A guide to the Balearic Islands: Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza & Formentera

10 March 2016 ( 23 May 2017 )

Whether you fancy a spot of island hopping or want to settle in one for a week or two, you're guaranteed to get a taste of the Med that will mean you keep coming back for more. Here's all you need to know about each of the four Balearic Islands.

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Said to be the 'daddy' of the islands, Majorca is perhaps one of the most diverse, offering beautiful beaches, plummeting limestone cliffs, shimmering turquoise sea, and a fabulous gastronomic scene.

The island's rich cultural history has left behind ruins, castles and cathedrals – all waiting to be explored.

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Minorca is a haven of tranquillity, perfect if you're looking for isolated coves and beaches to discover. Although it can be a few degrees cooler than the other islands, its 216km of coastline is not to be missed.

To the west you'll find the vibrant Cala en Forcat or the white beach-blessed paradise of Cala Blanca. For those who like a stylish waterfront, a visit to the easterly Es Castell is a must.

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Many think Ibiza is just for young party animals, but there's a quiet and subdued side to the island, too, which makes it ideal for those looking to relax and unwind. Its capital, Ibiza Town, is packed with things to do, and the bohemian character of the north has a charm all of its own.

Ibiza has plenty of historic sites to explore too – the whole island is UNESCO-protected for cultural and environmental reasons. 

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Just when you think that beaches can't get any better, hop over to the tiny island of Formentera, which makes up for its lack of cultural sights with rustic appeal and perfect sunsets.

The smallest of the Balearic islands, Formentera is blessed with fine white sand and a crystal clear sea. On a clear day you can even see all the way across the Mediterranean Sea to Algeria!

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