B is for beautiful, breathtaking and balmy. And B is for the Balearic Islands where all those lovely adjectives, and many more, ring true.
The many beaches really are beautiful. The scenery, from rugged mountains to verdant valleys is breathtaking. And the wonderfully warm Mediterranean climate provides balmy days that are just perfect for enjoying the crystal-clear sea.
This cluster of delightful islands is in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. Allow us to introduce you to the three most popular - and very different - ones.
Majorca, the largest, has some of Europe’s finest sandy beaches, mountains so spectacular they have world heritage status and a capital city that has been judged as the best place in the world to live. No wonder Majorca has been a refuge for celebrities for generations, from royalty to Hollywood actors.
Menorca is the beautiful little sister that has a charmingly tranquil air. The island has been honoured for the way it has avoided being spoilt by tourism. Picturesque, historic old towns face each other from either end of this short island. Between them, more than 80 beaches are packed into a spectacular coastline.
And then there’s Ibiza! It’s known for having the most spectacular music clubs in the world. Yet the maze of cobblestoned lanes in its capital city is a world heritage site. Road trains take visitors to explore the lovely villages and peaceful coves of “the real Ibiza”- and laid-back hippy markets are held every week.
Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza - three popular members of the same island family with a huge amount of charm in common. But each one has developed its own remarkable and distinctly different character. One of them is likely to be the one for you!