One of the world's most alluring archipelagos, the Balearics slip from bougainvillea-strewn piazzas to deserted white beaches. Voyages set sail from French Port-Vendres. En route Barcelona offers up a heady mix of boutiques and bars. And then it's on to the Balearic Islands for sunshine and sand.
MOUNTAINS & ARCHITECTURE
The mountainous Serra de Tramuntana coastline edges Mallorca, the largest of the Balearics. Head inland, as pretty Palma is crowned by Antoni Gaudí's Catedral de Mallorca.
UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Ibiza ups the beat with San Antonio's world-beating clubs, while Menorca offers the ultimate comedown in the form of a UNESCO biosphere reserve. To the south, Formentera's beachy chiringuito restaurants beckon from dawn 'til dusk. Best of all, nowhere in the Balearics' is more than a half-day's steam apart. Hop among them all on a whim. Then double back for dinner.