The Balearic Islands – Holidays for everyone
Mallorca (Majorca) is the largest of the Balearic islands with over 200 beaches that line the coast with intimate rocky ‘calas’ and long white sand ‘playas’, lapped by the aquamarine sea. On the east coast’ Cala D’Or (Bay of Gold) offers pavement cafes and a variety of beaches, while the Cala Mondrago natural park has beautiful unspoilt coves. To the NorthEast lie the towns of Pollensa, Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia which boast the longest stretches of sand, thus becoming big family favourite destinations. Local Restaurants & Bistros serve up fantastic Mallorcan dishes with recipes passed down through the generations, such as Tumbet (a version of ratatouille), Escaldums (chicken casserole with figs or apricots) or even a tapas to enjoy with a nice glass of wine. Not to your taste? steaks, fish, children’s favourites & fast food can also be found easily! With flight times of less than 3 hours from the UK, and a choice of quiet & laid-back, to busy family locations, to clubbing heaven, to adventures in small villages – Majorca is a place for all with all budgets.
Ibiza has been famed for it’s party lifestyle since the 1960’s, through various eras of music. Remember Club Tropicana by Wham? (it was filmed on this island). Drinks aren’t free these days, but there is still enough fun and sunshine for everyone! Ibiza Town is one of the liveliest parts with it’s selection of shops, while the Old Town offers intimate tapas bars, fashion shops and a buzzing evening atmosphere. The North coast offers a complete different scene. Portinatx has hideaway coves where the buzzing of cicadas can be heard in the pine trees. Charming white washed villages such as San Joan & San Miquel are there to be visited, while Santa Gertrudis has a little town square and a dozen quaint restaurants. Look to eat outside of the villages, where a ‘Menu del Dias’ can cost less than 10 Euros, but the cuisine is not all garlic & squid – Ibiza offers some of the best lamb chops & steaks you could possibly taste!The pine-shaded island of Ibiza is small enough to be driven around in a day, with enough experiences to fill even a 2 week stay via main roads, village dirt tracks, visiting hidden beaches & roadside Bistros.
Menorca’s accents, flavours & fashions seem similiar to Mallorca, but has an easier going charm to the place and the people revel in the laid-back way of life. It’s not all siestas and ‘manana’ attitudes though – during the summer months, every village celebrates it’s annual fiesta. The liveliest, San Joan fiesta of Ciutadella, opens the fiesta season with a bang! Three days of eating, drinking, dancing and spectacular shows of horsemanship to experience. The real attraction of Menorca, as well as all the other Balearic islands, is the sun! Hidden coves with azure waters and golden sands entice holiday-makers back year after year