The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of Spain and the three largest islands, Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca are popular holiday hotspots. Flights to the Balearic Islands take around two hours from London, so in a short space of time you can discover one of these wonderful islands.
Despite the islands being incredibly close to one another, each one offers a different kind of holiday for travellers. Ibiza's nightlife needs no introduction, Majorca is a hub of cosmopolitan culture and wonderful scenery, Menorca is quiet, relaxing and beautiful. What with the islands being very well connected by ferry, getting from one to another is not difficult at all and so you could just as easily take in two or three islands on your trip as you could stay on one for the duration of your holiday.
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Soak up some of Majorca's beautiful scenery by taking a trip on the Soller railway, which runs between Palma de Majorca and Soller. This picturesque railway line has been running since 1912.
A nice break from the resorts and beaches of Majorca, the Serra de Tramuntana's rugged and dramatic scenery makes for the perfect outdoor excursion. The range stretches for miles and you can explore parts of it on foot or by bicycle - there are many planned hikes and routes for you to take. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers breathtaking views of the surrounding ocean as well as the chance to see a different side to the Balearics.
Menorca receives much less tourism than Ibiza and Majorca, but its stunning beaches, quiet coves and intriguing architecture ensure that many who visit come back for more later. A boat tour round the deep-water harbour is a lovely way to spend a morning and then enjoy the afternoon wandering around the old town to soak up this relaxing city's vibe. Cala Santa Galdana is the island's best beach, where golden sands are gently lapped by warm, blue waters. Further up the coast, you will find the dramatic scenery of Cova d'en Xoroi. The tall cliffs here are very easy on the eyes and one of the caves here has been transformed into a quirky little bar.
The ferry from Ibiza takes about an hour and a half and once you are there the main thing to do is lay down on the sand and relax. If you fancy getting a bit more active, the waters around Formentera are great for windsurfing and so there are plenty of places to try your hand at this particular sport.
Although the islands have enough to explore between them, mainland Spain is just a ferry ride away from the Balearics and so a few days here is also possible. Valencia, Barcelona and Denia are the closest major places of interest with each offering something different. Ferry travel to the mainland will vary depending on which island you are on. Ibiza to Denia, takes three and a half hours and there are two crossings every day. On the other hand, Majorca to Barcelona takes around eight hours and there are six crossings a week, with the trip to Valencia being the same.