Old-school glamour, ethereal beauty and picture-perfect coves
From its old reputation as the party capital of Europe, Mallorca has matured into a diverse holiday destination. While the nightlife is still there in abundance, Mallorca holidays these days are more about the golden sands, pretty colonial towns and sparkling coastal resorts. There’s also a burgeoning foodie scene.
The island's resorts tend to hug the natural coves and sandy bays of its rugged coastline. Majestic cliffs plunge dramatically into clear turquoise seas, excellent for snorkelling. Laid-back types will love the pine-shaded silky sand at Formentor, reached by a leisurely drive through the theatrical countryside. Families can enjoy the shallow golden arcs of Cala D'Or to the south west, or the long, white swathe of gently shelving beach near the old town of Alcúdia. The tiny cove of Cala Deià is a secret paradise for intrepid explorers, with its ethereal light and waters, clear like cut glass.
A short hop across the water, Ibiza is beginning to shake off its reputation as Europe’s dance mecca. A new wave of high-end hotels are welcoming a more sophisticated traveller to the White Isle, and with them an excellent choice of dining spots and chilled-out beach bars. Away from the busier towns, Ibiza’s tranquil coastline is dotted with picture-perfect coves and fishing villages. Our Europe specialists will help you to find the best ones, and design a bespoke Ibiza holiday that fits around you.