There are plenty of reasons why the Balearic Islands are such a hit with British holidaymakers. Just off Spain’s east coast, these islands serve up everything from lively beaches and world-class clubs to prehistoric ruins and picturesque countryside. Balearic Island is spilt between four islands; Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera, lets explore them...
The Balearics’ biggest island Majorca is all about the beaches. You can experience super long beaches like 13-kilometre-long Ca’n Picafort, or tucked away coves, such as those around billionaire’s playground, Cala d’Or, you’re pretty much guaranteed golden sand and calm waters where ever you go.
Ibiza is the king of Europe’s club scene, home to world-famous dance spots like Pacha. The island’s main resort is San Antonio, which attracts lots of tourists every year. It’s a different story up on the north coast, though. Make your way to the countryside around Puerto San Miguel and you’ll find hidden caves and walking trails through thick pine forests.
If you're after an island that moves at a slower pace, Menorca hits the spot. Families flock here for quiet beaches like Son Bou and Cala’n Forcat. Plus, there are prehistoric relics like the village of Torre d’en Gaumes, which is over 3,000 years old.
If you want to really drop off the radar, head over to Formentera. Its 20-kilometre coastline is dotted with secluded stretches of white sand. Some, like Playa de Ses Illetes, have been compared to the Caribbean.
𝗔 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗵.
Located on the east coast of Majorca, specifically in the town of Porto Cristo, these caves are one of the island’s main tourist attractions. They are without a doubt some of the most remarkable ones on the island. These caves contain a large underground lake 25meters below ground level and considered one of the largest underground lakes in the world.
Tickets cost €15 for an adult & €8 for a child.
𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗻!
Playa d’Alcudia Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Spain and offers fine white sand, shallow clear waters and plenty of space for the kids to dig giant holes and build sandcastles. For adults water sports such as jet skis and parasailing are also available.
This beach is definitely one for the family with a fantastic climbing frame and play area to entertain the kids, along with wooden walkways to ease access with a buggy.
We had so much fun when visiting here ourselves and with so much to offer, your little ones will never be out of options.
𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗮?
Then this adventure challenge is perfect for you! Suitable for all fitness levels & for children aged 6 above... also a great family adventure.
You are sent on a treasure hunt mission, which involves trekking, swimming, kayaking, snorkelling and exploring natural caves as you seek our hidden treasures. Also included is a beach front picnic to relax and enjoy after you adventurous activity.
This wonderful adventure is prices from £54.35 for an adult and from £39.60 for a child.
𝗣𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗱’𝗔𝗹𝗰𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗮... 𝗔 𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.
Port d’Alcudia is a popular town on the northeast coast of Majorca. In and around the port are rows or vacation apartments and small hotels that cater to anyone wanting a beach holiday.
From the port you can catch your next boat adventure and explore the many things this island has to offer. Or if you are after a day of relaxation then the main attraction here is the large beach that is nearly 3 kilometres long! Starting form the centre of the port and going down to Playa de Muro, where you can find lots of water sports along with some fun outdoor activities.
Nearby attractions include Hidropark, a large water park that also features mini golf, trampolines and lots of restaurants to choose from.
Love shopping ? The port’s centre is where you can find fantastic boutiques and for young kids there is even a good sized children’s playground.
Definitely not a location to be missed.
𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗰𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝘁!
There are lots of boat trips available in Majorca but I think one of the best ones for a very good price is the boat trip around Alcudia.
This glass bottom boat will pick you up on one of the five piers on Playa d’Alcudia Beach and take you around the bay of Alcudia.
On the trip you will get to experience the beautiful Coll Baix Beach, which is a secluded beach which can only be accessed by foot or boat. Here you will get the option to go snorkelling in the clear blue water.
You will then journey around Alcudia in hope to see some beautiful dolphins before docking at Cala Formentor. Cala Formentor Beach is found at the most northerly point of Mallorca and is one of the Islands most well-known beaches. The setting is second to none, the beach is backed by lush vegetation and green pine forests while having views over turquoise green seas.
Definitely a beach not to be missed!
A day at Cala Benirras
A little bay in the north of Ibiza. This little place on earth is a pure nature dream just a 10 minutes drive from San Miguel. You can even take your snorkel with you, to see some beautiful fish that surround the bay. Recommendation: Arrive early in the morning when it is not so busy and you can experience this place to yourself.
Then in the evening you watch the sun go down with a breathtaking sunset. On Sundays, you can even get the unique chance to experience the hippie side of the magical island. Where you get to experience drummers from all over the world gathering at this special place to live out their hippie ritual of making music together.
Explore Las Salinas Natural Park
The Ses Salines Natural Park is one of the most important marine and land reserves in the Balearics located at the southern end of the island of Ibiza.
The Ses Salines Natural Park includes some of the most beautiful beaches of Ibiza as the famous beach of Ses Salines, Es Codolar or Es Cavallet and numerous defensive towers spread along the coastline.
This park is an important ecosystem of great wealth and being a Mediterranean biodiversity it is habitat for many marine, terrestrial species and birds like flamingos and a variety of flora and fauna of the island.
Spend time at one of Ibiza’s famed Blue Flag beaches Cala d'Hort.
Cala d’Hort is an isolated beach on the southwestern coast of Ibiza. It is backed by towering cliffs and reachable only by a narrow, steep road. However, after the hardest drive, you are rewarded by breathtaking views of the bright blue Mediterranean Ocean and a tiny island called Es Vedra.
At the end of the day you can enjoy the sun set over Es Vedra island across the water.
Cala Salada a must see on the island.
Surrounded by pine forested hills, the small, protected sandy cove of Cala Salada is a favourite. The water is beautifully clear, shallow and perfect for swimming. This small beach gets very busy on summer weekends, with people often spread across the rocks that separate Cala Salada and neighbouring Cala Saladita.
On the rocky promontory to the right is a picturesque stone tower with paths leading over the top to the little fringe of sandy beach of Cala Saladita. To the left are boathouses built into the rock. Well trodden paths leading into the hills are popular for walks in this unspoiled area.
A trip to Cala Vadella
Cala Vadella is a beautiful little resort spread over a hillside on the west coast of Ibiza near the village of San José.
The beach is very popular with families due to the extremely sheltered nature of the bay, the wide sandy beach and shallow waters. The main road running through the village is extremely curvy as it winds its way up the hill, offering stunning views of the beautiful bay below.
Lining the beach is an excellent selection of restaurants and beach bars, most with great views of the bay. The calm waters of the sheltered bay invite you to take part in all kinds of water activities including: pedalos, kayaks, Stand Up Paddle or diving at the dive school.
Hippy Market Punta Arabi
The hippy market of Punta Arabi located in Es Canar next to Cala Martina, is the oldest, the largest, and one of the most famous markets of the island, is a magical place full of history. It is located next to Hotel Punta Arabi.
Thousands of people pass through the market walking past 500 stands offering goods of all kinds like crafts, fashion, footwear, jewellery, artwork, as well as countless food stalls.
If you are traveling with children you can take them to the Hippy Kids, an area for the little ones where they can perform various activities such as designing wreaths or their own t-shirt, they will surely have a blast.
The market is held on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 06:00pm.
Cala Macarella and Cala Macarelleta
The most beautiful virgin beaches of Menorca. Cala Macarella, is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular paradises in Menorca. If you have ever seen any image of Menorca you have surely marveled at its crystal clear waters and its intense turquoise blue. Custody between rocks and pine trees, this beautiful beach is a true Mediterranean landscape. With the most transparent waters of the Mediterranean and a fine white sand perfect to enjoy the sun and tranquility.
Cala Macarelleta, the younger sister
is only 10 minutes walk from Macarella. The two beaches are joined by a beautiful path through which you can walk and contemplate spectacular views. Macarelleta is the living image that the most beautiful is found in the smallest jars. Any description falls short and only the experience of enjoying a bath in its crystalline waters corresponds to its fame.
Cala Mitjana is an open clear blue cove with high cliffs on either side offering a fantastic view.
A Medium sized white sandy virgin beach with shallow calm waters. It is a popular beach during the summer for locals and tourists. Access to Cala Mitjaneta is on the western side of the beach via a short track or swimming! Perfect for experiencing one of Menorca’s best natural beaches without the additional walk to get there.
The old town of Ciutadella is truly wonderful and made this city one of the most beautiful of all the Balearic Islands. If you decide to take a walk around the Cathedral of Ciutadella, you will find many important monuments and religious buildings such as the Cathedral, Iglesia Roser, Claustro de Sam.
Another fantastic place to visit is the market of Ciutadella, a nice place to buy fish or meat as well as to walk and soak up the colours and smells of the everyday life of the Menorcans.
Pedreres de S’Hostal
This is one of the most beautiful ethnological places on the island. An astounding natural labyrinth made of incredible sandstone shapes left by both manual carvers as well as mechanical carvings, this part-quarry and part-sculpture field is a tranquil place.
Top tip: Visit in summer to enjoy one of the many live concerts.
Cala del Pilar
Cala Pilar is an unspoilt beach in the north of Menorca. It is a beautiful cove well off the beaten track in the north of Menorca, with reddish sands and crystal-clear waters. It requires some planning and effort to get there and that puts people off, so expect to find only a few like-minded souls.
Beware: If the Tramuntana (north) wind is blowing you will know all about it here.
In the central southern side of the island in between Cala Fustam and Binigaus. One of Menorca’s first class virgin beaches, Cala Escorxada is an idyllic cove with completely natural surroundings.
A beautiful white sandy beach with shallow calm waters. Perfect for anyone wanting a peaceful beach away from civilisation. Accessible by walking or by sea in boat, kayak or jet ski, a pretty hard hike but worth it at the end.
Sant Francesc de Formentera
Welcome to the capital of the Island. This is where you will see its fortified church, charming shops and picturesque streets.
Playa de Migjorn
This is one of the more diverse beaches in Formentera and is by far the longest. Along its length of six kilometres you will always find a quiet place, whether it is on the soft sand or the flat rocks, near a beach bar or somewhere in the dunes.
Quirky boat houses, a trendy beach kiosk and areas with lots of algae are features of this beach, along with its turquoise water. Nudists, families and couples come to this beach, which is away from the tourist areas, as it is a place where everyone can relax.
La Mola Lighthouse
The Far De La Mola Lighthouse is located at the eastern edge of Formentera, the most southern of the Balearic Islands.
The lighthouse is 21 meters tall and stands fiercely upon a 258-meter high cliff. It is one of the most beautiful spots of the tiny island, that offers a breathtaking view over an endless sea. The building has an interesting literary history.
La Mola Lighthouse
A traditional fishing village with a unique natural harbour and traditional restaurants.
There is beautiful sandy coves and nearby is the starting point of green route 25, which follows the whole of the historical path up to La Mola, known as the Camí de Sa Pujada. As you climb, you will be struck by the best views of the island.