Beaches of a lifetime
From tourist-packed to secluded coves, the beach options in the Balearics are limitless. Coastal vibes range from the lively shores of Majorca and Ibiza to Menorca’s laid-back, rugged coastline.
The beaches here are anything but average. The livelier shores are decked with bars and restaurants, beach clubs with DJ sets and late nights right on the sand, plus cocktail joints hidden in caves. The sunset views are infamous from Ibiza’s western beach resorts, such as San Antonio Town, where they signal the start to a good night out.
Out to sea, you can partake in a number of water sports, bouncing atop the waves on a jet ski or coasting on a leisurely pedalo ride. A number of beaches are also home to diving centres that’ll get you trained for underwater exploration and swimming down to nearby reefs.
If it’s quiet relaxation you’re after, there are plenty of beaches where it’ll be just you, a plush sun lounger and a good book. There are tonnes of private coves carved into the islands’ coastlines, whose only company is an offshore beach bar and a few boats bobbing in the surf.
The islands’ capital cities brim with culture and activity. Majorca’s capital of Palma is stacked with castles, cathedrals and fashion boutiques, while Menorca’s Mahon is lined with 17th-century Italian-style architecture. Meanwhile in Ibiza, the capital Ibiza Town is home to the iconic Dalt Vila old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses ancient Roman structures and a hill-top castle.
Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca each feature waterparks and golf courses that are easily enjoyed in the beautiful Balearic sunshine. There’s also no shortage of opportunities to get out and explore the natural landscape, hiking through Majorca’s mountains or biking along Menorca’s coastal Cami de Cavalls trails that encircle the island.
All Inclusive holidays to the Balearic Islands encompass not one but two nightlife centres – Majorca’s Magaluf and Ibiza’s big three – San Antonio Town, Ibiza Town and Playa den Bossa. These areas pulse with a 24-hour party atmosphere, and are home to awe-inspiring clubs, beach-side bars and world-renowned DJs that keep the dance floor lively until the sun comes up.
There are also plenty of resorts that cater to the more laid-back holiday-goer. Quiet beach bars in more secluded areas will have you watching the sunset over a cocktail, while British pubs are great for catching a home football match.
Being part of Spain, the cuisine in the Balearics is distinctly Spanish, but still presents unique hints of its own flavour. The islands have grown accustomed to being self-sufficient, so the ingredients used in most restaurants are local, using fresh fruits and vegetables from the mountains and seafood from the Mediterranean.
Step into eateries here and you’ll be treated to fresh Spanish dishes, tapas-style or a la carte. Plates of paella and fideua packed with seafood delights are top choices, as are fisherman’s stews, Mahon cheese – which gets its name from the Menorcan capital – and, of course, sangria. You’ll find a wealth of places to enjoy them in, from waterfront restaurants to rustic, countryside squares.