The vast majority of holidays to the Balearic Islands revolve around the beach. Dig a bit deeper, though, and you’ll find everything from rugged mountain ranges to prehistoric ruins.
Cruise and stay visitors have been flocking to the Balearic Islands for years, and with good reason. The cluster of islands is just off Spain’s east coast, which means the weather stays comfortably balmy throughout. Other big draws across the Balearics range from world-class beaches to Medieval settlements, via picture-perfect countryside.
Majorca, the biggest island in the Balearics, has a bit of everything going on. Family-friendly resorts are defined by the lively beaches and neon-lit town centres. At the other end of the scale, romantic fishing villages with quiet coves are scattered across the island. Then, there’s the capital, Palma. When you want to get out and about on your cruise holiday to the Balearic Islands, this cosmopolitan city lets you spend days dipping into designer boutiques and admiring the famous Gothic cathedral.
The Balearics are known for their good-looking coastlines. Just look at Majorca – it has hundreds of beaches, many of which fly a coveted Blue Flag. In fact, staying on this Balearic island before or after your cruise gives you the chance to comb your way along the coast, in search of everything from tiny pebbly coves, to golden sweeps peppered with beach bars.
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Set on Majorca’s east coast, Cala Bona's a relaxed fishing town that comes with plenty of Spain's rustic charm. Fishermen bring in the day’s catch at the harbour, ready for lunch at the waterfront restaurants, while the original winding streets are ripe for exploring. There’s also a pedestrianised modern centre with shops and bars, and a choice of little sandy beaches.
Set on Majorca’s north-east coast, Alcudia comes as a two-parter. Inland, there’s a historic old town, where shops and cafés fill the streets behind the city walls. And then there’s the coast. Here, the long stretch comes with hotels, bars and a marina backed by restaurants – not to mention seven kilometres of sand.
Palma Nova, on Majorca’s south-west coast, is Magaluf’s quieter, family-friendly neighbour. The place is purpose-built around a trio of white-sand beaches. And with friendly bars and restaurants packing the promenade, and the island’s capital, Palma, just 15 kilometres away, there’s plenty to keep you busy away from the sands.