- Balearic Islands Family holidays
Undoubtedly one of the all-time favourite destinations for summer breaks, family holidays in the Balearic Islands have been around almost as long as jet travel itself, and every year British families still flock to Majorca's beaches, Minorca's quieter resorts, and Ibiza's infamous party atmosphere. Formentera is perhaps the least well known of the islands, but it offers fantastic beaches too in a slightly less tourist-centric atmosphere, which is great if you want to take the kids to the Balearics but would prefer them to have a more 'natural' experience of the islands.
What is there to do?
As mentioned above, the Balearic Islands have been serving the British tourist trade for decades, and already several generations of Brits have spent many happy summers there. As well as the usual options of playing on the beach or around the pool, many of the resorts and hotels have full schedules of family entertainment, and this ranges from daytime activities for the children, to evening cabaret performances and quizzes in the hotel bar - enough to keep your itinerary well packed throughout cheap family holidays on the Balearic Islands.
Of course, the islands were not always aimed at the tourist market, and there are still traces of authentic Spain to be found there. Head out of your resort and along the coast, and you can often find a traditional fishing village within easy reach. Whereas some of these grew into the resorts that are so well loved by people taking family holidays in the Balearic Islands, many have remained small and sleepy communities, which still benefit from the extra spending of more adventurous tourists who come to explore, discover and sightsee among their streets.
Which island will the kids like best?
Choosing the destination is one of the big decisions when booking cheap family holidays in the Balearic Islands. Majorca is the largest in the group, and so one of the busier and best equipped for families. Ibiza has shaken off its image as being just for clubbers, and is working hard to prove itself as family-friendly too. Minorca's pace is a little slower, but there's still entertainment to be found in the larger hotels in each resort, whereas Formentera is much more suited to making your own fun - and if you just want an unspoilt beach that's not too crowded, this could be the perfect destination for you.
Why the Balearics are so great for families
Located in the middle of the Mediterranean, the Balearics are much more than just a clubber's paradise. In fact, much of the islands is tranquil and calm, with big sandy beaches and a great choice of family-friendly resorts. Splash about on the beach, build sand castles and enjoy suitable family evening entertainment along the beachfront. Balearics family holidays offer all the cultural charm and cuisine of mainland Spain with a unique island setting. Plus, there's a number to choose from including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.