Top 25+ Balearic Islands Beaches

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Soft  sands and calm waters are a near certainty in the Balearics, which also packs a punch with its nightlife.

This group of islands just off Spain's east coast is made up of renowned party hotspots Mallorca and Ibiza, along with the more relaxed islands of Menorca and Formentera somewhat less touristy than their neighbours.

Despite some big differences in the nightlife, one thing they all have in common is a world-class beach scene, with pale white sands and clear waters guaranteed throughout.

Although they might be best-known for being party central, the two most populated islands, Mallorca and Ibiza, both have plenty of family-friendly beaches to go with the party ones. Seaside spots like Alcudia and Figueretas are two of the top towns for family breaks.

As for Menorca, there's a real laidback vibe to the beaches there, with plenty of places to chill out, and a smattering of Blue Flag spots to check out too. And if you're really after total relaxation, Formentera's sleepy beaches are ideal, thanks to a ban on beachfront buildings that gives the island's coastline an unspoilt feel. Not to mention the Blue Flag tick that goes with some of its top spots, such as the five-mile stretch of white sand at Migjorn.

And with the temperature rarely dropping below double figures across all of the islands, Balearic beach days are on the cards all year round.

  • 1. Cala Saona // Formentera

    Cala Saona

    Small but perfectly formed Formentera is known for its superb beaches and being a relaxing getaway from its noisy neighbour Ibiza.

    The beach of Cala Saona sits within a small bay surrounded by red rocks where the soft white sands are gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. It is very much a haven for peace and relaxation, although there are a few beachside restaurants.

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  • 2. Aguas Blancas Beach // Ibiza

    Aguas Blancas Beach
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    The often quiet, secluded Aguas Blancas beach is a far cry from the resort towns on the south of the island. This long beach of fine sand gets its name (meaning "white water") from the white horse's that frequently crest the waves on choppy days. However, these prevailing winds that blow throughout the year become a welcome breeze in the summer months when this beach comes into its own.

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  • 3. Cala en Turqueta // Menorca

    Cala en Turqueta

    Cala en Turqueta is arguably the most beautiful cala (cove) on Menorca. The beach is set in a deep, rocky inlet with pine forests to all sides. The sand here is fine and near white whilst the crystalline water is a beautiful mix of blues and turquoise. This is where the beach gets its name, and it certainly lives up to it.

    The beach is sheltered from most of the wind… read more »

  • 4. Caló des Moro // Mallorca

    Caló des Moro
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    Hidden away in a deep rocky inlet near Mallorca's southern tip is the picturesque little cove of Caló des Moro. For many years this was one of the island's true hidden gems, but over the years, as photos surfaced in the travel media this idyllic spot's cover has been well and truly blown. With images of bright white sand and crystal clear turquoise water framed by steep, tree-topped cliffs it… read more »

  • 5. Playa de Ses Illetes // Formentera

    Playa de Ses Illetes
    © Tono Balaguer / 123RF

    Located just a stones throw away from the party island of Ibiza is the small island of Formentera. Despite its proximity Formentera can only be reached by boat and feels like a different world. There are several beautiful beaches around this unspoilt island but the Playa de Ses Illetes is the best of the bunch with its fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters.

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  • 6. Playa de Llevant // Formentera

    Playa de Llevant Anna i Adria

    Towards the north of Formentera the land narrows into the Trucador peninsula. On the eastern coast, before you reach Ses Illetes, is the wide sandy Playa de Llevant.

    This beautiful stretch of white sand and clear blue sea has something of a wild feel. Sections of the beach are divided up into little "mini bays" by rocky outcrops which give a little bit of privacy. It is probably for… read more »

  • 7. Platja es Grau // Menorca

    Platja es Grau
    Markus Trienke

    Six hundred metres long by roughly 35 metres wide, Menorca's Es Grau Beach sits beside a small fishing village of the same name within the island's Natural Park of S'Albufera de Es Grau. This means visitors to Es Grau beach are able to enjoy a fine natural landscape of grassy sand dunes while being certain they'll find somewhere to enjoy a meal or a cold drink nearby.

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  • 8. Platja de Formentor // Mallorca

    Platja de Formentor
    © Pauloresende

    The highly rated Platja de Formentor can be found on a peninsula in the island's rugged far north. Arcing around Cala Pi de la Posada Bay, its waters are calmed by the dominating presence of Formentor headland at its easternmost point.

    Formentor beach is surrounded by the pleasant wooded slopes of the Tramuntana Mountains, which echoes with birdsong and is steeped in the fragrance of pines. Running for a length of… read more »

  • 9. Benirras Beach // Ibiza

    Benirras Beach
    © Tono Balaguer / 123RF

    The small secluded bay of Cala Benirrás is on the north coast of the party island of Ibiza. Set at the foot of a pine covered valley this sheltered cove is ideal for swimming and the crystal clear water makes for great snorkelling. Being sheltered it is also a popular spot for yachts and motor boats to drop anchor and take in the sunset.

    Benirrás is well known as the best… read more »

  • 10. Cala Mitjana // Menorca

    Cala Mitjana
    © Tono Balaguer

    Located in a wide rocky inlet on the south coast of Menorca are two of the islands most beautiful beaches; Cala Mitjana and the tiny cove of Cala Mitjaneta. Here you will find a bay with brilliant turquoise sea which contrasts with the low white cliffs surrounding it. All around the beaches and bay are pine and olive groves and there is virtually no sign of development (which we tend… read more »

  • 11. Cala Macarella // Menorca

    Cala Macarella
    Markus Trienke

    Cala Macarella has much in common with many of Menorca's other most stunning coves. It is set in a deep rocky inlet of limestone cliffs covered in pine trees. The sand here is near white and contrasts brilliantly with the crystalline turquoise sea.

    What gives Cala Macarella the edge over some of the equally lovely beaches along this coast (at least in terms of a family beach) are the facilities here.… read more »

  • 12. Cala Escorxada // Menorca

    Cala Escorxada

    You would expect a beach this beautiful to get pretty busy in the summer, but this is not the case with the exquisite little cove of Cala Escorxada. It is just that bit too far off the beaten track for its pristine white sands and clear blue waters to ever get crowded.

    If you don't have a boat getting to Cala Escorxada involves at least an hour's walk from the nearest… read more »

  • 13. Cala Mesquida // Mallorca

    Cala Mesquida

    Located on a remote stretch of the rugged north-eastern coast of Mallorca is an oasis of beautiful soft, white sand lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. The beach of Cala Mesquida is a true gem with the perfect balance of a stunning setting and all the facilities you'll need for a family day at the beach.

    The beach of Cala Mesquida is set in a small bay with a backdrop of sand… read more »

  • 14. Es Trenc Beach // Mallorca

    Es Trenc Beach

    Set in the far south of Mallorca, Es Trenc is a large stretch of unspoilt white sand with clear turquoise waters reminiscent of the Caribbean. Despite its remote, wild character this is still one of the best-known beaches on Mallorca and is popular with locals and visitors alike.

    Es Trenc is a great family beach as the water is shallow and tends to be calm. There are lifeguards towards the middle… read more »

  • 15. Caló des Mort // Formentera

    Caló des Mort
    © jimmy di lorenzo

    The tiny yet idyllic cove of Caló des Mort is situated at the eastern end of Playa de Migjorn. A picture perfect semi-circular cove backed by steep rocky cliffs this is one of Formentera's worst-kept secrets.

    Besides its diminutive size and rocky backdrop, what gives Caló des Mort its special feel is the colour of the water. It is almost as if somebody has turned the saturation up with every… read more »