The Balearic Islands are situated in the Mediterranean Sea and are part of Spain. There are numerous islands, but the three largest, and best known, are Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza. All three have sunshine all year round, and attract visitors looking for both winter and summer sun. A relaxing way to see all that these islands have to offer is to hire a car and explore them independently, although there is a large choice of guided tours available.
Getting There – Flights & Transport
The Balearic Islands are well connected to the UK by air. Flights to Majorca land at Palma Airport and are available with Monarch Airlines, British Airways and First Choice. To reach Menorca, flights are available with Easyjet, Iberia and Monarch Airlines, while airlines offering flights to Ibiza include Jet2, Monarch Airlines and bmibaby. Flight time to the Balearic Islands is between 2 hour and 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Majorca (sometimes known as Mallorca) is the largest of the islands. It has many well known holiday resorts, including Magaluf, Palma Nova and Cala d’Or, where there are many beaches, bars and restaurants. The capital of Majorca is Palma and it is a popular place for day trips while on the island, with its magnificent cathedral and seafront promenade. The train running from Palma to Soller offers wonderful views of the interior of the island.
Menorca, which is also known as Minorca, as long sandy beaches, as well as rugged north coast. Popular beach resorts on the island include Cala Santandria, Punta Prima, Cala Galdana and Son Bou. Amazing views across the island are available from Mount Toro, with Majorca also visible in good weather. Towns worth visiting include Ciutadella, with cathedral and pavement cafes and Mahon, Menorca’s capital city, which boasts a wonderful harbour.
The island of Ibiza has a reputation as the party capital of the Balearic Islands. It has many nightclubs, which attract big-name DJs such as Judge Jules. The clubs are based around San Antonio and Ibiza Town. Playa d’en Bossa is the one of the best known beaches on the island, with other beaches including Cala San Vicente, Las Salinas and Cala Bassa. To see more of the island, the tourist ‘choo choo’ trains run frequently on tours taking approximately two hours.
Formentera – Formentera is a small island close to Ibiza, which can be reached by ferry. It has wonderful beaches and is a much quieter resort than its larger neighbour.
Cabrera – Cabrera is close to Majorca and is accessible by boat. It is popular with divers and snorkellers due to the beautiful clear waters that surround it.
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