The Balearic Islands lie off the east coast of mainland Spain and are best known for their outstanding natural beauty. With an excellent climate, near perfect beaches and a heady contrast between island serenity and frenzied partying, The Balearic Islands are long now one of Spain’s favourite holiday destinations.

Mallorca is the largest of the islands, combining a little of everything. Its capital Palma is one of the most beguiling of Spain’s small cities and teeming with chic bars, restaurants and discos. Apart from the party scene, Mallorca can also boast a stunning landscape with rugged mountains sloping down to a dramatic coastline of unspoiled sandy coves surrounded by rocky cliffs.

Ibiza is world renowned for its club scene, attracting millions of party-goers each year. The island with its historic Ibiza Town is home to many world famous discos and clubs. This island however in the north is markedly serene, with pine forests and fertile plains interspersed with sleepy villages and almond groves.

Menorca is a haven of peace best known for its isolated picture-postcard beaches and coves. Here development has been shunned as is evident from the sheer natural beauty of its pine forests and jagged coastline. The islands two main towns are Mahon and Ciutadella, and are attractive old port towns with picturesque marinas and narrow streets Plus a wealth of discreet bars and restaurants.

Formentera at only 12 miles long is a true island in the sense that it can only be reached by boat. The spectacular beaches with their crystalline waters, and the absence of any bustling holiday resorts make this a real haven for those seeking stillness and tranquillity