Balearic Islands

Balearic bliss: Majorca is the perfect destination for a civilised

Last summer's most fashionable Balearic backdrop? Not overhyped Ibiza, nor even its louche neighbour Formentera. No, in August, according to the pages of Grazia, there was only one place to be. After all, why else had Britain's top paparazzi magnets decamped en masse to our tiny stretch of Majorca's spectacular northern coastline, the one to which we'd reluctantly waved goodbye only days before?

Go off the beaten track in Ibiza

After a night on the dancefloor it is time to sample the other side of the island on an 18-mile cycle route of jaw-dropping beauty

The Big Six: Boutique Balearic retreats

This revamped 19th-century military fortress presides over a secluded headland on the Bay of Palma, south-east of the capital. Maintaining its architectural integrity, Cap Rocat recently opened as a luxury hotel where former munitions stores and military quarters have become bedrooms, a gunpowder storehouse hosts special events and the kitchen now serves upscale Mediterranean cuisine and offers wine tasting and cookery classes.

Deià: Writers' retreat

Deià once seduced artists and writers including the poet Robert Graves. Frank Partridge finds it as charming as ever