With 300 days of sun per year, incredible beaches, a rich culture, and a buzzing nightlife, the Balearic Islands are a hugely popular holiday destination. It’s a haven for those who want to relax on a lounger, take a dip in the sea or spend their time taking part in chilled out beach activities. A typical holiday here is a mix of relaxation and entertainment combined into one, with lots of family fun for all to enjoy.
We take a look at the different Balearic Islands, each with their own distinct character, to find your next holiday destination.
Although many may think Ibiza is for the younger generation who love to party at Ocean Beach, there’s a subdued side to this island making it the perfect place for a spot of relaxation.
A-listed DJs and bars make up San Antonio’s lively vibe but, for a much quieter beat, Old Town is the one for you. A UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting stunning architecture and packed full of historic sites to explore, there’s so much for you to do here. Don’t forget Playa De’n Bossa that’s home to the longest beach on the whole island with chilled out cars and a really laid back atmosphere.
With an array of excellent resorts, stunning beaches, and hotels tailored to any budget, enjoy the local speciality, guisat de peix – a seafood stew with potato and garlic mayo. Or visit one of its many attractions including the national park of Las Salinas.
Ibiza fact: Ibiza was originally named Ibossim by The Phoenician Settlers who founded the island in 654BC. They dedicated it to Bes, the God of music and dance.
Find your holiday to Ibiza
Although Formentera is the smallest of all the Balearic Islands, it certainly makes up for it through cultural sites, its rustic appeal and breathtaking sunsets. Blessed with miles of unspoiled white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters this island is laid back and best suited for couples or groups of adults.
Noticeably calmer than its neighbour Ibiza and with no airport, you can only access the island by ferry from the harbour in Ibiza. Known as the ‘last paradise’, visit the UNESCO listed diving sites or go flamingo spotting on the salt plains.
A great thing about this island is its 20 Circuits verts, or Green Tours – these are signposted designated areas for cycling and hiking trails, taking you off the beaten track and enabling you to explore some of the most beautiful spots on the island.
Formentera fact: You’ll often bump into sheep and goats sheltering under the branches of fig trees, due to the farms and agricultural livestock.
Find your holiday to Formentera
Best for those seeking a quiet family holiday, Menorca is a beautiful unspoiled place full of ancient little towns, hidden coves, sandy roads and many historic monuments. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you love a relaxing beach holiday.
Have a go at spotting angel fish through a glass bottomed boat in Mahon Harbour or uncover bottle-green coves in Son Bou. Head up to Fort Marlborough to see some of the island’s oldest military fortresses or a look at the megalithic monument in La Naveta des Tudons that dates back around 1000 BC.
If you want to get a feel for how the locals live, Menorca has fiesta celebrations all year round. With live music and great restaurants, it’s the perfect setting for a quiet evening sipping wine and tasting local seafood dishes while admiring the sunset over the Mediterranean.
Menorca fact: It’s the first place in all of Spain to see the sunrise. So, if you’re feeling perky enough to wake up early to watch the sunrise, you can feel smug knowing you’re one of the first to see this beautiful sight.
Find your holiday to Menorca
This is the largest of the Balearic Islands and is a complete natural beauty with its sweeping bays, impressive mountains, picturesque coves and luscious pine forests. Visit Old Town in central Palma to explore the rich history that dates back thousands of years, its thriving art scene, and some world class dining.
From dozens of resorts suited to anyone’s taste, whether that’s family friendly, laid back or partying till the early hours – you have something for everyone. No matter what type of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find it somewhere on this island.
Opt for nightlife fun in Magaluf, cove exploring in Cala d’Or or mountain extravaganzas in Deia. A little bit of research before your trip will allow you to find the best location on the island for you.
Majorca fact: Majorca has over 2,500 restaurants, so you certainly won’t be struggling for variety and choice when dining out.
Find your holiday to Majorca
A visit to any of these islands is always highly recommended – whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, you’ll find something perfectly suited to you.