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The Balearic Islands are the jewels of the Mediterranean split into two groups of islands. The eastern and larger group forms the Balearics and includes the principal islands of Mallorca and Menorca and the small island of Cabrera. The western group is known as the Pitiusas and includes the islands of Ibiza and Formentera. There are plenty of reasons why the Balearic Islands are such a hit with holiday makers. Easy to get to with only a short flight, just off Spain’s east coast, they offer everything from lively beaches and world class restaurants to prehistoric ruins and picturesque countryside. All making the Balearics an ideal location for your next villa holiday.

Popular destinations in the Balearic Islands

The largest island, Mallorca, also known as the ‘Isle of Dreams’, has a varied landscape of mountains and valleys, rocky coves and sandy beaches. The main geographical feature is the Sierra del Norte, a mountain range running along the northern coast. The island is covered with pines, and olive and almond trees, making both a beautiful countryside and beach villa destination.

Menorca still has the marks of its ancient history and a strong connection with Britain; owing to Admiral Nelson’s stay on the island. Both the capital Mahón and the old town of Ciutadella, at the north end of the island, have beautiful naturally formed harbours. There are plenty of picturesque bays and lovely beaches on the island perfect for exploring.

Ibiza, the third-largest island, has a rugged coastline with many fruit orchards and woods. The main town of the same name is situated above a busy harbour. Ibiza is well known for its beach parties and night life fun but it is also a very family friendly destination making it ideal for anyone looking for a great villa holiday.

Sunset over Mallorca coastline, Balearic Islands
Mallorca tennis courts

Things to do in the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are a great destination for family villa holidays and offer a superb range of activities to suit all tastes and requirements. Along with water sports there are riding schools, tennis clubs, golf courses, go-kart tracks, and much more. Fishing is also very popular and the waters around the islands are rich and fruitful. Whether it be fishing from the shore or on a deep-sea boat expedition it is definitely possible to catch your own supper. There are plenty of hills and valleys to explore on a bike or by walking and hiking. With tracks and trails of varying difficulty to follow you can make the most of your time and make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights. Mallorca, the Balearics’ largest island, is all about the beaches, from Ca’n Picafort’s 13 km stretch of beach to tucked away coves in Cala d'Or, a beach lovers delight. Ibiza is the home of the vibrant entertainment scene, with world famous DJs regularly playing there during the summer.It also has stunning countryside along with hidden caves and bays. If you are looking for a more relaxed spot Menorca is ideal with the quieter beaches of Son Bou a firm family favourite.

Beachlife in the Balearic Islands

Between them the Balearic Islands have around 375 recognised beaches, ranging from resort beaches with fabulous facilities for leisure and relaxation, to tiny coves only reachable by boat where you can relax in the peace and quiet as you watch the world go by. There is no doubt that the fine sand on many of the beaches, coupled with glorious scenery make Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza some of the world’s top beach villa holiday destinations. Be charmed by Mallorca’s knockout beaches, dance on the Ibizan shores or just relax on Menorca’s longest stretch of sand in Son Bou. Whichever island you choose, there will be a fabulous selection of beaches to suit all tastes within a short distance of your villa. The larger the resort the more activities and facilities you will find. Most beaches have good quality restaurants and bars surrounding them, or within walking distance, offering a wide choice of local and international cuisine and refreshment.

Take a look at our range of villas with seaviews, which allow you to revel in the most glorious of sights, without even having to leave your holiday home.

Bridge over the sea, Mallorca
Oranges on trees, Mallorca, Balearic Islands

What to eat in the Balearic Islands

The traditional cuisine of the Balearic Islands stems from the cultivation of the rich farmland and centuries of hunting and fishing. Floating between Spain and the North African coast the islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza offer a variety of cuisines to cater for all tastes. The delicious gastronomy is brought together using both the islands’ natural resources and the many ruling cultures including the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, French and English, which have been passed on over the years. From the popular fried Mallorcan fish to shellfish with vegetables and lobster stew, fresh island lamb to flavoursome pork and delicious fresh goats cheese with herbs. Many of the islands’ sweets and desserts make use of lighter cheeses, herbs, honey and almonds. Wherever you choose to visit you will also find restaurants and alternative dishes from around the world.

When to go to the Balearic Islands

The best time to go to the Balearics for a villa holiday is from April to the end of October with July and August being the hottest summer months. If you want to visit when it’s a bit quieter and cooler, head here in April or early May and late September or October. Our villas with private pools are the perfect way to enjoy the warm sunshine.

Useful Information

There are direct flights to the Balearic Islands from the UK. The average flight time to Mallorca, Menorca or Ibiza is approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. The Balearic Islands are one hour ahead in the winter and 2 hours ahead of the UK in the summer months. The local currency across Spain and the Spanish Islands is the Euro, you can use ATMs, debit and credit cards as normal.

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