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Get into the Spanish spirit and enjoy fiestas, siestas and everything in-between on your Balearics break

With three main islands to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the Balearics. Find winding streets and old-fashioned charm aplenty on the island of Majorca. Visit her smaller sister, Minorca, to discover an island that’s teeming with natural beauty and sample the local gin. Finally, if you resist the siren calls from Es Vedra, then you can uncover the less well-known side of Ibiza. With quiet coves and local markets, the island will surprise and delight you.

A Balearic break provides all the best bits of a beach holiday with an extra sprinkling of Spain’s culture. Enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine served alongside locally produced wines and liquors before getting involved in the fiesta fun that follows. You can always skip the dancing and head straight to the beach to watch the sun go down if you prefer a peaceful feel to your nights.

 

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Culture and history

Roman Catholicism is central to the culture of the Balearics and most residents take their religion very seriously. Throughout the islands, annual religious festivals are celebrated with a huge amount of enthusiasm. One of the most spectacular is the fiesta of Sant Joan, which takes place at the end of June. The biggest celebrations take place in Palma, where locals celebrate with bonfires, firework displays and live music performances

The Balearic Islands certainly have a Spanish influence, but the islands all have their own personality too. Greek, Arab and British historical influences have affected the culture and food of the Balearics. For example, flaó is a traditional sweet pastry filled with cottage cheese, sugar and mint. The combination of sweet and savoury flavours suggests that the dish may have been inspired by Arab influences.

Things to do

Beach lovers, foodies and nature enthusiasts will all find something in the Balearics. Choose one island that you feel may be perfect for you, or take a longer holiday and island hop before deciding which one is your favourite!

Ibiza

Ibiza is a haven for travellers who are looking for a little slice of tranquillity to call their own. Exploring the island’s secret beaches and hidden coves can reveal a place of great peace and tranquillity. Just across the sea is the mysterious islet of Es Vedra. According to Greek mythology, this place was home to the seductive sirens who attempted to lure Odysseus from his ship with their song.

Food fanatics will love the traditional market held in Ibiza Town’s Plaza de la Constitución. Here, you can browse locally sourced cheeses, wines, olive oil, herbs and more – all available to buy from friendly market vendors. If you can’t wait to tuck in, there are plenty cafes and restaurants nearby, where you can quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger. A cold glass of white wine is the ideal accompaniment to a traditional Mediterranean paella…

Majorca

The biggest of all the Balearic Islands, Majorca shines like a priceless pearl. Set aside some time during your holiday to explore the island’s lively capital city, Palma, where half of Majorca’s population lives. Palma’s mixture of architecture styles and influences makes it an intriguing place to explore. Be sure to visit Palma Cathedral -both a stunning building and the perfect viewing spot over the busy city harbour.

Visit the island’s smaller towns, such as Pollensa and Manacor, to experience the lesser known old-time charm of Majorca. Learn about the development of the island’s imitation pearl industry, hunt for locally crafted treasures and soak up the old-fashioned Spanish atmosphere that thrives in these towns.

Minorca

Minorca is an unbelievably gorgeous island. Its status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has protected the island from overdevelopment and preserved its beauty. Visit some of Minorca’s most staggering sights like Ciutadella’s old city walls and Mahón’s natural harbour. You’ll soon see how the island has combined nature and urban development to create something truly unique.

You may choose a holiday to Minorca because of the island’s beauty, but the glorious beaches and fiesta atmosphere will capture your imagination. The unofficial drink of the island is the ‘pomada’, a drink made with gin and lemonade that is always enjoyed during celebrations. Try yours with the locally brewed Xoriguer gin for a true taste of Minorcan spirit. Sit back and admire the natural sights of the island with a pomada in hand – you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner.

Flight time

Flights to the Balearic Islands take around two and a half hours. Pack a book of crosswords or treat yourself to a new novel to pass the time on your flight.

Currency

Euro - As a part of the European Union, the Balearic Islands use the euro as their currency of choice.

Passports and visas

A valid passport is the only requirement for British citizens who are travelling to the Balearic Islands.

Phrases

¡Hola! – Hello

Buenos días – Good morning

¡Perdón! – Excuse me

Por favor – Please

Gracias – Thank you

¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much is this?

Me gustaría – I would like

¿Habla inglés? – Do you speak English?

¡Salud! – Cheers!

Timezone

Take a holiday in the Balearics and your beauty sleep will be safe! The islands are on Central European Time (CET) which is only one hour ahead of the UK.

Electricity

The Balearic Islands all use European two-pin plugs. Bring a handful of adapters in your luggage so you can use any UK-bought electronics you take on holiday.

Language

Spanish; Castilian - The islands use a combination of Spanish, Catalan and a little bit of English. Most residents of the Balearics speak both Spanish and Catalan fluently and many hospitality workers also speak basic English. Learn a few Spanish phrases before jetting off on holiday and you’ll get by with ease!

Tipping

There are over four million visitors to the Balearics every year, and the tourism industry on the island has continued to grow since it was first introduced in the 1950s. Hospitality workers generally expect the same level of tipping as workers in the UK. A good rule of thumb is to leave a 10% tip when you’re happy with the service. 

If you dined as part of a large group or received truly exceptional service, consider leaving 15-20%. For times when you don’t receive table service, leaving small change is more than acceptable. Taxi drivers and porters will also appreciate small change as a tip.

Climate

There are many reasons to visit the Balearics and the Mediterranean climate of the islands is certainly one of them. The summer months from June to September provide the highest temperatures with highs of up to 31°C. The easternmost islands, Majorca and Minorca, are a little windier than the rest of the Balearics because they’re closer to France. For cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, take a holiday during the off-season in May or October, when you can still bask in highs of up to 24°C in Majorca.

Health

Health information changes regularly. We’d advise you arrange an appointment with your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on any potential health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

The total size of the Balearic Islands is nearly 5,000 kilometres squared – somewhere approaching the size of Lancashire or Norfolk. The islands have a combined population of over one million people, about the same as the city of Birmingham! Of course, the Balearic Islands have a far better weather forecast than any of the UK’s cities.

Smoking

Like much of Europe, the Balearics enforce a smoking ban in public places. Smoking inside restaurants and pubs may be a thing of the past, but smokers still have plenty of outside space in which they can smoke.



Places in the Balearics

Ibiza

Nicknamed the White Isle due to its pearlescent cliffs and crystal waters, Ibiza is a Balearic gem that will fire your passions...

Majorca

Beautiful blossoms, stunning Gothic architecture and captivating beaches make Majorca an island that you won’t want to leave

Minorca

Pour a glass of pomada, breathe in the fresh Minorca air, and bask in the peace and quiet of this diverse island


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