Don’t be misled by the popular stereotype of the Balearic vacation. Younger holidaymakers may still flock to the lively bars of San Antonio and Magaluf, but the vast majority of the Balearic Islands is made up of mile after mile of untouched paradise. This bucolic side to the Balearics makes it a wonderful destination for the mature traveller, and anyone seeking a little peace away from home.
So, whether you’re after quiet walks, lazing on the beach, one-of-a-kind antiquities or jaw-dropping views, there is plenty to discover in this heavenly part of the world. Booking an all-inclusive package holiday to the Balearic Islands is a great idea. That way you can leave your planning up to someone else and get on with the important matter of relaxing and enjoying yourself! Here we’ve picked out some of our highlights from the region.
Cala D’Or, Majorca
This smart resort on the east coast of Majorca has pretty, white-washed villas, a popular marina (where boats are available to rent) and beaches galore. The town is well known for its jazz festival when musicians from across the globe perform here. It caters comprehensively for tourists while maintaining a peaceful demeanour to suit a generally older crowd than in some of Majorca’s other resorts. Outside town, four kilometres of gorgeous golden sandy beaches await.
Es Canar, Ibiza
A show-stopping sunrise is the pièce de résistance of this quiet, picturesque Ibizan beach resort, which has a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere. Remnants from the 1960s hippie scene are still in evidence here, and there is also a lively market every Wednesday. Don’t miss the celebration of Saint Christopher every July, with its carnival procession and magnificent fireworks display.
A walk down the atmospheric cobbled streets of Ciutadella’s old town is a must. Once the capital of the island of Minorca, Ciutadella has a lovely mix of Medieval, Gothic and Moorish architecture and a beautiful 13th century cathedral. Make your way to the harbour’s edge for an excellent choice of places to eat and drink.
Cala Bona, Majorca
Time splashes by with a seductive ease in this dreamy fishing town on the east coast of Majorca. You will have a great choice of beaches nearby and restaurants on the marina, where tucking into the catch of the day is a favourite pastime for tourists and locals alike. Pop into neighbouring Cala Millor to browse the shops or, if you’re feeling adventurous, book a day trip by boat to witness the vast underground lake in the Caves of Drach, which sometimes play host to classical-music concerts.
San Francisco, Formentera
Away from the tourist traps, Formentera’s delightfully calm capital, San Francisco, has a discreet charm of its own. Beautiful beaches are within easy reach, and this is a place to truly relax. The main square is a great location to sit with a drink and watch the world go by, and the streets running off it have some of the region’s most interesting boutiques.
Nature lovers will be in seventh heaven in this botanical garden – one of the largest in the world, covering 150,000 square metres. The flora and fauna are fascinating, diverse and unique, and divided into three zones: tropical wetlands; semi-arid jungle; and flora of Majorca. The cacti alone are unbelievable – some as tall as 20 metres. For days out to remember, Botanicactus is hard to beat.
Palma is a real charmer of a city – chic, sophisticated and beautiful, its walled Moorish shell encloses a wealth of culture, history and luxury. Explore the winding, narrow streets with a tempting choice of great restaurants and bars,; admire the masterpieces at the museum of contemporary art; take a scenic trip on the vintage Soller Railway; or learn about the past at the 14th-century Bellver Castle. Whatever you do here, you’re sure to be doing it in style.
Port of Soller, Majorca
This gorgeous bay, sheltered by the Tramuntana Mountains is a dream of a beach resort that’s not overly popular, noisy or developed. Nor is it too far from civilisation. Simply put, it’s a great place to relax on the beach and let your cares drift away in the sea breeze, before tucking in to a plate of freshly caught prawns in an ocean-view restaurant.
Cala Figuera, Majorca
Package holidays to Majorca can sometimes take you to busy resorts, but a visit to Cala Figuera feels like a taste of the true Balearics. This working fishing port with its whitewashed buildings overlooks a charming bay and has wonderful seafood restaurants, making it a lovely, peaceful holiday destination.