There is no shortage of flights to the Balearic Islands, with hundreds a week in the busy summer months from all over the UK.
Majorca, the main island and commercial centre of the Balearics, is less than two hours' flying time from the UK. There's a regular bus from the island's airport (PMI) to the popular resort town of Palma, five miles away, and on to the sea port. Alternatively, visitors can use one of the many airport transfer services or hire a car to get from the airport to their accommodation. All the big holiday airlines, such as Thomas Cook, Thomson and Jet2, offer flights from around the UK. You will also find non-stop flights from easyJet, Ryanair, Monarch, Norwegian, flybe and British Airways.
Menorca is a family-driven and more laid-back island. Frequent flights from the UK and mainland Spain arrive at Mahon Airport (MAH), which is linked to the main town of Mao by a bus that stops at popular tourist accommodation sites en route. Taxis are another fairly inexpensive way to get around the island, but for complete freedom of choice and to make the most of your time, hiring a car is an excellent way to get around. In addition to Monarch, easyJet and Ryanair, holiday companies such as Thomson, Thomas Cook and Jet2 fly to Menorca. However, direct flights run only from early April through to the end of October. Connecting flights in winter can be found via Barcelona and Palma.
The islands of Ibiza and Formentera are serviced by Ibiza (IBZ) Airport - Formentera is a further ferry trip away. On Ibiza, there's a good provision of licensed taxis and buses to transport visitors between the airport and the three main cities. Ibiza is known for its summer party season but is equally suitable for families in the quieter, east-coast resorts. Once again, the big airlines and holiday companies operate flights from the UK to Ibiza in the warmer seasons. In winter, you can fly via Barcelona or Majorca.
The Balearic islands themselves are linked by a ferry service. Again, hiring a car, which you can take on the ferry, is an ideal way to explore each island and its sights.
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