I’m in love… and it’s with a cluster of islands somewhere off Spain’s coastline, otherwise known as the Balearics.
I first came to fall in love, madly and intensely with the island of ‘Evissa’ sometime back when Groovejet were flying high in the charts. A by chance booking by a local travel agent (life before the internet!) took me and my BFF on a two week blow-out to Ibiza.
Little did I know, that it would start an affair to last a lifetime with the most beautiful trio of islands in Europe (soz, I don’t really count Formentera).
Ibiza came to be my summer stomping ground in the noughties. Recently though, I’ve graduated to the more grown up islands of Mallorca and Menorca.
What makes this archipelago of islands so special? The people, the tapas, the impossibly blue waters- yes, yes and yes. But there’s also something indescribably magical about them. Something you’ll only understand when you visit.
So my friends, I give you three reasons to visit the Balearic Islands on holiday this summer, lets start with no.1 … IBIZA!
Party all night, party all day! Oh Ibiza I love you.
So many happy memories flood back from this hedonistic island I spent so much time on, yet remember so little of! ‘Si’, it’s for party people, but it’s ageing clientele keep coming back, so why shouldn’t you!?
Perhaps better for slightly older children, there’s actually lots of fun activities for kids from watersports to evening discos, as well as that infamous area in Ibiza town, to grab a cold beverage…
Best for: Daytime dancing on the beach, and getting baby in to the groove.
Where to stay: Get yourself a villa, there’s some great options on Tots To Travel.
Where to avoid: San Antonia, obvs!
The more exclusive of the three, Mallorca is one of the top family destinations in Europe. It boasts high end luxury, celebrity fans (Claudia Schiffer, Michael Douglas) and tourists that come back time and again.
Whether it’s a rugged retreat in a hidden finca, or the decadence of the Park Hyatt five star retreat – the choice is generous. But so popular that it is, you need to book early in the season.
Best for: Secluded fincas and hidden hideaways where babies can scream!
Where to stay: Take me to the Gran Hotel Son Net!
Where to avoid: Magaluf.
Here’s a Balearics map…
courtesy of Google Maps
The quieter, less obvious of the three islands is somewhat of a hidden gem. With secret alcoves dotted around the island and perfect turquoise clear waters, it’s a great destination for fans of the great outdoors and stunning scenery. This includes grandparents, since there’s as many mature visitors as younger to this sleepy island.
Best for: Bringing the Grandparents, affordable restaurants and the luscious local gin!
Where to stay: TripAdvisor recommend Sol Falco All Inclusive for families.
Where to avoid: If you’re not a fan of the package holiday crowd, then avoid some of the tourist areas where they are pumped in daily.
Well I couldn’t write this post without sharing them throwback, could I….!
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