Go caving in the Balearics
Overshadowed by Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca, the quiet little sibling among the Balearic Islands, Formentera, is happily underexploited. There’s no airport, many of the roads are dirt tracks and a ban on new seafront construction has left much of the coast backed only by sand dunes. Throw in pale sands and clear waters and it’s easy to see why Formentera has been called Europe’s hidden Caribbean. Many are happy to spend an entire weekend here on the beach. But more adventurous types can explore the island’s – literally – hidden side on a cave hike with Walking Formentera (£22; walkingformentera.es). The four-and-a-half hour spelunk has participants shimmying through narrow gaps and under a cascade of stalactites before emerging to views over the whole island at sunset. ARRIVE Ferries to Formentera run from Ibiza Town (35 mins; £40 rtn). EasyJet flies from various UK cities to Ibiza (from £115; easyjet.com). STAY Dunas Playa has a pool and bungalow with kitchens, set in dunes by the sea (from £75; dunasplaya.com).