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The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago located in the Balearic Sea and consist of Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The landscape here is varied, with a mixture of coastlines, natural parks with areas of vegetation growth and mountainous regions perfect for climbing and hiking. The climate experienced here is Mediterranean, with hot, sunny summers and mild winters and very little rainfall all year.
Many tourists are attracted to the Balearic Islands every year due to how varied the region is. There are opportunities to relax, do physical activities like hiking and mountain climbing and great nightlife options too. Overall, the Balearic Islands offer something for everyone and will be sure to make for a memorable holiday no matter what you decide to get up to.
The Balearic Islands will make the perfect holiday destination for every type of traveler. Young people are commonly drawn to the likes of Ibiza and Majorca due to their reputations as party islands, while older holidaymakers may prefer the quieter experience that Formentera has to offer. Menorca is a perfect family holiday destination due to its combination of beautiful beaches and sightseeing opportunities. The Balearic Islands are a truly versatile region that everyone will love.
Flights are available from Dublin airport to a number of popular airports on the Balearic Islands including Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. There are always great deals on holidays to the Balearic Islands from Dublin.
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The Balearic Islands are well known for their legendary nightlife scenes, particularly in Ibiza and Majorca. These are home to some of the biggest, most famous clubs in the world such as Amnesia and Ushuaia in Ibiza and BCM in Majorca. As well as clubs, the islands also have a wide range of lively bars offering live music and entertainment, so there’s all kinds of options for your night out on the Balearic Islands.
As is typical in Spain, dinner on the Balearic Islands is usually served quite late – around 9pm. The food will be worth the wait however, with a number of delicious dishes on offer including Sobrassada, a spicy or sweet sausage made from the black Balearic pig; coca de trampo, a pizza-like thin crust pastry topped with tomato, pepper and onion and calderata de langosta, a lobster stew. If you don’t feel like being adventurous with your dinner, there are a number of restaurants across the islands serving Interational cuisines too.
There is no shortage of fun activities for the whole family on the Balearic Islands. With a host of waterparks, beaches and sights to explore everyone will be kept entertained on their holiday. Kids will love a trip to La Reserva Galatzo, a nature reserve with rock climbing, swinging bridges and canyons you can slide down. Rancho Grande Park, a ranch and mini zoo in North Mallorca, is sure to go down a treat too, with a playground, soccer field and horseback riding opportunities on offer among other things.
The Balearic Islands are home to a multitude of beautiful beaches, ranging from popular tourist hotspots to secluded hidden coves. Some of the most popular include Cala Turqueta in Menorca, a white sand beach perfect for all types of holidaymakers due to its calm waters and snorkeling opportunities. Surrounded by lush forest on all sides, this beach is beautiful and will make for a great day out during your holiday. Tourists will also love Cala Benirras on Ibiza, a golden sand beach which hosts a hippy market and frequently attracts drummers, fire eaters and other entertainers. If you want to see a glorious sunset, this is the beach for you!
There is no shortage of shopping opportunities available across the Balearic Islands. With a mixture of markets, department stores and shopping malls, you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for. A visit to one of the markets that regularly take place will allow you to get a unique insight into Balearic culture and traditions, and you could even pick up a souvenir such as a handcrafted item to take home.
Carnival is a must-see event for those who are lucky enough to be visiting during its run. With street parties, firework displays, and people dressed up in colourful costumes, Carnival is a unique event sure to amaze any tourist. It usually takes place towards the end of February, before the start of Lent.
The best time to visit the Balearic Islands is during late spring and into the summer months, when temperatures are at their hottest and the islands are at their liveliest.
The currency used in the Balearic Islands is the Euro.
The Balearic Islands are 1 hour ahead of Ireland.
Many tourists choose to rent a car for their holiday to the Balearic Islands as it allows you to fully explore all that the region has to offer. Alternatively, there are well-developed and extensive bus and rail routes throughout the islands, so these are viable options too. If you plan on island-hopping between the Balearic Islands, we recommend going by ferry as this is the easiest and most convenient way of doing so.