Balearic Islands, Spain: where they are, when to go and what to see

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Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, together with other smaller islands, form the Archipelago of the Balearic Islands. Popular destination for summer holidays, each of this island boasts its own personality, which makes them more suitable for a certain type of tourism rather than another. Here is some information, useful to better organize your trip.

Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. What to do in the Balearics: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a holiday in the Balearics cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments
  9. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: just over a million residents
  • Capital: Palma de Mallorca
  • Languages: Catalan and Spanish
  • Local currency: EUR
  • Weather: Mediterranean
  • Entry requirements: the Balearic Islands are part of the European Union, for entry an identity card valid for expatriation and / or a passport is enough
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are


    The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of the Western Mediterranean belonging to Spain.



    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: the Balearic Islands have three airports, one in Ibiza (Eivissa Airport), one in Palma de Mallorca (Son Sant Joan Airport) and one in Menorca (Mahón Airport). Generally to reach the islands you have to get to Barcelona, ​​from where you will take a second flight to the islands, or you can decide to move by sea. Generally the journey lasts from four to five hours of which fifty minutes are dedicated to the Barcelona - Balearic Islands route, carried out by Vueling.
      Flights to Ibiza from € 36,00 - Flights to Palma de Mallorca from € 38,00 - Flights to Mahon from € 100,00
    • From the main European capitals: London, Paris, Berlin and the other European capitals are connected to the same international airports, through direct flights or with a stopover.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summers. The rains are not abundant, and are more frequent in autumn and winter. In addition to these general characteristics, there are differences between the various islands: Majorca is also a bit colder in winter and warmer in summer and together with Menorca, they are the two windiest islands. The sea temperature is always mild, but more suitable for swimming in the months from July to September.
    • Best time: from June to August, if you intend to do beach life. May and September are sunny months, but the sea is a bit cool. April and May are suitable for excursions and cultural visits, hampered in summer by the excessive heat.
    • Period to avoid: basically winter
    • Advice: fill your suitcases with typically summer accessories and clothing, as the heat never fails, not even in the evening.

    Which island to go to?

    The main islands of the Balearics are Majorca, Menorca, the tourist destinations par excellence. In reality Ibiza e Formentera, although they are still considered Balearic, they belong to the Pythous Islands. Around the main islands there are many smaller islands, including Cabrera.



    1. Maiorca: the largest island of the archipelago boasts a series of white sand beaches, in the northern area, and coasts characterized by rocky inlets and natural ports in the southern one. This is also home to a number of natural beauties that deserve to be seen, including the S'Albufereta reserve, a nesting place for very rare birds, and the Sa Dragonera Natural Park - see more info on Mallorca
    2. Formentera: less populated island of the Balearics, Fromentera boasts beaches that can be labeled, without a shadow of a doubt, both as the most beautiful in the archipelago, and the best equipped for sports - see more info on Formentera
    3. Ibiza: very popular tourist destination especially among young people, especially for nightlife. For some years we have been trying to promote the island also for a more peaceful and familiar tourism, given the numerous attractions, including the little-known beaches that extend on the northern side of the island, suitable for a more relaxed tourist looking relax - see more info on Ibiza

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. The beaches of Ses Illetes in Formentera: located in the north of the island, they are the most popular with tourists. At the base of the influx of visitors, we have the particularity of the beach of being, in certain points, a strip of sand surrounded by the sea, which on one side can be calm and on the other rough. In addition, this beach is the best equipped for sports and leisure.
    2. Espalmador: islet which is approximately 150 meters from the beaches of Formentera, reachable by boat thanks to some connections that depart from the port. A few square kilometers in size, the island is known for the beauty of its beaches, and for the Torre di Sa Guardiola, the watchtower located at the highest point of a beautiful natural park. Espalmador has no restaurants and / or bathing establishments.
    3. Plaja de Migjorn: about five kilometers wide, it is the longest beach in Formentera. Surrounded by thick vegetation, consisting mainly of pines and shrubs, here the sand is particularly fine and the water crystal clear.
    4. Cala Comte: certainly the most photographed beach in Ibiza. Here you can find both rocks and sand, and the water has a very particular color. Watching the setting sun sink into the waters that bathe this beach is almost a tradition for anyone who comes here on holiday.
    5. Es Trenc: Majorca's most famous beach, characterized by kilometers of white sand enclosed in the Mediterranean scrub, dunes and shallow water coves suitable for children.
    6. Cap de Formentor: northern tip of Formentera, is one of the most fascinating panoramic areas of the island, thanks also to the presence of the lighthouse.
    7. Ibiza: the capital city of the homonymous island boasts a magnificent historic center enclosed within walls. These divide the city into "low" and "high" where, specifically, you can visit the cathedral, several churches and the beautiful Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins, with more than two thousand tombs.
    8. Monte Toro: located in the center of Menorca, the mountain is the most beautiful viewpoint of the whole island. Furthermore, here you can visit the sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro with the Black Madonna
    9. Ciutadella de Menorca: the mix of Arabic and Italian styles that characterize it, make the city one of the major tourist attractions of Menorca
    10. Palma de Mallorca: the main city of the island of Mallorca is full of architectural beauties to admire including, the cathedral La Seu, the Liberty buildings and the old town.

    What to do in the Balearics: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in the Balearics cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Until some time ago the Balearic Islands promoted "low cost" holidays, today the situation is changing. Prices have risen on average, while retaining economic destinations: you just need to know how to look for them. Some areas aim for young tourism, and for this reason they keep to low prices, while other areas have lower prices because they are far from the centers. Mallorca offers various accommodation options and good restaurants at very affordable prices. Ibiza is quite expensive, while Formentera has very cheap areas. Menorca offers a lot less choice from an accommodation point of view, but it has low prices.
    It is particularly important to pay attention to the period: in summer the prices of the hotels on the coast are very high while those of the structures located in the inland areas of the islands are low, otherwise it happens in spring and autumn.



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 36,00 per room -
    • Flights to Ibiza from € 36,00 - Flights to Palma de Mallorca from € 38,00 - Flights to Mahon from € 100,00
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote


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