Balearic Islands Holidays
Few places in the world come with the expansive beach access, aqua blue waters, and reliable sun exposure as those nestled within the Balearic Islands today. Known as a sea-fairing archipelago off of eastern Spain, located in the lush waters of the Mediterranean, the Balearic Islands play host to millions of travellers from around the world every single year.
Most famously known for its award-winning beaches, scenic coastline and the Serra de Tramontana Mountains to the North, there is plenty to see and do in the Balearic Islands’ most famous resort destinations:
Palma: The capital city, is known for its Gothic cathedral and an altar canopy created by modern architect Antoni Gaudi. Don’t forget about the Almudaina, a Moorish royal palace that presents the cross-over cultural diffusion that occurred thousands of years ago.
Majorca: For those that are really into the beach-fairing exploration, Majorca is the perfect place to beach hop and enjoy sun rays and relaxation along some of the longest beaches in the world. That means that total seclusion is yours for the taking.
Ibiza: Home to pretty beaches, sleepy towns, and some of the most notable nightlife in the world, dance your worries away until the early hours of the morning listening to the biggest names in EDM right on the beach.
Fomenter: If you’re looking to explore colourful markets, quieter beaches, and tiny harbour towns, Fomenter is an easy place for you to lose track of time. Walk through the city squares, shop at your leisure, and wrap it all up with sleepy tapas restaurants nestled along the breezy water’s edge.
Let’s look at more reasons why you should consider island hopping in the Balearic Islands this year.
Things to know about Balearic Islands
- Currency: Euro Exchange rate: £1.00 to € 1.11
- Timezone: Europe/Madrid (UTC+1)
- Language: Spanish
- Belfast International (BFS): 2:55
- Birmingham International (BHX): 2:30
- Edinburgh (EDI): 4:20
- London Gatwick (LGW): 2:20
- London Luton (LTN): 2:25
- London Southend (SEN): 2:25
- London Stansted (STN): 2:25
- Manchester (MAN): 2:30
Things to do in Balearic Islands
There is more to do and see than you could ever hope to achieve while island hopping in the Balearic Islands. Here are just a few of our favourites we wanted to share with you today:
- Puerto San Miguel: Located near Ibiza, this little sleepy countryside getaway is filled with plenty of caves and walking trails through thick pine forests that make it one of the most romantic and picture-worthy activities in all of the Balearic Islands.
- Majorca Shopping: Are you more of a quiet cosmopolitan drinker? Head over to Majorca for award-winning boutique shopping and window viewing, as well as high quality, fancy cocktails that provide the backdrop for a more relaxed evening.
- Ibiza Town: As a UNESCO World Heritage site, there is more than meets the eye in the party town of Ibiza. Cocooned by Medieval stone walls that make it look like a fortress from afar, explore the older and newer parts of the town that come with high-end restaurants, well-dressed bars, and market stalls chock full of clothes and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
- San Juan Fiesta: If you are able to visit Minorca during the month of June, ensure you are there for the San Juan Fiesta: a monster celebration that underscores the arrival of the Summer Solstice. It’s celebrated across Spain, but Minorca takes special pride in making it a party you will never forget.
- Torre D’en Galmes: Ready to walk through a prehistoric village that has been preserved to modern times? Walk under natural formations and archways that are home to dozens of relics and historic sites you won’t want to miss. If you are thinking of visiting the Balearic Islands as a family, there is also something for you there, too. Places like Minorca provide plenty of family activities and secluded family-friendly beaches, as well as prehistoric relics like the village of Torre d’en Gaumes (it’s 3,000 years old).
The Balearic Islands, if not for nothing, are known for their strategic positioning within the aqua blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to Spain’s reliable sun exposure, beachgoers can expect nearly perfect weather every single day while attending the hundreds of kilometres of beaches that are strewn throughout the archipelago.
- Majorca: Whether you like 13-kilometer long beaches, tucked away coves, or just everyday sun that you can count on, there’s something that is certainly available to you in Majorca
- Formentera: Where else in the world can you benefit from a 20-kilometre coastline that is dotted with stretches of white sand? Here, you can get pictures of just you, the water, and no one around for miles, comparably similar to the Caribbean.
- Menorca: Sprinkled with Blue Flag beaches, Minorca is home to Cala’n Format, Punta Prima, Cala’n Bosch, and Santo Tomas, all known for their lazy beaches and even more laid back attitudes. Enjoy long, golden sweeps and pine-packed bays, as well as your favourite hidden coasts and white stretches of sand.
- Cala Blanca: Home to your classic sandy beach, right on Minorca, walk up to the beachside village and grab yourself lunch or dinner, turning the entire day into one unforgettable and beach-centred getaway. As still a tropical destination in the Northern Hemisphere, your best bet for perfect sun and beach weather is to visit the islands between March and November.
Remember, since Spain receives the most sunlight exposure in all of Europe, please pack protective sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, and more, especially if you are venturing to some of the more secluded and off-the-beaten path beach locations.
Food & drink
The Balearic Islands come with plenty to drink and eat, paying homage to the Spanish love affair with mingling, bonding, and cheering over late night tapas and wines. With all food locally sourced and paired with Spanish-only wines, you should definitely consider making dining and drinking a staple part of your Balearic Islands holiday getaway.
- Rincón de Pepe: Located on Majorca at Cala Egos Beach, enjoy outdoor paella and traditional Spanish dishes that are just a 10-minute walk from the water’s edge. Take in the breeze and soothing smells as the sun sets right on the horizon.
- Majorca Marina: Take some time to stroll the entirety of the Majorca Marina, where you can food and tapas hop between restaurants. Enjoy seafood-centred snacks and bites, as well as delicious cocktails that are perfectly paired with the finger food.
- Sa Soca: Ready to dig your teeth into fried squid, rabbit stew, black rice, and everything else that’s native to a quality Spanish menu? Then look no further than this staple located right in Ibiza Town**.**
- Xoriguer Gin Distillery: If you want to sip on some locally made, chilled gin under the hot Spanish sun, consider a distillery tour at the Xoriguer Gin Distillery - located right on the waterfront in Minorca.
We would be remiss if we didn’t kick off our nightlife section without mentioning Ibiza: the king of Europe’s nightlife scene today. Ibiza provides a variety of concerts, private DJ parties and venues, beach parties, and street parties that can include everything from foam to costumes. Be sure to check the festival schedule before you head there, as the Spaniards are certainly known for their love of festivals. Other nightlife destinations include:
- Pacha: The world-famous dance club, located in San Antonio, is one of the most sought-after night-time experiences in the world right now. Literally dance the night away until the sun is rising on the horizon. In many cases – keep on dancing!
- Palma Nova: Walk through neon-lit bars and bass-pumping clubs, bar hopping until you reach a club that is just right for you.
- Magaluf: Like Palma Nova, Magaluf is stuffed with restaurants, bars, and clubs that line the cobble stoned streets for some of the most fun bar hopping memories you could possibly create.
- Jupiter Disco Pub: Located on Majorca, enjoy happy hour deals and discounts at this disco club that has earned itself quite the international reputation.