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There are many faces to the Balearic Islands, from the peaceful coves of Menorca and historic towns of Majorca to the buzzing nightclubs of Ibiza. Miles of sandy beaches ring all of the Balearic Islands, making this a haven for anyone who wants to laze on a lounger, dip a toe in the water, or just do that beach holiday thing with a chilled-out vibe. Pretty whitewashed villages hide in mountainous interiors, just waiting to be explored, making Balearic Islands holidays an unbeatable mix of relaxation and revelry, with plenty of family-friendly fun thrown in.

Things to do

Majorca

In Majorca, explore the historic city of Palma, which is noted for its impressive Royal Palace of La Almudaina, Gothic Cathedral and medieval Bellver Castle. Visit the beautiful walled town of Alcúdia, or head inland to the scenic hilltop villages of Deià or Valldemossa.  In the northwest of the island, you can also visit the Santuari de Lluc, a large monastery and place of pilgrimage with wonderful mountain views.

Ibiza

Ibiza has long been renowned for its super clubs like Dc10 and Amnesia, where the atmosphere is more euphoric than anywhere in Europe. However, while many people come here to party, Ibiza also has a lot to offer in terms of history and art, too. Visit the enchanting Ibiza Old Town with its photogenic whitewashed buildings and medieval cathedral, or find yourself a secret cove and simply chill out on the beach.

Menorca

In Menorca, you can visit the buzzing markets of Mahón, explore the attractive old quarter of Ciutadella, or book a horse-riding excursion for a fun alternative to the beach. Go to the Museo de Menorca to learn about the island's ancient roots, or head to Fort Marlborough, an 18th century fort built by the British.

Where to stay

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.

More about Balearic Islands

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20-30 ℃

Best time to visit: Late spring or early autumn when the air is warm and the resorts are less crowded. However, if you want almost guaranteed beach weather, the best time to take your holidays to the Balearic Islands is from around mid June to mid September, when daytime temperatures hover in the upper 20s °C and it’s dry and sunny most of the time.

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Fly to: The Balearic Islands have three airports: one each on Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, all of which are served by various UK airports.

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