Traditionally more low-key than its neighbours, Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca is known for its endless beaches. From mile-long sandy crescents to rocky, turquoise-watered bays called ‘calas’. The capital, Mahon, is on a bluff overlooking a large harbour, with Georgian mansions and a church with 13th-century roots.
Mallorca lies west of Menorca and has wonderful beaches, sheltered coves, limestone mountains, and is steeped in Roman and Moorish remains.
From the cosmopolitan capital of Palma, cruise across to the nature reserve island of Cabrera. Spend the night moored in the national park’s sheltered bay.
Cruise to Ibiza, the most well-known of the Balearics for the lively nightlife scene in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni. Major European nightclubs have summer outposts together with a range of sophisticated bars located in the Old Town. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches. From Platja d’en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coastline.
A short cruise to Formentera, the smallest of the Balearic Islands, which is only accessible by boat. Known for its clear waters and long stretches of beach backed by dunes and pine trees. The best of them, such as Migjorn, Illetes and Llevant, have long, long swathes of creamy white sand and water that dazzles with perfect clarity.