People sunbathing on the golden sandy beach of Palma de Mallorca with turquoise sea waters. Mountains and a castle set the backdrop.


Balearic Island Bucket List


Sparkling jewels within Spain’s crown, each of the Balearic Islands boasts its own charm and character. So it’s not hard to see why they feature on travellers’ bucket lists! From idyllic coves in Mallorca to stunning settings in Ibiza these Balearic beauties are teeming with treasures just waiting to be discovered. Here’s our top pick of day trips for you to explore Spain’s wonders like never before…


Popular among holidaymakers, with its captivating coastline and traditional lifestyle,Mallorca offers an exciting range of excursions and activities to suit every taste…

Take a tour around the Tramuntana Mountains

Stunning scene of Mallorca's Tramuntana Mountains with lush green landscape on the left hand side and clear blue waters below.

A trip to Mallorca is not without a stop to this majestic mountain range. Whether you chose to drive, take a guided walking or cycle tour, the incredible views you’ll encounter along the way are second to none. And with the irresistible scent of wild herbs this spot is a treat for all the senses!

Get into gear at Cap de Formentor

The captivating Cap de Formentor is where the top of Tramuntana Mountains meets the Mediterranean. Take a scenic drive to this northern tip of Mallorca, and feel on top of the world. Be sure to bring a camera to this peninsular as the scenery is jaw-dropping, with snapshots of the Mirador de Mal Pas worthy of any holiday photo album. But be warned, the drive isn’t for the faint-hearted!

Enjoy a cooling dip at Calo des Moro beach

If you’re seeking a secluded sanctuary of sand and sea then Calo des Moro is one to add to the list! Located on the south east of the island this breathtaking beach is seen as one of Mallorca’s last paradises and with its toasty turquoise waters, it’s a spot ideal for enjoying a swim in Spain’s shores. 

Cycle around S’Albufera Natural Park

Get back to nature with a trip to these wonderful wetlands. Best explored by bike, head out onto the cycle trails and explore the stunning S’Albufera nature reserve. With the wind in your hair, the sun in your face and the sound of birdsong ringing in your ears, for some it may come as a welcome change from a trip to a bustling beach!


With our villas found all over the small island of Menorca, you’ll find exploring this European gem easy and utterly worthwhile…

Take a boat trip to natural harbour Mahon

Mahon harbour in Menorca with boats docked in the blue sea and coloured buildings in the background

Hop on a boat and discover the world’s second deepest natural harbour Mahon. Only from the water can you appreciate all of its coves, islets, forts and colonial style houses. Learn all about the history of Menorca and this picturesque ‘must-see’ port.

Splash & Slide at a Water Park

Jam-packed with activities for all ages, Cala en Bosch’s waterpark is great fun for the whole family! It may not be the biggest but with thrill-seeking rides and a large pool to splash and slide in, Aquarock will keep everyone happy for hours. And for the big kids enjoy a spot of friendly competition with the go-karts!

Explore history at the Naveta des Tudons

Are you a history-buff at heart? Be sure to take a trip to the Naveta des Tudons. Close to Ciutadella this boat-shaped bronze burial chamber is a fascinating find. One of Menorca’s most famous monuments, this cultural icon will help you uncover the island’s chamber of secrets…

The historic site of the boat-shaped bronze burial chamber of Naveta des Tudons in Menorca. Standing under bright blue sky.

Have fun at a fiesta

A summer holiday to a Menorca is not without letting your hair down – Spanish style. An explosion of colour hits the island from late June to September so whether it’s jousting in June or dancing horses in September, you can’t help but be caught up in the fun and frolics that only Spain’s fiestas can deliver!


Away from the lively atmosphere, there’s plenty of things for you to discover this Balearic beauty like never before…

Watch the sunset near the rocky islands of Es Vedra

Pink hues streaks in the sky as the sun sets down on Es Vedra the majestic rock in Ibiza's south coast. The sea around the rock is clam.

Seen as the island of dreams Es Vedra is a magical spot in Ibiza’s south-coast. Be part of a long-established Ibiza tradition and head here for the spectacular sunset view of the majestic rock rising from the water. Something that should be added to everyone’s Balearic bucket list.

Discover another side to Ibiza

Discover Ibiza’s sister island Formentera with a short boat trip through sparkling turquoise waters. Blessed with incredible beaches and one of the most laid-back vibes of the Mediterranean, Formentera is an island of pure bliss. And it’s the perfect spot if you wish to escape the every-day hustle and bustle!

Explore the fortified Dalt Vila Old Town

Canons placed along a wall facing the Ibiza's Dalt Vila (Old Town. White washing buildings are set in the background.

Rich in cultural and historic artefacts Dalt Vila (the Old Town) is well worth a visit! When you’re not exploring the cathedral or museums, lose yourself in the labyrinth of narrow passageways and discover rooftop restaurants and antique shops lining the cobbled streets. Here you feel like you’ve entered the ‘real’ Ibiza.

Ride the waves at San Antonio

People snorkelling in the green/blue waters of San Antonio Bay in Ibiza.

With water temperatures reaching up to 26°C in August, watersports in Ibiza is a must. For those who dare, head to San Antonio and enjoy everything from snorkelling to water-skiing explore Ibiza’s dramatic coastline like never before. Spoiler alert – there’ll be stunning sights you won’t want to miss!

If some of these bucket list ideas have whet your appetite then why not treat yourself to a villa holiday in one of these Balearic beauties?

Alice Allwright

Alice Allwright is a Marketing Communications Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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