Touring the Balearic Islands by boat

The Balearic Islands, a sun-kissed archipelago of islands and islets east of the Spanish mainland, are dominated by four stunning sisters Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. Ibiza, the party-loving wild child of the bunch, has a shy side too, by way of hillside hamlets and a storied old town. Majorca, the largest, offers contrasting pleasures; all-inclusive resorts and laidback, nature-oriented getaways. Menorca, a haven for the low-key traveller, entices with its archaeological wonders and a bevy of postcard-perfect beaches. And then there’s Formentera, the tiniest sister, whose ethereal beauty attracts the boohoo-chic crowd that prefers lazy lounging by gentle turquoise waters over glitzy soirees. Whatever your sensibility, here’s how to make the most of your visit to the Balearics.

Getting Around

Island-hopping with boat rental ibiza is a fairly simple affair with ferries running daily between all the main islands. If you plan on visiting all four, start with Menorca, followed by Majorca, then Ibiza, and finally Formentera. This sequence offers direct travel and features the shortest routes between the islands. Balearic ferry prices start at approximately cheaper for basic seating and up to several hundred for a cabin. In general, rental cars are not permitted on ferries between islands. For seasonal jaunts between Ibiza and Formentera ports, Aqua bus offers a no-frills ride.

When to Go

The Balearic Islands’ prime location at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea means a climate characterized by dry, humid summers and mild winters. To avoid the throngs of sun-worshipping crowds but still enjoy some outdoor activities, the best months to visit are May, June, and September when temperatures fluctuate between 60 and 80 degrees. In July and August temperatures can soar up to 90 degrees with 10 to 11 hours of uninterrupted daylight. As it starts to cool down in October, many seaside businesses shorten their opening hours or close their doors for the winter months. The weather remains mild until springtime, with an average of high of 55 degrees and rainfall increases, albeit slightly, from almost never to up to 10 days in December.

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