Vacation Villas in Spain in the Balearics – Can You Cut Costs by Booking Direct?

The Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain are always popular with visitors from the United Kingdom who like to book vacation villas in Spain or apartment holiday accommodation in Spain there. In the current economic climate a holiday rental apartment booked direct with the owner may well be a cheaper alternative to a package holiday. Happily, there is a considerable selection of vacation homes available to rent direct if you know where to start searching. Try researching on the internet using search words and phrases like ‘holiday rental apartment Balearic Islands’ or even ‘vacation villas in Spain’. You will certainly discover that there are a lot of online websites which list private holiday homes to let on each of the Balearic Islands – the only dilemma is which one to go for?

The group of islands is an independent community and a province of Spain. The Balearic Islands have two recognized languages which are Spanish and Catalan. The four main islands of the Balearics are (smallest first) Formentera, Ibiza, Menorca (also known as Minorca) and Mallorca (also known as Majorca). All of the islands are favourite summertime holiday destinations for many European and overseas visitors who want to book apartment or villa holiday accommodation in Spain directly from the proprietors of holiday homes.

Of all the Balearic Islands, Menorca is the least commercial and has done the best job of preserving the striking natural beauty for which the islands are known. It benefits from fabulous Mediterranean weather conditions with hot, sun-filled summers and nice, mild winters. It has retained a lot of its Spanish customs and is generally preferred by family groups or those who want a restful, sunny break. It has a significantly larger number of beaches than the other Balearic Islands and is a favourite option for families who want to book vacation villas in Spain or apartment rentals for a relaxing seaside break.

In direct contrast to Menorca is Ibiza which is famous for its party atmosphere and attracts huge numbers of tourists year after year. Holidaymakers are drawn to the island by the infamous nightlife, excellent beaches and clear azure sea, the great scenery and the variety of vacation villas in Spain and holiday rental apartments which are available to book direct. Notwithstanding its fame for attracting parties of young adults who come for the night club scene, Ibiza does in reality have a wide range of holiday destinations which are ideal for all sorts of tourists including quite a lot of family-orientated resorts.

Mallorca is popular with holidaymakers who want vacation villas in Spain to make the most of the sunshine, the seaside and the night-time entertainment. Palma is the capital of the island as well as being capital of the Balearics and is an exciting city packed with culture, heritage and fantastic places to eat with plenty of night-time entertainment. Magaluf in the south is an ever popular place to stay with its wide, sweeping beaches and its exciting, vibrant nightlife with hundreds of clubs and discos to suit all tastes. However if you were searching for a quieter resort you should try Alcudia in the north which is more family-friendly.

Formentera is the smallest of the four main islands at barely 12 miles long from one end to the other. Holidaymakers and visitors to Formentera are enticed by its amazing beauty and tranquil, relaxed ambiance. Formentera’s major resort is Es Pujols, which has a nice assortment of retail stores, bars and eating places. However, there are only a limited amount of hotels and vacation villas in Spain on the market, so if you wish to holiday on this fantastic island during the high season you will need to reserve your hotel or apartment holiday accommodation Spain as early as you can.