From taking part in wild watersports to exploring historical sites and immersing yourself in the local culture, the beautiful Balearic islands boast plenty of things to see and do. Follow C.J Hamand, as she takes you along some of the best things to do in the Balearic Islands. CJ is an avid traveller and a travel blogger for Haven on Earth.
Consisting of four main islands, Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera, the Balearics are a favourite destination for many. Whether you’re planning to party til you drop at the super clubs of Ibiza, experience the islands’ natural beauty, spend days just soaking up the sun or indulge in some of the lovely local tastes of Spain, this guide has something for you!
Check out some Instagrammable inspiration, from sailing to mystical islands to family-fun at the water parks, and from a quirky leap through the trees to a drop of wine-making. And so without further ado …..
27 best things to do in the Balearic Islands
1. Snorkel off the coast of Mallorca
Take a catamaran cruise and witness the stunning coast of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, before seizing the opportunity to paddle and snorkel in the clear, Mediterranean waters.
2. Visit the port at Mahon, Menorca
The port at Mahon is a must-visit, a charming harbour with colourful architecture, visitors can take in the views, watch as large cruise ships dock or explore the quaint streets and markets. If you decide to stay until the evening, why not attend a performance at Teatro Principal de Mahón, one of the oldest opera houses in Spain.
Image courtesy of Move Menorca
3. Discover Dalt Vila in Ibiza
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Ibiza Town’s Dalt Vila is both fascinating and picturesque with its impressive fortress walls surrounding the maze of cobbled streets within. There’s plenty to do, see and explore, especially for art lovers and history enthusiasts so why not take in spectacular views and soak up the culture.
Image courtesy of Hotel Mirador Ibiza
4. Take an evening tour of Ciutadella, Menorca
The former capital of Menorca, Ciutadella is well worth exploring. Consisting of medieval streets and Gothic architecture, the old town and port is a vibrant and authentic evening destination great for a stroll, a spot of shopping or somewhere to relax by the sea.
5. Visit the stunning Cathedral of Santa Maria in Palma
The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is an impressive Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral by Paseo Maritimo. Looming over the waterfront, the cathedral boasts stunning architecture and a must-do stained-glass window tour. As a place of worship, there is quite a strict dress-code so make sure you are dressed appropriately!
6. Spend lazy days on Formentera beaches
If you’re looking for glorious sun, sea and sand then the beaches at Formentera are some of the best in the Mediterranean. The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera boasts clear waters and long stretches of sand ideal for spending lazy days. Accessible by boat only, the island is ideal for a day-trip and travellers can choose from a range of beaches from the well-known Ses Illetes to the more secluded cove of Caló des Mort.
7. Road Trip to the Tramuntana Mountains in Mallorca
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tramuntana mountains are located on the fringe of the northern coast of Mallorca and boasts incredible views, the island’s highest village, an ancient watchtower and numerous wineries. Take a road trip along the winding roads and discover wonderful spots to visit and admire.
8. Shop at the Es Cana hippy Market in Ibiza
Every Wednesday, visitors and locals alike flock to the Punta Arabi market in Es Cana. The largest on the Island, the hippy market has been established for over 40 years and is perfect for picking up handmade trinkets, souvenirs, jewellery, fabrics and more.
9. Appreciate the architecture in Palma, Mallorca
From its 13th Century Gothic Cathedral to Modernist and Art Nouveau influence, the unique architecture of Palma is truly striking and eclectic. Some must-see buildings include Can Forteza Rey, Llotja and Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
10. Eat fresh seafood at an old fishing village in Mallorca
For an authentic dining experience on the Balearic Islands, visit Porte D’Alcudia at the end of the beach and enjoy seafood dishes with freshly-caught ingredients. Local favourites include seafood paella, oysters and cod.
11. Explore the Camí de Cavalls in Menorca
The ancient Camí de Cavalls path reaches along an impressive 185km of the Menorca coastline and offers some of the best walks and excursions on the island. Discover unspoilt beaches, dramatic cliffs and beautiful views. The varied terrain also means walkers can choose a stretch to suit them!
12. Sail to the mystical island of Es Vedrà, Ibiza
Take a breathtaking journey south-west of Ibiza, to the small and rocky island of Es Vedrà and explore the tales of myth and legend. As well as being a striking sight and the potential gateway to the lost city of Atlantis, the island is also recognised as the third most magnetic location on earth!
13. Leap through the treetops at Jungle Parc, Mallorca
Tired of ground level? 500 metres from Santa Ponsa Beach is the Balearic’s largest treetop adventure course. A great activity for thrill-seekers, Jungle Parc consists of 134 platforms secured high in the treetops and participants can leap, swing and even zip-line across them.
Photo courtesy of the beautiful Finca Son Brondo
14. Play a few rounds of Mini Golf in Palma Nova
Perfect for all the family, Golf Fantasia is a fun-filled attraction and a fantastic mini-golf course with three different 18-hole mini-courses surrounded by waterfalls, caves and tropical gardens. Located in Mallorca, it opens during the season from around Easter time.
15. Party all night at San Antonio in Ibiza
Home to some of the world’s biggest superclubs, San Antonio is well-known as the party capital of the island and offers an incredible night-life experience. Party all night to the sound of world-famous DJs before watching the glorious sunrise at a beach part.
16. Get a hole in one with beautiful Menorca scenery
If it’s time for you to level up your game then Club De Golf Son Parc golf club is a luxurious place to enjoy a game of golf in breathtaking surroundings. Play on world-class courses lined with stunning pine-trees, and look out for the peacocks!
17. Horse ride along the rolling hills of Mallorca
Both experienced and beginner riders will adore horseback riding through the dramatic landscape of Palma de Mallorca through stunning green forests and along the rugged coastal-line. A unique way to discover the island and an unforgettable experience.
Image courtesy of Click Mallorca
18. Birdwatch at Es Grau beach, Menorca
An amazing spot for wildlife lovers, Es Grau beach is located at the feet of pine woods leading to Parque Natural de s’Albufera des Grau (a natural wildlife park). Visitors can catch a glimpse of over 100 species and birds on land or snorkel in the clear, shallow waters.
19. Explore & eat at the fish market in Mahon, Mallorca
The Mercat de Pescados (which translates to Fish Market) in Mahon is certainly one of the best dining spots on the Balearic island. Explore rows of food vendors and market stalls selling a wide range of tasty goods from fish to tapas, paella and cheese.
20. Visit the fantastic zoo in Menorca
A zoo with a difference, the Lloc Menorca is committed to environmental conservation and all of its animals have been previously rescued. A great day out for all the family, the zoo is home to a range of animals from crocodiles to friendly Lemurs.
21. Enjoy a local night out in Cala En Porter, Menorca
If you’re looking for authentic nightlife in Menorca, then head to Cala En Porter. With tasty, traditional food, live music and bars with open sea views, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome and have a fabulous time.
22. Visit the historic Fort De Sant Felip in Menorca
Known as St. Philip’s Castle, the historical site was a fortress guarding the entrance to the port of Mahón, on the island of Menorca. Discover underground passageways dug by both the Spanish and British forces and experience a wealth of history.
23. Get involved in Watersports in Ibiza
The longest beach on the island, Playa Den Bossa in Ibiza offers the greatest selection of water sports on the island with something to suit everyone from relaxed pedalos to jet skis and wild banana boats. There’s also a diving school suitable for beginners and the opportunity to rent catamarans and other boats. After splashing around, why not enjoy a cocktail at one of the bars and lounges lining the beach.
24. Watch the sunset on Migjorn Beach, Formentera
Migjorn Beach is an ideal spot to watch the sunset after a long, sunny day. Visit the circular sunset viewing platform at The Blue Bar on the beach and take in the stunning scenery viewing platform and a while listening to some funky music.
25. Explore The Caves of Drach, Mallorca
The most visited caves in Europe, the Caves of Drach in Porto Cristo consists of four caves reaching a depth of 25 metres as well as Lake Martel, one of the largest and most stunning underground lakes in the world. A truly magical wonder to explore, the cave tours offer a unique experience with a music concert to finish!
26. Discover the local wine-making process in Mallorca
Over recent times, Majorca has developed the reputation of the regions local wine. Why not take a tour of one of the fantastic wineries and vineyards to discover the tips and secrets of the local wine-making process. You can even stop by the bodega on the way out to try a glass or two!
27. Go on a Jeep Safari in Menorca
Explore the natural landscape of Menorca, see breathtaking views and discover more of the geography. With enthusiastic and experienced tour guides to inform and help you reach those difficult locations, you’ll see the island from a whole other perspective!
28. Splash & slide around at Aqualand, Mallorca
A fantastic day-out for children and adults alike, waterparks are a common sight in the Balearic Islands. However, Aqualand is extra-special and one of the largest waterparks in the world! It’s probably a good idea to book ahead before you visit and swim, slide and splash to your heart’s content.
This is a guest post by C.J. Hamand, who is an avid traveller and a travel blogger for Haven On Earth.
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