Balearic Islands: what to see, and the 10 most beautiful beaches
The Balearic Islands are located between Spain and the North African coast, and surrounded by the waters of the Mediterranean. Every summer the Balearic Islands welcome thousands of tourists of all nationalities thanks to miles of fine sandy beaches, scorching sun, excellent restaurants and exuberant nightlife. Find out which is the most suitable island for your holiday, and the 10 most beautiful beaches in the Balearics!
What is surprising is that Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera – that is, the Balearic Islands – have managed to maintain, despite massive tourism, a certain integrity. In addition to bars, beaches and entertainment 24 hours a day, in the Balearics you will find Gothic cathedrals, Neolithic megaliths, fishing villages, beautiful rural paths and stretches of orange groves and olive groves as far as the eye can see. managed to spoil these delicate corners of Spain (at least for now!).
The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of the western Mediterranean Sea and form an autonomous community of Spain consisting of four islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, and a single province. Also part of the Balearic archipelago is the smaller island of Cabrera, which houses the homonymous natural park, and some islets. The capital of the Balearic Islands is Palma de Mallorca, while the official languages are both Catalan and Spanish. Also called the islands of eternal spring for their mild climate throughout the year, the Balearics are one of the most popular destinations in Spain and beyond. Their beaches are famous all over the world but, despite this, it is still possible to find pristine and heavenly beaches, especially in Menorca and Formentera. Although very close to each other, the islands are decidedly different from each other, and this is mainly due to their different historical heritage. Ibiza and Formentera are the most famous and the most popular (especially by Italians), while Mallorca and Menorca are more reserved and quiet.
In Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza land a lot of charter and line flights from all over Europe. Among the main airlines flying non-stop from Italy there are Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, Meridiana, Neos, Air Europa and Iberia. Direct flights are from May until October; in autumn and winter you will necessarily have to make a stopover in Spain.
By ferry Due to its small size, Formentera does not have an airport and can only be reached by ferry from Ibiza. From Barcelona you can reach Palma, Alcudia (in the northeastern part of Mallorca) via Ciutadella (on the island of Menorca), Maó and Sant Antoni (Ibiza). Then there are several companies that connect the four islands to each other. All these services are active from mid-May to September. Out of season the frequency drops considerably.
Majorca is the island with the most local transport: there are two railway lines and a complete bus network that will allow you to reach any location on the island. There are also around 30 car rental agencies and you can hire bikes in many of the island’s villages.
Menorca instead does not have an equally developed transport network and, for example, to reach Maó from the airport you have to take a taxi. Three bus companies operate on the island and there are several car, motorbike and bicycle rental agencies. The transport network of
Ibiza has bus lines that reach all the locations on the island. In general, especially in Menorca and Ibiza it is preferable to rent a car to have the freedom to reach even the most hidden coves.
In Formentera you just need to rent a motorbike or a bicycle because the distances are short.
The Balearic Islands are called the “islands of eternal spring” because they enjoy a mild and sunny climate practically throughout the year (it is said that sunny days are around 300 a year!).