Cheap Balearic Island holidays

Enjoy the Balaeric Islands on a budget


Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert



Balearic IslandsThe Balearic Islands typify Spanish island life. While the sun drenches a landscape fringed by golden sands, you can enjoy a margarita on a leafy terrace, visit crumbling heritage sites or sample some of the best nightlife in Europe. There’s plenty to get up to whether you’re on Majorca, Ibiza or one of the other islands, and a welcome marriage of rural, beach and city life ensures that all visitors are made welcome. Lying off the eastern coast of the Spanish mainland, this archipelago of islands boasts a Pandora’s Box of attractions – and it needn’t cost you a bomb to enjoy them.

It’s easy to get dreamy when contemplating a holiday on the Balearic Islands; even the name conjures images of sugar-soft beaches, unspoiled villages, searing heat and sparkling aquamarine water. To ensure the holiday matches your fantasy, why not plan out your trip with the aid of a little research: will the resorts of Ibiza be too busy or loud, or is that what you’re going for? Are you concerned by contradictory hotel reviews? Renting your own villa or apartment is a great way to save money and obtain a little extra privacy. Balearic Island accommodation offered by HomeAway Holiday Rentals can provide the dream setting for the holiday of a lifetime. But which island will you visit? Here’s the shortlist.

 


 

Top five destinations for cheap Balearic Island holidays


   

Ibiza Ibiza

What is there to say about Ibiza that has not already been said? Chances are you know this island by its reputation, as the hedonistic club capital of Europe. Nightlife is centred around the edgy capital of Ibiza Town, the canyons of San Antonio and the blissed-out resort of Playa d’en Bossa, but there’s more to do here than party. Away from the club scene, the island is surprisingly rural, replete with groves and flower-dappled hillsides. Take a stroll along the cliffs from Cala d’en Serra and onto the lighthouse at Punta des Moscater on the island’s northern cape, or relax minus the hordes on the tiny cove beach of Cala Olivera.

View holiday rentals in Ibiza

 
   
 

   

Formentera Formentera

Perhaps the most understated of the four main Balearic Islands, venture to Formentera if you’re in need of relaxation. It’s a ferry ride from party capital Ibiza, but with its beachfront building ban and easy pace of life, they might as well be on different planets. Boasting a coastline of white-powder beaches, there is a happy, hippy vibe around the chiringuitos (bars), many of which are surprisingly cheap, and the weekly craft market in El Pilar is certainly worth a browse. The sea is incredibly clear here, so don’t forego a bit of snorkelling or diving, or rent a pushbike and take to the many well-worn scenic pathways crisscrossing the island. Bliss.

View cottages in Formentera

 
   
 

   

Menorca Menorca

Majorca’s smaller sibling, Menorca nonetheless has a charm and spirit all its own. Offering more than just beaches and bars – though it’s short of neither – the island is home to 1,600 megalithic sites for those keen to learn about its rich heritage. Get your fix of history at Fortress la Mola on the north side of Mahon harbour, before quenching your thirst at Binifadet Winery. Elsewhere, why not take a boat trip and explore various parts of the island’s coastline, spotting coves and beaches that are concealed from land? Alternatively, you can scour the terrain from a hired kayak – the sport is extremely popular here, and hire charges as a consequence aren’t too pricey.

View apartments in Menorca

 
   
 

   

Palma (Majorca) Palma (Majorca)

Stylish and cultured, the capital of Majorca is a city that thrums with life. Situated on the southern shores of the island, Palma stares fixedly over the twinkling sea of the Med, and is a haven for foodies, adventurers, shoppers and the typical sun, sea and sangria crowd! Here you’ll find Gothic cathedrals, a thriving art scene and a dizzying array of pavement cafes and hidden squares. For a great day-out, check out the bustling produce market at Mercat de S’Olivar, teeming with fruit stalls, or explore the village of Portixol close to Palma bay for a drink at Cocco’s rooftop bar.

View accommodation in Palma

 
   
 

   

Pollenca (Majorca) Pollenca (Majorca)

Nestled between two hills at the eastern edge of the Serra de Tramuntana, Pollenca retains the kind of pleasingly lazy charm the Balearics were once famous for. Café life is all around; come here to relax on a terrace with a palmetto fan and iced drink, pore over locally-crafted goods at the bi-weekly markets, or try out any number of contemporary Mediterranean dishes in the restaurants spreading out from Placa Major. After indulging, you can always burn the calories with a pleasant stroll or cycle in the foothills of the awesome Tranmuntana Mountains, or with some swimming at the blue-flag Alcudia Beach.

View property in Pollenca

 
   
   
 

Balearic Island Rentals

A traditional, old house and has recently been completely renovated.

Villa Marratxinet is at the edge of the tiny village of Marratxinet. The villa has a private swimming pool. It is a traditional, old house and has recently been completely renovated. At Villa Marratxinet, you can enjoy the charm of an old Majorcan...

Nice Apartment in Son Caliu

Recently renovated, located in the quiet residential area of Son Caliu. Well communicated with supermarkets, medical services, schools, restaurants, sports centres. 100 Metres from the bus and taxi stops. 5 Minutes from the beaches of Son Caliu an...

A Beautiful Apartment to Rent in Palma

A independent beautiful in Palma de Mallorca. • In the most exclusive neigborhood of Palma ! • Good Sized, Double Bedroom (superior standard) • WiFi, Plus Exclusive use of a Netbook (if desired) • Clean & Tidy • A Nesspresso machine and cof...

Great Apartment near the sea in the mountains of Majorca

Spacious and rustic apartment located in Banyalbufar, a little village (700 inhabitants in summer and 300 in winter) in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana , surrounded by terraces characteristics for growing olives and vineyards. The building i...

Nice Cozy Flat for 2

The apartment is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the island of Ibiza, between Cala Carbo and the beautiful sandy bay of Cala Vadella. On a hilltop of pines trees, has a fantastic view to the legendary island of Es Vedra, famous for i...
MapCroatia Slovakia Russia Finland Greece Greece Cyprus Turkey Albania Bulgaria Montenegro Serbia Bosnia Hercegovina Slovenia Austria Czech Republic Hungary Romania Poland Belarus Lithuania Latvia Estonia Afrika Luxembourg Andorra Monaco Malta Italy Italy Sweden Norway Denmark Germany Netherlands Belgium France Portugal Spanien Gibraltar Switzerland Iceland UK Ireland Channel Islands World USA UK
       

Search for holiday rentals
Search for holiday ideas
 

Special offers and late deals

Sign up to our newsletter

Our latest updates and special offers, direct to your inbox

Advertise with HomeAway

Related Articles


 

Other Categories



Popular Articles