We visited Ibiza’s Hostal La Torre, the Balearic haven that’s open all year round – Mixmag

“It’s a hotel, bar and restaurant that is in business to make money,” says International Feel founder and El Chiringuito, La Torre’s excellent sister restaurant which straddles the beach) or make a brisk hike north to rocky outcrop and bona fide hippy hangout Punta Galera. Carry on and you’ll soon come across the sparkling shores of Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta. You could hire a car, but as some prime spots are so close, you could easily base yourself at the hostal and forget about the rest of the world for a while.

And that’s pretty much why La Torre leaves warm memories for weeks after you’ve departed its terracotta embrace. You’ll find yourself at the bottom of its ancient fisherman’s steps, watching small waves lap at the rocks as darkness descends, or at a deserted Punta Galera at 9am, marvelling at the way the sea sparkles at that time in the morning. Then you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the one of the DJs who helped shape the culture as we know it and talking deep into the night in a setting far removed from the reality of home. And it’s open all year round, ready when you are.

Hostal La Torre is open all year. DJs play every day during the summer and on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the off season. Rooms start at 82€ and you can book here

Seb Wheeler is Mixmag’s Head Of Digital. Follow him on Twitter

We visited Ibiza’s Hostal La Torre, the Balearic haven that’s open all year round – Mixmag

“It’s a hotel, bar and restaurant that is in business to make money,” says International Feel founder and El Chiringuito, La Torre’s excellent sister restaurant which straddles the beach) or make a brisk hike north to rocky outcrop and bona fide hippy hangout Punta Galera. Carry on and you’ll soon come across the sparkling shores of Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta. You could hire a car, but as some prime spots are so close, you could easily base yourself at the hostal and forget about the rest of the world for a while.

And that’s pretty much why La Torre leaves warm memories for weeks after you’ve departed its terracotta embrace. You’ll find yourself at the bottom of its ancient fisherman’s steps, watching small waves lap at the rocks as darkness descends, or at a deserted Punta Galera at 9am, marvelling at the way the sea sparkles at that time in the morning. Then you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the one of the DJs who helped shape the culture as we know it and talking deep into the night in a setting far removed from the reality of home. And it’s open all year round, ready when you are.

Hostal La Torre is open all year. DJs play every day during the summer and on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the off season. Rooms start at 82€ and you can book here

Seb Wheeler is Mixmag’s Head Of Digital. Follow him on Twitter

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

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Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

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Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

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Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

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Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

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Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.

It’s Not Just Ibiza: Spain’s Other Balearic Islands – TravelPulse

Mike Posner famously popped a pill here. The Vengaboys “like to party” here. Heck, even David Bowie made mention of this island in “Life On Mars”.

If there’s one place in Spain’s Balearic Islands that we’re all pretty familiar with by now, even if only in name, it’s Ibiza. The island that has earned its reputation for being a party hangout is also littered with beautiful beaches, sleepy villages and pine clad hills.

But I’m here to delve into the other three main Balearic Islands, which often get overlooked. Let’s uncover the secrets of Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.

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Majorca

Mention the word Majorca (also sometimes spelled Mallorca) to most British people and they’ll be able to tell you when their last vacation to the island was. It is as synonymous with European summer holidays as almost anywhere else on the continent, and there’s a reason that so many people flock to the island year after year.

First, it’s the largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that it’s overflowing with resorts, bars, restaurants and beaches.

Pair that with the almost year-round beautiful weather and the vast the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range—which runs down the middle of the island and provides a dominating backdrop while offering a paradise for hikers and cyclists—and you’ve got a winner.

Stay at the Cala d’Or for the popular high-rise aparthotels and bustling port, Puerto de Pollensa, for a family-friendly retreat Deia for the laidback yoga-loving crowd or Puerto Andratx for a sophisticated fishing village vibe.

READ MORE: The Best Beaches in The Balearic Islands [/READ MORE]

Menorca

Menorca is slightly more low-key than both Majorca and Ibiza, but no less alluring. It features stunning turquoise waters and scenic coastal paths.

History lovers flock to the island’s megalithic rock sites, (some of which are thought to date back to 2,000 BC), but most just choose to flop on the sands of the idyllic golden coves. After all, Menorca boasts more beaches than both Majorca and Ibiza combined.

Nightlife mainly revolves around the island’s delectable restaurants and bars, although there are a handful of clubs for those who want to impersonate Ibiza.

Stay along the cobbled streets of Ciutadella for a fusion of both modern and traditional, or Punta Prima for silky soft sands and resorts that cater perfectly for families. Santo Tomas offers a small village feel with a rugged coastline and Cala’n Bosch to be in the heart of the shopping and dining action.

READ MORE: Are These the Best Islands in the World?[/READ MORE]

Formentera

Formentera is small but perfectly formed and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza. Many consider it to be the most laidback and, dare I say “hippy-ish”, island of the group. Its standout features are definitely its clear waters lined with sand dunes and pine trees.

This tiny island is a favorite among celebrities due to its gorgeous beaches and family-loving resorts being more private and less crowded than those of its neighbors. Cycling, walking and yoga are usually the order of the day for the island’s visitors, before dining at harborside seafood restaurants and heading back to their stylish accommodation.

Stay at La Savina for a busy harbor front, inland lagoons and delicious cafes, Platja de Migjorn for sleepy beaches, quiet nightlife and maybe even some celeb-spotting along with Es Pujol for low-key resorts and shopping.