Island hopping is an incredible experience that you’ll never forget, and the Balearic Archipelago of Spanish islands is one of the loveliest places to try it. If you’ve never island hopped before, it can be quite daunting to figure out how to plan your trip.
The following guide is the best way that I’ve been able to organize my trips quickly and effectively, without putting in too much work. I’ve island hopped in the gorgeous Balearic Archipelago, though you can apply some of this information for other island clusters you’d like to see as well.
Figure out where you want to go
So you need to know which islands you’d like to visit. If it’s your first time, stick to the most popular destinations. It’s just easier.
So for the Balearics, the four main islands are as follows: Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, and Formentera. They are fairly easy to access from mainland Spain and also from some other countries in Europe whether by ferry or by plane.
This is perhaps the biggest question of them all. If you want to island hop, how are you actually going to get from place to place? What if you don’t know how to steer a boat or navigate open waters?
Personally, I don’t know how to steer or navigate a boat, but I didn’t need to. The best resource for boat rentals by far is zizoo.com. I rented a yacht charter in Ibiza and went from there. What I love about the yachts and boats available on Zizoo is the fact that every boat comes skipper inclusive, so you don’t need to worry about being a ship captain or finding somebody who is. The boat will come with the right person so long as you request it!
What to Do?
Once you have your boat and a rough idea of the islands you’re interested in seeing, it’s time to outline your trip! This is the fun part. It’s time to research what exactly you want your activities to be.
Now, be aware that a significant portion of your time will be spent on the boat, so plan activities ahead that you can do while you’re going from island to island. Bring snorkels, some water activities, and maybe even a board game or two.
It might also be nice to do a night in on the yacht and make dinner together with your family or group of friends. Since you’re renting a boat, might as well make use of the facilities it has onboard. Many of the boats on Zizoo have some form of kitchenette.
What about the islands themselves?
Ibiza is definitely the party island, so if you’re traveling with your friends, definitely take the opportunity to visit some of the hotspots on this island. The most popular dance club in Ibiza is called Es Paradis.
You also don’t want to miss the Sunset Strip, where famous restaurants such as Cafe Mambo are located. Also, be sure to check out one of the hippy markets that Ibiza is famous for. If you’re into spirituality and yoga, maybe attend one of the yoga sessions that are hosted on the beaches of Ibiza.
While Mallorca also has its party scene, it is known for its beautiful architecture, so you definitely have to take the time to check out the famous gothic style cathedral called Basilica de Santa Maria.
The Drach Caves are also a must-visit if you’re stopping in Mallorca. They are known to be one of Europe’s largest underground lakes.
Menorca is absolutely stunning and is known for its beautiful coves such as Cala Mitjana and Macarelleta. These are excellent spots to pull out that snorkeling gear I mentioned earlier.
Formentera is the smallest island on this list and will be much quieter than the other three. Here, you can definitely take the time to unwind or perhaps visit the Caves of Barbaria. Maybe take a stroll to visit the lighthouse.