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Why These 4 Stunning European Islands Are Surging In Popularity

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Europe is home to some of the most stunning destinations on the planet.

While Europe certainly holds no monopoly on immaculate island getaways, the options are plentiful, especially when it comes to Spain.

Spain's mainland is a never-ending playground with vast cultural cities to explore and small towns oozing charm and history.

female tourist at beach in mallorca

But, the Balearic Islands are a different vibe entirely – all 4 of them to be exact. This collective group of dreamy vacation escapes are surging in popularity with a nearly 27% increase and there is no better time to prepare a spring trip before the summer crowds take over.

Ibiza

The name itself holds the most recognition, from hit songs to the simple fact that Ibiza is gorgeous with crystal blue waters.

Although this scenic island made our own list of places not to visit this year, that doesn't mean it's not a hit with travelers.

tourists swimming in ibiza

For 2023, it was one of the most visited of the Balearic islands, as flights are plentiful for those seeking a mix of blissful beach escapes and world-famous nightlife.

That's where Ibiza becomes dicey, however. This island knows how to party their pants off, so if that's not your vibe then perhaps one of the other 3 islands will be more your jam.

Although, a sunset cruise makes for a nice escape from the fist-pumping crowds.

Formentera

The smallest of the Balearic islands, this chill paradise is on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to Ibiza's typical tourist.

tourists in crystal blue waters of Formentera

Formentera is the type of vacation spot to relax and unwind, surrounded by incredible scenery, especially the beaches.

Vacationers have rave reviews all around the coast for the long stretches of pristine beaches with ample activities at hand, such as snorkeling and private boat rentals.

Some travelers make a day trip out of Formentara, but others love to spend more time in vacation mode as the unspoiled, tranquil island lies somewhere between “hidden gem” and “locals' favorite” status.

The nightlife isn't quite comparable to Ibiza, but some prefer the low-key atmosphere with more elbow room than the packed bars of the neighboring island just 30 minutes away.

Menorca

isolated beach in menorca

Less flashy and less trashy, Menorca is the perfect escape to go more off-path and avoid the chaos of other popular destinations.

Menorca is more than just a day trip, although it can be reached in just an hour by air from major hubs like Barcelona.

That is unless you desire to take the adventurous route with at least a 5-hour ferry ride. No matter how you get here, you'll just be happy you chose Menorca as your go-to vacation spot.

This Spanish beauty is far less party-centric than Ibiza and much larger than Formentera, yet just as stunning and worthy of a visit.

tourists at menorca beach

The white sand beaches are postcard-worthy, and it's relatively easy to find secluded beaches away from fellow tourists, especially in spring.

Summer may be another story. Your trip will be even better by leveling up at an incredible 5-star resort, such as the Lagos Resort Menorca at very affordable rates or the divine Faustino Gran Relais & Chateaux.

Mallorca

This grand island between Menorca and Ibiza is perhaps the biggest playground for vacationers who love a mix of nature, delicious eats and cultural cities.

mallorca spain coastline

Mallorca checks off all 3 boxes and just so happens to be one of the easiest islands to reach. Commonly overshadowed by mainland Spain's iconic cities, this beautiful island is anchored by the highly underrated city of Palma.

Well worth a trip on its own just to bear witness to the Catedral de Mallorca – also simply known as La Seu.

Beyond the phenomenal architecture and winding cobblestone streets, the island is home to incredibly peaceful beaches, delightful wineries, scenic landscapes, and secluded coves to top off the ultimate island getaway.

cathedral in palma spain

No matter what piques your interest, Mallorca has it all, and it comes as no surprise why this island has surged in popularity along with the rest.

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