What to expect on holidays to the Balearic Islands

Sun and sand are two things that most of us want on our holidays. The Balearic Islands – an autonomous region of Spain in the western Mediterranean – have these two qualities in abundance. There are actually a fair few islands in this archipelago, but the best-known by far are Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca.

Alongside Formentera, these are also the largest isles in the region, and the ones that are most commonly associated with amazing holidays. So, I’ve decided to focus on these for the purposes of this blog. Below, you’ll find a brief introduction to each, as well as the types of getaways they’re best for.


Majorca is a really gorgeous destination for a holiday – and that’s particularly true when you consider the sheer variety it offers. On the one hand, you’ve got scores of idyllic beaches that offer not only the chance to relax, but also to try out a wealth of water sports, and on the other, you’ve got the rich culture of destinations like the capital, Palma.

And that’s not all. In fact, one of my absolute favourite things about this island is its stunning natural wonders. For instance, the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range is truly incredible (not mention great for hiking), while places like the Caves of Drach are perfect for exciting adventures spotting stalagmites and stalactites.

So who’s it best for?

If you’re looking for an all-round crowd pleaser, I think you can’t go far wrong with Majorca. Because of that, I consider it to be ideal for pretty much any kind of holidaymaker; that said, its mix of natural wonders, quiet beaches and cultural attractions probably makes it best for families and couples.


Ibiza is a destination that’s pretty much synonymous with clubbing and boat parties (like these Tenerife Boat Parties for instance). Not only that, but Ibiza is also fantastic in terms of nightlife. Yet, there is so much more to the island than that. For starters, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its mix of biodiversity and immensely important cultural and archaeological attractions.

If you are interested in its heritage, definitely visit the Es Puig des Molins necropolis, where more than 4,000 Punic and Roman tombs have been discovered. Another must-visit spot is the archaeological site of Sa Caleta.

The capital, Ibiza Town, is also home to some historic Renaissance walls built by King Carlos V. Head up to the area known as Dalt Vila to see them and you’ll also get some brilliant views across the city.

Of course, I can’t finish up without mentioning at least a few clubs. There are seven major ones on the island, include Amnesia, Eden and Pacha.

So who’s it best for?

Clubbers! The quality of the nightlife here means that its reputation among party animals is well deserved. That said, it’s really easy to steer clear of the nightlife if you’re after a more relaxing break – do so and you’ll be able to enjoy a quiet, scenic paradise, which means it’s also great for anyone looking for a lazy getaway in the sun.


Last up, we have Minorca – the smallest of the three we’re talking about today. The key things to know about this island are that it’s utterly peaceful, and that it’s home to really varied beaches.

While the largest distance between any two points on the island is just 47 km (a fact that means it’s ideal for exploring by car), it’s home to an impressive 216 km of coastline. This features a mix of tiny little coves fringed by palm groves and broad stretches of sand, so there’s plenty of variety in terms of where to relax.

Fantastic for sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and scuba diving, Minorca is also home to some great archaeological attractions, like the Naveta des Tudons Megalithic remains.

So who’s it best for?

Anyone looking for an island escape where you can relax completely.

Are Spain holidays 2013 something you’re considering? If so, leave us a comment below and let us know your plans!


About the Author