It isn't every day that you come across a collection of islands that arouse every possible notion of Mediterranean paradise. Unless, of course, you live in the Balearic Islands; even then, you may fall into the trap of taking a preponderance of sublime weather, spectacular scenery, and stellar nightlife for granted. To provide some metaphorical perspective, the main islands of Mallorca and Menorca (the third largest, Ibiza, earns its own, separate page) are the types of destinations that would be recommended to you if you could plug your travel desires into an online dating profile- “Embark user desperately seeks tropical beaches in abundance and off-the-beaten-path glimpses of ancient history. Willing to seize the day scrambling over and down limestone vistas or dancing until sunrise.” Sound like you? Then by all means, read on.
Mallorca is the largest island in the chain and its capital, Palma de Mallorca, will be the first place that most visitors will arrive. With architectural landmarks like the Castel de Bellver and the Catedral de Palma and a plethora ofnightlife options in areas like the Paseo Maritimo, you may have trouble pulling yourself away from the city toward the multitude of beaches and more adventurous diversions throughout the island. Although the large majority of travelers will spend their time on resort beaches basking in the exemplary Mediterranean sunshine, we suspect that the rugged natural circumstances of the Serra de Tramuntana or the stunning coastal formations of the Cap de Formentor will be key in maximizing the sense of Balearic adventure. The Cabrera Archipelago directly south of Mallorca is essential if hiking in a rare section of the world without accommodations is at the top of the your to-do list. Don't stop here, though:check out our adventure page for further details.
If Mallorca were the only option, that would be enough for most folks. Yet Menorca proves that you can't have too much of a good thing, especially if you're looking for some peace and quiet outside of peak season. Accessed from both Palma and Alcudia via ferry and much more quickly via plane, Menorca is varied enough in both its cultural and adventure offerings to be well worth your time. Not only are there extremely popular beaches like Cala Galdana, but these pristine waters are great for snorkelers and divers, especially in the shipwrecks and caves from the beaches of Fornells to Cala en Bosch. The Camí de Cavalls is a 186 km (116 miles) hiking/biking track that may be the best way to access the off-the-beaten-path beaches and coastal highlights of the island (the archaeological site of Sanisera, about a billion beaches). The lower peaks around the island are also notable for their ruins, from Torre d'en Galmés near Son Bou to Trepucó near Mao; we'd suggest checking out the trek to Castle Igueda at the island's highest point for an active, fulfilling taste of history with a view.
Feeling intrigued? Why not fly to a few islands in the beautiful weather and varied adventure terrain of the Mediterranean in search of your next great story? And just like on the commercials you'll see for dating sites, we'll be here bragging about how we got you together. Take a peek at our activity listings for further information.