If you've been to Ibiza a few times already, you might be keen to take in some new scenery in addition to visiting your usual haunts. Why not hop on a boat and enjoy some of the other sights the Balearics have on offer? Here are Addicted's pointers on where to go near Ibiza.
With a population of only 7,500, this is one small island that has a lot to offer. Formentera is known for its pristine beaches that mostly allow nude sunbathing. The stunning scenery is best taken in by bicycle as driving is discouraged on the island. Luckily, you'll find a number of places where you can rent a bike for the day in the port, La Savina, or in Es Pujols, which is the liveliest town on the island.
With its serene beaches, casual beach bars and slow pace of life, Formentera is the perfect antidote to the more hectic pace on the island so be sure to stop by for a short break. Formentera is only 6km from Ibiza and you can take a ferry there in 30 minutes.
If you fancy a full or half day trip around Ibiza that includes a tour of Formentera, visit Boats Ibiza as they offer great packages which also include snorkelling, wakeboarding and waterskiing around the island.
The most populous island in the Balearics with a population around 850,000, Majorca is in fact the largest island in all of Spain. And it shows– this island has got loads to offer and tons of variety. The Spanish royal family traditionally spend their summer holidays here, and if it's good enough for them then it's surely good enough for us!
Cosmopolitan Palma features a great old town that is good for a couple hours exploring. Don't forget to check out the expansive La Sau cathedral that took nearly 200 years to build. Afterwards you may want to head to the Paseo Maritimo area where there are loads of bars and cafes to regroup at. Almonds and olives are grown all over the island so be sure to sample them at local restaurants for a fresh flavour that you'll never get at home.
If you haven't had enough of the clubs in Ibiza, visit the resort of Megaluf. There is loads on offer here, including the absolutely cavernous BCM which occasionally hosts big-name DJs from the electronic scene. Be warned, however– Magaluf features none of the sophistication of Ibizatown yet all of the trashiness of San Antonio. It is not for discerning clubbers.
If you're feeling flush then you can be in Majorca in about 2 hours, otherwise there is a 3.5 hour ferry service that is cheaper.
Little sister to Majorca, this island has a population of around 90,000 and was temporarily a British possession during the 18th century. This can still be seen in the fact that gin is drunk throughout the island, combined with cloudy lemonade to make a delicious drink known as Pomada. Why not visit the Xoriguer gin distillery to see how gin is made?
If you've got the energy, consider climbing El Toro mountain, the tallest in Minorca and which provides great views across the island. You can also drive should you be feeling a little lazy, and there is a cafe at the top at which you can refresh yourself. Be sure to take in the scenery on the way up as you'll see fine examples of Minorca's rich range of flowers and birdlife.
For something totally different, try visiting the Caves of Xoroi bar and disco. This amazing venue is built into the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean. Not to be missed! And if you're feeling lucky, try visiting the Mahon Casino in the harbourfront of Mahon.
2. Barcelona & 1. Valencia
If you don't mind taking an overnight ferry then you can get out of the Balearics altogether to check out the happening cities of Barcelona or Valencia. Barcelona is about a 7.5 hour journey from Ibiza and Valencia will take you 4 hours, though sailings to Valencia are more irregular so be sure to plan ahead.