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Things to do in Balearic Islands

This Spanish archipelago promises incredible scenery, eye-catching architecture, and adventures galore.

Our most recommended things to do in Balearic Islands

Palma de Mallorca: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Palma de Mallorca: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover the highlights of Palma de Mallorca on a city sightseeing open-top bus tour, and jump off at any of the 16 stops to explore the city’s attractions at your own pace. Choose from a 24 or 28-hour ticket and tailor your bus tour around your own schedule. The island's capital offers a rich mix of history, culture, and nightlife, and the fascinating central area comprises narrow streets between high walls of ancient buildings. Hop off at dozens of attractions, such as the Palau de La Almudaina, a royal palace that has stood since the Arab conquest, and is still home to the Royal Family. Explore the truly unique part of town known as Poble Espanyol. Here you'll find a collection of many different types of architecture, representing the different styles used around the country. Also be sure to check out Plaza de Espana, a scenic part of the island, where you can bask in the beauty from the open-top deck. Or hop off to have a proper taste of the local culture. Bus Route: 1. Antoni Maura 2. Placa Mercat 3. Ramblas 4. Plaza de España 5. Avenida Alexandre Rosselló 6. Porta des Camp 7. Passeig Maritim 8. Poble Espanyol 9. Bellver Castle (if option selected) 10. Plaza Gomila 13. Avenida Joan Miro 14. Estacio Maritima 14b. Passeig Maritim 15. Avenida Gabriel Roca 17. Avenida Jaume III 18. Moll Comercial Choose the "essential" option if you want to have the ticket to Castle de Bellver included with your 24 hours bus ticket.

Menorca: Natural Coves and Beaches Boat Trip & Paella Lunch

2. Menorca: Natural Coves and Beaches Boat Trip & Paella Lunch

Join a city cruise from the old port of Ciutadella to explore Son Saura, Cala Turqueta, Macarella, and Macarelleta. Visit the island's hidden gems and admire the natural beauty of its coves and beaches, both from the sea and on land. Enjoy time to swim, snorkel, and savor a paella lunch with a drink on board. Set off on your coastal cruise from Ciutadella to discover the west and south coasts of Menorca. On the first stop at Son Saura, enjoy 2 hours of free time. Relax on the stretch of white sand beach or dip your toes in the calm, shallow waters. You can also take a 15-minute stroll along a rustic stretch of Camí de Cavalls to reach one of Menorca’s most remote and untouched beaches, Es Talaier. Then, hop back on board to enjoy a Mediterranean paella served with a glass of sangria and orange juice for lunch. Set sail to the coves of Macarella and Macarelleta and make a 1.5-hour stop at Cala Turqueta. Admire the small beach with blue waters surrounded by pine trees. Jump straight out of the boat into the clear waters. If you bring a snorkel kit, you can explore the white sand seabed and marine wildlife. Finally, take one last look at Menorca's landscape as you make your way back to Ciutadella.

Ibiza: Boat Party Cruise with Open Bar and DJ

3. Ibiza: Boat Party Cruise with Open Bar and DJ

Escape the real world and experience an award-winning all-inclusive summer boat party in Ibiza. Dance to the hottest international DJ's as you sail around the island. Enjoy the open bar and take a dip in the water. The check-in starts half an hour before departing from Playa d'en Bossa pier. Dance to the latest Ibiza electronic house. Throughout the day the crew will be on hand to make sure that everyone is having a good time. Stop by the premium open bar for beer, sangria, soft drinks, water, and cocktails. Jump off the boat and take a swim in the crystal clear water, and partake in a champagne shower. Return to Ibiza in the evening and keep the party going throughout the evening at Ibiza's legendary club, Bora Bora.

Mallorca: Visit the Caves of Hams

4. Mallorca: Visit the Caves of Hams

Journey to a world of crystalline caverns with tickets to Hams' Caves in Porto Cristo, Mallorca. Discover the mystical chambers of the caves and marvel at their magnificent stalactite formations. Experience the natural acoustics during a classical concert on the Sea of Venice, an underground lake. Witness the caves' peculiar fish-hook-shaped formations. Explore the 3 main caves, starting with the round cave. Step into its botanical garden with many species of free-flying birds that are native to the island. Experience its special micro-climate that promotes its distinct vegetation. Enter the blue cave to watch the educational documentary, Discovering the Past, presented with blue lighting using cutting-edge LED technology. Learn about the history of Mallorca, its first inhabitants, the formation of the Hams' Caves, and their discovery. Admire Samson’s pillars, the plains of Fra Mauro, and the Pit of Hell, where, in a natural auditorium, they will present Genesis, the history of life, a frenzied time-lapse from the Big Bang to the present day, projected onto the very rock-face of the cave.  See the 12 galleries of the main cave. On the underground lake of the Sea of Venice, enjoy a musical show inspired by the Carnival of Venice with laser lights projected onto the walls of Hams' Caves accompanied by Mozart music.

Alcudia: Dolphin Watching & Sunrise Coast Cruise with Guide

5. Alcudia: Dolphin Watching & Sunrise Coast Cruise with Guide

Savor the peace of the ocean in the early morning on a sunrise cruise from Alcudia with optional hotel transfers. See Cabo Formentor, where the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range meets the Mediterranean. Look out for dolphins, and stop at Es Coll Baix, a virgin beach in a secluded cove. Board your sunrise cruise at Port d’Alcudia, and ready yourself for a 99% chance of seeing dolphins. Sail to the majestic cliffs of Cabo Formentor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Serra de Tramuntana. Discover the dolphins swimming in their natural habitat and get close to the wild animals thanks to the special design of your boat. On the way back, you can stop at Es Coll Baix, an idyllic beach backed by wooded cliffs. Bathe in the crystalline waters – the best way to start your day. Afterward, return to Port d’Alcudia, where your sunrise cruise comes to an end.

Mallorca: Island Tour with Boat & Train Ride from the South

6. Mallorca: Island Tour with Boat & Train Ride from the South

Discover Mallorca in a variety of ways on this day trip from the south. Be picked up in a comfortable and air-conditioned bus, take the famous Tren de Soller tram, and enjoy a boat trip to La Calobra Cove. Enjoy pickup from your hotel anywhere in Arenal, Can Pastilla, Palma, Costa den Blanes, Cala Major, Portals, Palmanova, Magalluf, Santa Ponsa, Paguera, or Camp de Mar. Take a ride on the island's legendary wooden electrical train. This is the perfect vantage point to admire the most beautiful landscapes in the Tramuntana mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue with a boat trip to La Calobra Cove. Stop for lunch, and enjoy some time at your leisure. You'll also visit the Torrent de Pareis, a narrow mouth of a torrent between two cliffs. 

Palma de Mallorca: Off/On Road Buggy Tour with 2 or 4 Seater

7. Palma de Mallorca: Off/On Road Buggy Tour with 2 or 4 Seater

Experience Mallorca from a new perspective and explore the interior of the country on an on-road, off-road buggy trip. Take in unbeatable views away from the crowds as you make your way through Llucmajor and Randa. Stop for a break at a monastery in Randa. After a briefing from one of the guides, hop on board your own 2-seater buggy to start your adventure. Only a few minutes later, get your first taste of Mallorcan flair as you reach the first fields, small ranch estates, and traditional windmills. Enjoy easy riding thanks to all buggies being equipped with automatic transmission and power steering. All vehicles are also equipped with seat belts so that no helmets have to be worn and you can enjoy the ride without restrictions. Immediately after the small town of Sant Jordi, come to the off-road route. From there, drive about 30 minutes over an unpaved track, where the buggies can really show what they can do. Noticing how the buggy effortlessly copes with every bump is great fun for young and old. At the end of the off-road route, make a small stop as you approach the outskirts of the traditional town of Llucmajor. Then, continue to the nearby mountain Randa, which is easy to reach after a short stretch of road over great switchbacks. One of the most spectacular panoramas that Mallorca has to offer awaits. During a 30-minute break at an altitude of 542 meters, enjoy a 360-degree view of the entire island with all its enchanting landscapes and picturesque bays. Arrive at the monastery of Randa and enjoy a break at the restaurant inside. Use the toilets or choose to grab a coffee, cold drink, or ice cream (costs not included). This is also the perfect opportunity for anyone who would like to change drivers before heading back.

Mallorca: Skip the Line Palma Cathedral Entry Ticket

8. Mallorca: Skip the Line Palma Cathedral Entry Ticket

Skip the lines to La Seu Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca and explore its breathtaking interior. Admire the blend of architecture with contributions from Antoni Gaudí and Miquel Barceló. Started during the reign of Jaime II, the magnificent sandstone monument is a work of ecclesiastical art. It comprises of 3 naves, including the main nave that houses the Trinidad Chapel where the remains of the kings Jaime II and Jaime III can be found. Admire highlights of the façade, such as the imposing columns of the main door and the sculptures by Guillermo Sagrera on the south-facing Portal del Mirador. Discover additions made by the architect Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century, along with works by the artist Miquel Barceló in the Santísimo Chapel.

From Ibiza: Same Day Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Formentera

9. From Ibiza: Same Day Round Trip Ferry Ticket to Formentera

Enjoy a return transfer by ferry from Ibiza to Formentera with this same-day round-trip ferry ticket. Make the most of your time on the island and return to Ibiza at any time on the same day thanks to your flexible ticket. Hop aboard the ferry and set sail to Formentera. Arrive at the Port of La Savina in Formentera after a pleasant 30-minute fast ferry ride. Spend your day on the island as you wish. Rent a bicycle, motorbike, or quad bike at the port and set out to explore Formentera. Or, make use of urban transport to reach any part of the island. Discover its 69 kilometers of coastline with cliffs, coves, and beaches of surprising beauty. Highlights worth visiting include the beaches of Cala Saona, Ses Illetes, and Els Arenals. If you're feeling adventurous, you could even climb the Lighthouse of La Mola, built on a cliff 120 meters high. At the end of the day, after witnessing one of the best sunsets in the Mediterranean, you can head back to the Port of La Savina and take the ferry back to Ibiza.

From Fornells: Half-Day Menorca Catamaran Trip w/ Snorkeling

10. From Fornells: Half-Day Menorca Catamaran Trip w/ Snorkeling

The trip will include a visit to a minimum of one beach, cove or unspoiled spot. Depending on the weather, this number could be increased to two spots depending on weather conditions and clients preferences. Enjoy a snack and all inclusive drinks. Dip into the water for a fun snorkel, as all equipment for snorkeling will be available for guests.This tour offers exclusivity and a small group setting, never exceeding ten people. Relax and disconnect from city life. This catamaran is unique to Menorca and is the fastest sailing vessel around, offering a smooth sailing experience.

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Birgit was an amazing guide. She was really knowledgeable and had a way to keep us engaged the whole day. It was a great way to see some of the sights that we wouldn't have thought to go and check out, the drive up was lovely and the views from the monastery were breathtaking.

Driving the buggies over hill and dale in great weather was an absolute experience. The parts have a funny sound and the open driving is very casual. The three hours fly by with a short break, which is also a must. Was a lot of fun and our guide was super relaxed too. thanks

If you are looking for relaxation, this is the place for you! Few people, very calm vibes, perfect atmosphere to clear your head. You can choose between three intensities for the massage.

We spent lovely day in the new 2023 year on the sea with Ferdinand and Kasia.

It was an interesting, delicious and informative afternoon.