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The best cities to visit in the beautiful Balearics

Amanda Angus / 15 March 2016 ( 19 January 2017 )

Despite their garish reputation, Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca all have a bustling city scene alive with culture.

The old city of Ibiza town in summer
The old city of Ibiza town in summer

These enchanting islands, dropped like jewels in the Mediterranean, are all too quickly dismissed by anyone on the hunt for their next summer holiday. 

Ibiza and Magaluf in Majorca are forever entwined with the image of the partygoer, 

Minorca reminiscent of cheap and cheerful ‘fly 'n' flop’ holidays – all very well if this is exactly the type of holiday you’re seeking, but there’s so much more to experience, if you know what to look for. 

For example, did you know Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca all have a bustling city scene?

Discover our holidays to the beautiful islands of the Balearics for fiestas, siestas and everything in-between. Find out more here


Dalt Vila in the Old Town of Ibiza has made it on to UNESCO’s World Heritage List due to the way its layout evolved throughout the centuries to naturally incorporate the new styles of building into the design laid down by the Phoenicians, the island’s earliest settlers. 

Consequently, holidaymakers to its quaint, sloping streets will be able to admire examples of Arabic, Catalan and Renaissance architecture, all melding together in harmony. 

The nightlife for which Ibiza is famous for can be found here, in some degree, but during the day the ancient streets are pleasantly bustling with people of all ages, from all over the world.

Discover our holidays to the beautiful islands of the Balearics for fiestas, siestas and everything in-between. Find out more here


Palma de Mallorca, Majorca’s lovely capital city, is a far cry from the bars of Magaluf and Palmanova; for every shop designed solely to lure in the tourists, there’s a quirky boutique, and the roads are spacious and tree-lined. 

Comparisons with Spain’s vibrant city of Barcelona are inevitable; Palma de Mallorca is one of Europe’s few capital cities that boasts views of the sparkling azure waves of the Mediterranean, and like Barcelona, one of its most memorable monuments is the huge Gothic cathedral. 

This imposing structure took almost 400 years to complete, and the height of its nave is only 1 metre less than Gaudi’s still-unfinished Sagrada Familia.

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Ciutadella de Menorca was the capital of Minorca until the British moved it to Mahón to take advantage of the deep natural harbour on the east of the island. An important trading centre during the middle ages, Ciutadella was invaded and decimated several times as it passed hands from the Romans to the Moors, to the Catalans and the Turks, but today most of the architecture now stems from the 17th century, and is beautifully reminiscent of Renaissance Italy. 

Winding, narrow streets lead you past pretty buildings and out into spacious squares, and like Palma de Mallorca, Ciutadella has an impressive Gothic cathedral; much smaller in stature, but remarkable all the same – a description that can be applied to the rest of the island!

Read our guide to Minorca: Top ten things to do

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