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Balearic Islands

When you think of the Balearic islands you should think of beaches: stunning, sparkling, sandy wonders blessed with the near-perfect climate that draws millions of tourists to the eastern shore of Spain and this Mediterranean island chain.

There are four main Balearic islands: Majorca , Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, each with its own distinct character. Majorca is the largest and best-known Balearic, with a reputation for partying similar to Ibiza. Indeed, the Bay of Palma is crowded with trendy bars, restaurants and discos, but Mallorca also boasts stunning mountains and unspoiled coves, as well as the Balearics' one "real" city and the Balearic capital, Palma.

Nearby Ibiza is the party spot (and also a friendly spot for gay tourists), with a trendy resort reputation that seems to draw every club-going European to the outrageous summery street scene. Daytime hours are spent on the beaches at Las Salinas and Es Cabellet, while nights are danced away in any of the bars and discos which compete for tourist dollars.

Formentara, in contrast, is more reclusive, a haven for artists and solitude-seeking tourists who enjoy quiet clothes free bathing amongst the wild rosemary bushes and omnipresent bright green iguanas. Windswept Menorca is a bit more conservative and quiet, littered with stone reminders of its prehistoric past, and perfect for tourists looking for peace and beautiful, relatively isolated beaches.

An interesting cultural note about Mahón, the capital of Menorca: mayonnaise or "mahonesa" was first created here!

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Ibiza Coastline

Without doubt some of the best beaches in Spain are located around the Balearic Islands.

The beautiful Island of Menorca has its fair share of fantastic best beaches in Spain including the Cala de Algaiarens being the pick of the Calas or coves dotted all around the island. One the main reasons I visit this part of Spain is to for the "Cala hopping" stopping off for a quick swim at each as I make a slow circle around the Island. Quite a lot of them though are only accessible via the sea and there position only given away by the yachts and small craft anchored slightly offshore around them. Other Calas I would recommend on the island are Cala Macarella, Cala Es Talaier. Cala N,porter, Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Galdana and Cala Pregonda.

Some other treasured beaches in this area would have to include those located around the Colonia de San Jordi in Mallorca including Estanys, Dolc and Carbo. This beautiful stretch of coastline offers clear blue waters and isolated and unused beaches of fine white sand and an abundance of vegetation.

Menorca Sunset

Menorca Sunset

The Balearic Islands are home to some of the top holidays resorts in Spain with a fantastic array of accommodation on offer from the cheapest hostels to some of the finest luxury Hotels in the whole of Spain. In general though for most part there is an incredible amount of good quality hotels around Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formanterra which offer excellent value for money. There are resorts such as Magalluf on the Island of Majorca that are very popular package holiday destinations with many all inclusive resorts offering family holidays for as little as £200 per person. amazing value when you think for that price everything is included, flights, transfers. food and accommodation.

Beach Holidays on the Balearic Islands

Enjoying a fantastic beach holiday on the Balearic Islands has a number of benefits as the area attracts visitors from all over the world looking for blue sea, sand and warm temperatures. The Balearic Islands are among the most popular tourist destinations for visitors looking for beach holidays Spain, as the area is home to some of the best beaches in Europe, with white sands and blue seas. With a Mediterranean climate, these islands experience a warm temperature all year round, making them the perfect choice for a weekend getaway or for a longer vacation period with your family. Here are some of the things to look out for when looking for beach holidays Spain; this is information on the best three places to visit in the Balearic Islands.

One of the four largest Balearic Islands, Ibiza is the perfect place if you are looking for beach holidays Spain. This is a beautiful island where the people are warm and friendly, and there are picturesque coastal villages and stunning scenery, as well as impressive views of the ocean. Ibiza is also known as the party capital of the world, attracting thousands of young party-revelers from all around the world every year. You will find some of the world's biggest nightclubs on the island, such as the famed Space and Pacha, as well as a number of bars and restaurants.

The Ibiza music scene is known the world over and has influenced some of the most popular music on the charts today. The island often welcomes some of the world's most famous DJs and entertainers. Aside from being a party island, Ibiza can be a great place to take the family, or to enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner. With shops, restaurants, historic buildings and plenty of culture, Ibiza really does have it all when you are looking for beach holidays Spain.

Majorca is another popular tourist attraction, and this island welcomes thousands of people from all over the world on their holidays. Here you will find some of the best beaches in Europe. If you enjoy sports, you will be spoiled for choice in Majorca, especially when there is so much to see, do and experience. Take a trip to Alcúdia, one of the most historic and beautiful towns on the island. A medieval wall surrounds the town, and here you will find shops, restaurants, culture and museums, providing the perfect photo opportunity.

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Hotel Ocean Drive - Ibiza
"Tasty breakfast", "Great location", "Excellent service"
The Hotel Ocean Drive Ibiza offers a golf course and a beauty centre. Rooms at the Hotel Ocean Drive Ibiza are well-equiped and include all the essentials including non-smoking rooms, a spa bath and a hair dryer. The hotel is a short walk from Pacha Group, and about a 20-minute car ride from Santa Eularia des Riu. Amnesia, the Cathedral of Ibiza and DC10 Nightclub are less than a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

Hotel Ses Sucreres - Menorca
"Large rooms", "Great location", "Comfortable beds"
Rooms at the Hotel Ses Sucreres are well equiped and offer all the essentials including a TV, DVD player and internet access. The hotel's on-site restaurant provides a convenient option for guests wishing to eat in. In the evening, guests are invited to enjoy a drink in the hotel's comfortable lounge bar. The Hotel Ses Sucreres conveniently provides free parking. Water activities, horse riding and windsurfing are available nearby.

Hotel Bendinat - Mallorca
"Superb dining", "Big balcony", "Excellent service"
The Bendinat Hotel is a lovley 4 star establishment with 54 rooms and features an outdoor pool, nice balconies and an excellent service throughout the hotel. Guests can enjoy relaxed countryside walks or make use of the hotel's bike rental service to explore the surrounding area.

Hotel Gran Melia Victoria - Mallorca
"Good-sized beds", "Free internet", "Harbour views"
The Gran Melia Victoria is a very stylish 5 star hotel located just a short drive from Port of Las Palmas and the Palma Cathedral. The Gran Melia Victoria has multiple facilities including a sauna, a fitness centre and a poolside snack bar. Each bright room at the Gran Melia Victoria includes slipper,a mini bar and bathrobes. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Bellver Castle, and an easy drive from Magaluf. The hotel is found in close proximity to a variety of superb eateries.

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