Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearics. The capital, Palma de Mallorca, is an exclusive holiday destination with many upscale resorts. The mountainous region on the island's north is popular with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Ibiza is known as the party capital of Europe, with clubs and bars attracting hordes of travelers, especially during the European summer vacation. Outside Ibiza Town, there are Spanish-style villages set amid lemon groves and mountains.
Quieter than Mallorca and Ibiza, Menorca is famous for its unspoiled beaches. There are historic towns and small fishing villages to visit along the northern shore.
The smallest inhabited island in the Balearics, Formentera is a relaxing getaway destination with slow-paced beach restaurants, a bohemian market and no nightclubs. Access is by boat.
Once a haven for pirates, Cabrera is now a national park. There are no accommodations on the island, but sailing enthusiasts and scuba divers can take a daily boat from Mallorca. Divers need advance permission from the government for a one-day pass, with rare dolphins and sea snails often seen in the area.
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