Above: Torralbenc in Alaior, Menorca

Scattered across the Mediterranean off the eastern coast ofSpain, the four Balearic Islands — Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca — possess very different personalities. Ibiza and Mallorca have been two of the most popular vacation spots in Europe for decades. In contrast, tiny, wild Formentera, the smallest island, attracts just a few knowledgeable travelers. NowMenorcais shyly stepping into the spotlight. The quietest and most authentically rural of the quartet, it has recently seen the opening of several noteworthy hotels, along with a number of excellent restaurants.

Join Andrew Harper today to continue reading our exclusive content.