The Balearic islands are made up of Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera and are hugely popular tourist destinations becasue of their beautiful, Mediterranean cuisine and fascinating culture. Despite the influx of millions every summer, the islands have managed to maintain much of their intrinsic beauty. Beyond the high-rise resort hotels, bars and more popular beaches are Gothic cathedrals, Stone Age ruins, fishing villages, spectacular walks, secluded coves, endless olive and almond groves and citrus orchards.
Ibiza and Formentera are also known as the "Islas Pitiusas" because of the abundance of pines that cover their landscapes. Initially for the hip and fashionable, Ibiza soon caught on to mass tourism and started shipping in summer sun-seekers by the thousands. Away from the bars & clubs are woods, coastal walks and quiet beaches. Places such as Santa Eulària d’es Riu and the small resorts and coves of the northeast are ideal for family holidays.
Formentera is quieter than its neighbour Ibiza. However, in the peak season of July-August, it draws huge numbers of tourists. The overwhelming majority are Italian and many are independent travellers. Many also come on package holidays. In peak season, advance booking for hotels is absolutely essential. The hotels on the island are mostly small and independently owned. The majority are in the one and two-star categories. There are also many small apartment developments. There are no high rise buildings on Formentera and camping is forbidden on the island. Its also worth noting that most sunbathers do so nude!
It can be a challenge to find the perfect holiday home for your family. There are so many things to consider and important choices to make. You need to choose a suitable country, neighbourhood and the right type of home for your loved ones.
Sometimes the temptation of white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and hot sunny weather can be irresistible. However, the most important thing is whether your family will be happy and safe in your new holiday home.
In order to find the right family home, you need to do your research. Firstly, you need to decide on a suitable location and then you need to find a house that ticks all the boxes. Here are some things to consider when you are looking for your ideal holiday home.
Mallorca is an easy-to-reach option for families after beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters, amazing landscapes, wonderful mountains and affordable mediterranean food. With a coastline of more than 550km, in high season the island receives about 8 million tourists.
The main tourist areas are on the southern and eastern coast but places may be crowded in high season. More secluded and quiet beaches can be found on the island but the roads can be a little difficult to naviate
There is much to see of the island if you venture inland also with lots of options for cycling and hiking.
Geographically the island can be divided into three parts. The Serra de Tramuntana rocks extend from south-west to north-east, while the Serra de Llevant stretches along the eastern coast.
Menorca is a truly beautful island and is a perfect destination for families who like to mix a bit of beach and culture. Despite being smaller than Ibiza & Mallorca, the number of beaches that Menorca equals the number of beaches that can be found in Mallorca and Ibiza combined. The possibility of having a beautiful beach (almost) to yourself & your family in the summer, combined with al fresco dining makes Minorca a highly desirable place to visit. The resorts vary from quiet fishing villages quiet beaches to bustling sea side towns. The island also offers lots of options for kids from parks & nature reserves to watersports & sea trips.