Balearic Islands Travel Guide
The Balearic Islands are a holidaymakers dream with world-class beaches, tranquil turquoise waters, picturesque coves and a near-perfect climate that entices millions of tourists from northern Europe each year.
5 Interesting facts about the Balearic Islands
- The Balearic Islands have been part of the Spanish territory since 1349.
- The smaller island of Menorca has more kilometers of beach then Mallorca and Ibiza combined.
- Funeral buildings on the island of Menorca date back to 1200BC.
- The Balearic Islands are visited by over 13 million holiday makers each year.
- Top tennis players Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya where both born on the Balearic Islands
The Balearic's are made up of four main islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, each one has its own distinct character, customs, and traditions to suit every visitor to these special Mediterranean islands.
We have compiled a comprehensive Spain travel resources page to help you plan and book a trip or holiday to the Balearic Islands including a money-saving hotel search comparison platform, travel insurance, flights, discount car hire, tours, excursions as well lat minute travel and holiday deals.
Mallorca ( Majorca ) is the largest of the islands and welcomes holidaymakers from all over the world as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Spain. Here you will enjoy some of the best beaches in Europe, busy resorts, tranquil coves, stunning mountain scenery as well the vibrant capital city of Palma de Majorca.
Take a trip to Alcudia in nothern Mallorca, one of the most historic and beautiful towns on the island. A medieval wall surrounds the old town, here you will find a traditional Mallorcan town with small local shops, restaurants and museums, providing the perfect photo opportunity.
Ibiza is a beautiful island where the people are warm and friendly, there are picturesque coastal villages and stunning scenery, as well as impressive views of the Mediterranean sea.
The Island of Ibiza is also known as the party capital of the world, attracting thousands of young party-revelers from all around the world every year. Some of the world’s biggest nightclubs are located in Ibiza such as the famed Space and Pacha dance clubs.
The Ibiza music scene is known the world over and has influenced some of the most popular music on the charts today and often welcomes some of the top DJs and entertainers.
The smaller Island of Formentera, in contrast, is more reclusive, a haven for artists and solitude-seeking tourists who enjoy quiet clothes-free bathing amongst the wild rosemary bushes and omnipresent bright green iguanas.
Menorca is a bit more conservative and quiet, littered with stone reminders of its prehistoric past, and perfect for tourists looking for peace and beautiful isolated beaches.
The picturesque island of Menorca is laid back and full of stunning bays, pristine beaches, small coastal resorts, picturesque countryside as well lots of opportunities to enjoy local cooking with plenty of fish and seafood on offer.
Cala hopping on the Balearic Islands
A great reason for visiting this part of Spain is to engage in “cala hopping” stopping off for a quick swim at each as you make a slow circle around the Islands. Calas are the small picturesque coves which are located all around the island. Quite a lot of them though are only accessible via the sea and there position only given away by the yachts and small craft anchored slightly offshore around them.
A pick of the best calas well worth visiting the Cala Macarella, Cala Es Talaier, Cala N’ Porter, Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Galdana and the Cala Pregonda.
Some other treasured beaches on the Balearic Island of Mallorca include the Colonia de San Jordi, and the beaches of Estanys, Dolc and Carbo. They are all situated along a pristine stretch of coastline which offers visitors clear blue waters and tranquil isolated beaches of fine white sand with an abundance of vegetation.
Top holiday hotspots
Resorts such as busy Magaluf on the Island of Majorca offer budget-friendly package holidays from as little as £250 per person per week in the offseason, incredible value when you think lights, transfers, food and accommodation are usually included for that price.
Top 10 things do to on the Balearic Islands
- Visit the famous Le Seu Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca
- Spend a day at the stunning Playa de Ses Illetas on the Island of Formentera
- Take a stroll around the old town of Alcudia in northern Mallorca
- Explore the Serra de Tramuntana national park
- Be amazed by the stunning views of Es Vedra
- Chill out at the Cala Compte in Ibiza
- Visit the world heritage site of Dalt Vila in Ibiza's old town
- Explore Ibiza castle
- Enjoy amazing boat tours around the Islands
- Visit Puerto de Soller by train
Recommended fine dining restaurants on the Balearic Islands
» The Restaurant Celler C,an Amer – located in the town of Inca on the Island of Mallorca this is a unique restaurant come wine cellar offering a selection of high-quality dishes created by celebrated chef Tomue Torrens, son of Antonia Cantallops and Jose Torrens, who started this award-winning restaurant almost 45 years ago. Try popular dishes such as stuffed shoulder of lamb with aubergines, Tenderloin of baby veal and stuffed courgettes with monkfish and lobster.
Check their website for more info: http://www.celler-canamer.es/
» Simply Fosh – located in Palma de Mallorca this is a Michelin-stared restaurant of some note. Simply Fosh is set within contemporary surroundings within the Hotel Convent de la Missio. Chef Marc Fosh offers three set priced gastronomic menus in the evenings which represent his unique cooking style.
See their website here: http://www.simplyfosh.com/
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Recommended Balearic Island accommodation
The Hotel Gran Melia Victoria is a very stylish 5 star hotel located just a short drive from Port of Las Palmas and the Palma Cathedral. It offers multiple facilities including a sauna, a fitness centre and a poolside snack bar. Each bright room at the Hotel Gran Melia Victoria includes a mini bar and bathrobes. The hotel is only a 10-minute walk from Bellver Castle, and an easy drive from Magaluf. The hotel is located within a few minutes from shops, bars and a variety of local and international dining options. Regular Reviewer Rating: 8.9
The Hotel Ses Sucreres is a top rated hotel located in the town of Ferreries on the Island of Menorca. Although in the mid range this is a stunning 3 starred hotel. Highly regarded and well equipped to ensure a great holiday stay. The hotel's on-site restaurant provides a convenient option for guests wishing to eat in. Reviewer Rating: 9.9
For a rural holiday try the small but impressive Casa Galileo guest house , situated in the town of Costitx in central Mallorca. Casa Galileo is an easy drive from Santa Margalida and around a 35 minute drive to San Son Joan airport. This popular guest house offers eight well appointed and comfortable rooms so you need to book early if you plan to stay here during the high season as the rooms tend to go very quickly. Reviewer Rating: 10.0