The Balearic Islands

Archipelago to the east of the Spanish mainland

The Balearic Islands form an archipelago of four islands to the south east of the Spanish mainland.  With excellent regular flights from most regional airports and a warm climate year round the islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza make for a fantastic holiday destination, whether for a long weekend or a two week holiday.  Accommodation on the islands varies from luxury adult only hotels to sprawling country houses and villas.  Each of the islands is good for active travellers who want to walk, cycle, horse ride or, in the case of Ibiza, dance.  But with accommodation in tiny hamlets or on quiet beaches they also make for a very relaxing holiday too.  See below for more detail on each island and suggestions for holidays.    

  • Flying time: 2 1/4 hours
  • Time difference: +1 hour
  • Currency: Euro
  • Best time of year to travel: April - October

Mallorca has a postcard perfect coastline, pretty fishing villages, dramatic mountains and a very high level of accommodation.  Highlights of Mallorca include:

  • the capital city of Palma with its majestic cathedral surrounded by labyrinthine streets with boutiques, pavement cafes and designer shops
  • Pollenca old town filled with cobbled streets, squares with al fresco dining and a weekly market
  • Puerto Soller with its beautiful horseshoe shaped bay andstunning mountainous backdrop
  • the alpine like peaks of the Tramuntana mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Cala San Vicente, a fishing village with a choice of sand, pebbly or rocky beach
  • yje stylish resort of Illetas with its luxury hotels, bars and beach clubs on a sandy cove south west of Palma
  • Picturesque Deya, former home to the poet Robert Graves, now home to one of the most luxurious hotels on the island

You can be as active or inactive as you want on Mallorca as it has both beautiful beaches but is also great for cycling, hiking  and horse riding.  We can book you a traditional Mallorca farmhouse, a luxury villa (fully staffed if you wish), a family villa with private pool, a boutique hotel or luxury resort. There are almost daily flights from many UK airports so Mallorca is perfect for a short getaway as well as for an extended break.  

Rich in cultural history with prehistoric settlements, fortresses, castles and watchtowers, Menorca is also home to an incredible number of beaches – more than Mallorca and Ibiza put together!  There is Moorish and colonial architecture to be seen throughout the island and its whole coastline is a designated protected area so there is an abundance of unspoilt sandy beaches and coves.  Highlights include:

  • the capital Mahon with one of the longest natural harbours in the world.  There was a British presence in Mahon for over hundred years so the city is packed with Georgian inspired architectire
  • the Blue Flag beach of Punta prima, the island’s most popular resort
  • Fiestas throughout the summer in every town with the fiesta in San Juan in Ciutadella famous for its dancing Menorcan horses
  • Cami de Cavalls – a 200km ancient bridle path encircling the island
  • Moorish and Gothic architecture in Ciutadella, filled with pavement cafes and restaurants
  • Playas de Son Bou, the longest stretch of beach on the island

We can book you gorgeous villas with private pools including a couple of larger fully staffed villas for bigger groups, family resort hotels and some boutique hotels.  

Ibiza is most well known for its club scene and the three main resorts of Ibiza Town, Platja d’en Bossa and San Antonio each have fabulous nightlife, world famous clubs, abundant restaurants and bars and beaches.  But else where on the island, particularly in the north, things are much quieter.  It is a small sailed with hilly terrain, towering cliffs and a patchwork of groves of olive, almond and fig trees.  It also has a stunning coastline and beautiful beaches.  We can book you luxury villas, luxury adult only hotels and family resorts and villas.  Things to do include:

  • rent a bike and cycle along one of over 30 cycle routes along coastal paths and through olive fields
  • take in an Ibizan sunset from Benirras Beach
  • Take a thirty minute ferry to the island’s little sister Forementera with its relaxed sandy beaches
  • taste wine and tapas at one of Ibiza’s vineyards
  • Snorkel off Cala Xarraca, a tiny cove backed by fishing huts with a natural mud bath!

Ideas for trips to the Balearic Islands

Here are some ideas for trips to the the Balearic Islands all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Walk the coastal trails of Menorca

from £1055 per person (no flights)
7 days' self guided walking staying in a converted Spanish finca hotel and exploring stunning coastal scenery dotted with narrow rocky inlets and magnificent beaches. Castles, fortresses and watchtowers line the coast, linked by the Cami de Cavalls, the paths originally used by the soldiers.

Stay in a Mallorcan Finca

from £900 per week finca rental
Rent a characterful and luxurious finca in the Mallorca country side for a week or two. Stroll to the bakery in the morning for freshly basked bread, visit local markets, sun bathe by your private pool or on a local beach. When feeling a little more active take a walk in the Tramuntana mountains or walk up to the Puig de Maria and monastery above Pollenca

A week's relaxation in Ibiza

from £1005 per person
Stay at the Aguas de Ibiza Grand Luxe Hotel for a week of relaxation and sun. A member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’. The hotel has a luxurious Clarins skin spa and a rooftop bar with stunning views and chill-out DJ sessions. It is close to the beach and resort centre.

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