From beats to unbeaten tracks in the Balearics

Sunset in Es Castells Bay, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Whether you’re a music lover who would like to watch the sun come up in Ibiza or a beachgoer who prefers to soak up the Mediterranean sun in Majorca -- the Balearic Islands are like a sweet shop for travellers.

Think short flights and lovely weather teamed with hotel choices for everyone from intrepid couples to families seeking fun.


A snapshot of the Balearic Islands:

  • Life’s a beach or a quaint fishing village in Menorca

  • Splash out in Majorca with the kids or head for the boutique bars of Palma

  • Dance the night away in Ibiza or head for the magic of the markets

  • Invite Instagram envy with the Caribbean-like coast of Formentera

What are the Balearic Islands?

The Balearic Islands are a group of islands (often called an ‘archipelago’) in the Mediterranean just off Spain’s east coast. 

There are four main islands for you to explore, including Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. 

You’d be mistaken if you stereotype any of these islands as beachy or clubby, as all of them have two sides, whether it’s the nightlife of Ibiza versus the white-washed walls of Ibiza old town or Menorca’s beach life in contrast to 3000-year-old ruins -- adventure awaits.  


Weather in the Balearic Islands

You’ll be in for some amazing weather no matter where you choose to travel in the Balearics:

  • Jan -- 16°C -- Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • Feb -- 16°C -- Avg. Rain: 32mm

  • Mar -- 18°C -- Avg. Rain: 36mm

  • Apr -- 20°C -- Avg. Rain: 32mm

  • May -- 23°C -- Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • Jun -- 27°C -- Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • Jul -- 30°C -- Avg. Rain: 5mm

  • Aug -- 30°C -- Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • Sep -- 28°C -- Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • Oct -- 24°C -- Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • Nov -- 19°C -- Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • Dec -- 17°C -- Avg. Rain: 61mm

Travel money for the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are part of Spain, so the currency you need to purchase is the Euro. 

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Whether you are travelling on your own, as a couple, with a friend, or as a family - you’ll find that Majorca, the Balearic’s largest island, is known primarily for its beaches. One particular beach in Ca’n Picafort is so long that it would take a seasoned runner a few hours to jog the entire length and back, which might be good for working off the sumptuous cuisine you’ll no doubt eat.

Don’t be fooled by the idea that Majorca is full of family hotels, though, as the uber-rich choose Majorca’s Cala d’Or as their go-to for sunshine.

The trendy also head for the capital, where you can sip martinis and chat over some of the world’s most exquisite tapas.

Your top destination choices in Majorca: 

Alaro, Alcudia, C’an Picafort, Cala Bona, Cala Mayor, Cala Mesquida, Cala Millor, Cala Ratjada, Cala San Vicente, Cala Vinas, Cala D’Or, Calas De Mallorca, Camp De Mar, Costa De Los Pinos, Deia, Felanitx, Llletas, Magaluf, Paguera, Palma, Palma Nova, Playa De Palma, Playa De Muro, Pollensa, Portais Nous, Port Cristo, Portopetro, Puerto Pollensa, Puig De Ros, S’lllot, San Augstin, Santa Ponsa, Son Severa, Torrenova


If you only ever visited the northern part of Ibiza around Puerto San Miguel, where there are secret caves and lush forest trails, it would be hard to imagine the nightlife in the island’s main resort, San Antonio. 

For those that dream of everything from Ocean Club Ibiza’s VIP dance areas to late-night chillout tunes on the beach, though - this island is the place to be for nightlife.

The diverse markets in Ibiza and the UNESCO-protected old town are often visited by nightlife-loving visitors too, though - providing a welcome break after a heavy night of partying.

Your top destination choices in Ibiza: 

Cala Llonga, Cala Pada, Cala Tarida, Es Cana, Es Figueral, Figueretas, Ibiza Town, Playa D’en Bossa, Port Des Torrent, Portinatx, Puerto San Miguel, San Antonio, San Antonio Bay, Sant Rafel, Santa Eulalia, Talamanca



Apart from the fantastic beaches that are Son Bou and Cala’n Forcat, Menorca offers a more chilled holiday vibe, with the choice of visiting villages that are over 3000 years old for a touch of culture.

If supping a cold beer while people watching and perusing the expensive yachts is your idea of heaven, then Menorca will not disappoint either. 

Families have long enjoyed the child-friendly atmosphere in Cala’n Bosch, where there are hotels built for making your holiday with small children as enjoyable as possible and a small town and beach with everything you could need. Cuitadella is also just a fun bus ride away for a latte to remember and retail therapy. 

Your top destination choices in Menorca: 

Arenal D’en Castell, Cala Blanca, Cala Canutells, Cala Galdana, Cala D’Alcaufar, Cala’n Bosch, Cala’n Forcat, Cala’n Porter, Cuitadella, Es Castell, Mahon, Playa De Fornells, Punta Prima, S’Algar, Santo Tomas, Son Bou, Son Parc, Son Xoriguer



Perhaps one of the lesser-known Balearic Islands, Formentera is more akin to a far-flung exotic holiday where white sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. 

Work and stress will be a distant memory when you’re sat on Playa Mitjorn beach, wandering the picturesque harbour towns, or bartering in the local markets.

Formentera is for disappearing for a while and popping back up when you feel refreshed and ready to go again.

Your top destination choices in Formentera: 

Es Pujols, Platja De Migjorn

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