Balearic Island Beaches

This is one of the most popular destinations in the western Mediterranean, and you’ll soon find out why. You’ll find enchanting coves, gorgeous sunsets and lush natural landscapes. You can enjoy the islands any way you want: relaxing in an atmosphere of well-deserved peace and quiet, or partying until all hours as you enjoy the islands’ wild nightlife.These are places where you wander through the streets of fishing villages, discover outstanding natural landscapes or enjoy a range of water sports. Minorca and Formentera, two small corners of paradise in the Mediterranean, are absolute havens of tranquility.  Majorca and Ibiza are the two largest islands. The main attractions in Majorca include its capital, Palma, the Cabrera National Park and the mountains of the Sierra de Tramontana. Ibiza, meanwhile, has been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO for its rich biodiversity and cultural attractions, which include the Phoenician archaeological site of Sa Caleta, the necropolis of Puig des Molins and the historic center of Eivissa.What’s more, the island of Ibiza is known to party-goers all over the world for its exhilarating nightlife, where the beat of the music can be heard all night long.

The excellent climate with some 300 days of sun per year, wonderful beaches, a rich culture and the unusual hospitality of their inhabitants make Balearic Islands one of the preferred holiday destinations in Spain.   Each of the islands has a strong personality all of its own, and each of them offers much more but the possibility to spend nice holidays at the beach.  The Balearic islands are all unique, but they all have stunning, whitewashed, untouched beaches…come visit the best Balearic Island Beaches, which includes Cabrera, Formentara, Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca.

Platja de Ses Illets Formentera

Platja de Ses Illets Beach is the number one beach on the Balearic Islands. The waters are as crystal clear as you can imagine, and the sand is powdery white and snowy under your feet. There are a few places to stay in the Playa de Migjorn area but they are few and small in stature, so book well ahead if you plan to stay on Formentera, or stay in Ibiza and make the most of the daily ferry that sails from Ibiza to Formentera. Teeny tiny beach restaurants dot the edge of the water, the best is undoubtedly, Miguel el Pirata which serves fresh fish and tapas, cold beers, and cocktails.

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Platja de Ses Salinas Formentera

Platja de Ses Salinas Beach is north of Ses Illetes in Formentera.  The beach has azul blue, crystal-clear waters and white, powdery sand. Ibiza has a wonderful selection of fantastic beach hangouts but, for serious glamour, Ses Salinas is the place to go. Malibu, a restaurant and bar, is especially popular. Live music plays from day into night, making this a 24-hour hangout but, if you’re going to Ibiza with children, it’s as family-friendly as it is party-friendly. The views across to Formentera are astonishing and Ses Salinas Beach is a big draw for the celebrity Ibiza visitors and residents, so it’s kept in pristine condition.

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Formentor Beach Mallorca

On the adjacent side of Mallorca is the glistening peace and quiet of Formentor beach. Surrounded by the bustling town and port of Pollensa, this narrow, long strip of sand is lined with overhanging trees that provide perfect shade on days when the sun is a touch too hot. A small café is available for cold drinks, otherwise it’s a boat-lovers paradise and a frequent stop for sailors (and Sunseekers) leaving the larger surrounding  ports. Hikers should definitely rise before dawn for a climb through the nearby gorge into Sa Calobra at sunrise. This hike ends in the rather jam-packed beach of Sa Calobra, so Formantor beach makes a wonderful alternative for cooling off in the ocean after working up a morning sweat.

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Cala Turqueta Menorca

Cala Turqueta is an especially lovely beach, though it has absolutely no facilities so bring food and drinks yourself. It is a stunning, natural, white-sand beach, protected by the local Menorcan authorities – and pristine as a result. It’s well-loved by the locals so get there early in summer months. To find it, head to the town of Ciutadella and you’ll see it signposted from the southern bypass.

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Cala Comtessa Mallorca

This little bay to the south of Illetes is small enough to feel secluded, yet incredibly family-friendly.  It is a great beach for children and has fine, soft sand with a swimming pool type beach.  It offers great snorkeling and water sports, plus there’s an island not too far away that the explorers can attempt to swim to, and a kiosk selling ice-creams and bocadillos.

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Es Grau Menorca

Sitting in front of sand dunes and pine woods that lead to Parque Natural de s’Albufera des Grau, Es Grau is a good spot for wildlife lovers. Bring binoculars to spot over 100 species of birds and other animals in the nature reserve – which you have to stroll through to get to the quiet beach. The shallow waters are ideal for snorkeling, and the village of Es Grau on the island’s undeveloped west coast is small but characterful.

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Cala Macarella Menorca

Water doesn’t come much more turquoise than at this cove, widely regarded as one of the most picturesque on the island – though this spot near the resort of Cala Galdana can get very busy in high season. Paddle among the fish and weave in between the sailing boats dotted around the bay, or swim round to the nearby cove of Cala Macarelleta.  Then enjoy a lunch at Susy’s Chiringuito, which is a beachside seafood restaurant.

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Benirrás Beach Ibiza

For a sunset experience that really is like no other, head to Benirrás Beach on the northern tip of Ibiza. It’s popular with families and hippies, and the Sunday sunset ritual sees hundreds of people flock to watch the sun descend into the sea, while accompanied by the rhythmic beat of bongos from local dreadl ocked drummers.

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Cala Jondal Ibiza

Ibiza’s party-central credentials don’t look like being taken away any time soon, and you’ll find that Cala Jondal still reigns supreme as the ultimate beach party hangout. That is mainly down to the rather swish Blue Marlin Beach Club, which serves up food, cocktails and a hedonistic vibe that’s proved hard to beat.

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Illetes Formentera

What Illetes lacks in seclusion, it makes up for in the plethora of water sports on offer. On the northern tip of Formentera, the area’s beaches are busy and fashionable, but equipped for kite-surfing, sailing, water-skiing and windsurfing. It also has outstanding Unesco-listed diving sites.

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  1. Michael

    Hi these Mediterranean islands are popular amongst Irish and UK citizens and I heard some amazing stories while they were there. I have never been there but I heard Ibiza was the party island of the world but it has quietened down over the years, now families can go and enjoy which is ideal and recommended.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, not near as crazy or as crowded as it used to be. I think there are quite a few other beach destination that have taken the place. So this is a great beach getaway. And you would definitely have an amazing story to tell after visiting!

  2. Luke Hames

    Love this site!! I spend most of last summer in Mallorca and a week in Ibiza, we are just finishing our 3 month trip in Indonesia & Thailand and head back to Mallorca next week. can’t wait to get to these beeches again, the water is so clear, and the sun is pretty much a guarantee every day. I will be checking your other recommended areas on here, and strongly recommend the Balearic Islands to anyone, or if you need to get to the beach in January then I would also recommend Thailand & Indonesia!! Luke.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Luke for taking the time to leave comments and visiting the Balearic Island Beaches. And yes, it is pretty much a guarantee that there are no bad days in the Balearic Islands!

  3. Kenny Lee

    Georgeous. If I ever travelled to Spain, I’ll be sure to visit some of the beaches. Perhaps it will be helpful to include some images for every single beaches that you listed there? That would really bring out the different personality of the beaches as you put it. For me, I would prefer beaches that are not overcrowded where you can stroll down leisurely in the evening while slowly sipping some drinks. That would be blissful.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I agree Kenny and I do plan on changing the pictures and showing one for each beach … on the shorter posts anyway 🙂 Thanks for visiting the best beaches in Europe!

  4. Fay

    I really like the interesting photos and videos on the beaches. Based on the descriptions, they all seem fun and unique. This provides a lot of knowledge about the beaches that are good to visit. There are also good offers for tickets and rentals. I would really like to travel to these places when I’m free.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have not been to the Balearic Islands myself, and it is on my bucket list for sure. The Balearic Island beaches are amazing for sure. Thank you for visiting!

  5. Josh

    Some really beautiful destinations there. I went to Majorca, Palma Nova a few years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beach, sea and the weather were amazing plus it is only down the road from Magaluf.
    From England, it takes about 2 hours to get to Majorca; I truly recommend going to these islands.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have to agree with you Josh! Some of the best beaches in Europe can be found for sure. Thank you so much for visiting the Balearic Island Beaches.

  6. Brandon Albright

    Fantastic site. I’ve never heard of the Balearic Islands, but I’m definitely adding this to my bucket list. It seems perfect for my family. There are a few links to find discounted flights, but where would you actually fly into? Would we be able to fly to the mainland and take a ferry over? Thank you.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You would fly into Palma, Majorca, Spain and then yes, take a ferry to the islands 🙂 It is a wonderful place with lots of great beaches. Thank you for visiting the Balearic Island beaches!

  7. artware

    You have recommended lots of good places for travel. Certainly these beach destinations are awesome places to spend time with the loved ones. Thank you for sharing these wonderful islands as a travel guide. These places are “must go” for adventure and fun. How is the climate in September or October? What is the best time to go when most people gather?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      If you want to go with the crowd, then you’ll want to go between June and August. April – May and September to October can be nice and the temperatures are still going to be in the 70s. Thank you for visiting the Balearic Island Beaches.

  8. sheikave

    Your website gosh so well illustrated and detailed. But what i think is that if someone is researching about a place to visit which probably have no prior knowledge on it would be great if more pictures could be shown to your visitors while describing it. Also videos will be great to sum it up.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for your input 🙂 I do have videos at the bottom of all posts with information for that particular area. I originally had more pictures as well, but that slowed the website down too much. Hard to find the happy medium I guess. Thank you for visiting Balearic Island Beaches!


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