The Balearic Islands, a paradise bathed by the Mediterranean Sea

In the midst of all the hype surrounding travelling, travelling and then travelling some to see absolutely everything there is and more, very few people realise that they have seen so much of the world that they’ve forgotten to explore their own neighbourhood, the things nearest to them: their own country. One of those places, unknown to many (even if it’s well known by word of mouth) is the Balearic Archipelago.

Gently rocked by the intensely, beautifully coloured turquoise Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands are the perfect destination for an unforgettable and unbeatable summer holiday. In this region the large island Mallorca rules. Those who choose Mallorca can not only enjoy the magic of beaches like Muro, Ses Covetes and Cala Mondragó, they can also discover the beauty of the Tramuntana mountains.

Mallorca is also a place where you can enjoy tourism in all its forms, whether you travel on your own, as a couple, with friends or with family since the island offers plenty of hotels that are designed for every kind of travel. Hotels that really do offer families everything they can possible ask for, and this at an excellent price to boot.

Smaller, but just as large where spirit is concerned, is the island Menorca. This island (much more natural and authentic than its neighbours) has a certain maritime touch and is ‘little exploited’, which means visitors surrender themselves to its magic at the very first visit. The most famous places to visit? Ciutadella, Mahón and other special places such as Fornells.

Known as the Pityusic Islands, Ibiza and Formentera are a totally different case. Two islands with a common language but a completely different accent and a more natural, unique way of life – more hippie-style. Ibiza might be the perfect place to enjoy an intense nightlife, but Formentera is an ideal destination if you want to fall in love with beaches and intensely blue waters.

Cala Agulla

 

Where to stay on the Balearic Islands?

As we stated previously, out of the four islands Mallorca is the island best suited to those who enjoy travelling as a family. It’s an island where you can enjoy long walks by the sea, dozens of attractions and – of course – guaranteed rest in perfect, family-friendly hotels. Our recommendation? That would be the Green Garden Aparthotel, a hotel surrounded by gardens located on the beautiful beach Cala Agulla.

Part of the innate magic that makes us all fall in love with the Balearic Islands is to be found on the white island, Ibiza, a destination where you can find hotels such as Tropic Garden Aparthotel where you can enjoy a really relaxing holiday.

For those who prefer the maritime spirit of Menorca there’s nothing better than heading towards the area Cala d’en Bosch to stay in a hotel like Marinda Garden Aparthotel. Apart from a perfect breakfast buffet, this family hotel also offers free wifi and mini golf.

Majorca and Ibiza compete for the summer party

The Balearic Islands are an ideal destination for any type of traveller and holiday. Every island offers a range of special motivations thanks to which millions of tourists visit this archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, renowned all around the world because of the quality of its services and its beautiful beaches and landscapes. Beaches for children, The Serra de Tramuntana for mountain lovers, the traditional culture and quietness, unique fishing grounds for recreational fishing or scuba diving, bicycle touring routes, gourmet restaurants, the best international boutiques, fashionable bars and discos…

Minorca is quietness, Majorca is relaxation and families, but if we want a summer holiday to enjoy the authentic Mediterranean party, Ibiza exceeds the expectations… Nevertheless, it has strong competitors. In the last years, the growing demand of music tourism and youth travel has turned Majorca into one of the favourite summer party destinations in Europe, along with Ibiza. Three specific areas are now points of reference, offering youth hotels specially designed for fun, sun and beach.

One of the most outstanding ones, which is preparing its first great summer, is FERGUS Magaluf Resort: complex located right next to Magaluf beach, in the Calvià coast.  It is a result of the joining of the old Fergus Barracuda and Fergus Pax. Fergus Hotels stand outs this is the first 24h All-Inclusive hotel in Magaluf, conceived for groups of friends, stag parties and summer parties. It counts on the collaboration of the main disco in this part of Majorca: BCM Planet Dance, with DJs that will work to organize music sessions during the day in pool and bar areas of the complex. Resort design has been completely refurbished, with minimalist details, common areas conceived as meeting point of all the guests and a wide range of party plans compose this new youth hotel in Magaluf.

Very close, we find one of the pioneer hotels, managed by Melià:Sol Wave House, with wave pools for surfing and sea views. Another of the outstanding ones of this chain, more targeted at families, but also offering shows and entertainment, is Sol Katmandú Park, hotel for groups of friends in Magaluf built as an amusement park on the seashore.

Mallorca Rocks is another hotel which has turned into one of the most preferred ones in the last years. It boasts concerts of some of the most important indie bands (for example  The Kooks or Kaiser Chiefs in the last summer), but in 2015 it is planning a different strategy, more similar to Ibiza: DJ sessions, parties in the pool at any time of the day, new common areas, discounts on parties of BCM Planet Dance…

Hotels in the centre of Palma have also capitalized on this new business: nightlife tourism. With the emblematic Paseo Marítimo in Palma, the lively old quarter of the city, or the modern Santa Catalina neighbourhood, hotels located in Paseo Mallorca or on the seashore are the most demanded ones. They all are close to the main discos in Palma (El Divino, Pacha, Tito’s…) and the most alternative bars (Maraca Club, Sabotage, Soho…), just one step away from the wonderful terrace of the Contemporary Art Museum Es Baluard, where avant-garde and innovative outdoor parties are celebrated in summer.

Palladium Hotel in Palma de Majorca

Palladium Hotel in Palma de Majorca

On the other hand, Ibiza is still the favourite summer party island. Its main attraction is the venue of the most important discos in the world: Space, Priviledge, Anmesia, Pacha…  Besides, this island offers complementary plans adapted to this type of public, which is not so easy to find in other destinations. An entire island providing its visitors with a party experience during the whole summer is something that we can only find in Ibiza and it is difficult that any other destination could make it better.

In fact, hotel managers are working hard in this respect by creating more and more Adults Only hotels in Ibiza specially designed for relaxing and funny holidays. One of the most exclusive hotels with a wonderful career (it has been opened only a few years ago) is the famous Ushuaïa, by Fiesta Group, which has received some of the best DJs in the world. Its central swimming pool with classic music under the water is one of its fantastic elements and gives us an idea about how this tourism sector works in this island.