The Balearic Islands, are made up of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. They are the most popular holiday destination in the whole of Europe, with more passengers passing through the airport of Palma de Majorca than any other Spanish airport!
We can see why these islands are a favourite with many holiday makers, as these beautiful islands offer wonderful golden beaches and are filled with rich cultural heritage. Furthermore, the Balearic's offer great weather, with around 300 days of sun per year!
These self-governing Spanish islands are located in the Mediterranean between Spain and the North African coast, and between they offer a variety of holiday experiences to suite pretty much everyone.
Each year thousands of holidaymakers from all over the world storm these islands in search of sun and fun. Yet surprisingly, the islands have managed to maintain much of their natural beauty. Beyond the high-rise resort hotels, bars and more popular beaches, you will find the history of the islands, from Gothic cathedrals, Stone Age ruins, old fishing villages, to secluded coves and many olive and almond groves, as well as citrus orchards.
The Balearic Islands are also a firm favourite with many major A-list celebrities, from Hollywood actors to sporting legends. Leonardo Di Caprio has not only been seen partying on the island of Ibiza, but also taking a stroll along a secluded beach on Formentera. Zinedine Zidane has also been spotted on the smallest island of the Balearic's with his family. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney headed to Ibiza for his stag do.
Meanwhile, if you head to Mallorca then there is a chance you may bump into F1 legend Michael Schumacher, who has a holiday home there, as does Claudia Schiffer, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Gwyneth Paltrow, Bob Geldof and Dustin Hoffman are also frequent visitors to the island.
Places Of Interest
Mallorca is known as the senior island, combining a little of everything, from spectacular mountain scenery and hiking through to the standard sea and sun seaside tourist resorts. Whilst Ibiza is famous for clubbing holidays. However, Ibiza does also have so much more to offer than just great nightlife! For families Playa D’en Bossa is a must with its fantastic water park and family friendly hotels. Or head to Es Cana, if you are after low-key bars, café’s and pretty surroundings.
If you are looking for peace and quite then the island of Menorca will suit you just fine, as this haven of tranquillity, offers many isolated beaches for you to spend your days relaxing in the sun.
The smallest of the Balearic Islands is Formentera. Again like Menorca, this gorgeous little island is the perfect destination for those looking for white beaches and sunset parties.
Traditional Balearic cuisine is know for being low in fat, as most dishes consist of Mediterranean vegetables, including tomatoes and courgettes. Famous dishes also include seafood and fresh meats, helping to make some of Spain's best stews, including lobster, lamb and piglet meats. The Balearic islands are also loved for their confectionery, knowing how to make freshly baked bread, crespells and pittas.
When visiting Ibiza you can expect to see well established restaurants serving salmon, steaks, pizza and lamb mains, as well as finding local eateries famous for its paella. And of course, to cater for its party-goers, a fast food joint is never far away. If you're thinking about visiting Majorca, a variety of foods are available from its Chinese, Spanish, Italian and Indian restaurants. Whereas in Menorca, you're in pizza heaven, as well as being able to find fresh mussels and unique specialities including stuffed aubergines and 'Rubios' (fish pasties.)
Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required. However, it is always sensible to have a short period of extra validity on your passport in case of any unforeseen delays to your departure.