Majorca, Ibiza & Menorca make up the fabulous Balearic Islands with hotel offers for 2012 & 2013
Choose from Cheap hotels in Magaluf, all inclusive hotels in Alcudia, self catering in San Antonio, to Half board hotels in Menorca. The Balearics really do have it all. The flight is only a couple of hours away too, so no excuses!
Just off the east coast of Spain, these islands are jewels in the Mediterranean sea, sparkling with beautiful beaches, extensive choice of accommodation, luxury and budget, a very wide range of activities and superb food. You are spoiled for choice - which one to visit? Majorca is the larger, so we will go there first.
With just about all year round sun, great beaches, warm waters and plenty of nightlife Majorca has everything you need for a wonderful holiday. With a huge choice of beach resorts, or escape to the mountains and explore charming hilltop villages, Soller, Valldemossa and Deia make an excellent base from which to discover the island.
If you are looking for the beach and nightlife, then Magaluf in the south is the place to be, with super beach activities, loads of cafés and restaurants. Nightlife here is hectic based around plenty of bars and nightclubs. Quieter and more for the family, the East coast of Cala de Sant Vicenc, Cala Bona, Cala Millor and Cala Ratjada as well as Cala d’Or a little further round the coast are very popular and offer a good choice for a beach side break.
Plenty of water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing as well as golf, horseback riding, go carting, hiking and cycling can be found all over the island. Not forgetting the aqua parks with water slides and pools.
Menorca is the least touristy and commercial having resisted the mass building and development and retained its natural beauty.
The island is more suited to an easy going, nature-loving visitor or family groups than the party people that collect on the other islands.
Menorca’s coastline has a enormous number of beaches and is home to some of the most important environmental regions. The north coast is a region of pine trees, fringing quiet coves and rocky outcrops. The S’Albufera wetlands reserve is rich in seabirds, migratory birds and much more.
Menorca offers excellent dive sites including wrecks, coral, marine life and underwater caves.
Ibiza must be one of the best known islands for the holidaymaker, beautiful beaches and clear blue waters, striking scenery, lively atmosphere and well-known nightclubs.
Maybe a Mecca for the party animal, particularly around San Antonio and Ibiza Town, there is a very different Ibiza to be found around the quieter resorts of Santa Eulalia and Es Canar on the east coast.
With many miles of coastline many come for the beach by day and the nightclub by night, and here are some of the worlds largest and most exciting clubs. The multitude of coves and headlands provide wonderful beaches, from long stretches of golden sand to sandy coves.
If all day and night partying is not your idea of a holiday the island has quieter spots ideal for a more easy going holiday, with great opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing or windsurfing. Many fabulous walking trails, good fun shopping, and fine dining all readily on hand.
Formentera is the smallest of the Islands and is just off the coast of Ibiza. Visitors to Formentera come to see and experience its natural beauty and easy going atmosphere, which are the complete opposite to its neighbour, Ibiza . There are a limited number of hotels so most make the visit in a day. So if you want to stay, book in advance!
The island has truly amazing beaches of pure white sand lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The main town is Es Pujols with shops, restaurants and bars. Try watching the sun set from a beach bar…perfect end to the day.
Formentera is well known for its fresh seafood with grilled fish a firm favourite. Island cuisine differs from the mainland Spanish diet, well worth trying!
Four Islands, all close together, but all as different as can be. All offer their own unique experience for the holiday maker and the traveller. Which one will you choose? More information on Balearic Islands
Majorca offers many hotels at cheap prices from 2012 to 2013
Family holidays in Majorca are more popular than ever and the number of all inclusive hotels in Majorca is growing. Whatever hotel or apartments you choose your sure to have a great holiday.
Majorca is a fabulous Mediterranean island to visit. There is huge variation in vistas, from beautiful sea scopes to rugged mountains, with rather narrow roads! The bays are breathtaking and the accommodation is as equally varied. The major Hotels in Palma, the capital, are wonderful with sea front restaurants and all world class facilities. Or maybe a self catering apartment by the sea, just right for families. There is the perfect choice for everyone.
Majorca has two mountainous regions in the north-west and eastern thirds of the island. The northeast coast comprises two main bays the Badia de Pollença and Badia d'Alcúdia. The northern coast is rugged and has many cliffs. The island is known for its caves both above and below sea-level. You can visit them around the coastal town of Porto Cristo.
The east coast, including towns such as Cala de Sant Vicenc, Cala Bona, Cala Millor and Cala Ratjada as well as Cala d’Or a little further round are very popular and offer a good choice for a beach side break. The south of the island is a little quieter until you reach Arenal and the outskirts of Palma. These are wonderful beachside areas with lots of hotel choice.
Palma - you will never forget your first sight of the cathedral, huge, soaring and towering over the city, surrounded by little narrow streets. Palma is the capital of the island with wide tree lined avenues and tiny little alleys with courtyards offering a huge range of shopping, museums and art galleries as well as super places to eat! The best known store is El Corte Ingles which sells high quality products. There are great jewellery shops, Majorcan pearls are a good buy as well as locally made articles. This is a city which repays a weeks holiday all on its own!
Moving round to the south west you come to Portals Nous, Palmanova and Magaluf. Life starts to liven up here, there is more nightlife, the music is louder and it is very popular for fun filled nights and lazy beach days. There is a very good choice of accommodation too.
Carrying on next is Santa Ponsa and Andratx. Very beautiful coastal towns, a little quieter and a great choice.
If you would rather be inland a little, try Valldemossa or Fornalutx. Or maybe Soller, which has the most fabulous rail link to Palma, using the original rolling stock from around 1915.
According to the Majorcan Tourist Board, there are over 2,400 restaurants on the island of Majorca, from small bars to restaurants. Olives and almonds are typical of the Majorcan diet, with local dishes including sobrassada, a cured sausage and arros brut, saffron rice with chicken, pork and vegetables and the sweet pastry ensaïmada. The choice is huge and international dishes are just as easily found.
Justly loved by many nationalities for providing a great destination for a wide range of holiday options, you can’t go wrong in Majorca! More information on Majorca
HOTELS IN MENORCA
We offer some fabulous cheap hotels in Menorca on quickrooms.com and just because our prices are great doesn’t mean we compromise on quality. The product in Menorca is generally of a high standard and very geared towards families.
This beautiful Spanish Island, situated in the Mediterranean offers an interesting alternative to it’s bigger neighbour, Majorca. And it is certainly quieter than its other neighbour, Ibiza! With a charm that is all its own it is a wonderful destination for a family holiday, a beach based break or sea and water sports holidays.
Menorca is not a large island, hire a car and you can get round it in a day, even including a trip to the top of the highest point in the middle of the island, El Torro. You may be struck by how the vegetation and views change along the way, as Menorca was formed by two geological plates.
The island was heavily influenced by the Moors and somewhat later by the British, who held sway from 1708 to 1802. Our main legacy seems to have been the Gin factory in Mahon!
The capital, Mahon, is charming and pretty with a huge staircase from the anchorage in the port up to the main areas. Lots of shops, but on a small scale plus some very well regarded restaurants. If you are looking for a peaceful place by the beach to stay, maybe try Cala Galdana, often known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean. It has a beautiful setting in a small inlet with clear water, long sea front with great eating places and a few very good hotels. Well worth a visit even if you do not stay there. Looking for a bit more activity? Try the area around Cala en Bosch and its neighbours, at the opposite end of the island to Mahon. Here you will fine good hotels, larger apartment complexes with pools, super children’s areas and more nightlife. There is a huge range of accommodation from the top class sea front hotels to self catering units and everything in between.
Menorca has many Spanish festivals to enjoy, the people are friendly, hospitable and helpful. A bit of Spanish would help in the quieter areas, but communication is easy.
Being an island, the food offers a wide variety of seafood. From simple road side family run concerns to the major hotels, it is of excellent quality and with a wide range. However the King of Menorcan National dishes has to be its Lobster casserole. It is believed that King Juan Carlos visits Fornells, in the north of the island to enjoy the exquisite lobster stew.
Menorca - warm sun, beautiful well kept beaches and a quieter pace of life with great food…visit soon !More information on Menorca