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A Guide to Majorca

Majorca combines beautiful beaches with scenic coves and a variety of resorts from lively Magaluf to laid-back Puerto Pollensa. Add to this the lovely countryside, the sophisticated capital of Palma and some spectacular, natural wonders and you’ll start to appreciate why Majorca is so popular.

Resort Guide to Alcudia

On the neck of one of Majorca’s northern peninsulas, Alcudia is not only a dream alcudiavenue for beach worshippers, it’s also packed with culture. Set astride a beautiful bay, the beach is superb: an 11 kilometre long playground of soft silver, sand washed by calm waters that are perfect for children. Alcudia has it all! – including an excellent supply of watersports, opportunities to go horse-riding and fishing too.

Apart from that, you’ll find a myriad of good restaurants around the harbour side, and numerous shops, cafes and bars. By night, the pace quickens somewhat, with many discos and bars providing a good choice of bustling entertainment. Nearby, along the bay of Pollensa, lies More Vermey an ideal spot for those wishing to discover Alcudia’s Old Town.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Cala Bona

Cala Bona is one of Majorca’s quieter corners. Small yet informal, modern and calabonafriendly, the resort boasts a fantastic stretch of fine sands which runs along from Cala Bona to Cala Millor. You will also discover smaller sandy coves situated between rocky outcrops, which are superb for relaxing and sunbathing.

The town itself dotted with narrow streets is a tranquil fishing village and working harbour and you will find cafes and bars to tempt you. Entertainment is low-key and is based in the hotels, so most people head off to the nearby attractions of Cala Millor, here you will discover a beach and seafront complete with promenade where you will find watersports, sports, plus a range of shops and restaurants. Later, as darkness falls there are a variety of bars and discos to head for.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Cala D’Or / Cala Egos

Lying on the island’s rugged east coast, Cala d’Or is one of many picture-postcard caladorsandy coves. Once a fishing village, the resort enjoys a charming setting with rocky coves and sandy beaches. The resort exudes an air of sophistication and stylish living and is ideal for families. Among the beaches, you’ll discover a sandy beach and in the centre, and Cala Gran Beach with its fine white sand beach and shallow waters is the largest on the island.

You will also find a host of friendly shops, bars and restaurants with open-air terraces as well as horse riding, watersports and tennis. The nightlife is relaxed with a smattering of discos. A tourist train running through the town will take you to neighbouring coves such as Cala Egos and the wonderful Caves of Drach are within easy reach.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Calas de Mallorca

If you are looking for a peaceful holiday with the chance to take in some of calas-de-mallorcaMajorca’s most spectacular scenery. Calas de Mallorca will attract you. It nestles on a cliffside and commands wonderful sea views.

There is a good choice of shops, bars eating places and nightspots, and the resort has two sandy beaches. You can windsurf, play minigolf or tennis and even horse-ride. Regular buses from Calas de Mallorca will take you to Porto Cristo with its harbour front shops and restaurants. It’s well worth hiring a car to explore the local area, which is rich for sightseeing.

A must see are Majorca’s famed Caves of Drach nearby, a complex of underground caverns dotted with lakes and pools which can be explored by boat.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Illetas

Tucked between the Bay of Palma and steep hillsides, this rather stylish resort is illetasjust right for relaxing. Mainly made up of low-rise buildings in a dramatic cliffside setting with lovely seaviews, the shoreline here is dotted with little sandy coves, the best of which lies at the southern end of town and is shaded by pine trees.

Elsewhere, you’ll find an excellent selection of thriving restaurants, as well as clusters of bars, shops and pavement cafes. Palma, the capital is close by, as is the popular Marineland park, with dolphin shows, a mini-zoo and an aquarium for the kids.

Transfer time from airport: 30-40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Magaluf

With the longest sandy beach in this part of Majorca, Magaluf offers some of the magalufbest beach life and is lapped by beautifully clear waters ideal for glass-bottom boat forays and watersports.

Drag yourself away from the sea and sand and you will find lots of cheerful souvenir shops selling locally made leather goods, pots and jewellery, plus bars, cafes and pavement restaurants.

By night the resort is even livelier than Palma Nova, with a vast array of discos, British-style pubs and nightclubs to see you through ’til dawn. For family fun and entertainment, you might want to treat the children to a visit to the Aquapark with its daredevil water-chutes or maybe to an afternoon’s go-karting.

Transfer time from airport: 30-40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Palma Nova

Palma Nova is flanked by two sandy beaches. The seafront has a marina and palmanovaadding to the fun is a supply of watersports plus a promenade of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. At night, the resort is home to partying with pubs, live music bars, discos and bustling entertainment, so some may prefer Palma Nova in the quieter months of April, May & June. Palma Nova is a great for a beach holiday. If you fancy a change of beach, Magaluf is not too far away offering beach life and clear waters ideal for glass-bottom boat forays and watersports.

Illetas is tucked between the Bay of Palma and steep hillsides. This rather stylish resort is perfect for relaxing. Mainly consisting of low-rise buildings in a dramatic cliffside setting with lovely seaviews, the shoreline here is dotted with little sandy coves. Elsewhere, you’ll find an excellent selection of restaurants, as well as clusters of bars, shops and pavement cafes.

Transfer time from airport: 30-40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Porto Cristo / Cala Mandia

The appealing little town of Porto Cristo, which incorporates Cala Mandia is a portocristogreat place for a refreshing break. On Majorca’s east coast, its main attraction is undoubtedly its beach. There is also a good selection of crafts and gift shops where you can hunt for traditional Majorcan wares.

Restaurants and cafes surround the harbour side of Porto Cristo, serving delicious seafood treats. For a change of beach scenery, you will also find sandy coves and bays up and down the neighbouring shoreline. If you feel like sampling something different, the island’s Caves of Drach are within easy travelling distance, as is the inland town of Mancor.

Be prepared for some walking here as the resort is hilly and there are a number of steps throughout.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Puerto Pollensa

Picturesque Puerto Pollensa is set on the shoreline. The town itself nestlespuerto-pollensa between two mountains and is steeped in charm, with pretty, pastel-coloured cottages, stone buildings and narrow streets. There’s a medieval museum and colourful country market, as well as lots of shops and restaurants, but generally this is a place for a quieter-style of holiday.

The beach with its tree-lined waterfront, enticing cafes, restaurants and sandy bays offers windsurfing, pedalos and water-skiing. For more sightseeing, you can head for nearby Alcudia with its medieval city and Roman ruins and Pollensa is only a few kilometres away.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Majorca Useful Links

A Guide to Menorca

Menorca is perfect for those looking for a little tranquility. Numerous sandy bays and pine-fringed coves make for safe and spectacular bathing whilst the azure blue waters hardly detract from the experience. Ciudadela town is especially charming while Mount Toro offers wonderful views of this enchanting island.

Resort Guide to Cala Blanca

This peaceful resort nestles in a rugged stretch of pine-topped coastline and calablancacentres round a narrow cove with a small white sand beach. The beach, framed by low sea cliffs is safe for swimming and paddling for children and adults alike.

The resort is fairly quiet and there are opportunities to eat out at the bars and restaurants tucked around the square, where you can try dishes such as delicious charcoal-grilled meats. Cala Santandria, neighbours Cala Blanca and is within walking distance.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Cala Galdana

If you are looking for a peaceful holiday with the chance to take in some of cala-galdanaMenorca’s spectacular scenery Cala Galdana will probably appeal to you. Situated on Menorca’s south coast, Cala Galdana nestles around a beautiful pine clad bay. Protected by cliffs, the beach is an amazing broad, deep sweep of fine sand and just right for a relaxing sunbathe, whilst the gently shelving waters make it a terrific haven for families and young children.

If one beach is not enough, you will find a second beach a short walk away at Cala Mitjana. Nightlife here is more relaxed with a few bars to keep you entertained, most activity centres in the hotels. 1 hour approx.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour approx

Resort Guide to Cala’n Blanes

Now almost merged with Cala’n Forcat, Cala’n Blanes has much to keep you busy.calan blanes There’s a waterpark nearby, a great variety of shops, restaurants and café-bars serving a variety of snacks and seafood specialities. You will also find a choice of rugged coves offering soft sand beaches and calm waters, which are just perfect for sunbathing.

Evenings centre around charming, rustic restaurants and tavernas. The charming town and former capital of Ciudadela is nearby and boasts a buzzing harbour-side full of elegant restaurants and stylish bars. Los Delfines and Cala’n Forcat are just up the road from Cala’n Blanes where this rocky coastline boasts affordable views over the sea and sands.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx

Resort Guide to Cala’n Bosch

Pronounced ‘Cala’n Bosk’ by those familiar with it, this well-liked resort has a calan boschpicturesque marina as its hub and is perfect for those seeking a lazy beach holiday for all ages.

Around the marina you will find plenty of welcoming bars, cafes and restaurants. Nearby is the beach, an inviting sandy cove that is ideal for youngsters and offers a good selection of watersports. Night-times are fun, with numerous lively eateries and bars. The twin resort of Son Xoriguer occupies the next bay. The sandy beach has an even wider supply of watersports.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Cala’n Forcat

A  popular location with families and couples, Cala’n Forcat is one of Menorca’s calan-forcatbusier spots, with many attractions. Here, the rocky coastline harbours three small sandy inlets and other enticing little coves where you can sunbathe and dive from the rocks to snorkel in translucent warm waters.

Other ways to pass the daytime hours include trying some local dishes at the open-air cafes and restaurants, as well as diving into the many shops for souvenirs. Later in the day the relaxed pace livens up, with an excellent choice of bustling bars to see you through until late. Situated on the west coast of the island, Cala’n Forcat is a good base for visiting the nearby old capital of Ciudadela, a whitewashed town and it is here you can stock up on the well-known Menorcan cheese, jewellery and other wares.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Ciudadela / Cala Santandria

Ciudadela, once the island’s capital, this beautiful town is steeped in history, so it’sciuatedella great for mixing sightseeing with visits to the many sandy coves situated nearby. The heart of the town is the atmospheric quayside lined with fish restaurants, and elsewhere, you’ll find old forts, mansions, museums and palm-lined squares.

There are shops to explore and at dusk, wonderful sunsets over the harbour side, as well as a good nightspots. On the 23 June each year, the town stages a colourful horseback parade. Cala Santandria just to the north shares some resort facilities with nearby Cala Blanca yet retains its own charm and individuality centred around the cove.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour approx.

Resort Guide to Es Castell / S’Algar

Es Castell features two charming coves/harbours, Cala Fons being the larger cove es castelloffers a selection of waterside bars and restaurants many based in the old caves of the cliff, whilst Cala Corb is a working fishing cove. The many waterfront restaurants and bars serve a great choice of cuisines and drinks to satisfy all tastes. Originally built under the font of San Felip, Es Catell ‘the castle’ is named due to it’s proximity to the previously demolished font of San Felip, steeped in history it retains a colonial feel. The main square, ‘Placa de S’Esplanada is a focal area – lined with Georgian buildings and an elegant British clock tower, there’s also a museum.

A twice weekly market is another attraction. S’Algar a few kilometres from Mahon boasts a small man made beach and the area offers some great watersports. Es Castell is a great base for exlporing the island.

Journey time from airport: Es Castell: 20 minutes; S’Algar 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Son Bou

Son Bou boasts the longest sandy beach in Menorca and offers everything you son-bouneed for a sun-and-fun holiday. The wide, pale-gold ribbon of sand gently shelves into the sea and is lined with beach bars and watersports – from pedalos and jet-skis to snorkels and windsurfing.

When you tire of soaking up the sun and beach life, the resort has a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, the little town of Alayor, eight kilometres away, is a lovely country village renowned for its cheese-making and it holds a colourful festival in the second weekend of August. Otherwise, picturesque Mahon is around 21 kilometres away and can be easily reached by local bus.

Transfer time from airport: 40 minutes approx.

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A Guide to Ibiza

By night the wildest non-stop rave in Spain; by day Ibiza can still be a charming family destination. Combines sophisticated restaurants and bars with white sandy coast topped by green pine forests, quiet villages and olive groves.

In addition to the world-class nightlife, the island offers excellent waterskiing, windsurfing, snorkelling, pedaloes, golf and tennis.

Resort Guide to Playa d’en Bossa

Playa d’en Bossa is one of the most popular resorts on Ibiza. Beach lovers adore playadenbossathe longest beach on the island with fantastic water sport; clubbers and youngsters love it for Space and Bora Bora, its lively vibe and myraid bars and night time entertainment.

Families love it for the beautiful and very long sandy beach with safe, supervised bathing and a great variety of family entertainment and water sports.

Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to San Antonio

San Antonio, Ibiza, really does offer something for everybody, with a great varietysanantonio of accommodation and entertainment, and just 20 mins drive from Ibiza Town.

Famous for it’s sunsets and lively night-time vibe, San Antonio is a great holiday choice. The pre-season months of May and June, and the later months of September and October are popular with families and couples, who enjoy the new promenade, the safe, shallow waters of the bay and the fantastic beaches, just a short ferry ride away.

The high season months of July, August and the beginning of September are the best time to come if you are looking for buzzing nightlife, when the predominantly British holiday makers are joined by an increasing number of German, Italian, Scandinavian and Dutch guests.

Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to San Antonio Bay

The Bay of San Antonio, Ibiza, is famed for being one of the most beautiful in thesanantoniobay Mediterranean. With the thriving resort of San Antonio on the north side and the Bay holiday area extending along the south; both enjoy panoramic views out to the islands and the amazing sunsets to be seen all year round. In terms of holiday appeal they are two distinctly different resorts.

The Bay has a relaxed friendly atmosphere, perfect for strolling around. By day, you are never far from a beach and at night there’s plenty to do and see. On the spacious terraces of the cafes & bars, many have live shows & music until midnight when everyone continues the party inside in air-conditioned comfort – or move on to the famous big clubs.

Transfer time from airport: 35 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Ibiza Town

Ibiza Town really is the most fascinating part of the island, day or night. Here you ibizatownwill see, in glorious living colour, a concentration of all the attractions and eccentricities which have made Ibiza world famous.

You can stroll through the winding lanes of the Port area, soaking up the vibrant, atmosphere of Ibiza by night; wander up through the cobbled streets of the Old Town to admire the stunning views across the bay; browse through the many and varied stalls and designer shops; dine in one of the many restaurants, for a moment of blissful calm amidst the action; you can even catch a ferry to Formentera or the neighbouring beaches!

Transfer time from airport: 15-30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Santa Eulalia

Santa Eulalia, Ibiza’s third largest resort is only 21 kms from the airport and is a Santa Eulalibeloved destination for families and those seeking a quieter holiday. There is a beautiful, palm-lined promenade running the length of the broad and sandy beach, (which is perfectly safe for children), and some excellent hotels and apartments in and around the town itself.

Santa Eulalia has a long-established reputation as the island’s gastronomic and cultural centre. Art Galleries, the beautiful and exclusive Yacht Marina, some of the island’s best restaurants, some very exclusive shopping, and a thriving all-year community, ensure that life in Santa Eulalia is led at a rather slower and more relaxing pace. There are some excellent bars here too, but the nightlife is nothing like Ibiza town or San Antonio.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour approx.

Resort Guide to Es Cana

Es Cana is very much a family resort, with a long, crescent-shaped sandy beach es canaand a small harbour for fishing boats, where you can catch a ferry to Ibiza Town, Santa Eulalia or even Formentera.

Well known for the Hippy Market, which takes place every Wednesday, Es Caná enjoys increasing popularity amongst those looking for all the advantages of a resort combined with the peace and beauty of the East of the island. The resort is only a 5 minute drive from Santa Eulalia with all its attractions.

The beach is safe and supervised by lifeguards – perfect for children – and there are some excellent watersports in Es Cana and in nearby Cala Martina and Cala Pada, including bananaboat, sailing, catamaran, windsurfing, parasailing and diving.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour approx.

Ibiza Useful Links

Government Travel Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

Official Tourist Board: www.ibiza.travel/en/oficinas.php

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibiza

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