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Balearic Islands

Just off the coast of Spain, there’s a collection of islands offering the luxury holiday of your dreams. Known as The Balearic Islands, this vibrant archipelago of golden sands and party hotspots is made up of four main landmasses – Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca – and a collection of smaller ones. Each has its own distinctive character and offers a little something for everyone but are also conveniently close together for day trips and island-hopping adventures. So pack your sunnies, appetite and your best pulling outfit, because here you’ll find stretches of sand, fantastic food and a phenomenal nightlife scene.
 
Home to the infamous Magaluf, Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic chain and ideal for both party animals and those seeking refuge from the world. Despite its sole reputation as the perfect resort for a night on the town, this palm-fringed destination offers so much more. La Palma de Mallorca, its capital, is a city packed with history, from its Gothic cathedral to its charmingly quaint ‘old quarter’, while the northern coast is a haven of tranquility with boutique sanctuaries and secluded mountain villages. Due to its quiet natural surroundings, this is an ideal locale for adventure sports and wellness retreats.
 
The often-overlooked smaller isle of Menorca is a laid-back alternative to its sister islands. With a nightlife consisting of classy cocktails rather than clubbing, beaches of pristine natural beauty and a landscape of rolling green hills, this is the ideal destination for couples looking for romantic privacy. The colourful capital of Mahón provides plenty of culture to keep things entertaining with its friendly atmosphere and picturesque settings.
 
Ibiza, perhaps the most famous location in the Balearics, is a wild ride for anyone looking to spend their holiday partying from dusk ‘til dawn. The east coast’s Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio in the west are inarguably the top places for drinking and dancing, with a multitude of pubs, clubs, bars and after dark destinations. On the quieter side of the island, you’ll find resorts such as Cas Mallorqui and Port de Sant Miquel which offer low-key entertainment and slightly quieter beach scenes.
 
If you want the feel of a private island with a laid-back boho vibe, then the secluded island of Formentera is your next holiday stop. Just 11-miles wide, this spot is known for its Caribbean-like white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, making it idyllic for couples or those on a wellness escape.
 
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It is advised that you carry copies of your European Health Insurance Card and passport (or the real things) as they are required by law and very often asked for when paying by debit or credit card.

 
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Good to know

  • Currency: EUR
  • Flying time to destination:
    2-hours and 30-minutes from London
  • In A Word: Vibrant
  • Packing Essential: Your favourite party outfit

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 12°c   Feb: 13°c   Mar: 14°c  
Apr: 16°c   May: 18°c   Jun: 22°c  
Jul: 25°c   Aug: 26°c   Sep: 24°c  
Oct: 27°c   Nov: 16°c   Dec: 13°c  

Location

Balearic Islands Articles

Balearics In A Nutshell

  • With a history of international invasion, the cuisine of the Balearic Islands is understandably quite continental. The typical dishes you’ll find are of Catalan descent and consist of tasty stews, soups and spiced meats.
     
  • As a destination so closely linked to the ocean, fish and shellfish are obviously key items on any Balearic menu. Favourites include Caldereta de llagosta (lobster stew) and salted cod, which you’ll find grilled over fire pits right on the beach.
     
  • If you prefer your dishes with a healthy dose of sugar, then the area’s culinary pride, the ensaimada is for you. A tasty treat made of spiralled layers of flaky pastry, it’s simple yet perfect for filling up the corners after a meal.

     
  • Looking for a family-friendly beach that everyone can enjoy? Cala Comtessa in Mallorca is a small bay that feels pleasantly secluded with fine, soft sand and swimming pool-esque ocean. There are plenty of watersport opportunities such as snorkelling and an ice-cream booth to keep little ones happy.
     
  • Do you want somewhere away from the crowds? Mallorca’s Cala Varques is ideal. Hugged by steep hills for a wonderfully private atmosphere, the fluorescent blue waters are fringed by trees and a secret network of underground caves so you can swim, sunbathe, hike or explore the underground passages all at once!
     
  • For a beach that drops its mysterious glamour and is always open for a party, Ibiza’s Cala Jondal is a must. Reigning supreme as the ultimate club destination, this sandy stretch is home to the ultra-luxe Blue Marlin Beach Club, which serves up drinks, dishes and a vibe that’s hard to beat.

     
After Dark Destinations
 
  • For an incredibly luxurious night on the water rather than the town, head to Mallorca’s Puerto Portals. A glamourous harbour choc-full of high-end yachts, boutiques, Michelin-starred eateries and swanky bars, this place ticks all the five-star boxes.
     
  • One of the most famous clubs in Ibiza, Amnesia is a club which, ironically, you’ll never forget. Three-time winner of the Best Global Club award, the party here kicks of post-midnight with special events like the infamous Cream parties.
     
  • Menorca also has an impressive contribution to make with its world-famous Cova D’en Xoroi. Set in caves under a cliff, this totally unique venue is open all day either for quiet drinks or full on clubbing.
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