This Spanish island group in the Mediterranean is known for its abundance of superb beaches and clear blue water, which makes the archipelago perfect for snorkelling and boating. Comprised of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the Balearics are great for whatever type of holiday you need, whether travelling as a family, couple or group and with the options of quiet or full-on party resorts.
For Majorca, fly into Palma (PMI) in less than two hours from the UK. Majorca is the main island and commercial centre of the Balearics and the airport is only five miles from the popular resort town of Palma. There's a regular bus service from the airport to Palma 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.
Menorca is a family-driven and more laid-back island. There are frequent flights from the UK and mainland Spain arriving in Mahon Airport (MAH), which is linked to the main town of Mao by a regular bus service. The bus stops at several popular tourist accommodation sites en route to Mao. Taxis are another popular and fairly inexpensive way to get around the island, but for complete freedom of choice and to the make the most of your time, hiring a car is an excellent way to get around.
The islands of Ibiza and Formentera are serviced by Ibiza (IBZ) Airport and Formentera is then reached by ferry from Ibiza. There's a good provision of licensed taxis and buses to transport visitors between the airport and the three main cities. Most people choose to walk a lot while staying on the island due to its size. Ibiza is known for its summer party season but is equally suitable for families in the quieter east-coast resorts.
Formentera is a 'get away from it all' island with a number of places to rent a moped or bicycle and travel from beach to beach. There are several lagoons to explore as well as mud baths and walking trails.
Each island has a slightly different character, but all are warm and welcoming to visitors. Accommodation ranges from basic and traditional to luxury high-end apartments and villas. Each island has a mix of self-catering, hotel and all-inclusive options to suit any group and budget. Balearic-Islands flights are frequent from the UK and offered year round by a large number of airlines. The islands are linked by a ferry service, so hiring a car is an ideal way to explore each island and its sights.
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