The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago consisting of 4 main islands and several very small minor islets located near the major islands. There are two options to visit the Balearic Islands: choose an island and spend the entire period of the trip on it, or opt for a cruise that takes you around the archipelago. In case you have the cruise option in mind, here are a handful of useful information about the climate, the price and the itinerary to organize a cruise to the Balearics!
- When to go? The best time for a cruise in the Balearic Islands
- How much does a Balearic cruise cost? Prices and advice
- Cruise itinerary
- User questions and comments
When to go? The best time for a cruise in the Balearic Islands
- Best time: from April to September. In particular, April and May are ideal for excursions and visits to the islands, while from June to September is the best time to go to the beach as well as visit the places.
- Period to avoid: from October to April, a period in which the Balearic Islands are hit by rain, which, although scarce, does not allow you to enjoy the best of what these islands can offer.
- Advice: a cruise between the Balearic Islands is especially suitable for families with children and travelers who love discovery, thanks to its mixed itinerary of cities and beaches. If the cruise includes a long stop in Ibiza, for example 2 days, then it can also be considered suitable for young people looking for fun.
Climate, average temperatures and rainfall
The Balearic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, characterized by mild winters and hot summers, a bit muggy but tempered by a light sea breeze. The rains are never abundant and, as in the whole Mediterranean basin, they tend to occur more in autumn and winter and then disappear gradually with the approach of spring and summer.
A flaw of the Balearics is the wind, in fact, from October to April the north wind from France blows, which makes Mallorca and Menorca very windy as they are closer to the French territory. Menorca in particular is the windiest, while Mallorca is the island a bit colder than the others. Finally Ibiza and Formentera are the two least exposed to the wind and least affected by rains.
How much does a Balearic cruise cost? Prices and advice
- Price: with departure from Italy in a high season (eg May), it starts from € 800,00 per person, but at other times of the year (eg September) you can find even more advantageous prices. However, it is necessary to consider any drink packages and excursions (from € 30,00 to € 150,00 each)
- Recommended duration: to visit at least two islands the ideal duration is 7 days
- Companies that organize cruises to the Balearics: MSC and Costa
There are different types of itineraries, with departures from Genoa, Savona, Civitavecchia, and generally also touch ports that are part of the Mediterranean circuit, such as Valencia, Barcelona, Marseille, etc.
The one below is just one of the many cruise itineraries that include the Balearic Islands among their stops.
- Cruise accommodation and departure from the port of Livorno with the first stop in Genoa. Here you can visit the city and discover its palaces, such as the Palazzo Ducale, the Palazzo Reale and the Palazzo Rosso, then take a tour of Piazza de Ferrari and finally spend a couple of hours in the famous Aquarium of Genoa.
- Stop of 10 hours, departure for Marseille, where you can visit this wonderful French town and its Notre Dame de la Garde, or the nearby Aix-en-Provence where you can take long walks on irregular paths to discover this village.
- Stop of 7 hours, departure for Palma de Mallorca where you can first visit the capital of the Balearic Islands and the following day the Dragon Caves and the pearl factory. In Palma de Mallorca you can admire the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria de Palma and take a tour of the Plaza Mayor.
- Stop for 2 days, departure for Ibiza, where you can spend the morning relaxing on one of the many beaches near the port, among the most famous and beautiful we suggest Playa d'en Bossa, and in the afternoon visit the old town and the Castle of Ibiza.
- Stop of 9 hours, departure for Naples, where you can choose from a large variety of excursions. You can simply stay in Naples and visit its historic center or go to its surroundings, for example in Pompeii, Sorrento, on the Island of Capri, spend the day in the Royal Palace of Caserta or visit Vesuvius.
- Stop of 10 hours, departure for Livorno, where the cruise ends. Before returning home, however, you can spend a few hours in Livorno, where you can go to the sea in Cala del Leone or visit the historic center of the city and admire its Fortress.
Where are the Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands belong to Spain and are located not far from it, more precisely off the south coast, right in front of the coast between Barcelona and Valencia.
What to bring in your suitcase?
For a cruise to the Balearics the first thing to pack is definitely the swimsuit, followed by the beach towel, glasses and sunscreen! As for clothing prefer summer clothing such as t-shirts, tank tops, shirts and shorts, but don't forget long trousers, some light but long-sleeved shirts, a sweatshirt and a summer jacket, which will protect you from the wind on the islands, but also on the ship while sailing.
Travel informed: useful information
- Cities and islands concerned: the islands are Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera and the respective cities Palma de Mallorca, Eivissa, Mahòn, Es Pujols, but those affected by the itinerary are generally Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.
- Languages: Spanish and Catalan
- Local currency: EUR
- Weather: Mediterranean climate, average temperatures 10/25 ° C
- vaccinations: no vaccination required
- Entry requirements: valid identity card or passport required