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The best beaches of the Balearic Islands

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Paradise beaches of fine sand and turquoise water for an unforgettable holiday under the Mediterranean sun!

The Balearic coastline

The Balearic Islands are a must-visit destination for those who love lounging, partying and water sports. This archipelago has the reputation of having countless heavenly beaches where you can combine tranquillity with a lively holiday. There's something for everyone on the Balearic Islands.

Why choose the beaches of the Balearic Islands?

The Balearic Islands are : 

  • Mallorca's beaches and coves are on a par with those of the Caribbean. Its long white sandy beaches and warm, shallow waters in some places make this island an exceptional place for a family holiday.

  • Less well-known than its neighbours and much wilder, Menorca is the ideal island for those who dream of immaculate beaches, exceptionally colourful seas, peace and nature. The island hides numerous coves, some narrow and deep, others larger and circular in shape. For diving enthusiasts, there are waters rich in fish and wonderful seabeds to explore.

  • Ibiza has something for everyone. Known the world over as the destination of choice for nightlife enthusiasts, the south of the island is home to numerous private clubs where you can party the night away on the water's edge. Further west, you'll find large sandy beaches that are much more family-friendly and have all the amenities. If you're looking for peace and quiet, head for the north of the island, where you'll enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of the hippie culture.

  • Formentera is unique, one of Spain's most beautiful islands, with a distinctly wild identity. It has a relaxing atmosphere, with unspoilt beaches of golden sand and clear seas. An ideal destination for a holiday in touch with nature, far from pollution.

  • The island of Cabrera is a haven of peace. But be warned, its access conditions are very restrictive. You can only go there during the day and only by boat. In order to preserve the marine ecosystem, fishing is prohibited. On the island, you can enjoy small, virtually empty beaches and an environment that should be explored at all costs. This island is a magical place, with its clear seabed and crystal-clear waters.

A group of people are swimming in the water near a cliff.

Where to swim in the Balearic Islands?

Here are some suggestions for beaches to swim in the Balearic Islands : 

  • Es Trenc in Mallorca: This is one of Mallorca's most popular beaches. Its crystal-clear waters and green oases give it a very special charm. Es Trenc is entirely natural, so remember to bring food, drinks and umbrellas to make the most of this beach.

  • S'Amarador in Mallorca: located in the middle of the Mondrago Natural Park, you'll have to take a forest path along the cliffs to get to this beach. Once you arrive, you'll love the magnificent sea views and the relaxing atmosphere.

  • Playa de ses Illetes in Formentera: Called "the Caribbean of the Mediterranean", it boasts fantastic beaches and postcard-perfect views. Top of the list of most-visited spots, you'll love the vast white sand dunes and crystal-clear waters. If you enjoy water sports, you can try your hand at jet-skiing, banana-boating or parasailing.

  • Playa de Ses Salines in Ibiza: Situated near the saltworks in the south of the island, it is surrounded by pine forests and extends into a nature reserve. A favourite haunt of hippies, it has been a popular destination since the 1960s. Several sports facilities and trendy restaurants have been built along the coast.

  • Playa d'en Bossa in Ibiza: This popular beach attracts holidaymakers of all nationalities. They usually go here to relax or to enjoy one of the cocktails served in the beach bars. If you're looking for more excitement, you can also go sailing, jet-skiing or water-skiing. And if you like to party, then this is the place to be, with its various open-air clubs.

  • Cala Macarelleta in Menorca: Considered to be Mallorca's little sister, this island is a real gem that holidaymakers overlook. Located on the south side, the bay of Cala Macarelleta guarantees an unforgettable bathing experience. With its turquoise-blue sea, towering hills and fine sandy beach, it's sure to be the perfect holiday. Naturists are also welcome. 

  • Cala de Sant Vicent in Ibiza: In the north-east of the island, on a 380-metre bay, lies a dream spot for swimming. With lifeguards on hand and a seafront equipped with sun loungers, parasols and showers, this part of the coast is particularly popular with families and those seeking peace and quiet. You'll find restaurants, shops and several bars along the promenade. If you're keen on water sports, you can choose between pedalos and scuba diving.

A wooden walkway leading to the beach.

With children

Just a 2-hour flight from the major French cities, the Balearic Islands offer a short journey, which is a real plus when travelling with your children.

If you're looking for a complete change of scenery, you'll be delighted to discover the wide variety of landscapes, the good weather all year round, the many activities and the family-friendly accommodation on offer.

Between discovering the mountainous landscapes on hiking trails or the heavenly, supervised beaches, on Mallorca you'll be spoilt for choice for a great family holiday.

You can visit castles and caves, as well as the island's water parks and Spain's largest aquariums. 

If you prefer a less touristy, more authentic and natural island, Minorca is for you. The small turquoise coves and wild landscapes will amaze your children. The island offers a range of outdoor activities, including horse riding, cycling and walking, as well as kayaking to discover hidden coves.

Ibiza may not seem like a family destination to many, but its charm and culture make it the perfect place for a family holiday. Discover the salt ponds and admire the flora and fauna of the Ses Salines nature park.

Boats in the water with rocks and trees.

Water sports

Here are a few examples of seaside activities: 

  • Scuba diving: discover the most beautiful underwater sites thanks to the many professional diving centres. The perfect opportunity to try your first dive.

  • Sailboat excursion: Enjoy a unique experience aboard a sailboat. Enjoy magnificent maritime landscapes. Discover the seabed in small coves of transparent water.

  • Sea kayaking: A fairly sporty outing that will give you the chance to discover the countryside from a different perspective.

  • Canyoning: If you love adventure and water, and are looking for a thrill, this is the activity for you.

A cliff overlooking a beach.

Adventure version

Discover some of the most popular activities: 

  • Hiking: The Balearic Islands are a paradise for hiking fans. In Mallorca, the Serra de Tramuntana offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, thanks to its signposted paths.

  • Helicopter or hot-air balloon trip: enjoy a unique experience and discover the Balearic Islands from a completely different angle. The perfect opportunity to admire the exceptional scenery from the air. An activity that will fill your eyes.

  • Jeep safari: An original activity aboard a 4X4 for the day. A guide will show you the secrets of the island's history and culture. The day's programme includes visits to typical villages, relaxing on unspoilt beaches and discovering historic sites.

A person is standing on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

Relaxation version

Need to recharge your batteries? Take the time to relax in the Balearic Islands.

With its turquoise sea and golden sand, the archipelago has everything you need to relax under the Mediterranean sun.

The wilderness will delight hiking enthusiasts thanks to its many trails, where you can discover limestone cliffs and wild coves.

When it comes to gastronomy, the Balearic Islands know how to be generous. There are a host of culinary specialities to discover, including paella, tapas, stuffed vegetables and empanadas, a type of meat-stuffed turnovers.

A beach with clear water and trees.



Make the most of your stay in the Balearic Islands by choosing a superb villa near the most beautiful beaches. Our team works hard to select outstanding properties so that you can enjoy your holiday with your feet in the water, in a sumptuous setting.


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