Plenty of us have been dreaming of plunging into the Balearic Islands’ glittering seas over the past 12 months, and hopefully the fantasy could grow to be a actuality earlier than too lengthy.Floating within the Mediterranean isn’t the one factor on our Balearic wishlist although. We’re considering of staying in small accommodations in inland villages, consuming in eating places that use the produce discovered within the surrounding countryside, and ingesting wines from native vineyards. After all, we nonetheless wish to lie on the seaside, however we’d additionally wish to discover by bike, paddle across the coast in a kayak or reboot on a yoga retreat.You are able to do all this and much more within the Balearics, whether or not you select Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera. All of the islands are equally if no more pleasant exterior the height summer time months, so take into consideration a strolling or biking vacation in Menorca or Formentera within the autumn, a procuring journey to Palma in Mallorca earlier than Christmas, or a health break in Ibiza subsequent spring. You possibly can return to the Balearics time and again and at all times have a contemporary expertise.MallorcaPalma de Majorca previous city and Cathedral. {Photograph}: Getty ImagesWhile you’ll be able to’t actually fault Mallorca on the subject of seaside resorts, the most important island within the Balearics is more and more enticing for lively holidays, each out and in of the water. The meals and wine scene is admittedly thrilling too, with native cooks reviving and recreating conventional recipes. Fairly a number of have their eating places within the boutique and rural accommodations which have sprung up all around the island, making gastronomic breaks a good suggestion all 12 months spherical.What to doStart with La Seu, Palma’s cathedral by the ocean, the place Miquel Barceló’s up to date chapel provides to the magnificence of the gothic structure. Wander across the former Arab and Jewish quarters, then search for on the elegant artwork nouveau buildings as you mooch across the outlets. Drive as much as Valldemossa to see the Carthusian monastery and cruise alongside the spectacular coast street to Deià, the place Robert Graves spent half his life. Visiting the nice poet and author’s home is a magical, intimate expertise. Afterwards, stroll right down to the tiny seaside, as Graves used to do, for a scrumptious dip, earlier than persevering with to Sóller for an ice-cream.The place to stayAgro Roqueta (residences from €95, room solely, minimal keep 4 nights), within the village of María de la Salut within the centre of Mallorca, is a family-friendly agroturismo with self-catering lodging on a farm that dates again to the thirteenth century and produces its personal olive oil. At Ecocirer (doubles from €170 B&B), a trendy guesthouse in Sóller, actions embrace yoga, selecting oranges and making bread. Simply exterior the gorgeous city of Artà within the east of the island, Finca S’Estelrica (doubles from €163 B&B) is a rural but good resort with minimalist design close to the Llevant nature reserve and unspoilt seashores.Ecocirer guesthouse. {Photograph}: Katta TubioWhere to eatMichelin-starred British chef Marc Fosh makes use of the perfect Balearic produce to create chic dishes at his Palma restaurant, the place the set lunch is an actual discount. Additionally within the capital, El Camino is a gastrobar run by Eddie and Samuel Hart, the brothers behind the Barrafina bars in London, with a altering menu of Mallorcan tapas and wines. At Ca Na Toneta within the inland village of Caimari, it’s two sisters in cost, Maria and Teresa Solivellas, who use natural greens from their very own backyard.Greatest beachesWith shallow water making it secure for youngsters to paddle, Cala Llombards on the south-east coast close to Santanyí is a triangle of pale sand with boat sheds perched on the rocks. Should you keep in or across the fairly city of Artà within the east, you’ll be able to drive to a string of idyllic seashores comparable to Cala Torta, or the little resort of Canyamel in order for you locations to eat too. Sheltered by pine bushes on the Victòria headland within the north-east of the island, tiny S’Illot is a rocky cove the place you’ll be able to have a paella on the restaurant overlooking the seaside. On the south coast, bordering the Ses Salines wetlands, the well-known Es Trenc has greater than 2km of white sand, the place the quieter stretches are fashionable with naturists.IbizaSunset on Cala d’Hort seaside. {Photograph}: Juergen Sack/Getty ImagesIbiza has cleverly reinvented itself as a vacation spot for all issues wholesome whereas hanging on tight to its nightlife crown. One minute you’re slurping your carrot and ginger juice, the following you’re in your third mojito. The island is more and more fashionable for household holidays too – significantly multigenerational ones the place the dad and mom are doing yoga at daybreak as gran and grandad are rolling again from a membership.What to doIn Eivissa, or Ibiza city, stroll via the lanes of the Dalt Vila to get a really feel of the island’s historical past – the entire neighbourhood has Unesco World Heritage standing. Pop into the MACE up to date artwork museum, which you will properly must your self, and study Ibiza’s native produce and specialities on a meals tour. Outdoors the clubbing season, which in regular occasions runs from Might to October, the island is remarkably quiet and the climate is best for lively breaks within the pine-scented air. Each night, head to the west of the island to look at the solar go down, which must be skilled at the very least as soon as swigging an overpriced beer in San Antonio, earlier than you discover your individual favorite spot.The place to stayOn a hillside above the ocean in Cap Negret, close to San Antonio, Hostal La Torre (doubles from €92 B&B) has easy rooms and a terrace you could possibly keep on from breakfast to late-night cocktails. Within the north of the island close to the village of Sant Miquel de Balansat, the family-run Vinya d’en Palerm agroturismo (doubles from €160 B&B) is someplace you’ll be able to swap off however nonetheless be a simple drive from the motion and seashores. In Ibiza city, Ryans La Marina (doubles from €72, room solely) is a helpful, fundamental base overlooking the harbour.Chiringuito BlueWhere to eatIn the romantic backyard at La Paloma, within the inland village of San Lorenzo, you eat a mixture of Italian and Ibizan meals, a lot of it natural that they develop themselves. Paella on the seaside is a should in Ibiza and it’s very good at Es Torrent on a tiny seaside on the south coast – ask for a sunbed as properly once you guide a desk and make a day of it. Proper on the sand within the city of Santa Eulalia within the east, Chiringuito Blue serves wholesome Mediterranean delicacies, together with vegan dishes, and has a youngsters’ menu and a supervised play space.Greatest beachesThe twisting drive down the hill to Cala d’Hort within the west is price it for the pale sand, view of magical Es Vedrà island and the selection of eating places for lengthy lunches. If the modern Cala Conta is simply too crowded, simply keep it up down the coast and cease wherever takes your fancy – possibly Cala Codolar, a tiny, pebbly cove sheltered by cliffs the place the cobalt sea is sort of a pool. On the opposite aspect of the island, swimsuits are elective at Aguas Blancas, which has a wilder really feel.MenorcaThe Camí de Cavalls path circumnavigates Menorca’s 125-mile shoreline. {Photograph}: Laura CoffeyProtecting the setting and protecting tourism at sustainable ranges have at all times been vital in Menorca, which has been a Unesco Biosphere Reserve for almost three a long time. Whereas it solely measures round 30 miles from west to east, the island has greater than 125 miles of shoreline, punctuated by dozens of pristine seashores and circumnavigated by the Camí de Cavalls path.What to doTackling a stretch of the Camí de Cavalls, a bridle path relationship again 700 years, is an efficient strategy to get an thought of the pure great thing about Menorca, whether or not you’re into birdwatching, butterflies or wildflowers (there are about 30 types of orchids for a begin), or simply wish to swim in coves which are inaccessible by automotive. You possibly can stroll, cycle or experience a horse and take it as sluggish as you want – the slower the higher actually. No matter you’re doing in Menorca, the phrase “sluggish” comes up loads. The coastal waters are perfect for diving and the seashores nice for paddleboarding or just paddling. Alongside the way in which are the Talayotic burial chambers and temples, which date again to at the very least 2,000BC. For up to date artwork, Hauser & Wirth is opening a brand new gallery in July in a part of an 18th-century naval hospital on the Isla del Rey within the port of Mahón. Each Mahón and Ciutadella, on the opposite aspect of the island, have loads of outside tables for lengthy, cool drinks – strive the native gin.The place to staySurrounded by its personal vineyards however near seashores and the airport, Torralbenc (doubles from €182 B&B) sums up the trendy simplicity of Menorca and has a superb restaurant. Within the centre of Mahón, the stylish new Cristine Bedfor Visitor Home (doubles from €188 B&B) has the unmistakable stamp of prime designer Lorenzo Castillo.At Son Vives (doubles from €120 B&B), a restored farmhouse within the centre of the island, they make their very own cheese and have an natural vegetable backyard. The family-run – and family-friendly – Agroturisme Biniatram (doubles from €95 B&B, and residences from €105) is close to Cala Morell seaside within the north-west nook of the island.The stylish new Cristine Bedfor Visitor Home. {Photograph}: Daniel SchaeferWhere to eatAt Es Tast de na Silvia in Ciutadella, Silvia Anglada showcases the perfect native produce and is a pioneer of Menorca’s sluggish meals motion. Overlooking the ocean in Cala Torret in San Lluis, the Salitre and CalaMar eating places are run by Zoltan Polgar, who was beforehand government chef at José Pizarro’s eating places in London. At each locations, count on fish straight from the ocean and loads of plant-based dishes utilizing natural greens. Caldereta de Langosta – lobster cooked in a wealthy inventory – is a terrific special day dish. Strive it at Café Balear in Ciutadella or Es Cranc in Fornells.Greatest beachesIndigo, emerald, cornflower, cyan … you could possibly spend numerous time musing on the shades of the ocean in Menorca. The beautiful Macarella and Macarelleta coves on the south coast do numerous the heavy lifting to advertise the island’s seashores, and justifiably so, however there are dozens extra of staggering magnificence. At Caló Blanc, close to Binibeca, you soar off the rocks into the clear water. For an extended, sandy stretch, there’s Son Saura, or head to the quieter north coast for Pregonda, with reddish-gold sand and pink rocks.Formentera‘Illetas seaside is near the ferry port and so splendid that lots of people enterprise no additional.’ {Photograph}: Sebastian Dobrick/AlamyWith blissful seashores and a bohemian vibe, Formentera is a pure paradise the place greater than 70% of the land is protected. There isn’t any airport, so that you fly to Ibiza and sail over on the ferry to La Savina, a half-hour voyage that chucks your stress overboard earlier than you even step on to the island.What to doThe smallest of the Balearics, Formentera is simply 11 miles lengthy however has 43 miles of shoreline. Though a lot of the island by no means feels crowded, the 12,000 inhabitants quadruples in July and August. To keep up a sustainable setting, the variety of automobiles is restricted and the usage of electrical automobiles is being inspired. Higher although to rent a motorbike to trundle alongside the largely flat tracks, shaded by almond, juniper and pine bushes, to succeed in secret coves for a beer or two at a feet-in-the-sand bar. Simply take your choose from the 32 inexperienced routes that rating the panorama. To grasp why the seashores are so pristine, you need to immerse your self within the clear water to find the wealthy marine life beneath the floor – glorious visibility means you see loads simply with a masks and snorkel so that you don’t want to have the ability to dive. A posidonia seagrass meadow sprawls between Formentera and Ibiza, which filters the water, absorbs carbon and creates oxygen. Octopus, scorpion fish, lobsters and moray eels are only a few of the species you’re prone to see.The place to stayCasa Pacha Formentera (doubles from €240 B&B) affords a luxe model of the pared-back look that characterises lodging on Formentera and is true on Migjorn seaside with a restaurant that can little doubt be the place to be seen this summer time. Hostal Aigua Clara (doubles from €131, room solely), additionally on Migjorn seaside, has yoga lessons on the sand and an incredible restaurant. Common guests love the laid-back, beachfront vibe on the Talaya residences (studios from €160). No frills required? Doubles at Hostal Rafalet, proper by the ocean in Es Caló from €70, room solely.Es Caló specialises within the conventional dishes of FormenteraWhere to eatLobster fried with eggs, peppers and potatoes? How good would that be after a morning biking and snorkelling? Strive it on the waterside terrace at Es Caló). Can Forn (Carrer Main 39; 0034 971 3281555) in Sant Ferran specialises within the conventional dishes of Formentera, comparable to ensalada pagesa, a chunky salad with the dried fish you see hanging up across the island, and squid cooked with sobrasada sausage.Greatest beachesThe glistening sands are tender and white and boardwalks lconnect the seashores. Some have bar shacks, others fancy eating places, most don’t have anything in any respect. Illetas seaside is near the ferry port and so splendid that lots of people enterprise no additional, however it’s a simple stroll to the quieter Levante. On the opposite aspect of the island, Migjorn stretches for greater than three miles, right down to the tiny Caló des Mort cove. Households love Cala Saona, the place the ocean is especially calm.