Island Hopping: An Insider’s Guide To The Balearic Islands

By Lottie Woodrow |
17th October 2019

It might be all doom and gloom with regards to the British weather but that’s certainly not the case over in the dreamy Balearic Islands. So we’re hop, hop, hopping (mentally at least) over to the Mediterranean to soak up the long-lasting summery weather in an attempt to block out what’s going on outside the window next to me…

Mallorca

Mallorca

Think turquoise seas, remote mountains and a hella load of sangria. The delicate Balearic island of Mallorca stretches almost 80 kilometres from one sandy end to the other and is home to some of the dreamiest coves and sun kissed beaches you can find. Its crystal clear waters make the island a regular haunt for scuba divers, windsurfers, fishers, sailers, and you might even spot the odd surfer too (I mean it’s no Cornish coast but it’s a whole lot warmer!).

Despite the flock of tourists filling the island each year, the island is wildly protected (almost 40% of the island to be precise). If you’re looking to explore the island to its fullest take a wander off your posey yacht and rent a car to burrow your way over to the north and up to the Sierra de Tramuntana Mountains – the peaks reach over 1,400m above sea level. But if it’s night life you’re after, your prayers will be answered over in Palma. We’re talking reckless nights drinking copious amounts of boozy cocktails, but hey, isn’t that what holidays are all about?

Website: www.spain.info

Ibiza

Ibiza

Whoah! We’re going to Ibiza!

Known globally as the biggest party island in the world, Ibiza certainly has a bit of a reputation for hosting the wildest (and messiest) parties. But, we’re not here to tell you about the side of the island you already know. Much to your surprise (as much as ours), Ibiza is home a much more tame side so it’s time for you to forget your reservations and the crazy experiences you all endured when you were 18.

Ditch the heels, strap up your sandals and discover Ibiza’s sandy beaches. If it’s dreamy scenes you’re after swoop over to Cala Xarraca where you’ll find the bluest of waters, and the mud baths are even said to have mysterious healing properties (so you can really channel your inner zen!). There’s also a whole host of quieter resorts that won’t have music pumping into the early hours so make sure you do a little research before hand.

We explored Ibiza out of season, check out our full review here…

Website: www.tourism.eivissa.es

Menorca

Menorca

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Menorca after a family holiday when I was younger, and several years later, I’m still dreaming out the rolling beaches, rocky water bays and of course, the endless supply of tapas. It’s slightly quieter than it surrounding neighbours, Mallorca and Ibiza but it’s an island that still knows how to throw a good ol’ party.

If you’re a bit of a history head, across the island you’ll find Talayotic settlements, dating back to 2,000 BC (at least!), made up of huge slabs of stone and they were used as burial chambers as well as watchtowers. While the adventurers among the group can grab a bike and peddle along the old tracks, both inland and along the coast, to explore the rolling hills and cliff edges.

Website: www.menorca.es

Formentera

Formentera

For me, the island which inspired this whole guide was Formentera, having recently got back from a short trip to the island (so look out for a full review soon!). To travel to the island, you’ll have to nab yourself on a quick flight over to Ibiza before heading on a short 30 minute ferry to the ‘tropical’ island. It’s calming, it’s tranquil, and it’s most definitely beautiful.

The island is inundated with Spanish tradition and a real sense of community, perhaps down the fact it only stretches 20km in length (super tiny!). To encompass the real community spirit and tradition, waltz over to Es Caló de Sant Agustí, a small fishing village. The village is nuzzled with traditional restaurants and is the starting point of green route 25, which follows the historical path up to La Mola (Camí de Sa Pujada). As it’s only a teeny tiny island, why not explore its tropical-esque endeavours by foot, bicycle or horseback.

Website: www.formentera.es

Channel your inner nomad over here…

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