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Go cav­ing in the Balearics

Lonely Planet (UK) - - 52 Best Weekends Away -

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).

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