Spain has a lot of islands, scattered all over the world, many of them extremely popular holiday destinations. But few islands beat the Balearic Islands when it comes to showing tourists a good time.
But which island should you pick? They all have their own perks and advantages, and depending on what you’re looking for on your holiday different islands will suit your needs best. Lanzarote Guilt-Free Holiday Guide
Balearic Islands Spain
Mallorca is the largest of this group of islands, and it’s also the most popular – especially for families.
The beautiful island is perfect for both explorers as well as families looking for a relaxing vacation, as it offers a lot to see and do.
Most people go to Mallorca for the golden beaches, but they tend to get overcrowded by sun worshippers – so if you want secluded beaches, you will have to dig deeper.
For those venturing off on day trips, there is plenty to offer, from mountains to olive fields to caves. The caves are especially beautiful, with stalagmites and stalactites in incredible formations.
Thanks to its unspoiled beauty, Menorca is the most adventurous of the Balearic islands.
Unlike some of the other islands, it’s less overrun with tourists, and despite its small size you can find as many beaches here as you can on Mallorca and Ibiza combined!
One of the popular ways to explore the island is horse back riding.
Formentera is quieter than Ibiza, but during July and August it gets very busy.
The serene beaches are the biggest draw to the island, and snorkeling and sailing is very popular.
The island is also perfect for Cycling and walking, and if you go outside of the peak season you’ll find it very laid back.
Ibiza is the party island, well known for its summer club parties and electronic music. People generally party all night long, and then crash in one of the sun chairs by the beach and sleep for a couple of hours.
But lately the government have been focusing on making this into a family friendly destination as well, and as there are many interesting places to explore and things to do than just partying, it was a good idea.
Ibiza’s Most Popular Party Resort
The two words I am about to utter will conjure a picture of extreme partying: San Antonio.
Without a doubt Ibiza’s most popular resort, this large town is clubbing central, perfectly placed for a week or two’s party action.
In clubbing season, there are plentiful flights to Ibiza, with many bargains to be had. Pre-book airport parking prior to travelling and you’ll find one less thing to worry about, free to think about letting your hair down.
I rarely travel without airport parking, for convenience and cost, with a handy shuttle to the terminal door. Check out Manchester airport parking and see how much you could save, and make sure they have that free shuttle to the airport so you won’t have to worry about getting to the airport with a hang-over.
But Ibiza isn’t all about clubbing; there are many beautiful sights on the island, and the sunsets are legendary, however I’d be lying if I said you could avoid the clubbing scene entirely.
San Antonio is pretty much geared up for clubbers, with two of the main clubs in town, Eden and Es Paradis.
Sunset Strip is the famous run of chill-out bars, dripping in style and fashion. If I say the words ‘Cafe del Mar’, you’ll get my drift. I’d highly recommend a drink or two here, watching the sun go down in a huge red blaze – remember your camera!
For a trip out of town, I’d recommend jumping on the bus and heading to Ibiza Town for a day’s shopping – something I love to do, and a walk around the picturesque Old Town.
Alternatively, the famous hippy market takes place on Wednesdays at Es Cana, and in my opinion, this is a must do.
Another must do is a boat-trip. One of my favourite days out, for a day’s floating around the coastline, taking in the breathtaking scenery and fast-tracking the tan. Please heed my advice and remember sun-cream and a hat – the sun is extremely strong at sea, and sunburn is not attractive!
Speaking of sun-soaking, you won’t generally find much life in the resort before lunch-time at least, with party-goers sleeping off the previous night’s excesses, so if you’re not one of them, I’d suggest heading down just before lunch to grab a prime sunbathing spot.
The beach in San Antonio is adequate, but not sparkling, and in my opinion there are much better ones a little further down the coast. Jump on a bus and explore.
I think it goes without saying that San Antonio’s night-life is loud. For quieter night-life, head to nearby Santa Eulalia, however if you’ve booked a holiday in San Antonio, I would expect that clubbing is on the agenda.
I wouldn’t recommend a break in San Antonio for families or those wanting to chill-out, because the noise will probably put you off. However, if you’re into clubbing, then the resort’s two clubs will do for a start, with the disco bus transporting you to the rest – Pacha, Bora Bora, Space … Do I need to go on?!
Sparkling in the sunshine, San Antonio is a clubber’s dream, with a beautiful backdrop that often gets overlooked in favour of the world-famous nightlife.
There is more than meets the eye to this Balearic resort, it’s just a matter of getting out of bed long enough to explore it!
Cut the cost of your holiday with all-important airport extras, such as airport parking, meaning one less worry before you go away. Try airport parking if flying out of the capital.
Sunshine? Check. Night-life? Check. A fantastic summer blow-out? Check. Sound good to you? Book your break to San Antonio this summer!
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