East of the Spanish mainland are the three main Balearic Islands – Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. Sharing stunning beaches, Mediterranean climes and 300 days of sunshine per year, all three Balearic Islands make for a stunning Spanish destination, however, each island has a distinct character which makes for a truly special holiday.
Which Balearic Island should you visit?
Ideal for Adventure Junkies
Fancy doing something different on your holidays? Head to Mallorca for a real outdoor adventure! This island boasts winding tracks and open roads, making it one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world! Hire a mountain bike and get out for a cycle, you can find technical trails for the experienced online or simply head out on the open road to find secluded beaches for a well-deserved lie down!
Due to its unique geology, Mallorca is home to some spectacular caves that you can visit on-land or underwater. Book yourself on to a tour and discover the secrets of the stalagmites in any of the 10,000 which call the island home.
The adventure doesn’t need to be limited to the land – Mallorca is home to an abundance of water sports from getting close to nature with a scuba-dive to taking to the waves with a sailing lesson. We would recommend hiring a kayak and exploring the coastline cliffs and coves at your own pace.
Travelling with a mini thrill seeker? Whet their appetite with a visit to one of the many water parks located on the island!
Ideal for Peace Seekers
Renowned for its slow pace of life and laid-back vibe, Menorca is the ideal destination if you’re looking for a relaxing retreat. Feel like watching the world go by? Head to Cala Mitjaneta, located by Cala Gal Dana, this breath-taking cove is recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The relaxed, peaceful feel of the island makes it an ideal destination for families and there are plenty of activities that will occupy little ones. There are plenty of shallow beaches that are suitable for even small children and you could treat older ones to a horse trekking expedition to discover the island in the most magical way.
Menorca is steeped in Spanish charm and culture and if you are lucky enough to visit at the right time you could get to experience a real Spanish fiesta! With stunning native horse displays, delicious local cuisine and traditional Menorcan gin, a Spanish fiesta is definitely worth witnessing at least once!
Looking for even more relaxation? Head out on a glass bottomed boat and soak up the sunshine on the Mediterranean waters – don’t forget to pack the sangria!
Ideal for Free Spirits
From an Old Town steeped in history to a world famous dancers’ paradise, Ibiza is definitely an island for those looking for a good time. If partying is your thing, head to the globally renowned Ibiza Town strip where you’ll find extraordinary clubs, bustling bars and you might be able to catch a legendary DJ set!
Don’t forget about daytime – Ibiza also boasts beautiful harbours, cultural towns and an array of restaurants to explore. Take a trip to Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy stunning Renaissance architecture, superior terraces and mighty statues. Make sure you enjoy the breath-taking views from the battlements by the Cathedral.
Seek out bargains at one of Ibiza’s many markets, including the famous Hippy Market which runs all year long, although more frequently in the summer seasons. Here you can snap up local crafts, exotic jewellery and handmade clothing.
Feel like adventure? Take a boat over to Formentera, a small island a couple of miles off the coast of Ibiza. Here you can enjoy white sand beaches and crystal clear water.