Just off the eastern coast of Spain in the beautiful Mediterranean, the Balearics consist of many islands, the most famous of which are Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.
Each with its own identity and character, these 4 main islands draw thousands of tourists each and every year, all eager to sample the many delights of vibrant Spanish life.
Probably the most diverse of the islands is Ibiza, a place packed with historic interest but best known as a place to party all night, dancing into the small hours in many of the world famous clubs and bars on the island.
The second largest of the islands is Menorca, it’s rolling fields and ravines spread out centrally to rocky coves scattered with private villas, prehistoric remains and monuments dating back as far as 123BC.
A UNESCO Biospehere Reserve since 1993, Menorca is by far the least tourist populated of the 4 islands.
Formentera, the smallest of the islands, boasts beautiful long white beaches which are far less congested than the other islands. A hippy, bohemian vibe fills the air where tranquility and escapism is the way to relax, whilst enjoying the scent of the wild Rosemary and lizard spotting on the parched scrubland.
The best time to go to Balearic Islands is in the summer months from May to September.
The weather is warm, with highs of 30°C in August.
Balearic Islands ranks as one of the top 10% of the safest places in the world. But should exercise the same kind of caution you would anywhere else.
There is no mandatory requirement of vaccinations to go on holiday.
Balearic island has a good healthcare system, both private and public hospitals.
Dentists, specialist clinics & national health medical centres which can be found in every resorts.
Summer dresses, shorts, tank tops and even crop tops are perfectly acceptable ways to dress throughout Balearic Islands. If you plan on going into any museums or churches, just be sure you dress appropriately.
Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. You can also pay with an American Express credit card at most large establishments.
Like other countries in the EU, you can drive in Balearic Islands using your full UK driving licence.
Electricity in Balearic Islands conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins therefore, you need to pack an adapter for your holiday.
Balearic Islands, much like many other European Islands, speaks English as a second language and has over 11 million English speaking residents.
It is advisable to check with your mobile provider before travelling.
Most ATMs accept international debit cards, and this is the best way to get cash in Balearic Islands.
All major banks ATMs can be found easily with English language instructions.
Tap water in Balearic is safe to drink according to international water quality standards even though it doesn't taste great. Many people choose bottled water due to taste preference.
Tipping is entirely optional and it is not very common. You may see people leaving small change at cafés and bars and, eventually, someone tipping at a nice expensive restaurant.
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