Floating between Spain and the North African coast, the Balearic Islands are invaded every summer by a massive multinational force of hedonistic party animals and sun seekers. This is hardly surprising considering what's on offer: fine beaches, relentless sunshine, good food and wild nightlife.
What is surprising is that, despite the hordes, the four main islands - Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera - have maintained their individuality. Beyond the 24-hour parties are Gothic cathedrals, Stone Age ruins, fishing villages and endless orchards of oranges and olives.
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