It’s going to be a long hot summer!
Love it or loathe it, Love Island is back on our screens for the next 8 weeks, giving us major tan-envy and holiday blues. Don’t pretend you wouldn’t want to spend your summer relaxing by the pool, cracking on in Casa Amor if you had the chance!
The Balearics are a group of islands off the coast of Spain and are a popular summer holiday destination for Brits, with a short flight time of around 2 hours and 30 minutes from the UK. The four largest islands and the most popular for tourists include Majorca (AKA Love Island), Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Each island has something different to offer. From the gorgeous beaches to the authentic food and thriving nightlife, there’s a Balearic island to suit everyone. From these islands, you can also explore the smaller islets (how cute), which all boast similar stunning coastlines and Mediterranean climates.
So don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Before you book your summer trip to the Balearic Islands, read our round up to find out which kind of islander you are.
Majorca: for the all-round islander
Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, with Palma as its capital. Known for its golden sandy beaches, Serra de Tramuntana mountains and beautiful Gothic architecture, millions head to Majorca on their holidays each year.
This island has something for every islander. Families and couples may prefer to explore the history of Palma or visit the markets in Alcudia, and those interested in discovering the islands natural beauty can check out some of the smaller Majorcan towns such as Soller or Cala D’or. Here, you can explore quiet coves or hike to the top of a mountain for the most spectacular views.
Particularly popular with the younger crowd, Magaluf is the place to go if you’re looking for a booze-fuelled getaway. With its many resorts, water parks and beaches to spend your daylight hours and the vibrant nightlife that will see you right through to sunrise, this Majorcan town is the capital of sun, sea and sangria.
If you think all of the Balearic Islands sound like your type on paper, then Majorca is probably the best choice for you.
Menorca: for the sustainable islander
Menorca may be smaller than its sister island, Majorca, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in beauty. Menorca is traditionally known as one of the more low-key islands in the Balearics and has quietly been paving the way towards more sustainable tourism over the years.
This is an island where you can truly appreciate the great outdoors, and discover unspoilt coves, beaches and glistening waters. From hiking and cycling to paddle boarding, diving and sailing, this is an island that will encourage you to get active, making it the ideal destination for families and couples who want to do a bit more than sunbathe.
If you do feel like relaxing though, the café culture in Menorca is very laid back. Head down to the harbour for drinks and watch the sun go down and enjoy trying delicious local seafood and Spanish cuisine.
Ibiza: for the party islander
Ibiza draws millions of partygoers each year to its island to see world-renowned DJs who frequent the Balearic’s most popular club scene. The island is known for its lively night life and long stretch of beach along the east coast, so if you’re looking for a beach-by-day, party-all-night vibe, Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza is definitely the resort for you.
Here, you can spend your days sipping champagne and cocktails at a beach club, before dancing all night until the sun comes up. Typically, the party scene is at its liveliest between May and September, but Ibiza is a beautiful island to visit all year round.
If a booze-fuelled holiday isn’t your thing, there’s a whole other side to Ibiza for those looking to chill out. From luxury resorts to historic villages and wellness retreats, Ibiza can be so much more than it’s typical 18-30-something stereotype.
As the smallest of the four islands, Formentera is often visited for its gorgeous beach, pristine waters and hippie vibes. So if you’re a beach bum who’s looking for a laid-back getaway, Formentera could be the best choice for you.
Think beach bars, romantic sunsets, ice cold cocktails and delicious food. This is the place to chill and take in the beauty of the Balearics. The island is also great for those who love the water. You can try out a whole host of water sports such as jet skiing, snorkelling and parasailing, and if you’d like to give diving a go, equipment and chartered boats are readily available to do anything from a beginner’s course through to a professional dive.
You can either choose to stay on the island or it’s an easy hop across the water by ferry from Ibiza if you still wanted to be in on the action.
Once you’ve picked which island you want to visit, let us do the grafting! Get in touch and we’ll plan and book your perfect summer holiday for you.