Last Updated on January 1, 2022
Here you can find our guide on the best beaches in the Balearics, including beaches in Ibiza, Majorca, Formentera and Menorca, services, advice. The Balearics Islands are full of ‘wish you were here’ postcard images; sunsets, crystal clear seas, palm trees and white sands. There’s certainly a lot to write home about. A popular location for British tourists, there’s certainly some madness in the Balearics, but astonishing beauty is just a side step away from the various tourist destinations.
Best Beaches in the Balearics
There are approximately 50 islands in the Balearics but the four largest islands are Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera and each island benefits from secluded coves, wild olive groves, jagged cliffs, sandy beaches and lasting sunshine. With so many glorious beaches to visit and so little time, here’s a heads up on where you can find the best of the Balearic beaches.
1. Platja de Ses Salinas, Ibiza
The southern tip of Ibiza lies just above the north of Ses Illetes in Formentera. Geologists believe that the two islands used to be attached. The reason? They both feature crystal clear water and white, almost powdery sand. Ibiza has many beaches and draws millions of tourists (and celebrity visitors) every year, but the best beach is Ses Salinas.
Ses Salinas is glamorous, family-friendly, party-friendly and has some of the best views Ibiza has to offer. Take a boat trip out to experience the clear blue waters and watch the sunset at one of the local restaurants – there’s live music day and night. This beach is incredibly well-kept and the Ibiza tourist board are careful to keep it in pristine condition all year round.
2. Deia, Mallorca
Mallorca is a funny island; while there are areas of exquisite natural beauty, it’s also very over developed. Luckily, the government realised this a few years ago and stopped the development going any further. This means that the majority of Mallorca is untouched by human hands and the beach in the village Deia is a good example of the island’s natural beauty.
For residents of Mallorca, Deia is well-known – it has retained a quaint, old Spanish feel throughout the years and offers a good getaway location. However not many tourists will know about the beach at Deia. You can get there by following a single road down there and you’ll be met by a stunning pebbled beach. Don’t be put off by the pebbles, the beach is postcard-picturesque and ideal for swimming. Take a swim out to the nearby cove where you can dip in and out of the coral and rock pools.
3. Cala Turqueta, Menorca
Menorca is known for its hustle and bustle and it is certainly a popular tourist destination. While parts of this island can be loud and party-centric there’s one place in particular where you’ll find some seclusion: Cala Turqueta.
This beach is almost untouched and you’ll love the clear stretch of white sands. One thing to take heed of though: as this beach is nature at its purest, there aren’t places you can buy food from or even drinks. So taking a picnic is advised – but this makes for an even better day out.
4. Playa Illetes, Formentera
For those who love outdoor activities, Playa Illetes is the beach you’ve been searching for! White sand stretching as far as the eye can see, you’ll feel like you’re closer to the Caribbean than Spain.
Playa Illetes is probably the busiest of the beaches in Formentera as it attracts a lot of day-trippers over from neighboring Ibiza. The northern end of the beach is peaceful and – just a warning – is an official nudist beach. Water sport lovers will can enjoy windsurfing here as well snorkelling and even yachting.
5. Cala Tuent, Mallorca
If you’re looking for something a bit more secluded then Cala Tuent in Mallorca is the one for you. The main attraction here are the views of Puig Major, the highest mountain on the Balearics. Be sure to arrive prepared as there are no services, however this just adds to the rustic charm.