The Balearic Islands are arguably the most attractive group of landmasses in the Mediterranean Sea. The islands are situated in the Western Med close to the Iberian Peninsula where the tropical climate keeps this area warm throughout the year.
Summers are hot and pleasant making the Balearic Islands a popular holiday destination for families looking for a summer getaway; while winters here are mild and make for an ideal winter vacation if you live in a European country where the weather can become bitterly cold.
The Balearic Islands is made up of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. The most populated island is Majorca with a population of roughly 800,000. Ibiza is not even a close second with only 115,000 inhabitants, and then Menorca has a mere 90,000 people. The least populated island of the four is Formentera, which has a population of just 8,000 people.
Depending on what you are looking for, one or all of these islands are perfect for a holiday in a tropic climate.
Whether you want to relax on the beach, go sightseeing wine and dine, partake in one of the many water sport activities, or do a little bit of each, the Balearic Islands has something for you.
Diving and Snorkelling
All the islands around the Balearics offer the opportunity go diving or snorkelling. You can book to take your PADI diving license and even train to become a diving instructor or you can book a day trip without the need for a license. The diving around the Balearic Islands nothing short of breath-taking in the summer, while the winter months are still idea for diving fanatics that just love to get under the water.
You will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to the array of diving trip to choose from. Almost every hotel or tour shop in the area you choose to stay will be able to arrange a snorkelling trip for you and your family/group.
See travel.padi.com for more information on diving in the Balearic Island waters.
Yachts and Sailing
One of the most popular all year-round activities being booked up by tourists on the Balearic Islands is yacht charters. There are several options available to you including:
- Booking a private group/family day yacht charter
- Book one of the regular non-private yacht trips (if you don’t have a group, then the yacht charter company has options to book your place on the yacht with other people you don’t know)
- Book a live onboard yacht charter for your group or family
Tours include visiting island beaches and sightseeing spots. You can also book tours that visit all 4 islands. There is nothing like a bit of island hopping in this region as you sail across the crystal blue sea and take in the breath-taking panoramic view of the area. There is also plenty of sea life to keep your out for as you are sailing across this part of the Med.
The difference between private and non-private torus is that the non-private tours will already have a predetermined route while the private tours allow you to choose your next destinations. You can stop on deserted island beaches, you’ll be treated to a seafood lunch onboard or stop off at a secluded island restaurant.
All yachts come with snorkeling equipment, life vests, children and adult sea toys for when the yacht charter stops off allowing you to have some fun in the sea.
Check out azzurracharters.com to find out more about yacht charters in the Balearic Islands region of the Med.
Wining and Dining
There is no shortage of places to wine and dine in Balearic Islands. Choose from Italian, Spanish, English, Moroccan, and other cuisines around the world. There are also plenty of fast food restaurants if you need a day off the gourmet food and something fast and easy that reminds you of home.
If you are a seafood lover, then you will be in the right place as being a group of islands there are plenty of inexpensive seafood dishes to choose from at your fingertips. Plus, if you are lucky enough to have hired a vacation rental, then there are plenty of supermarkets on the Balearic Islands with well known brands from home as well as some local brands that you may want to try to spice up your indoor cooking experience while abroad.
Take a look at tripadvisor.com for this travel expert’s advice on the best places to dine around the Balearics.
Water Sports and Beach Sports
Aside from diving, there is no shortage of water sports on the Balearic Islands. Wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, swimming activities, water polo, and more. You will need to find a reliable operator to book your water sports up on your behalf.
You can also search for waterparks on the island your hotel is on. Mallorca, Ibiza, and Menorca all have well-known water parks that are ideal for a fun family day out.
Plus, there are plenty of beach sports to play with regular games of beach football, tennis, and volleyball. Some places offer these activities for free. All you need to do is just walk up and ask to join in, while some of other places will arrange the beach sports for you.
There is Something for Everyone
As you can see, we have only touched the tip of iceberg when it comes to things to do on the Balearic Islands. To put in simply, there is something for everyone. The island is ideal if you come on a romantic holiday for two, come as a family, or if you are singles looking for a relaxing holiday.
Those that love fresh air and sea will be able to come to the Balearic Islands to get fit by participating in some of the many sporting activities and maintain a healthy diet thanks to the amazing selection of fine cuisines offered in the many restaurants on the islands.