Menorca, window shop down busy avenues in Majorca or party until sunrise in Ibiza.
Just make sure you leave plenty of time for sunbathing beside the sea. If it's relaxation you're after, the Balearics are a no-brainer, particularly chilled-out Menorca. But the real question is - which island is for you?
This island may be tiny in size, but Ibiza reigns supreme in the ways of nightlife and culture. It satisfies the party-goer in all of us, with incredible nightclubs sought out by all of Europe and beaches buzzing with activity. It also caters to the relaxation-seeker, with private coves and a cultural capital city with winding cobbled streets in the shadow of a historic castle.
For families, Ibiza has sleepier towns away from the raucious nightlife whose quiet beaches and calm seas are perfect for building sandcastles and splashing around. There's a waterpark, play parks and boat trips, plus much more, to keep everyone entertained.
Sink your toes into the sand one second and hike up modest snowy peaks the next. Majorca has a vast terrain that ranges from gorgeous beaches to rugged mountains, with quiet villages dotted between vibrant towns. No two resorts are the same here, and as Majorca is the biggest island in the Balearics, that means you'll have a lot of choice.
Many of Majorca's beaches are packed with water sports, while others are more laid-back, private spots. The nightlife doesn't fail to excite, with club-centric resort towns like Magaluf and Arenal, plus cocktail bars and lounges scattered behind scenic beach promenades.
The soft-spoken little sister island, Menorca, offers an air of tranquillity when compared to the other Balearic Islands. Visitors seek out its shores for safe, child-friendly beaches and a peaceful atmosphere for sunbathing amid a rugged, natural landscape.
Outdoor types find solace here, with hiking trails and a coastal footpath that extends 184 metres around the coast. In the centre of Menorca, the rural countryside is dotted with sleepy villages, lined with olive groves and quaint town squares whose locals enjoy a slower pace of life. Of course, you'll also find the usual smattering of waterparks, karting centres and play parks in the larger resorts.