POCKET GUIDE TO THE BALEARICS
When it comes to good old-fashioned fun in the sun, the Balearic Islands really do have it all. From balmy family beach holidays in Menorca and party-tastic Magaluf breaks in Majorca to the upmarket bar and club scenes of Ibiza, there's something for everyone on this gorgeous group of islands. Thanks to the classic Mediterranean climate, these superb resorts are warm and sunny all year-round with the highest temperatures reaching a toasty 25°C between June and September and 'lows' of 15°C in the winter months. So if you're thinking of planning a Balearic Island break for your summer holidays, our insider guide has everything you need to know.
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca (or Mallorca) offers popular resorts, including Alcudia, Cala d’Or, Palma Nova, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona for a lively Mediterranean vacation.
If you're after a fun family holiday in the sunshine then August is the best time to visit with highs of 25°C - while October is a no go if you don't want to get caught in the rain. The party town of Magaluf offers down to earth fun for everyone all year round with the karaoke bars, disco bars, rock bars, cocktail bars staying open till the small hours along its famous strip.
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The super club, BCM Planet Dance, is for the serious clubbers who want to dance the night away to big name DJs. It’s also a family favourite, boasting some fantastic water parks for adrenalin-fuelled day trips. The Majorcan capital of Palma is the culinary capital of the Balearics, with plenty of places to eat delicious patatas bravas, chorizo, croquetas, tortilla and more in its authentic, atmospheric tapas bars and bodegas such as La Boveda and Tast. Look forward to sunny Majorca weather all year round, with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
The harbour at Puerto Pollensa, Majorca, is great for boat hire and you’ll also find waterskiing, wake-boarding and banana boat rides in the Bay of Pollensa, making it just one of the great places for watersports across the Balearics.
Party in Ibiza
Both Magaluf and Ibiza share a thriving beach party scene at upmarket venues like Nikki Beach, where the champagne flows and the beautiful people gather to party all day and into the night but Ibiza is the undisputed clubbing and beach party capital of the Med.
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Ibiza’s Mediterranean climate serves up long, lazy summers with highs of 26°C in August, with plentiful sunshine on the beach and mild winters too.
When The Sun Sets
Spectacular sunsets are on offer all over the Balearics, but nowhere more so than on Benirras Beach on the northern tip of Ibiza, where the sunset is so stunning that every Sunday crowds gather to watch the sun sink into the sea to the accompaniment of the beat of bongos and chilled Ibiza tunes. Ibiza takes its party scene more seriously with world famous super clubs like Pacha, Amnesia and Space, besides beachfront bars in San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa.
Chill in Menorca
As well as attracting party people, the Balearic islands are a beach holiday haven thanks to their Blue Flag status, sparkling seas and wealth of kid-friendly attractions. If you're planning a family holiday in this Balearic beauty, check out our round-up of Menorca hotels for kids.
July is the hottest month if you want to bask in the heat with a total of 12 sunshine hours a day while the best time to swim is in August. However, the island boasts a balmy year round climate and early spring and late autumn are lovely times of year to visit with fewer crowds.
The slower pace and calmer nightlife of Menorcan resorts like Cala’n Forcat and Son Bou mean they’re particularly popular with families who want to enjoy beautiful beaches by day and authentic, chilled-out bars and restaurants in the evenings without a neon strip light or two-for-one cocktail offer in sight! With 300 days of sunshine annually, Menorca enjoys extended warm summers and brief mild winters.
The Best Family Vacations in Balearics
Whether you choose Majorca, Menorca or Ibiza, you’ll find brilliant waterparks across the Balearics. With flumes, slides, wave pools and kids’ playgrounds, they make a great day out for all ages. We especially love Western Waterpark in Magaluf, Majorca, which has loads of Wild West-themed slides and attractions to suit all cowboys and cowgirls, from adrenalin junkies to fun-loving tots. Marine Land in Costa d’en Blanes offers a different aquatic experience with its fabulous dolphinarium and marine show where you can get up close and personal with dolphins and more. As well as the waterparks you’ve got zoos and aquariums, horse-riding trips, nature reserves, mini golf, go karting, playgrounds and lots more.
Top Hotels in the Balearics
The key to having a brilliant Balearic break is choosing the right resort. The Bellevue Club in one of Majorca’s most popular resorts, Alcudia, is a great find for families. Just 10 minutes walk from the beach, and with eight swimming pools, a games arcade, playground, go karting zone, kids’ club and evening entertainment, they’ll never be a dull moment to allow younger holidaymakers to get bored.
Meanwhile, The Menorca Sea Club sits right by the beach in pretty Cala n’ Forcat, Menorca. You’ve got pools overlooking the sparkling sea waters to enjoy, as well as a kids’ play area to keep little ones happy. You’ve also got the beautiful Ciutadella de Menorca just a short distance away, which is perfect for admiring the yachts in the harbour and exploring the charming cobbled backstreets.