The Beautiful Balearic Islands

The Balearics Islands are one of the most popular holiday spots in the whole of Europe, and it’s not hard to see why. Promising the same sunshine and warm welcome of mainland Spain, with the individual charm and characteristics of very different islands, they tick all the boxes for a year-round holiday in the sun.

Majorca is the largest of the Balearics, and possibly the most popular for lazy beach holidays with occasional side trips to places like Palma, the beautiful the honey-stoned capital, or the pine scented foothills of the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range. Ibiza may be famous for its all-night party scene, but there’s a quieter side to the island and you can still find secluded coves, hippy markets and artist retreats tucked into the less-developed north. Minorca is the little sister Balearic Island. A haven of tranquillity with its chilled-out beaches and coves, it also has an extraordinary wealth of prehistoric sites dating back some 3,000 years.

Whichever island you choose, with their sun-kissed beaches and familiar Spanish flair - from fun-filled fiestas to saffron-scented cuisine – a holiday to the Balearics will never disappoint.

The Balearic Islands are situated off the east coast of Spain in the Balearic Sea.

This tourist tax was brought in to preserve and protect areas of natural beauty and the cultural identity of the Balearics. Visitors staying for less than eight days have to pay from one to four Euros per person, per night. The tourist tax is less if you’re staying for longer than eight days.

It takes from two to three hours to fly to the Balearic Islands.

You can fly to the islands of Minorca, Majorca and Ibiza from the UK and most other European countries. You can also get to the Balearic Islands by ferry from Barcelona and Valencia in mainland Spain.

There are approximately 150 Balearic Islands and smaller islets.

The main Balearic Islands are Minorca, Majorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera.

You pronounce Balearic as you would say Ba - lee - a - rick with the emphasis on the a.

Yes, the Balearic Sea is warm with average temperatures rising from 14C in the winter to 26C in the summer.

Yes, the Balearic Islands are considered part of Spain.

Yes, the Balearic Islands are considered to be part of the Spanish region of Catalonia.

Yes, the Balearic Islands became part of the European Union at the same time as Spain in 1986.

Yes, Majorca is in the Balearic Islands although its Spanish name is Mallorca.

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