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This Spanish island group in the Mediterranean is known for its abundance of superb beaches and clear blue water. Comprising Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the Balearics are great for families, couples or groups, who can choose between quiet or full-on party resorts.
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Long a staple among favourite Brit holiday destinations, these Spanish islands have been delivering great holidays for nearly 50 years. They're a safe bet in the summer months for excellent weather, good food and plenty to occupy you during your stay. Even in winter you can find a good holiday on Majorca, the only island that operates year round.
Majorca is the largest and busiest island in the group. Hosting more than 20 million visitors a year, it's hard to imagine how it fits them all in. However, with a varied range of beaches on all four sides of the island, it's easy to find a resort that suits your needs. And while the beaches offer every kind of water sport, there is plenty more to pep up your holiday exploring the rest of the island. The capital, Palma, has one of Europe's best Gothic cathedrals, set in an old town lined with antique villas and with excellent shopping and eating out, too.
The island of Menorca is very much a family destination, with safe sandy beaches with warm water and plenty to keep the kids occupied from dawn until dusk. While the resorts are generally far quieter than on Majorca, there are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy and days out visiting Mahon, the capital, or Ciudadella, with its historic port.
Ibiza is well known as a party island but there are two sides to this popular destination. Endless all-night clubs and bars cater to visitors seeking a wild time, but you can also get away from it all one on one of the island's east coast resorts - they're ideal for families and couples wanting a quiet, relaxed break. Ibiza's laid back and cosmopolitan feel plays out on many levels and it's your choice whether to return home fully rested or in need of a holiday after one too many all-night sessions.
Formentera is a “get away from it all” island where you can rent a moped or bicycle and travel from beach to beach. There are several lagoons to explore, as well as mud baths and walking trails. However don't expect vibrant nightlife and busy resorts. It's quiet and restful at all times.
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