The best Balearic Islands and how to visit in 2021


SpainThe paradisiacal Balearic Islands are a Mediterranean glory, with their bohemian vibes, gorgeous beaches and picturesque scenes that go beyond the sands.

Now that the government announced next batch of green list destinations, featuring the Balearic Islands, British travelers will consider the Spanish Islands as possible vacations from June 30 without needing to self-quarantine on their return.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the islands were added to the green watch list, adding that they risked turning from green to amber.

However, the good news for fully bitten Brits is that travel to Orange List countries could be cleared later this summer. This would mean that even if the Balearic Islands turn from green to amber, vaccinated travelers can visit and return without the 10-day quarantine on their return home.

Announcing the travel update on Thursday, the government said: “Our intention is that later in the summer, arrivals who are fully vaccinated will not have to self-quarantine when traveling from amber list countries.”

(Rules for entering England from Red, Orange and Green List countries are subject to change and details are on the Government website.)

As of May 24, British travelers to Spain are no longer required to self-quarantine or present a negative Covid test, but must complete a pre-travel declaration form. Full details of Spain’s entry requirements and “at risk” countries are on the government site.

With that in mind, we’ve brought you five of the breathtaking Balearic gems to discover after the Green List crowds have dispersed.

One of the nicest ways to explore them in September is on 11-Day Good Housekeeping Cruise in Southern Spain. After Onthebeach cancels its vacation for June, July, and August, you might want to browse its cheap packages for September. Meanwhile, easyJet Holidays, and Expedia are offering Balearic vacation packages.


From stunning expanses of golden sand to historic monuments, the Balearic Islands are dotted with postcard-worthy sites and breathtaking landscapes.

Despite being one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in Europe, the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera offer many hidden and unspoiled gems for visitors to discover this summer.

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Here’s how to discover the Balearic Islands during a late summer getaway …

Explore Cabrera, the national park island off the coast of Mallorca

Cabrera is an uninhabited island floating 10 miles off the coast of Mallorca and one of the best kept secrets of the Balearic Islands. In recent years, a number of its heritage and natural sites, such as Cabrera Castle, have been restored with revenue from the sustainable tourism tax.

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Its landscape has remained unchanged for centuries, attracting an abundance of seabirds, rich marine life, and native flora and fauna, and since 1991 it has been recognized as a national park. When visiting Cabrera, you’ll want to dive or snorkel to explore the biodiversity below the water’s surface, including turtles, cuttlefish, and over 500 other species.

There is a boat service operating every day during the summer season, which allows you to reach Cabrera from Colonia de Sant Jordi, located in Las Salinas (Ses Salines) in the south of Mallorca.

Try this: Visit Cabrera on Good Housekeeping’s Southern Spain and Morocco Cruise in September. You will spend three nights in Mallorca, which will also give you time to discover Cabrera.


Alternatively, you can experience Cabrera before embarking on Good Housekeeping’s 10-Day Italy and Mediterranean Cruise in September.


Try delicious local cuisine on the beautiful beaches of Formentera

Hanging off the south coast of Ibiza, only half an hour by fast ferry, the 20 km long island of Formentera is somewhat forgotten in the collective consciousness of the British when one thinks of the Balearics. The dream island offers visitors pristine Caribbean-style beaches and panoramic views of the island’s beautiful and unspoiled nature, all of which contribute to its secluded charm.

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Due to its isolation, the gastronomy of Formentera is based almost exclusively on slow food cuisine and organic products. The island’s bohemian vibe and deep-rooted sustainable farming traditions have given rise to a wide variety of local specialties and tasty dishes, such as ‘peix sec’ (dried salted fish), ‘bullit de peix’ ( a fish stew with potatoes), ‘flaó’ (cheesecake with a hint of mint) and locally produced herbal liqueurs.

Lively beach bars, cafes, and restaurants, such as the Modern ChezzGerdi, is in the region of Es Pujols. You can also follow the news of the island slow food card, which highlights its traditional cuisine, its local products and its distinct flavors

Find medieval treasures in the heart of Palma de Mallorca

As well as being home to iconic monuments such as the Cathedral ‘Le Seu’, Palma de Mallorca hides a number of treasures under the noses of visitors. These medieval streets are adorned with gargoyles, arches, rose windows in Gothic churches, secluded squares and famous Mallorcan patios.

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There are more than 40 patios in Palma and each of them in the stately homes of Palma constitutes a unique architectural space with its own aesthetic, identity and character. Many are located on private properties and can only be seen from the outside, however there are a number that have become public institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, the Palau March museum or San Pere I San Bernat Hospital.

You can walk through the ancient streets of Palma discovering the various patios and the history behind them. Tourist guide company Tomir offers professional walking tours for visitors interested in Palma’s cultural heritage, including routes around the city’s historic patios (‘rutas de patios’).

Try this: Explore the patios of Palma de Mallorca on Good Housekeeping’s Balearic Islands Cruise in September, when you have three days to explore Mallorca.


Discover the authentic charm of Ibiza in its hidden villages

Apart from its bohemian vibe and picturesque beaches, Ibiza is also known for its charming villages with characteristic whitewashed buildings. Many of the island’s traditional lime-colored farmhouses have been turned into stylish rustic hotels and retreats (known as agroturismos) for you to enjoy the peaceful and natural environment of the island.

Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain it is the third largest of the Balearic Islands


Nestled in the north of the island, Sant Joan de Labritja is one of the hidden gems of the White Island. Surrounded by pine-covered hills, the peaceful village of Ibiza is a rural haven. Thanks to its slow pace of life, its small bars and cafes and its charming village square, Sant Joan de Labritja is often called “the last real village of Ibiza”. While monuments such as the 18th-century whitewashed church dominate the village, modern settlements like Giri coffee make it a must-see when visiting Ibiza.

Enjoy an abundance of Menorcan marine life at secret dive sites

Home to winding coastal paths and rugged coves, Menorca’s varied landscape and spectacular scenery make it a premier adventure destination. From the iconic Cami de Cavalls trail that circles the island, to the lesser-known coastal paths, the island’s many trails allow you to explore even the most hidden corners of Menorca, like Cala Rafalet.

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Tucked away at the end of a rustic trail and nestled on the island’s east coast, this particularly narrow cove offers crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling, allowing avid divers to enjoy a sumptuous array of marine life from Minorca.

Due to its size, Cala Rafalet can only accommodate a few people at a time, but water sports enthusiasts can discover an array of other activities on offer in the S’Algar area, including diving in the Isla del Aire marine reserve.

Try this: Explore Menorca’s marine life on Good Housekeeping’s 11-Day Cruise Around Spain in September, when you have a day to explore the island.


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