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Family Holidays to the Balearic Islands

Those in search of a beach-based break with the kids might want to consider the blissful Balearic Islands. Situated off the coast of Spain, each island in this popular archipelago is a little gem filled with great beaches, family-friendly hotels and a host of amenities just waiting to be enjoyed.

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Treat the family to a week or two of Balearic bliss

With average flight times of under three hours from UK airports and a choice of resorts, a Balearic holiday ticks all the right boxes when it comes to booking a family break.

With average temperatures of around 18°C in May shooting up to around 25°C in July and August, there's plenty of scope for beach days, waterparks and excursions across the islands, which all have their own character. The largest, Majorca, is a real stunner with an eclectic capital city, Palma, to explore. Palma Cathedral is considered to be one of Majorca's top attractions, so a visit is a must if your clan is in the area.

Ibiza, though famous as a party island, also boasts many family-friendly resorts and waterparks. Menorca is low-key by comparison and promises lazy beach days, beautiful landscapes and pretty villages.

Best family-friendly beaches

Majorca's beaches are as diverse as its resorts – head east to Cala Millor to enjoy shallow waters and sandy coves, escape the crowds on the quieter southeast coast at Cala Llombards, or join surfers and those in search of watersports on the northern coast.

Ibiza presents lots of choice, too, with Cala Tarida beach showcasing a long, sheltered strip of platinum sands and a selection of beach bars and restaurants perfect for families. Just a 30-minute drive from Cala Tarida is Playa d'en Bossa, the largest beach on the island, offering watersports, bars and restaurants galore.

Menorca's 200 kilometres of coastline will also provide plenty of natural playgrounds for the kids on some of the Balearics most authentic beaches. The pretty cove of Cala Canutells is a real family favourite with its velvety sands, shallow waters and beach bar serving snacks.

Best family activities in the Balearic Islands

In Majorca, kids will love the Caves of Drach, a labyrinth of underground caverns featuring enchanting stalactite and stalagmite formations and an underground lake. Visitors to Ibiza may wish to check out Ibiza Cova de Can Marca – Ibiza's most spectacular caves system. Enhanced by lighting effects - it's an enchanting day out. The island also has an array of activities such as 10-pin bowling, crazy golf and golfing to fun days out are definitely on the agenda. While in Menorca the whole family can also enjoy several fun waterparks including Splash Sur Menorca with its waterslides, splash park and lazy river.

Other family holiday destinations

When it comes to family holidays, the Balearic Islands are by no means the only choice. Cyprus entices with its delightful mix of historic sites and shallow waters. Thrill seekers and activity lovers may fancy a week or two in fun-packed Florida with its theme parks and attractions. Or, head to the Canary Islands to soak up year-round sunshine and lounge in well-equipped resorts. But, if Balearic bliss is what you're after, check out our handy travel guide for top tips and hints. Here are a few hotel suggestions to start you off.

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