What You Need to Know Before Visiting the Balearics This Summer

A fishermen's port in Cala Figuera, sorunded by small white houses and with a fishing boat sailinf off, in the centre of the picture. Mallorca Island, Spain

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.

 

  • Majorca

A view of the beach in Cala Sant Vicente, at sunset. The water is retreating from the beach whilst the sun warms up the mountain behind. Mallorca, Spain.

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.

 

  • Menorca

A view of a seafront village on the island of Menorca. White houses along side a promenade. Boats on the sea anchored on the other side of the promenade. Spain.

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.

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.

 

  • Ibiza

A view of the azure sea of Ibiza Island, with boats anchored in the bay.

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.

 

  • Formentera

View of a rocky beach on Formentera Island, Spain, with peopel swimming in the azure colored sea.

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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47 Comments

  1. Nice pictures, haven’t had the chance to visit there but your post is making me want to visit it at least once in my existence lol

  2. What an absolutely stunning part of the world to get to and visit! I would love to go and see it for myself and get to explore at least some of what it has to offer.

  3. I’ve never been to this area of the world. I need to get here one day. I just love being by the water. I’d want to check out Ibiza for sure.

  4. Lots of places on my bucket list am yet to fulfill. This one is definitely top notch on my list now due to your article.

  5. Wow. I had never heard of these islands, but you completely made them dreamy. I love vacationing on islands and I only ever consider the Caribbean now I have a new location to look into.

  6. This is so beautiful. Definitely breath taking! I’ve never visited Ibiza. But it’s on the top of my list for sure.

    XO
    Candace

  7. I love visiting islands! This is another part of the world that I would love to get a chance to visit. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Hmm this is interesting… Never actually been to that part of the world.

    I will travelling around this year (for business trips) and it’s unfortunate that Spain isn’t included as part of my destination.

    Great read!

  9. Great post! I’ve only been to Mallorca but heard so much great things about the other islands as well. Especially Formentera is supposed to be soooo nice!

  10. Your photos are so stunning! I will be visiting Spain later in the year, but not sure if I will be able to visit the Balearics – it will definitely be high on my list of places to travel to soon, however!
    Menorca especially looks so charming!

  11. Oh my gosh, there are a lot of places to visit and they all look really incredible. If given a chance, I would love to visit Menorca and Ibiza.

  12. Oh, that looks like an awesome place to explore. I love visiting Island with my hubby and will definitely put your recommendation on my bucket lists.

  13. Great article. I think all the information you have provided are very informative and could be used as a guidance. Thanks for sharing the post.

  14. This is such a great post to read and help all travelers out there. Love to see this kind of post where we can get a very good glimpse of the place and from there to decide to go or not.

  15. I went to Spain last December and it was a crashing tour which we hopped from each city with very limited time but I so fall in love with Spain beauty and its culture. This is a great post for me in the future, as I plan to re-visit and do a free and easy, spending 1-2 months in Spain, go to the places that local Spaniards usually go and tour like a local. Balearic Islands sound like a great idea as my recent trip to Spain did not really cover a lot of beaches life. And beaches is one of the important thing in Spain.

  16. Looks like I might need to brush up on my spanish and take a trip. The view, the sparkling blue water, and the night ambience are making me want to book a trip right now. Just looks so magical.

  17. The place looks beautiful, this is the first time am learning about Menorca, I’d like to visit these places one day. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I love this itinerary! The Balearic islands are so beautiful and we were actually very impressed with Ibiza!!! Such a stunning island!

  19. It’s always been a dream of mine to visit Ibiza, but I would love to see the other islands as well! It all looks so romantic and breathtaking!

  20. this is beautiful! great read and i really enjoyed the photos! spain is definitely on my bucket list but i will certainly be adding these islands as well.

  21. I have never been to Balearics and I can say that this is a perfect destination getaway for my whole family. I will def add this to my bucket list, thanks for your guidelines.

  22. Absolutely breathtaking view! This is so beautiful…I wish I could travel abroad this summer to Spain. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. Now I’ll be dreaming of it!

  23. I absolutely love Majorca, I go at least once a year. I’m going to try Ibiza or Menorca next time though to mix it up. But the lure of Palma is often too much and I have to go there xo

  24. Balearics. First off. Good destination name. And more of an Island. Thats a perfect trip to go. You are my tour guide already here. Reading this felt more like i was there in person. Hahahah. Thank you

  25. One of my girlfriends went to Ibiza last Summer and she absolutely loveld it! Never been to Spain yet but hope to visit by next year and can’t wait to explore everythig that you have mentioned. Your pictures speak for itself how splendid all these destinations are!

  26. I’ve been wondering where to go this Summer and this idyllic beach looks stunning and just what I need. I’ve not heard of Balearics before but looks like its a hidden gem

  27. This archipelago has become a tourist emporium. It hosts an excellent combination of elegant summer resorts, coves and beaches, without detracting from the beautiful spots hidden inland on each of the islands.

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