Balearic Islands

Spain
Ibiza Island showing nightlife, performance art and interior views
Come to these islands in the western Mediterranean to watch the sunset from a secret cove or see the sunrise after partying in a famous nightclub.

The Balearic Islands combine dramatic landscapes with a gorgeous Mediterranean setting east of the Spanish mainland. Its four major islands have their own distinctive appeal, ranging from relaxing seaside getaways to outdoors adventures and world-famous nightlife. Spend your day exploring the spectacular beaches and hiking trails or sail between the islands to find the perfect sunset spot.

Mallorca is the largest and most widely known island in the region, and has a reputation for its indulgent resorts and glamorous waterfront. Join the action at the Bay of Palma or experience the cosmopolitan hub of Palma. You can easily escape the crowds in Mallorca’s secret coves and the fantastic hiking trails of Serra de Tramuntana.

If it’s nightlife you seek, look no further than Ibiza. This island has world renown for its nightclubs and party scene. Its capital, Ibiza Town, also has plenty of historic character. Check out a Phoenician archaeological site in Sa Caleta or see the ancient necropolis of Puig des Molins. You’ll find the more laid-back side to Ibiza’s personality in the villages on its northern coast, where you can ride on horseback through Ibiza Horse Valley.

While it may be small, Formentera has plenty of rustic charm and spectacular beaches. Try windsurfing or sailing along the coast of this pretty paradise or explore the Ses Salines Natural Park.

Menorca is another laid-back Balearic Island, where pretty fishing ports and seaside villages make for fun daytrips from the beach villas. Check out the megalithic monuments of Navetes and Taulas on this island.

The Balearic Islands are easy to get to from mainland Spain and Britain. Catch a ferry or catamaran to the islands from Barcelona, Denia and Valencia. There are also ferries between the islands, but these should be booked in advance. Explore each island by bus, bicycle or rental moped and car. Note that rental vehicles cannot be taken from island to island.

The primary language in the islands is Catalan however, some place names may be in Castilian, so ensure you are aware of both spellings to avoid confusion when exploring the Balearics diverse destinations.

Popular cities in Balearic Islands

Palma de Mallorca showing a beach as well as a large group of people
Palma de Mallorca
Known for Dining, Beach view and Cathedrals
Scenic beaches, historic castles, museums and an aquarium make up this picturesque city on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Palma de Mallorca
  • Plaza Mayor de Palma
  • Basilica of St. Francis
Benirras Beach which includes tropical scenes, landscape views and swimming
Ibiza Town
Known for Beach view, Poolside bars and Marinas
Visit the capital of Ibiza and explore its ancient Old Town, relax on attractive beaches and dance until dawn in its nightclubs.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Ibiza
  • Dalt Vila
  • Ibiza Cathedral
Cala d\'Hort Beach which includes a sandy beach, boating and swimming
Sant Josep de sa Talaia
Known for Dining, Beach view and Poolside bars
Explore romantic Sant Josep de sa Talaia: its beaches, bars, live music, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Es Vedrà
  • Sa Talaiassa
Ciutadella de Menorca
Ciutadella de Menorca
Known for Relaxing, Marinas and Ports
Escape to romantic Ciutadella de Menorca! Enjoy its monuments, marina, and spas.

Reasons to visit

  • Macarelleta Beach
Calvia
Calvia
Known for Dining, Beach view and Family-friendly
Romantic Calvia is calling! Discover its beaches, sports, theme park, and more.

Reasons to visit

  • Palma Nova Beach
Mahon
Mahon
Known for Friendly people, Ports and Historical
Explore relaxing Mahon: its monuments, history, marina, and more!