Mallorca and Menorca – stunning islands in the Balearics

Millions of visitors flock to Mallorca and Menorca from the colder north, and many return year after year, attracted by the reliable year round sunshine, the choice deals of flights and accommodation and the unspoilt seaside resorts.

There’s always been a lot more to the Balearics, as the island group is called, than just beaches and bars. The holiday season generally gets longer and the islands are attracting new admirers. Thousands of Europe’s cyclists take to the roads of Mallorca in March. April and May attracts hikers who come to explore the islands’ wild terrains.

Bird spotters with binoculars and telephoto lenses compete to record rarities and migrants on their way north. By June, human migration in the opposite direction really starts to hot up. Many keep their boats here, anything from a dinghy to a millionaire’s gin palace. This is a sailing paradise with safe harbours and marinas a short cruise from quiet coves.

Those who have never been here claim that the islands are loud and covered in concrete: Mallorca has sometimes had a bad press; Menorca has had hardly any press at all. Believe the negative noises and you’ll miss out on two treasure islands that can’t be duplicated anywhere. Loud? In summer, certainly, in the brasher places, but the sound comes from people having the good time they came for, in the company they like.

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busier resorts, go inland and stay in one of the picturesque white villages or rent a private farmhouse away from the crowds.

Previous generations moved inland to get out of range of pirates. Today the move to more rural locations means you can be unmolested by the beach bound majority of modern invaders.

Offering the best of both worlds, much of the islands’ traditional life and values have been preserved while offering modern facilities and excellent road links.

The islanders have a well-deserved reputation for hard work. Fishermen still put to sea in their double ended boats, directly descended from Arab designs. Get off the tourist track and you’ll find farmers cheerfully working lonely fields that look about as fertile as a main road. Their predecessors must have put the same sort of energy into shifting stone to build all the prehistoric villages, towers and monuments found on the islands: it largely explains how a small population could have achieved so much.

There is so much to see and do in Mallorca and Menorca, that they offer a wide choice of attractions to suit all requirements and budgets. Whether you are looking for a lively beach holiday, a family getaway or a quiet stay in the tranquil inland surroundings, you will find it all in Mallorca and Menorca.

If you are planning a trip to the Balearics, book a guided city tour, rural tour, gastronomic tour or adventure tour before you leave home so you can make the most of your stay.