Located east of the Spanish Mainland, the Balearic Islands are a popular holiday destination for people from all over the world. The British people, in particular love visiting the islands of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. Summer is a great time to visit although you’re guaranteed gorgeous weather whatever time of the year you go.
The Balearics are made up of a number of islands and islets, and there’s something for everyone, whatever kind of holiday you’re looking for. If you fancy giving the islands a visit, here are some things you need to know before you make any firm plans.
Where to Stay?
There’s a good selection of accommodation available if you’re thinking about holidays in Majorca or any of the other popular Balearic Islands. Choose from hotel resorts, holiday homes and apartments, luxury villas, beach houses, mountain retreats and even castles! Which type of accommodation you choose depends on your circumstances. If you want to enjoy a romantic holiday away from the crowds, then a luxury villa has to be the best option.
How to Get Around
Whichever island you decide to stay on, visiting the other islands in the group is easy because there are ferries that run between them all several times a day. It’s even possible to visit all four sister islands in one day. Start with Menorca then travel to Majorca, Ibiza and finish up with Formentera. To get the best view of the breath-taking landscape of Majorca, take a trip on the vintage tourist train, Ferrocarril de Soller. There’s a similar service on Ibiza that offers tours around some the islands most beautiful towns. Car and scooter hire is widely available if you’d like to do some exploring on your own.
How to Get There
Getting to the Balearic Islands is relatively easy wherever you might be travelling from. Direct flights are available from the UK with regular international flights to Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza. If you’re staying on Formentera, you’ll have to get there via one of the other islands as it’s only possible to get there by ferry. Car ferries and fast ferries also operate from Barcelona, Dénia, and Valencia.
Which Island to Visit
Each of the islands is very different, and it depends on what you’re looking for as to which one you choose.
This is the most popular island and is most famous for its glorious beaches, gothic architecture, mountains, and ancient-walled towns. You might even find yourself rubbing shoulders with the Royals as this is a favourite holiday destination for certain members of the royal family.
If you don’t mind the hustle and bustle and lots of other people to share your experiences with, Magaluf, Puerto Portals and El Arenal are where you need to head for. For a more tranquil experience, head north of the island to towns such as Port de Soller and Port de Pollenca.
For a hike off the beaten track and into the mountains, look for tours that take you to Serra de Tramuntana. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its varied and culturally rich landscape.
A little smaller with a more laid-back vibe. If you want to enjoy clear waters and sandy beaches without hoards of tourists, this island is for you. Its coastline is more underdeveloped and is great for families and couples who like to explore and enjoy nature. It has a varied history and a number of peaceful beaches.
You can spend a few days walking around the islands breath-taking coastline by following Cami de Cavalis, a 201km long ancient walking path. Don’t forget your comfortable summer shoes at home, you can find some great pairs at Shoe Hero.
The island is full of interesting historical sights such as ancient stone altars, burial chambers, and watchtowers. Many of which date back several thousand years. The best-known sites are Naveta d’es Tudos, Trepuco, Torre d’en Gaumes, and Talati de Dalt.
Menorca has won the title of UNESCO World Biosphere which means the beaches are idyllic.
If you want all-night parties, an international music scene and top of the range clubs, you need to stay on Ibiza. It does have its tranquil side during daylight hours, but when the sun goes down, it’s transformed.
Ibiza is really better suited for visitors who want to let their hair down when the sun has dropped below the horizon. Clubs to put on your bucket list include Ushuaia and Space. Not forgetting the islands longest beach, Playa d’en Bossa, where the biggest parties are hosted.
Ibiza Town is the largest town on the island, and there are countless bars, nightclubs, shops, and restaurants willing to help you spend your holiday money.
When it comes to the day after a night on the town, you can take advantage of something else Ibiza is well-known for. Spas can be found all over the island and are a great place to recover.
Believe it or not, Ibiza also has plenty of nature. Ses Salines Natural Reserve has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Nature Reserve and is made up of almost 3,000 hectares of protected land.
To get here, you have to travel by ferry, and on this 20km long island, you can laze away all day long on its beaches. Alternatively, hire a bike and explore its diverse coastline and local markets. For all the romantics reading this, try to spend a few days on the island of Formentera. Escape the hustle and bustle of the other islands and revel in each other’s company while enjoying a slightly more rugged and natural Balearic Islands.
The capital of the island is Sant Francesc, and you could easily spend a whole day here looking around the outdoor market and tiny boutique shops. There are local artisans on the island who settled there in the 60s. Visit La Mola Market, and you’ll be able to buy some of their handmade crafts.
There’s so much to see on the Balearic Islands that you’ll need more than just a couple of weeks here. You’ll be so struck by their charm you’ll be booking your next holiday as soon as you return.
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