Jet off to the sunny Balearic Islands at a budget-friendly price
With average flight times of under three hours direct from the UK, you’ll have just enough time to watch a film on your tablet or take a nap before landing refreshed and ready to explore these magnificent islands.
Mild winters and summer temperatures of around 28°C mean the Balearic archipelago offers the ideal venue for beach life, sightseeing and active pursuits. With tonnes of low-cost sights on offer – from spectacular beaches to prehistoric ruins to handsome towns – the islands are brimming with wallet-friendly options. For even cheaper sightseeing, consider visiting in low season from November to April when the beaches and towns are quieter but the weather is still bursting with sun.
Ibiza is famous as a party island but also has an abundance of family-friendly resorts and quiet sandy coves perfect for day lounging by the coast. Menorca, the most laid-back of the islands, boasts pretty beaches and the fascinating port of Ciutadella to explore. Meanwhile Majorca, perhaps the most famous Balearic Island, is also the largest. Its diverse landscape makes hikes or walks a great, free option, and beyond the resorts you can discover hidden villages, underground cave systems and hilltop monasteries.
Cheap days out in the Balearic Islands
Ibiza has more going for it than just clubs and beaches – there’s a wealth of natural and cultural treasures to enjoy. Spend leisurely days wandering the cobbled lanes of Ibiza Town‘s historic heart, stopping for a drink in a local cafe to watch the world go by. Window shoppers will be spoilt for choice with an array of chic boutiques and souvenir shops to browse, while history and vista lovers can climb Carretera Nargiso Puget, one of the seven bastions which form part of the town walls, to enjoy views of the harbour and beyond.
In Menorca don’t miss the chance to explore Ciutadella – its narrow lanes reveal pretty boutiques and cosy cafes, and its Saturday morning market on Placa des Born is the perfect spot to find breakfast or gifts for those back home. To escape the midday sun, the Cathedral Ses Voltes’ whitewashed archways and spacious interiors provide a tranquil spot for quiet contemplation.
No trip to Majorca is complete without a day in Palma. The impressive cathedral is a delight to explore and the streets are lined with shops and boutiques selling everything from inexpensive souvenirs to high-end merchandise. It’s also the place to try authentic Spanish tapas or sample the sweet delight of churros with chocolate. Then, head inland to hike, picnic or take walks in the rustic landscapes of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Other cheap holidays to take a look at
If you’re looking for a cheap holiday, the Balearic Islands are just one suggestion. You can also check out mainland Spain with its sun-soaked coastlines and cosmopolitan cities or research tantalising Turkey with its historic treasures and beautiful beaches. Another affordable option is the Canary Islands a diverse archipelago with resorts to suit young and old. But, if the Balearic Islands have captured your imagination, take at a look at our travel guide to find out more about planning your next budget break. To help you get started, below is our selection of the best hotels for a cheap holiday on the islands.
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The family-friendly Talayot Apartments offer a pleasant base with six on-site swimming pools within its landscaped gardens. Every apartment has a kitchenette with a microwave, so those on a budget can opt for Self Catering. Or, the poolside snack bar and restaurant and pizzeria create cheap treats for those who want to dine out. Enjoy a range of activities for free including paddle tennis, football, table tennis and pool, plus nightly entertainment including quiz nights and a mini-disco for the kids.
Located on the beach right next to a nature reserve, the Son Baulo Hotel's pleasant swimming pool and sun terrace lead directly onto the sands. Add to this a pool snack bar, air-conditioned buffet restaurants and activities ranging from beach volleyball to table tennis and billiards and you have all the right ingredients for an affordable Majorcan holiday. In the evening head to the lounge bar to watch satellite TV or check out the evening entertainment which includes live music, comedians, bingo and quizzes.
The Honolulu Hotel is an adults-only property situated in the midst of the action in Magaluf so expect to find a selection of bars, pubs and clubs close by. The beach is just four minutes away, too, but if you'd rather sunbathe sand-free, the inviting on-site pool with bar provides a relaxing venue. The buffet restaurant is on hand for when hunger strikes and activities such as air rifle shooting and table tennis will keep energetic types occupied. The hotel provides daytime and evening entertainment including activities such as water polo, bingo and live music.
Ideally situated just five minutes from Calo d'es Moro Beach and 15 minutes from the marina, the adult-focused Brisa Hotel is a well-located and affordable base with a host of facilities. The inviting pool with sun terrace and loungers provides ample room for relaxation. To escape the sun head to the lounge area to watch satellite TV or try out activities such as billiards and table tennis. The snack bar serves a range of drinks and treats throughout the day, and buffet breakfast is served daily.