The Balearic Islands sit like jewels in the crown that is the Mediterranean Sea. Each island has a little something to offer everyone: raucous and legendary clubbing and partying on Ibiza, prehistoric ruins on Menorca, relaxing beaches on Formentera, and sweeping mountainsides to hike along on Mallorca.
The Balearic Islands are a wildly popular travel destination, with visitors from all over the globe descending upon the Mediterranean oasis every year.
Where to Stay
Each island features a wide range of lodging options, from apartment lodging all the way up to luxury hotels. Depending on the purpose for your visit, there are accommodations with convenient access to clubs, beaches, shopping, and dining.
On the Balearic Islands’ smallest island, Formentera, white sandy beaches abound. Insotel Club Maryland provides very convenient access to both Migjorn and Es Pujols Beaches, as well as other local attractions like the La Mola and Barbaria Lighthouses. It is a nice hotel for a family, featuring a children’s pool and a restaurant.
Ibiza is arguably the liveliest island in the chain, and if you want to be close to where the action – and the rich and famous – is, Hacienda Na Xamena is a bit of a splurge, but an excellent lodging choice. The hotel offers comfortable and luxurious guest rooms, and is quite dramatic in appearance, with six floors that built into a cliff. This provides awe-inspiring ocean views from some rooms. The spa is quite the experience, located in caverns.
It is all about the sweeping ocean views at TRYP Palma Bellver Hotel, located on Mallorca. Balconies allow you to lose yourself in the sounds and smells of the Mediterranean. Enjoy close proximity to several points of interest, like the Mallorca Cathedral and Bellver Castle.
Enjoy close proximity to the beautiful beaches of Menorca at Hotel Hesperia Menorca Patricia. Reasonable rates, complimentary buffet breakfast each morning, and a swimming pool makes this an ideal choice for traveling families.
Where to Eat
Restaurants, cafes, and bars are plentiful on the Balearic Islands. The availability of fresh Mediterranean ingredients, including seafood by the boatload provide a light and delicious palate for traditional Mallorcan and Mediterranean menus.
Simple yet legendary, Ibiza’s Es Bigotes is so popular during the high season of summer, that you have to arrive in person the day before to secure your order! They prepare your fish right from the ocean, and serve it alongside saffron scented rice.
Ca N’Antuna serves up traditional Mallorcan cuisine such as calamari, lamb, and other roasted meats who aroma guides you through the door. Enjoy dining amid the backdrop of verdant mountains.
On Formentera, there is a popular place known as the Blue Bar, where everything, from the tables to the walls to the chairs, even the drinks, are blue. The seafood is so good, though, you won’t leave feeling blue.
The island of Menorca enjoys a colorful history, and the Meson El Gallo, located in a beautiful 200-year-old house, is part of it all. The rustic interior add allure to the menu, which is composed of tasty, made to order seafood dishes.
What to Do
The club scene on Ibiza is legendary, and thousands flock to the island every year to dance and drink until they drop. The other Balearic Islands have there own reasons for paying them some attention, whether you are looking for a relaxing spot on the beach to daydream your cares away, or you love exploring cultural and historic sites, or you love great outdoors.
On Mallorca, you can experience the thrill of a canyoning excursion, the breathtaking scenery from above in a hot air balloon, or float along the coastline on a boat tour of the beautiful islands.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the scenic surroundings and variety of adventures to be had. Take a day hike, go canoeing or kayaking, play a few rounds of golf, or even go caving.
Explore Stone Age ruins, Gothic cathedrals, and stroll through shops and boutiques. What makes the Balearic Islands special is that you can customize your holiday to fit your idea of a good time!
When to Visit
The weather on the Balearic Islands is beautiful all year long. The summer months are by far the most crowded. Spring is beautiful, having warmed up just enough to enjoy the beaches without the crowds. Even winter is nice enough, and the perfect time to explore the historical sights of the islands.