The Balearic Islands: ideal for fun in the sun
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Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands in brief


Visit the Balearic Islands for Ibiza’s nightlife, long walks in Mallorca, Menorca’s UNESCO-recognised natural bounty and delicious Spanish island cuisine.


Southern Europe, off Spain’s east coast

Nearest airport:

Ibiza, Menorca and Palma de Mallorca

Key resorts & areas:

Magaluf, Illetes, Palma, Cala d’Or, Alcudia, Puerto de Pollensa (Mallorca), Maó, Ciutadella, Son Bou, Cala Galdana, Es Mercadal, Cala en Porter (Menorca), Ibiza Town, San Antonio, Cala Vadella, Santa Eulalia (Ibiza), Illetes, Playa Llevant, Playa Migjorn (Formentera)

Major sights & activities:

Hiking, forts, clubbing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, diving, festivals

Best time to go

May to October; July and August is the peak season

Did you know?

There are 369 beaches across all 4 of the Balearic Islands - more than one for each day of the year!


Beach holidays in the Balearic Islands


The Balearics sum up everything that’s appealing about Spain in four islands - excellent nightlife, glorious beaches, sumptuous cuisine and amazing landscapes.

Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera each offer a unique beach holiday experience, making it easy to choose where to go based on what you would most like to do. Mallorca is the place to visit if you like spectacular scenery and long walks, while Menorca is a haven for nature lovers, Ibiza is the party capital of Europe and Formentera is for getting away from it all.

These are the main destinations to consider on each of the Balearic Islands:


Mallorca (Majorca)

The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has 550 km of coastline and measures nearly 80 km from end to end, with its area packed with over 200 beautiful beaches and stunning countryside. The most popular beaches are concentrated near the airport, although more remote (and therefore quieter) beaches can be found elsewhere.

  • Magaluf - This highly popular resort is home to the long white sand Platja de Magaluf beach. There are plenty of facilities and many nightlife spots are located close by.
  • Illetes - Located 9 km from Palma, this area is made up of Platja d’Illetes, Es Forti and Cala Comtessa. Platja d’Illetes is extremely popular, but Cala Comtessa is smaller and quieter - ideal for families.
  • Palma - There are several beaches in the bay near the island’s capital, Palma de Mallorca, including C’an Pastilla, Arenal and Playa de Palma. The beaches’ proximity to the city mean holidaymakers can easily combine sun, sea and sand with a spot of culture.
  • Cala d’Or - Part of this resort was originally built to emulate Ibiza’s architectural style. The nightlife isn’t quite as legendary as on Ibiza, but this is an appealing destination all the same thanks to beaches like Cala Llonga and Es Trenc.
  • Alcudia - This is the perfect family holiday destination thanks to its child-friendly waters and soft golden sand. A water park is located nearby and the old town is perfect for some leisurely exploration.
  • Puerto de Pollensa (Pollença) - This former fishing village is another popular destination for families and has a particularly laidback atmosphere. The town itself is located 8 km inland from the beach and offers some good shopping.


Menorca (Minorca)

Menorca is notable for being a UNESCO-recognised Biosphere Reserve thanks to its S'Albufera des Grau Nature Park, which includes a 2 km lagoon rich in wetland life. It also has a plethora of beach destinations to choose from and a coastal path ideal for long walks.

  • Maó (Mahon) - The capital of Menorca is a picturesque settlement packed with historical attractions. While it doesn’t have a beach itself, there are plenty of beaches located nearby, including Mesquida and Es Grau to the north and Punta Prima to the south.
  • Ciutadella - This former capital is located on the opposite side of Menorca to Maó and has a historical district and excellent beaches such as Cala Macarella, Son Saura, Cala Macarellita and Cala en Turqueta.
  • Son Bou - This is the longest beach on the island with more than 2 km of fine golden sand. Water sports are readily available here, while there are numerous bars and shops not far away. 
  • Cala Galdana - This is one of the most picturesque and family-friendly beaches in Menorca thanks to its soft white sand and attractive waters backed by cliffs. There are many activities and attractions for children here, and notable sights like the nearby castle.
  • Es Mercadal - This area of northern Menorca is home to two popular beach holiday destinations, Arenal d’en Castell and Son Parc, both of which are ideally suited to families and have a good selection of busy and quiet beaches.
  • Cala en Porter - This compact destination is famous for its lovely beach, the fiesta in September and caves high up in the walls of the nearby gorge. It’s an ideal destination if you have young children in tow thanks to the available facilities.



Ibiza needs little introduction thanks to its reputation as a party capital for cool clubbers. There’s more to the island than just its nightlife, though - there are also 18 km of sand beaches, plenty of historical attractions and some stunning natural beauty to enjoy.

  • Ibiza Town (Eivissa) - The island’s capital is also its most popular destination. Ibiza Town is fortified and listed by UNESCO for its heritage. However, its main draw is its clubs, including Pacha, Amnesia and Space. There are several popular beaches nearby, including Playa d’en Bossa, Cala Jondal and Las Salinas.
  • San Antonio - Located 20 minutes from the capital, San Antonio is another destination popular for its nightlife and the amazing sunsets that can be enjoyed from the Sunset Strip (including Cafe del Mar). The main beach is S’Arenal de San Antonio and is made up fine white sand.
  • Cala Vadella - This west coast resort is quiet and perfect for families who aren’t too bothered about nightlife. Visitors can enjoy spectacular sunsets and a good selection of restaurants.
  • Santa Eulalia - This is the best place to head to for great food and culture thanks to its top restaurants and art galleries. The two beaches - Santa Eulalia and Mariner’s Beach - are excellent for all types of holidaymaker.



Located south of Ibiza, this small island is perfect if you want to get away from it all and simply relax on a white sand beach, swim in clear blue waters and do little else4.

  • Illetes - This is the most popular beach on Formentera and can therefore get busy in the summer. However, it’s still a great place to people-watch and enjoy fresh seafood at the nearby restaurants.
  • Playa Llevant - This is a long, wide beach that’s significantly quieter than Illetes. This is a great place to escape to with your significant other.
  • Playa Migjorn - This is the longest beach on Formentera at 6 km and has white sand along with a decent selection of restaurants and bars nearby.




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