Guide to the Balearic Islands: how to choose the best island for your vacation


The Balearic Islands are popular vacation destinations – but it can be difficult to choose between Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera

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The Balearic Islands have long been a hit with Britons looking for budget sun vacations, with Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera particularly popular.

Plus, the archipelago destination off the east coast of Spain means flight times tend to be under three hours which means more time to enjoy your break!

Following the news that the islands will be added to the green list from June 30, it’s no surprise that travel agencies are already seeing an increase in bookings at these vacation spots.

So which island is the best for a vacation? Well, each offers a different experience, whether you are looking for a family vibe or a party atmosphere. To give you a hand, we’ve put together a guide that enlightens you on what to expect.

While there are loads of islands across the Balearic Islands, we’ve focused on the top four that are popular for vacations; Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

Happy vacation planning!


Palma de Mallorca beach


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BEST FOR: Family vacation, active vacation

If you are looking for a vacation that offers a mix of beaches, culture and nightlife Mallorca might be the place to be.

There are lots of great things to do in Mallorca, including fun outings with the kids, while the best beaches on the island offer sandy shores and crystal-clear waters suitable for swimming, which can be ideal for sunbathers. families.

The good news is that there are deals for families. For example, TUI currently offers all-inclusive packages family vacation from £ 664 pp end of July, as well as holidays from £ 423 per person in August.

Meanwhile, Jet2holidays offers vacations with deposits starting at £ 60pp, and there are prices starting at £ 352pp for late offers.

Mirror vacation can also be a good source of inexpensive stays, whether you’re looking for a last minute vacation or looking to plan a family getaway later this summer.


Ibiza is renowned for its beautiful beaches and party scene



BEST FOR: Parties, romantic getaways

Ibiza’s party scene is legendary, but of course it was completely different during the pandemic. Currently, clubs are still closed on the island, although there are reports that they may be allowed to reopen with reduced capacity later this year. There is no confirmed date yet.

Of course, it’s not just the pool and beach raves that draw vacationers to the island.

There are some pretty incredible beaches too, not to mention there are quieter spots across the island for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

If you’re looking for a getaway with the kids, Tripadvisor has a handy guide to The best family hotels in Ibiza that are worth being on your radar. During this time, Mirror vacation offers a wide range of Ibiza vacations, whether you are looking for a luxury break for two or something economical.


Menorca has beautiful landscapes


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BEST FOR: Family vacations, active vacations, gourmet vacations

From its beautiful beaches to picturesque hiking trails, Menorca offers plenty of places to explore for those who don’t like spending all their time by the pool.

There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants, hotels, and beaches across the island, making it a popular spot during high seasons, as well as fun outings, including the Splash Sur Menorca water park.

Oh, and foodies can also be sated with the plethora of restaurants serving delicious seafood and local specialties.

If you are looking for a late deal, TravelSupermarket can be a good source to compare prices for a Menorca vacation, especially if you can be flexible with your dates.


Ses Illetes Beach, Formentera


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BEST FOR: Couples getaways, walking holidays

If you are looking for the hustle and bustle then this is not the island for you.

Still, Formentera offers some very beautiful beaches and coastal sites, making it a hit with those who like to take a leisurely stroll away from the crowds.

The island is often considered the quieter “little sister” of Ibiza. In fact, it’s only a half hour boat ride from Party Island, so it’s often a hit with day trippers looking to explore its sandy shores.

It’s relatively quiet compared to the other three big islands, especially if you stay and can make the most of the peaceful evenings.

Tempted for summer? First Choice currently has Holidays to Formentera from £ 487 per person.

Covid Travel Rules

The Balearic Islands are open to Brits and, at the time of writing, are added to the UK’s Green List from June 30, which means you can visit without needing to quarantine in the UK at your return. You will still need to complete a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on the second day when you return to the UK.

As for visiting the Balearics, Spain has changed its entry rules for the British. You will either need to be fully vaccinated against Covid or have a negative result from a “gold standard” PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival, if you wish to visit Spain. This currently appears to include the Balearics.

Travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic, so always check out the latest tips from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before planning, booking or going on a trip.

Are you going to book a vacation to the Balearic Islands now that they are on the green list? Let us know in the comments below.

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