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The Balearic Islands are one of Spain's most popular summer holiday destinations, a group of island gems in the Mediterranean Sea to the east of Valencia on the mainland of Spain. But despite the arrival of planeloads of sun-seekers to its shores each year, all four of the islands have retained much of their intrinsic beauty.
The largest of the Balearic Islands is Mallorca, where the original sun-and-sea tourism has developed in recent years to incorporate agro tourism initiatives and boutique accommodation in its rural and mountainous interior - a very different holiday experience to the traditional coastal resorts and an increasingly popular alternative. There are also opportunities for walking in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, playing golf on world-class courses and driving along scenic coastal routes. Each of these activities could easily be the basis for a Mallorca holiday in its own right, or as a diversion from lazy days beside the sea at one of the main coastal resorts.
Ibiza, the home of the rave, also has plenty of surprises - not least the stunning northern half, as well as its charismatic capital, Ibiza Town, which has history and architectural ambience alongside its buzzy bars and cool clubs. Minorca - the ‘small island' - and tranquil Formentera are the other two islands in the Balearic group. Holidays to either are typically much calmer here than those in Mallorca or Ibiza, often based around relaxing on or exploring secluded sandy bays, or venturing into the interior for historical excursions or wildlife spotting.
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Set atop a cliff on Mallorca's Sa Talaia headland, with commanding views across the town of Port Soller and the Mediterranean Sea, Jumeirah Port Soller, opened in April 2012, offers luxurious five-star accommodation in a scenic and peaceful corner of this beautiful Balearic island.
Just minutes from the golden sands of Mallorca's pretty northern shore, this traditional boutique hotel pairs all those must-have modern comforts with private balcony rooms and sweeping Mediterranean views. It's all complemented by fine wines, tempting Mallorcan menus and a stunning outdoor pool.
Experience Belmond's award-winning luxury at this collection of converted 15th-and-16th-century manor houses nestled in amid the sandstone peaks of Mallorca's Tramuntana Mountains. From the gourmet El Olivo restaurant to its spa, pools and unique excursions, this is one of Spain's finest hotels.
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Formentera is perhaps the last stronghold of the relaxed spirit of the Balearics in the 1960s. The laidback vibe that drew Bob Dylan here still lingers on this languid island, thanks in part to its World Heritage listing and the ban on beachside construction.
The Balearic island of Ibiza may be the birthplace of the rave, and thousands of clubbers and fashionistas may pour onto the bars and clubs and beaches in the summer. But there's far more to the island than that, which is why travellers with no interest in the infamous bars return to Ibiza year aft…
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