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Holidays in the Balearic Islands
There are many faces to the Balearic Islands – from the peaceful coves of Menorca and historic towns of Majorca to the throbbing nightclubs of Ibiza. Miles of sandy beaches ring all of the Balearic Islands, while pretty whitewashed villages hide in mountainous interiors. They’re an unbeatable mix of relaxation and revelry, with plenty of family-friendly fun thrown in.
Late spring or early autumn when the air is warm and the resorts are less crowded.
The Balearic Islands have three airports: one each on Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to the Balearic Islands to sink back on spectacular beaches and enjoy some of the world’s best nightlife.
A popular Balearic Island holiday destination is Majorca, which is the largest of the islands, combining family-friendly resorts like Alcudia and Palma Nova with party capital Magaluf. Celebrity-spotters head to Camp de Mar and other stylish resorts near the capital, Palma de Mallorca. Clubbers can’t resist the lure of Ibiza’s energetic nightlife in resorts like San Antonio Town, but families have lots of choice too. They return year after year to child-friendly resorts like Es Cana and Playa d’en Bossa. Head to Menorca if you want to slow the pace down on holiday, with laid-back resorts like Punta Prima and the historic towns of Mahon and Ciutadella.
Clubbers have no trouble finding the best places in the Balearic Islands for unforgettable nights out dancing to the world’s best DJs. Ibiza’s clubs are legendary, with places like Space, Amnesia and Pacha among the biggest attractions in the Balearic Islands. Watch the sun go down while drinking cocktails at Café del Mar or Café Mambo in Ibiza’s San Antonio Town. Join the thousands who throng BCM in Magaluf, home to Majorca’s biggest nightclub and one of the most popular places in the Balearic Islands for all-night partying. For sophisticated nights out, try the elegant bars along the marina at Majorca’s Portals Nous.
Relax on the stretches of powdery white sands that dot some of the most gorgeous places in the Balearic Islands. Cala Torta on Majorca’s north-eastern coast is an enticing bay of pale sands lapped by clear turquoise water. Savour the peace of the beaches of Punta Prima in Menorca , one of the most popular places in the Balearic Islands for families. Or spoil yourself by taking the ferry from Ibiza Town to the small island of Formentera, where the shimmering sands of Playa de Ses Illetes are just some of the most outstanding places in the Balearic Islands.
Hike through Majorca’s biggest mountain range, Serra de Tramuntana, and you’ll discover why this UNESCO site is one of the most magnificent natural attractions in the Balearic Islands. The easy way out is to hop on the vintage train that trundles past the dramatic peaks and lakes from Sóller to Palma de Mallorca. Drive through the rolling hills and olive groves of Menorca’s interior and gaze in wonder at the mysterious prehistoric monuments that pop up here and there. Get away from it all in Ibiza’s pine-forested heart on a 4x4 safari through hidden valleys and rugged hills.
Scenery Lovers: Watch the sun set on the Mediterranean on a boat trip around Majorca’s northern coast.
Sun Worshippers: Unwind on the quiet coves of Menorca and the soft sandy beaches of Formentera.
Night Owls: You’re spoilt for choice among the mega-clubs of Ibiza and Magaluf.
Language: The language spoken in the Balearic Islands is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in the Balearic Islands is Euro (€).
Local time: The Balearic Islands are 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: The Balearic Islands have three airports: one each on Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca.
Flight time from UK: 2.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Balearic Islands tourist information can be found at www.illesbalears.es
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Balearic Islands.
Temperatures: high 20s to 30s (°C)
Best time to visit Balearic Islands: Late spring or early autumn when the air is warm and the resorts are less crowded.
The weather in the Balearic Islands is typical of the Mediterranean, with hot and dry summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures are and August can be uncomfortably hot.
By bus: Each island has a bus network connecting resorts with the major towns.
By hire car: Hiring a car is a practical way of seeing the best places in the Balearic Islands.
By taxi: Taxi ranks are easy to find in the main towns.
Semana Santa: The season gets into full swing in May, but some hotels in the Balearic Islands will reopen in time for the Easter celebrations during “Semana Santa”.
Clubbing season: The big clubs in Ibiza and Majorca start to reopen during May and June before winding down after the summer with raucous closing parties in October.
Local Fiestas: Get into the festival spirit from 23-25 June when the fiesta of St John the Baptist takes place all over the Balearic Islands. And that’s just the start of a sizzling summer as fiesta fever grips the Balearic Islands with a different celebration every week.