THINGS TO DO IN SPAIN THIS SUMMER PT 4: ISLAND HOPPING
In this latest blog series, we’ll be exploring some of the alternative activities you can take part in Spain this summer, on top of the usual sunbathing.
The Spanish mainland is a paradise for those seeking a move to the sun, with beautiful coastlines, pristine beaches and rolling countryside to enjoy. However, Spain also has the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean to enjoy. If you haven’t visited before, perhaps now is your chance! And what better time than summer, with calm seas and blistering sunshine, to enjoy a spot of island hopping in the Mediterranean Sea. All the islands are accessible via plane or boat, and we have a feeling you’ll definitely have heard of at least one of these fantastic destinations.
Majorca is the largest of all the Balearic Islands. Accessible via daily ferries from Barcelona and Valencia, and with a large airport in the main city of Palma, it is a beautiful island with much more to it than the renowned tourist resorts. When flying into the island, the dramatic mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana rise along the whole northern edge of the island. Many small villages such as Port de Sóller and Sa Calobra can be accessed through the mountainous region, and offer small hidden beaches and local restaurants with fresh seafood to enjoy. Deia is another small village found in the mountains, with the buildings seemingly blending into the surrounding area for amazing scenery. The island also has a small, burgeoning wine industry which favours quality over quantity. So, make sure you skip the Sangria and stick to whites or reds!
Menorca is the smaller and quieter little cousin of Majorca. It is accessible via Mahon Airport on the east of the island, as well as numerous ferries from both the mainland and the other Balearics. Ciutadella, the largest city on the island and located on the west, is filled with charming architecture and numerous historical sites worth visiting. A slower-paced destination, this allow visitors to fully appreciate its sites and scenery. The coastline is mainly sandy beaches and crystal blue coves, whilst the centre of the island contains lush countryside and farmland. If you are staying on the island, why not stay near the southern coast and take in the sunset at Cova d’en Xoroi nightclub? It is carved into the cliffside for stunning views of the ocean and neighbouring Majorca whilst enjoying an evening beverage.
The most famous of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza gained its reputation as a party island through the 80s and 90s dance music scene. Though the main town of Ibiza is still known for this, the island has so much more to offer. It has its own airport and ferry routes, making access a breeze for couples, families and partygoers. Away from Ibiza town, the island has gained a reputation as a peaceful yoga getaway, with its stunning backdrop of hills and the ocean. The northern coast has some beautiful boutique hotels, as well as activities such as horse riding and water sports on the quieter stretch of beaches compared to the southern counterparts. If you do feel compelled to visit Ibiza town, consider visiting the cultured and cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila in the Ibiza Old Town Quarter.
The smallest of the four main Balearic Islands and just 12 miles long, Formentera is accessible via a ferry from Ibiza, or a recently launched service from the mainland. Visitors can enjoy its white sand beaches and dunes with a laid-back Caribbean vibe. Scuba and snorkelling trips are also popular on the island, with smaller numbers making for more relaxed tours. Bicycles are a popular and affordable way of exploring the island, and a pleasant bike ride around the whole island is achievable in a full day, even by novice cyclists. Although most people take just a day trip to Formentera, there are several hotels on the island, famed for their wonderful spa facilities where visitors can stay and relax in this small island paradise.
Do you want to start searching for your base in Spain to explore the Balearic Islands? Let Sequre take the stress out of your search. Get in touch with our Spanish property experts on 0800 011 2639 to discuss your options for moving to the sun. For more ideas on things to try in Spain this summer, check out our previous posts in this series: Spanish events and festivals, Vineyards and wineries in Spain and Sports in Spain.