Balearic Islands summer holidays

Maroon yourself in the Mediterranean

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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
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Sunset in Jesus, Ibiza

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller to the Balearic Islands and already well-acquainted with the gorgeous beaches and fantastic summer climate, or you’ve yet to explore the stunning island group, the destinations below are sure to suit for a well-earned summer holiday. The four main islands forming the archipelago, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Majorca, are home to some of the Mediterranean’s most idyllic beach resorts, attracting sun-kissed globetrotters every summer. The islands are, of course, notable party destinations. Ibiza is perhaps Europe’s most treasured destination for nightlife. 

Every summer, the island becomes the epic stage for some of the world’s most acclaimed DJ sets - and most raucus parties. However, there is another side to Ibiza and the neighbouring islands. Trail the olive groves and explore the dense forests that ring Ibiza’s hilltops, sample local cuisine such as ‘sobrasada’, a Majorcan red pork pate, in a quiet restaurant in Majorca, or trail Formentera’s gorgeous Playa de ses Illetes at dusk. Your summer holiday can resist stereotypes, and in one of our Balearic Islands villas you can plan a diverse itinerary, as well as create a home from home experience, in the heart of the Mediterranean.


Top five destinations for Balearic Islands summer holidays


San Rafael, Ibiza San Rafael, Ibiza

Remarkably, San Rafael, a small village located close to the town of Ibiza, appears to be a far cry from the party destination's infamous club scene. Nestled in the Ibizan countryside, sloping olive trees and forest surround the quaint village, which is home to a number of exquisite restaurants and pottery shops. In fact, you may wish to draft an itinerary shaped by contrasts. Why not combine clubbing in the island's finest venues with an afternoon discovering the area's pottery industry and purchasing unique gifts?

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S'Horta, Majorca S'Horta, Majorca

The traditional village of S'Horta is located near to Felantix and the stunning coastal resort, Cala d'Or. S'Horta is an ideal location if you're a proactive traveller and want to tackle the hot summer afternoons on a hike around the area's hill ranges. You may also want to hire bicycles or visit an equestrian centre to explore the surrounding areas, such as Calogne. The village has a number of restaurants where you can sample authentic Spanish cuisine and north African inspired dishes. Visit the village's pretty church before seeking shade in one of the idyllic coves scattered along the portion of the coast, such as the enchanting Cala Sa Nau.

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Cala Galdana, Menorca, Cala Galdana, Menorca

Menorca's Cal Galdana lies on the island's south coast. Local residents are proud of the area's pristine beaches, and Cal Galdana is no exception. Find a picnic spot in Cal Galdana's bay, or find the perfect place to rest and finish a summer-read in the heat of the day. Alternatively, there are some exceptional water sports centres in the area, if you're looking for a little excitement! The destination's coastal location is reflected in the seafood inspired cuisine in the area, and for an authentic Menorcan meal, sample lobster stew, squid or a bowl of escupinyas, a clam dish.

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Llucmajor Centre, Majorca Llucmajor Centre, Majorca

Llucmajor, located close to Platja de Palma and Campos, is a beautiful town in the eponymous municipality. The town is home to the gorgeous San Miguel church and the area's historical development continues to attract tourists. Trace the 14th Century Battle of Llucmajor and visit the memorial for James III in the church parish. Golf enthusiasts can perfect their handicap in the nearby Son Antem Golf Resort, and beach combers can trawl the gorgeous Es Trenc beach in the warm summer afternoons, or find an idyllic cove in which to eat a homemade picnic.

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Jesus, Ibiza Jesus, Ibiza

The small town of Jesus, in Ibiza, is a fantastic base to explore the area's phenomenal beaches, and far enough out of the town of Ibiza's reach for a tranquil summer excursion. Visit the pristine beach resorts of Portinatx, Cala Xarraca and Talamanca before heading into the town centre and visiting the parish church, or exploring the surrounding fields and forests by bicycle or horseback. Sample Ibizan cuisine, such as 'bullit de peix' a rock fish dish, Ibizan style paella or a sausage based main course that includes botifarra, Spanish sausage, in one of the area's finest restaurants.

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