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Balearic Islands


Balearic Islands Holidays

This Spanish archipelago provides visitors with an amazing array of choices across three equally beautiful but very different islands. Relaxing beaches, cultural history, scenic wildlife, lively nightclubs and much more are all found on Balearic Island holidays.

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These diverse islands are situated in the Mediterranean, roughly 200km west of Spain and there are enough resorts to choose from to satisfy any holiday craving. Whether you enjoy quiet strolls through idyllic countryside or all-night dance music extravaganzas, there is simply nothing else to compare with the Balearic Islands.

Choose from Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca to enjoy holidays with different themes but the consistent presence of the blissful Mediterranean climate.

Holidays to the Balearic Islands can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone. The young and old, families and couples, and the 18-30s singles, there is a resort to suit everyone in this part of Europe.

Where to stay in Balearic Islands

IbizaView on Map

Not just the club capital of the world, Ibiza is also a beautiful island with miles of forested hills, magnificent history and over 80 beaches.

Partygoers head to the resorts in the south where you'll find top nightclubs like Pacha, Es Paradis or the Bora Bora Beach Bar. The party starts early and ends very late with thousands of clubbers coming to enjoy the very best DJs in the world.

Families and couples are also invited to enjoy the wonderful scenery and attractions that Ibiza has to offer too. Quiet beaches, delightful villages and an abundance of delicious restaurants are found away from the mayhem of the clubs.

MajorcaView on Map

With dozens of tourist resorts on offer, Majorca is one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. It's not hard to see why either with so much variation, personality and natural beauty squeezed into this small island.

Families can enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Alcudia or Puerto Pollensa, couples can enjoy the traditional Spanish charms of Deya and Alaro, and young singles can enjoy the manic fun and nightclubs at Magaluf and Arenal.

With the exception of Palma which offers inspiring historical relics, the majority of resorts are all accompanied by fantastic coastlines with glorious beaches.

MenorcaView on Map

The quietest of the main Balearic Islands features an extensive selection of paradise beaches and impressive nature. Menorca is an ideal destination for a quiet couple's holiday or a joyous family getaway.

The majority of resorts are based around glorious beaches with impressive oceans but historic towns such as Ciutadella and Es Castell are coastal delights built by their harbours. These cultural resorts actually display centuries of development dating back to British colonial rule.

The traditional beach resorts are well equipped to cater for your relaxing break underneath the Mediterranean sunshine. Water sports are offered across dozens of Blue Flag beaches with bars and restaurants never too far away.


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Which island is for you?

Within each destination there are over a dozen resorts that hold different attractions and different atmospheres. Holiday Hypermarket offers packages to over 50 different resorts in the Balearic Islands with a massive selection of accommodations. Choose from over 100 hotels, villas or apartments and find the right deal to suit you.

Majorca offers Brits abroad parties but also a historic capital, soothing beach towns and Spanish villages hidden in the mountains.

Ibiza is known for the neon driven nightclubs that attract millions of partyers and the best musical acts but it also shares cultural towns and family friendly beach resorts with calmer tourists.

Menorca is the Balearics outlier with an absence of summer parties. Instead there is even more beaches, nature and family attractions to enjoy on the quiet isle.

Balearic beaches

North, east, south and west; each coast of all three islands are covered in beach resorts with south and west coast resorts enjoying romantic sunsets every day.

Even in the quieter resorts you are never too far away from the exciting opportunity to partake in some exhilarating water sports. If this sounds too active then many bays will offer the chance to hire a multi-person kayak or a pedalo to leisurely float across the waves.

Beaches here have two distinct styles; you can either choose a packed tourist beach with promenades full of bars, shops and restaurants or you can relax in the serene surroundings of a natural bay or cave with nothing but rocks and trees surrounding you. Menorca is the island that offers the most natural island experience but has a lot less beach bars to enjoy than Majorca and Ibiza.

Days out in the sun

There are so many attractions that have been built with tourists in mind on the Balearics Islands. All three feature waterparks that are fun for all ages. Majorca has a good selection of golf courses while Ibiza and Menorcajust have one course each.

Experience the nature in each island with the help of tours and facilities. Climb or cycle along the miles of tracks throughout the Tramuntana Mountains in Majorca. Swing, jump and zip line through the treetops in an Ibizan forest. You can also hike the 184km circumference of the Menorca along the Camí de Cavalls trails.

Each island makes sure to utilise the gorgeous oceans that surrounds them by offering scuba gear rental for experts and diving schools for beginners. Even a snorkelling session will help swimmers spy a host of exotic sea life but you'll find so much more by diving down to the ocean bed.

Clubbing destinations

Majorca and Ibiza battle it out for the right to be crowned the king of clubs on Balearic Island holidays. Both islands have several resorts that host 24 hour party atmospheres that attract serious clubbers from all over Europe.

In Majorca the young and single rush to Magalufwhere the mixture of daytime boat parties and the dozens of bars and nightclubs keep tourists coming back. BCM is the main attraction here in a massive venue that keeps the party going seven days a week.

Ibiza splits the mayhem between the Brit-heavy San Antonio, the capital Ibiza Town and the famous Playa D'en Bossa. The latter is where you can dance and drink all day at the Bora Bora Beach Bar before sampling the world famous Space nightclub.

Spanish specialties

Spanish and Mediterranean food is the Balearic Islands' speciality so expect to enjoy lots of tapas, paella and sangria. Seafood is another popular dish across the islands with many resorts offering the chance to sample some while beachside.

Some specialties of the Balearic Islands include the sweet pastry ensaïmades, a raw cured sausage sobrassada and a caldereta spiced lobster stew. Many of the meals are cooked with a healthy dose of olive oil and others with mayonnaise which some argue was invented in Menorca.

Boutiques and markets

Shopping experiences vary across the resorts of the Balearics with some just featuring a hotel souvenir shop and some offering large malls and weekly markets.

The capitals of each island provide great retail opportunities with unique independent sellers as well as recognisable brand names.

Many weekly markets offer terrific hand crafted products that can't be found anywhere else. Ibiza's Hippy Market in Es Cana is definitely worth a visit for the atmosphere alone.

Getting there

Flying to Menorca, Majorca and Ibiza from the UK will take between two to three and a half hours. Each of the islands are relatively small in size so once you arrive the transfer to your resort will take an average of half an hour. Only a couple of locations have transfer times of over an hour.

Car hire is available from each island and it is by far the most convenient way to travel across the island. Hiring a car will be most beneficial if you plan to travel around Majorca.

Ibiza and Menorca have thorough public bus services that run between several resorts. The capital towns of both islands act as transport hubs with services to almost every resort available.