Last update : 05/09/2023
The Balearic Islands in Spain are a true paradise on earth. With their fine sandy beaches, turquoise waters and year-round warm climate, the Balearics are the ideal destination to relax and recharge your batteries not too far from France. With an average 2h30 flight time from Paris, the Balearic Islands are an excellent choice of destination. Between April and the end of October, it’s also possible to reach the island of Majorca by ferry from Toulon.
The Balearic archipelago comprises 4 main islands: Ibiza, Formentera, Majorca and Menorca. Each of these islands has its own assets, and today we’re going to do everything we can to help you choose one or more of them for your next vacation in Spain. If you have the opportunity to spend 2 weeks on your Balearic vacation, we can already tell you that it’s perfectly possible to combine several islands on the same trip. Vamos!
Ibiza, our favorite of the Balearic Islands
We wanted to start this article about the Balearic Islands with our favorite: Ibiza. Ibiza is too often the victim of many clichés and preconceived ideas, and it’s important to tell you right away, NO Ibiza is not an island dedicated exclusively to partygoers! During our discovery of Ibiza, we discovered an incredible island of lush natural beauty, where gentleness and the art of living come together to offer the perfect combination. Do you love breathtaking scenery? Do you love designer restaurants serving refined Mediterranean cuisine? This is the island for you, take our word for it!
Our must-sees in Ibiza
During our discovery of Ibiza, we devoted an entire week to discovering the best must-see spots and addresses. These must-sees and our detailed itinerary are available on our travel blog. If you want to know what to do in Ibiza, we recommend you check it out. At the same time, you’ll be able to learn more about this exceptional Balearic island.
Where to sleep in Ibiza? The best hotels on the island
Have you finally decided to visit Ibiza? We’re sharing our selection of the island’s 5 best hotels below. If you’re looking for a stylish, well-placed place to stay in Ibiza, this is the selection for you. Enjoy your trip!
Formentera, the wildest of the Balearic Islands
Our must-sees in Formentera
Wild and unspoilt, the smallest of the Balearic Islands is a magical island where you’ll feel like time has stood still. Imagine some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the world, hidden coves with breathtaking sea views… Welcome to Formentera in the Balearic Islands! We discovered Formentera during our trip to Ibiza, as the two islands are just a 30-minute ferry ride apart. So, if time permits, we recommend combining these two islands on your Balearic vacation. If you’re looking for relaxation, all in absolute calm and in the heart of nature, Formentera will surely be a huge favorite for you.
Where to stay in Formentera? Our favorite hotel
During our trip to Ibiza, we had planned to spend just one day in Formentera. We loved this Balearic island so much that we recommend a minimum two-night stay to get the most out of it. If you want to sleep in Formentera, we recommend the excellent Hotel Can Aisha.
Majorca, the largest of the Balearic islands
Majorque is the largest of the Balearic islands. It is world-famous for its breathtaking coves and beaches, as well as its exceptional mountain scenery. Majorca’s coastline is dotted with magnificent beaches, such as Es Trenc and Portixol. Palma’s old town is also a must-see. With its cobbled streets, historic buildings and numerous stores, bars and restaurants.
As well as being the largest of the Balearic Islands, it’s also the most populous and the one that attracts the most tourists, with over 12 million visitors a year. As you can see, even if the island is magnificent, we advise you to avoid the high season as much as possible. We plan to discover the island this year, so we’ll be back here very soon to give you our definitive opinion of Majorca.
Where to sleep in Majorca?
Majorca is an island with a huge number of hotels, so it’s easy to get lost. During our search, we came across this hotel with infinity pool located in the heart of Palma’s old town. We recommend you check it out, coup de coeur guaranteed!
Minorca, the most unspoilt of the Balearic islands
We end this blog post on the Balearic Islands with Menorca, the island of tranquility. If you’re looking for a quiet, unspoilt island with nature everywhere, you’ll love Menorca. The island is so well preserved that it was even recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. If you have a two-week vacation, we recommend you do as we did, one week in Majorca and the second in Menorca. It only takes 1h30 by ferry to cross between the two islands, so you can kill two birds with one stone! If you’re looking for what to do in Menorca for your vacation in Spain, we recommend you check out our dedicated article.
Where to sleep in Menorca?
Ciuatedella is without doubt the most beautiful town on the island of Menorca, and it’s here that we recommend you stay. If you haven’t yet found your hotel for your vacation in Menorca, we recommend you take a look!
When to go to the Balearic Islands?
The great strength of the Balearic Islands is its Mediterranean climate. This makes it possible to discover the archipelago all year round. Yes, it’s sunny almost all year round in the Balearics! However, we advise you to visit between May and October, avoiding July and August. That way, you can make the most of the islands. And avoid the hordes of tourists. If you can, choose spring or autumn!
Visiting the Balearic Islands, how to organize your trip well?
How to get to the Balearic Islands
To find the best mode of transport to your destination, we recommend you always look on the OMIO comparator. This will give you an overview of all available modes of transport. You’ll be able to compare prices very easily.Learn more
How to rent a rental car at the best price in the Balearic Islands
If you’re looking to rent a car during your trip, we recommend taking a look at the RentalCars website. This will enable you to find the best prices and conditions for your rental.Learn more
How to find the best hotels to visit the Balearic Islands
In order to find the best hotels and benefit from the best conditions (security, cancellation…) we go almost exclusively through Booking.com for our trips. We recommend that you take a look at the available hotels before you leave. You can filter them according to their ratings. The customer reviews are very numerous and recent, which means you can avoid unpleasant surprises when traveling!Learn more
How to find ideas for vacation activities
If you want to get ideas for activities to do on your vacation and want to book in advance, we also recommend taking a look at the GetYourGuide site. This will give you an overview of the activities on offer in your destination, so you don’t have to wait until you get there to book your places.Learn more
Thank you for reading
We hope this article helps you plan your next trip to the Balearic Islands!
You can also follow our daily adventures on Instagram 🙂
Clem & Alex