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Best Balearic Islands in Spain you will love

In this article we are going to talk about 2 of the best Balearic Islands in Spain: Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

Best Balearic islands


Ibiza, one of the best Balearic Islands, is world-renowned for its nightlife. So renowned that the world’s top DJs descend on its shores every year, all year round. For the music fan, there is everything here. From the glitz and glamour of hedonistic beachside parties to sitting on the beach sipping a piña colada, Ibiza has it all. 

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If you want to move beyond music, however, Ibiza is full of staggering landscape, beaches, cuisine and yoga retreats.

  • The partying starts and ends at Playa d’en Bossa. It is both the longest beach in Ibiza and one of its most popular. Balearic beats run from dusk until dawn.
Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza
  • Sol d’en Serra has an amazingly private feel. The sparkling Mediterranean lapping against the pebbles as you sit under the palm’s shade makes this beach one of the most relaxing spots on the island.
Sol d’en Serra, Ibiza
  • Santa Eulalia has the best of both worlds; all the amenities, bars and restaurants but has the tranquillity to enjoy the sounds of the sea and a good book. It is also an excellent snorkelling spot.
Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

Ibiza has the absolute best that Spain has to offer. There is a mixture of young and old culture, and owning property here puts you right in the middle of it. When you want to be around parties, dancing and making friends, it is right on your doorstep. When you need to step back and find time for yourself, Ibiza still provides the venue.

Ibiza Airport is connected to the rest of Europe by many airlines. Other continents are easily connected via Madrid. 

Palma de Mallorca

The gem that is Palma is found on the island of Mallorca, and is another of the best Balearics Islands. Like Ibiza, Mallorca is famous for its nightlife. However, also like Ibiza, the island has a lot more to offer than late-night revelry. This island is teeming with history, from prehistoric Talaiotic settlements to remnants of the Civil War cliff-side gun battlements, you can feel the weight of the past. The architecture of the city, with its stunning medieval palaces and churches including the emblematic “La Seu”, the Cathedral of Palma at every turn, wears its eventful past and its many influences on its sleeve.

Cathedral La Seu, Palma de Mallorca islands, Spain

Just like Palma’s potent clash of Christian and Moorish architectural styles, its beaches are also a mixture of the expected and unexpected. You can choose between the big, brash and popular beaches in Palma bay near the city, or you can explore a little further and find yourself in pristine, secluded coves with barely another soul for company.

  • Cala Major is a large resort area just to the south of the port city that is very popular with families. It has all the amenities one could expect, along with a great range of restaurants to suit all tastebuds and budgets.
Cala Major, Palma de Mallorca
  • Cala Mesquida, to the north-east of the island, is a long, wide cove with shallow water stretching very far out. The water is therefore very accessible for all swimming levels and ages. Given the beach’s size, it is easy to find a secluded spot even at peak times. Amenities on this beach are rather scarce, with only one bar. 
Cala Mesquida, Palma de Mallorca
  • Cala Banyalbafur is another example of how Mallorca does peaceful isolation so well. The beach is a turquoise jewel underneath ancient vineyards lining the cliff edge. There is only a small amount of sand here but the swimming and snorkelling, where a plethora of species of fish can be seen, is second-to-none. 
Banyalbafur, Palma de Mallorca

Venture further inland to find the stone walls and cobbled streets of Valldemosa. Like much of the island, this village nestled amongst the mountains is full of the history, architecture and culture that the rest is known for.  

Due to its many hidden coves and inland villages, Mallorca is best explored by car. The driving here is like nowhere else. With its steep curves and sharp undulations, you need nerves of steel, but the views are worth it. 

Palma and the rest of the island of Mallorca is easily accessible by its large airport, with connections all over Europe. Picking your visitors up from the airport, driving through the hills and emerging into deserted virgin beach is a pleasure like no other.

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David Thompson

16 February, 2024 10:00 am

Hi! Loved reading your insights on the best Balearic Islands in Spain!

I’ve been to Mallorca once with my friends and we decided to explore the islands’ rugged terrain on a Jeep tour – it was an exhilarating adventure!

Off-road paths led to hidden gems and stunning landscapes. A perfect blend of adrenaline. Highly recommend!