Spanish culture and island living
This cluster of Spanish islands adrift from the mainland is a holiday hotspot in the Mediterranean. Old favourite Majorca has drawn families to its big sandy beaches and charming Spanish villages for decades. The largest of the three, Majorca’s menu of activities and kid-friendly hotels makes it one of the best spots in the Med for family summer breaks.
Then there’s Ibiza, a little island with a big reputation. It’s not all raving and misbehaving, though – Ibiza is arguably the most beautiful out of the three main islands, with pristine beaches stretched between quiet fishing villages and lush, hilly landscapes. The nightlife and entertainment is there in spades too, if you fancy it.
Menorca is the baby of the Balearics; compact and easy to get around, expect peaceful towns, pretty scenery and a laid-back vibe.
Around 2 hours 15 minutes from the UK.
The Balearic Islands’ summer highs are a big part of their appeal. Spring and autumn stay warm, while summer peaks at around 29°C, with up to 11 hours of sunshine a day. Menorca tends to be a couple of degrees cooler, which works out for active types who are taking in the scenery on foot or by bike.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.