Holiday Villa Rentals – Book Direct For a Cost-Effective Holiday in the Balearic Islands

Holiday villa rentals and apartment holiday accommodation in Spain is ever popular with northern European holidaymakers on the famous Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. A holiday rental apartment booked direct with the private owner can be a cost-effective way to holiday in these cash-strapped times. Fortunately there is a large choice of holiday accommodation available to rent direct if you know where to look. Try looking on-line using search terms like ‘holiday rental apartment Balearics’ or ‘holiday accommodation in Spain’. You will find that there are many websites which list privately owned holiday properties to let on all of the Balearic Islands – the only problem is which one to choose?

The Balearics consist of four main islands which are located off the east coast of Spain and in size order (largest first) are Mallorca (also called Majorca), Menorca (sometimes called Minorca), Ibiza and Formentera. The archipelago forms an autonomous community and is a province of Spain. The two official languages in the Balearic Islands are Spanish and Catalan. All of the islands are popular summer vacation destinations for holidaymakers who wish to book apartment or holiday villa rentals direct from the private owners.

Starting with the smallest first – Formentera is located just off the coast of Ibiza and is only 12 miles long from tip to tip. Visitors to Formentera are attracted by its stunning natural beauty and chilled-out, easygoing atmosphere which is a stark contrast to the crowds and commercialism of neighbouring Ibiza. The main resort on the island is Es Pujols, which has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. There are a limited number of hotels and holiday villa rentals available so if you want to stay on this beautiful island during the summer months you need to book your hotel or villa holiday accommodation Spain well in advance.

The next largest island is Ibiza which is well-known throughout the world and attracts thousands of holidaymakers every year. Visitors are attracted by the beautiful beaches and clear blue sea, the fantastic scenery, the legendary nightlife, the variety of holiday rental apartment and holiday villa rentals and the generally lively atmosphere. Despite its reputation as being a magnet for the 18-30 age group looking for the non-stop party scene, Ibiza does in fact have a variety of holiday resorts suitable for all types of holidaymakers including plenty of family-friendly accommodation.

Menorca is thought to be the quietest and least commercial of the Balearic Islands. It enjoys lovely Mediterranean weather with hot summers and mild, pleasant winters. It has retained much of its original landscape and traditional Spanish heritage and is generally favoured by family groups or nature-lovers who are looking for a relaxing sun-filled break. It has a greater number of beaches than Ibiza, Mallorca and Formentera put together and is a popular choice for families to book holiday villa rentals for a carefree beach holiday.

Most tourists book holiday villa rentals in Mallorca to make the most of the sun, the beaches and the nightlife. Magaluf in the south is the most popular place to stay with its wide, sweeping bay. Nightlife here is very lively and crowded with hundreds of bars and nightclubs. If you were looking for a quieter resort you should try Alcudia in the north of the island which is more family-orientated. Palma is the capital of the island and the Balearics and is a vibrant city packed with culture, history, excellent restaurants, cafes and a buzzing nightlife and is well worth a visit wherever you decide to stay. Don’t miss the beautiful Gothic cathedral and the Almudaina Palace.