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Sink your toes into pristine white sands and gaze out across the azure ocean

The Balearic Islands are dazzlingly beautiful and, thanks to their Mediterranean setting, enjoy a balmy climate year-round. Ibiza is perhaps the most famous island of the archipelago, but if flashing the cash in the clubs of San Antonio isn't really your bag, then visit out of season to enjoy the island in its peaceful repose. Alternatively, you could head to Formentera - often referred to as Ibiza's little sister, this diminutive island makes a point of taking everything just that little bit easier. Majorca, known as the ‘Queen of the Mediterranean’ beckons with its sheltered coves and abundant countryside, while Minorca turns down the tempo even further with its tranquil coast and sleepy, white-washed villages.

Things to do

Breakfast on the terrace? Don't mind if I do. On all of our stay and relax holidays to the Balearics we've chosen the very best hotels in standout destinations. Explore the islands from home base, or drop in and visit on one of our Mediterranean cruises. Discover Majorca’s impressive Drachs cave system, stop for a spot of al fresco dining in the island's capital of Palma, or wander the elegant streets of Mahon in Minorca before whiling away the hours on the perfect Cala Blanca Beach. For active types a guided walking holiday through the picturesque hilltops and olive groves of Majorca might be just the thing.

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Enjoy a great value half-board break and expect the unexpected on this beautiful, cultured and historic island.

Enjoy a great-value break at the purpose-built resort of Sa Coma, situated between the bustling marina towns of Cala Millor and Porto Cristo.

Enjoy a great-value stay in Majorca mere steps from the white sandy beach at Cala Millor.

A charming resort on Minorca's west coast.

Enjoy a great-value half-board holiday and explore Minorca's beautiful east coast.

Take your pick from two tempting coves at this great value clifftop hotel.

Expect the unexpected in this beautiful, cultured and historic island

Discover the sandy coves and charming towns of Minorca's south coast from the Hotel Playa Azul

Hotel Agamenon QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Enjoying an enviable location overlooking Es Castell’s pretty bay, the locally rated 4-star Hotel Agamenón is a haven for those seeking relaxation in the Minorcan sun

Make the most of this hotel's excellent sporting facilities.

The white sandy beach at Cala Millor in Majorca is just a short step from this excellent all-inclusive hotel.

Enjoy a stay at a peaceful resort on Majorca's south coast.

It’s time to experience relaxation the Minorcan way at this fantastic value, all-inclusive hotel that's new to Saga…

Situated on the island of Majorca, the purpose-built resort of Sa Coma lies between the bustling marina towns of Cala Millor and Porto Cristo. Look forward to enjoying its sandy beach and promenade, or just take it easy at your hotel, located just 150 metres from the beachfront promenade.

Relish the peace and quiet of this stretch of Majorca’s south coast…

Hotel Riu Bravo QQQQ

Stay and Relax

This large and lively, cosmopolitan 4-star hotel is surrounded by beautiful shady gardens.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded holiday at this charming resort on Minorca's west coast.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded holiday at this clifftop hotel overlooking a dramatic cove and the sea in the resort of Cala'n Forcat.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded holiday at the Olé Galeon, and expect the unexpected on this beautiful, cultured island.

Opt for a special upgraded package to get your holiday off to a great start: it'll put you in good stead to discover the sandy coves and charming towns of Minorca's south coast from the Hotel Playa Azul.

Opt for a special upgraded package to get your holiday off to a great start, then relax and the most of this hotel's excellent sporting facilities.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded package at this excellent hotel in Majorca mere steps from the white sandy beach at Cala Millor.

For the ultimate relaxing break, opt for a special upgraded holiday at this hotel in the purpose-built resort of Sa Coma.

Opt for a special upgraded stay at the Sentido Cala Viñas and relish the peace and quiet of Majorca’s south coast…

Can't choose between Minorca and Majorca? Have both with this relaxing two-centre stay. With seven nights on each, you've time to discover the charms of both beautiful islands...

Enjoy spectacular views in the picturesque mountains and countryside of Majorca, admiring waterfalls, wooded valleys, gentle streams and olive groves.

Can't choose between Minorca and Majorca? Have both with this relaxing two-centre stay. With seven nights on each, you've time to discover the charms of both beautiful islands...

Immerse yourself in the ancient history of the Western Mediterranean as you cruise from Barcelona to Italy's western coast, and call at the islands of Sardinia, Sicily and Majorca.

Spanish Adventure

Saga Cruises

Uncover the centuries of history and fascinating cultures at the heart of some of the most famous cities of the Iberian Peninsula.

Language

Spanish; Castilian -

Castillian Spanish is the official language, with other Spanish languages and dialects varying in different regions.

English isn’t widely used outside of the main coastal resorts, so you may find it very handy to learn a few words before you travel.

Tipping

Tipping is similar to the UK: the typical amount in restaurants is 10% (most establishments don’t add a service charge to the bill). Taxi drivers and porters expect a small tip too.

Population and size

Spain has a population of 47.4 million, which is relatively low in comparison to other European countries such as France and Italy.

At 505,988 square kilometers, Spain is more than twice the size of the UK.

Currency

Euro - The currency is the euro, divided into 100 cents.

Culture

The main religion is Roman Catholic, which accounts for around two-thirds of the country, along with a small minority of Muslims.


When meeting new people, a handshake is the common greeting among men, and a kiss on the cheek between women – the number of kisses can vary, so prepare yourself for two or even three!


You’ll also find that the Spanish eat much later than we do in the UK, with lunch between 2-3.30pm and dinner between 9-11pm, so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself in a relatively quiet restaurant. Oh, and the Spanish love to party, so depending on when you visit you might find yourself embroiled in one of their many annual celebrations – including one that involves a battle with tomatoes!


Pablo Picasso is among Spain’s most celebrated sons, along with Antoni Gaudi, whose eccentric architecture dots the Barcelona cityscape. More recent times saw Spanish cinema come into its own with directors like Pedro Almodovar breaking into the English-speaking world. And films like the Guillermo del Toro’s darkly fantastic masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth, a Spanish-Mexican venture, solidified Spain as a big player in the film industry.

Phrases

A few basic words of Spanish to get you started…

Hola – hello

Adios – goodbye

Por favor – please

Gracias – thank you

Si – yes

No – no

Perdon – excuse me

No hablo espanol – I don’t speak Spanish

Timezone

Spain is one hour ahead of GMT, two in British summertime.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 220-240 volts AC (50 cycles) and all sockets take small round two-pin plugs. You’ll need an adaptor for your British appliances, so remember to bring one with you as you probably won’t be able to find one in Spain.

Climate

The climate varies depending on the region, but generally the further south you go, the warmer it will be. The weather on the south and east coast is fairly reliable all year round, enjoying a balmy Mediterranean climate, while the interior tends to stay hot and dry as it’s located on a plateau.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a current passport valid for the duration of your stay. British citizens don’t require a visa.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in enclosed public areas and is not allowed on public transport, in bars or restaurants, except in designated areas. Be sure to remember this or you may be stuck with a hefty fine.

Flight time

London to Madrid and Barcelona – from 2 hours

London to Seville – from 2.5 hours


Places in the Balearics

Ibiza

A bohemian playground that uncovers its true character out of season

Majorca

Step ashore the Queen of the Balearics, the island that thinks it's a continent

Minorca

Soak up in the relaxed atmosphere of this charming island, which basks in sunshine 330 days each year