Balearic Islands – Sun, sea, nightlife and so much more
Best-known for their sun-soaked beaches and the buzzing nightlife of Ibiza, the Balearic Islands are also home to some spectacular scenery and historical architecture. Near Ibiza's old town is a Phoenician settlement site from the 7th century BC and a necropolis of around 3000 tombs. To the north of the island, you can leave the heat of summer on a tour around the C'an Marça caves, once used by smugglers. Any visit to Mallorca should include Palma de Mallorca's old town with labyrinthine streets, and the Palau de l'Almudaina, once a Moorish fortress, later converted into a royal palace for Catholic monarchs. For a more laid-back experience, visit Menorca or Formentera. Menorca's Monte Toro offers panoramic views and a 13th-century church. Formentera shares the Parque Natural de ses Salines with Ibiza and features secluded beaches and historical buildings. Younger visitors will enjoy splashing around at the many water parks in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca.