If you've been daydreaming of an island escape, then you've come to the right place. Just a short trip away from the UK, the Balearic Islands have long been one of the most popular holiday destinations for holidaymakers from our shores. In fact, thanks to their year-round mild climate and gorgeous beaches, this island group is a favourite with travellers from all over Europe and beyond.
No matter what sort of holiday you're after, the four main islands of the Balearics seem to offer it all. Whether you're keen on a beach holiday in Majorca, a rowdy group holiday to Ibiza or a fun-filled family holiday in Menorca or Formentera, you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable time.
Find all the best Balearic Island holiday deals right here, as well as plenty of inspiration and tips so that you can make the most of your time on the islands.
Made up of four main islands and a number of smaller islands and islets, the Balearic Islands offer a lot of variety to holidaymakers. Whether you plan on visiting only one of the islands or fancy a bit of island hopping, know that each Balearic Island features its own special character and range of activities.
Not quite sure where you'd like to go? Here are the top holiday destinations in the Balearic Islands.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular Balearic Islands, there is much more to Majorca than well-known party destinations like Magaluf. Think small coastal towns and villages, secluded bays, wide sandy beaches and winding mountain trails.
The extensive coastline of Alcudia in the northeast has miles of sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming as well as smaller, boutique-style hotels and several nature reserves. And, while the area around Cala Ratjada in the hilly east is one of the island's party hotspots, visitors can also enjoy the region's enchanting coves and diverse coastline. For a taste of old Majorca, visit the two harbour towns of Porto Cristo and Porto Colom.
🏴☠️ Pirate tip: If you're looking to avoid the huge tourist hotspots, base yourself on the north coast between Estellencs and Pollenca. Here the coast is mountainous, the bays small and quiet and the beaches wildly romantic.
Holidays in Menorca are more relaxed than those in Ibiza or Majorca. This is why Menorca has become increasingly popular as a destination for peaceful and fun-filled family holidays in the Balearics.
The island's capital, Mahón, is well worth a visit; one of the most beautiful beaches in Menorca - the bay of Sa Mesquida - can be found close by. The port town of Ciutadella on the west coast is another top holiday destination. Around the rocky bay of Cala en Brut - just north of the city centre - you can find a wide range of apartments that are ideal for short- and long-term stays.
If you're after a hotel, there are many scattered across the island, mostly in the vicinity of smaller coves and beaches. In contrast to Ibiza and Majorca, Menorca (outside of Mahón and Ciutadella) does not have large concentrations of hotels but this is part of the island's quieter charm.
Ibiza has a reputation for being a buzzing party destination that never sleeps, but there are so many other things to do on this beautiful island if that's not your scene. Instead, seek out secluded coves and smaller hotels based outside the busy marinas so that you can relax away from the crowds.
The island's party scene is mostly focused within Ibiza Town, the harbour and especially the neighbourhood on the marina. Even just one bay over from Cap Martinet becomes a whole lot quieter and remains within walking distance of the city centre.
Alternative destinations include the port city of San Antoni de Portmany in the northwest, where you can find numerous hotels. Or head straight to the island's lovely coves: Cala Comte, Cala Saladeta and Cala de San Vicente all have beautifully situated hotels.
The smallest of the four main islands, Formentera is the Balearic Islands' hidden gem. While it has been a popular day trip option from Ibiza for some time, lovely Formentera is becoming a holiday destination in its own right. Signs of tourism - and the development and infrastructure that go with it - have been increasing since the eighties.
In the north, you can find the island's capital, Sant Francesc; this is Formentera's most populated area where you can find plenty of hotels. You can also find large hotel complexes and resorts along Platja de Migjorn on the southern side of the island.
That said, much of Formentera still feels untouched, with wild, undeveloped beaches, jaw-dropping cliffside scenery and meandering cycle trails. Just don't forget your snorkelling gear!
If you like planning ahead or simply want to make sure that you'll have good weather for your time on the islands, we've got all the travel tips you need! Get acquainted with the Balearic Islands' seasons below, and other important information that'll help you plan your epic island holiday.
Language(s): Spanish and Catalan
Population: 1.1 million
Capital city: Palma, Majorca
Currency: Euro (€)
Main airports: Palma de Mallorca Airport, Mahón Menorca Airport, Ibiza Airport
Transportation: Buses, trains (Majorca) and ferry connections
Socket type: Type C and F (adapter required)
Time zone: Central European Time (CET); 1 hour ahead of the UK
With lovely, hot weather during the peak months of June, July and August, the Balearic Islands are an obvious choice for a balmy summer holiday at the seaside. This is when the islands are at their busiest, particularly in areas where you find large concentrations of resorts and hotels. You can expect highs of 30°C and more during summer, and very little to no rainfall.
That said, the Balearics experience mild weather all year round, meaning that there's never a truly bad time to visit the islands. Even their winter months see an average of 15°C, making the islands a great spot for some much-needed winter sun. The islands have the most rainfall between the months of September and January.
From amazing outdoor pursuits and watersports to all-night parties and once-in-a-lifetime adventures, the Balearic Islands are packed with a wide variety of things to do.
If lazing on your beach all holiday isn't your thing, why not try your hand at a new activity or book an unforgettable day trip? Here are some of our top things to do in the Balearic Islands.
Visit the prime snorkelling spots of Cala Sant Vicenç, Cala Fornells and Cala Codolar
Marvel at the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
Find your beach paradise in Formentera - Es Arenals, Ses Illetes and Llevant are some of the best
Party until the sun comes up in San Antonio, Ibiza
Explore the Caves of Drach in Majorca
Take a leisurely stroll around Mahón
Hop on a jeep safari tour of Majorca or Menorca
Discover Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site