Balearic Islands travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperatures: high 20s to 30s (°C)

Best time to visit: 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. Temperatures can reach over 30°C in July and August, which is perfect for sun-seekers. Sea temperatures peak in the mid 20s °C at this time, too, and often remain above 20°C even until late October or early November.

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Balearic islands is best for...

Scenery Lovers: Watch the sun set on the Mediterranean on a boat trip around Majorca’s northern coast, or any of the other islands with west-facing views.

Sun Worshippers: Unwind on the quiet coves of Menorca and the soft sandy beaches of Formentera during your Balearics holidays.

Night Owls: You’re spoilt for choice among the mega-clubs of Ibiza and Magaluf.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in the Balearics is Spanish and a dialect of Catalan called Menorquín. However, because of the Balearic Islands' popularity with British holidaymakers, you'll have little trouble getting around, as many tourist venues employ English-speaking staff. However, feel free to practice your Spanish by downloading our handy language app or taking a phrasebook with you.

Currency: The currency used here is Euro (€).

Local time: The Balearic Islands are 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Palma Airport for Majorca, Ibiza Airport for Ibiza and Menorca Airport for Menorca. Transfer times are between 15 minutes (Mahon) and 1 hour and 45 minutes (Cala Bona) but average around 1 hour (Magaluf).

Flight time from UK: The flight time to the Balearic Islands is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Tourist information can be found by clicking here http://www.balearicislandstourist.com.

Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax: You’ll need to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax which has been introduced by the Balearic Government to help with environmental and tourism improvements. The charge is between €1-4 per person per night, plus 10% VAT, subject to change, and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and guests staying for more than nine nights will receive a reduction. For further information please click here

Holiday destinations related to Balearic Islands:

  • Balearic Islands
  • Ibiza

  • Es-Cana
  • Ibiza Town
  • San Antonio
  • San Antonio Bay
  • Santa Eulalia
  • Majorca

  • Alcudia
  • Cala Bona
  • Cala Dor
  • Cala Millor
  • Calas De Mallorca
  • Can Picafort
  • Magaluf
  • Palma Nova
  • Puerto Pollensa
  • Sa Coma
  • Santa Ponsa
  • Menorca

  • Calan Bosch
  • Cala n Forcat
  • Mahon
  • Getting around

    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 on your Balearics holidays, especially if you're a family with small children.

    By taxi: Taxi ranks are easy to find in the main towns. Just remember to always agree the price before you set off.

    Events

    Semana Santa: The season gets into full swing in May, but some hotels here 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 this destination with a different celebration every week.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to the Balearic Islands, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security