Aerial view of a beach in Mallorca. People are swimming in the sea on inflatables, while parasols and towels cover the golden sands.

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35 Things to do in Spain: Beautiful Balearics


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You might think you know Spain – well, think again. Sure there’s sun, sangria and siestas in strong supply. Fiestas and flamencos feature heavily, and 5,000 miles of collective coastline makes finding a beach a breeze… but this dynamic destination has a lot more to offer than golden sands and glowing tans.

From the majestic mainland to idyllic islands, nature lovers, culture vultures and history hunters are free to unpack Spain’s hidden treasures. Wild beauty? UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Amazing architecture? Throw a little beach bliss in for good measure and you’ll be ticking all your bucket list boxes before you know it.

Spark your wanderlust with a look at the beautiful Balearics, part one of our ultimate 35 things to do in Spain… 

Road trip the Tramuntana Mountains, Mallorca

Winding road through the Tramuntana Mountains in north Mallorca

Let the good times roll as you jump in a hire car and navigate the towering Tramuntana Mountains. A UNESCO approved adventure playground, feel the wind in your hair as you drive along the winding coastal roads and stumble upon picture-perfect valleys and postcard worthy villages.

Walk the Camí de Cavalls, Menorca

Part of the ancient Camí de Cavalls trail in Menorca

Step out on a self-guided tour of Menorca on the ancient Camí de Cavalls path that covers a whopping 185km along the coastline. Of course, if that sounds a little out of your comfort zone, you can cherry pick the parts that most appeal to you!

Take a boat to the Island of Es Vedrà, Ibiza

Silhouette of Es Vedrà island off the coast of Ibiza

Set sail to the island of Es Vedrà! Sitting pretty off of Ibiza’s south west shores, it’s said to be the third most magnetic rock on the planet. No wonder so many travellers feel drawn to the rugged limestone rock… or maybe it’s the second-to-none sunsets that has holidaymakers swooning?

Admire the architecture in Palma, Mallorca

Sunset over Palma de Mallorca's iconic cathedral, La Seu.

Teeming with elegant archways, medieval masterpieces, pretty plazas and charming churches, the Pièce de résistance of Palma’s architectural archive has got to go to La Seu. A visit to Mallorca’s capital would be incomplete without glimpsing the spectacular sandstone cathedral.

Dance the night away at San Antonio, Ibiza

San Antonio strip and marina at night

If your holidays are all about cutting loose and happy hours, then San Antonio is the spot for you! An eclectic mix of music, lively atmosphere, super clubs and buzzing bars make this southern facing town a party-goers paradise. The sunsets aren’t bad either.

Take a tour of Mahon Port, Menorca

The still natural harbour in Mahon

Welcome to the world’s second biggest natural harbour! Centrepiece of the city, this extensive waterway has a length of almost six kilometres and width of 1,200 metres. Hop aboard a boat to get up close and personal with the picturesque port – the beauty is best admired from the sea.

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dalt Vila, Ibiza

Ibiza's Old Town at sunset from the ramparts and old walls.

When you see ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ you know you’re in for a good time. Ibiza’s Dalt Vila is a classic case in point, and one of the island’s top attractions. Wander the fortified Old Town, climb the ramparts, stroll the cobbled streets and enjoy jaw-dropping views over the sparkling turquoise waters below.

Take a dip at Cap de Formentor, Mallorca

Azure waters and a rocky shore are fringed by green trees. Rugged cliffs can be seen in the distance.

Beach days are at their best when the only set of footprints in the sand are your own. Playa de Formentor reserves its shores for a select few who take the trip to Mallorca’s northern tip, so lie back and make the most of the breathtaking natural beauty from the comfort of your towel.

If the beautiful Balearic Islands sound like your cup of holiday tea, take a look at our villas in Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. You’ll be arriving to action-packed adventures before you know it!

Emma Mackey

Emma Mackey is a Content Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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