Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are located to the east of mainland Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Comprising of many smaller islands, there are 4 main larger islands which are popular holiday destinations – Formentera, Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca.

If you are seeking a sun-soaked holiday this year then the Balearic Islands are a fantastic choice. With golden sandy beaches, hot summers and plenty of seaside towns to accommodate holidaymakers with bars and restaurants you are all but guaranteed to have a great time for a very competitive price.

Map of the Balearic Islands

Places to visit in the Balearic Islands

You really can’t go wrong with any of the islands in the Balearics. With small fishing ports scattered along every coastline and beautiful sandy beaches it will be difficult to choose between each destination. Ibiza has a reputation for partying and clubbing however don’t let this put you off a visit if that’s not your thing – the northern regions of Ibiza are unspoilt and offer beautiful scenery.

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands and is located on the island of Mallorca. The capital itself may not be a top destination however the island of Mallorca is a great option if you are seeking to do a little travelling around. Hiring a car on Mallorca is a popular choice over 3 days which allows you plenty of time to explore all of the top spots around the island. If you are feeling a little more energetic, join the thousands of cyclists who take to 2 wheels and find their way around the island on a bicycle.

With 4 great destinations to choose from we’re confident that you will love whichever one you end up visiting this year.


The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is well known for its crystal clear waters and beautiful, long stretches of sandy beaches. Formentera can be reached from the southern tip of neighbouring Ibiza and is a popular destination for day-trips where you can take to the water for some sailing and snorkelling.


Ibiza is a diverse island when it comes to planning a holiday. Famous for its nightclubs and the bar culture of San Antoni and Ibiza Town it is the perfect destination for a lively holiday. This isn’t the full representation of Ibiza however which particularly to the north of the island offers beautiful secluded villages and towns that take things at a slower pace, set among beautiful backdrops.


Popular with families, Mallorca is the perfect destination to enjoy an affordable, sun-soaked beach holiday. With a large coastal area offering boat trips to sheltered coves, historic Roman and Moorish remains to visit and stone-built villages like Pollença located across the island, Mallorca has a little something for everyone. If you’re after a more lively holiday, the Capital Palma has plenty of nightclubs, bars and restaurants to give the likes of Ibiza a run for its money as a destination.


Menorca is a beautiful island within the Balearics that is perfectly suited to those who want to lie back and relax with sea, sun and sand. Compared to its neighbours of Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca exists at a far slower pace and is certainly more low-key, allowing it be a far calmer and slower-pace holiday destination. With miles of stretching sandy beaches and bays (“calas”) containing turquoise coloured water, Mallorca is a stunning, relaxing destination that will not disappoint.

Balearic Islands travel guides

Knowing the best places to visit and eat during your time away is the best way to get the most out of your trip. Don’t rely on the overwhelming amount of information that is present on the internet however which will not only slow down your planning but create confusion over the best places going. Keep things simple by opting for an up to date travel guide and ensure you travel to the top locations, presented by industry recognised travel publishers.

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