The Balearic Islands – Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera – are among Spain's most idyllic summer holiday destinations, a group of island gems in the Mediterranean Sea to the east of Valencia on the mainland of Spain. But, despite the islands' well-earned popularity among sun-seekers, all four have retained much of their intrinsic beauty and there are still many quiet corners to enjoy. Speak to our specialists for their insider tips, personal recommendations and the latest special offers.
The largest of the islands is Mallorca, where the original sun-and-sea tourism has developed in recent years to incorporate agro tourism initiatives and boutique accommodation in its rural and mountainous interior – a very different holiday experience to the traditional coastal resorts and an increasingly popular alternative.
Mallorca, Balearic Islands
There are also opportunities for walking in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, playing golf on world-class courses and driving along scenic coastal routes. Each of these activities could easily be the basis for a Mallorca holiday in its own right, or as a diversion from lazy days beside the sea at one of the main coastal resorts.
Ibiza, Minorca & Formentera
Ibiza, the home of the rave, also has plenty of surprises – not least the stunning northern half, as well as its charismatic capital, Ibiza Town, which has history and architectural ambience alongside its buzzy bars and cool clubs.
Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Minorca – the ‘small island' – and tranquil Formentera are the other two islands in the Balearic group. Quieter than their famous neighbours, these islands have a wonderfully relaxed and easy-going vibe, with stays often based around relaxing on or exploring secluded sandy bays, or venturing into the interior for historical excursions or wildlife spotting.