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Flights: Mallorca’s Son Sant Joan Airport lies just 8km east of the city of Palma de Mallorca on the south-west coast of the island. Beach hotels near barcelona spain It is one of Europe’s busiest airports with more than 20 million annual passengers going through its terminals. Beach barcelona hotels Whilst Air Berlin, easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling are amongst the biggest operators serving the airport there are international flights from all over the continent as well as services to and from numerous Spanish cities. Barcelona spain beaches pictures There’s a great choice of transport services from Mallorca Airport to Palma and destinations all over the island including a number of specialist shuttle operators.

Ferries: If you’re already in Spain you can get to Mallorca from the mainland using one of the two main ferry companies serving the Balearics. Beaches near barcelona el prat Transmediterranea Ferries operate ultra-modern ferries which connect Palma with Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza and Mahon. Spain barcelona beaches The journey from Barcelona takes about seven hours but there is also a high speed catamaran which only takes 3 hours 45 minutes. Beaches in barcelona tripadvisor Another company called Balearia Ferries offers the same routes as Transmediterranea plus a connection between Palma and Denia which is south of Valencia. Best beaches barcelona map Approximate journey times to Palma are 7 hours from Valencia and 5 hours from Denia (this service goes via Ibiza). Quiet beaches near barcelona Best Time to Visit Mallorca

The weather in Mallorca is pretty much what you would expect from one of the Mediterranean’s premier beach holiday destinations. Best beaches of barcelona Every summer millions of tourists from all over Europe fly into Palma’s Son Sant Joan Airport in anticipation of long, hot days and lovely, warm nights. Beaches in barcelona in september They won’t be disappointed. Beaches in barcelona in may The peak summer months see temperatures rising above the 30ºC in the afternoons with rainfall highly unlikely other than the odd summer storm which is usually most welcome after enduring such heat. Beaches near barcelona spain From the rainfall and temperature figures presented below you’ll see that July and August are both the driest and the hottest months. Beach hotels in barcelona spain They are also the most expensive for holidays and the busiest time for all the resorts.

If you are flexible on travel dates and don’t need to be on holiday during these peak months then I’d strongly recommend that you consider visiting Mallorca on either side of them. Beaches in barcelona Personally I love being on the island at anytime in May or June as well as during the month of September. Beach near w hotel barcelona It’s still busy with plenty going on all over the island but without the scorching summer temperatures and the masses of people tied to school holidays from all over the continent. W beach barcelona Daytime remains really nice and warm with pleasant evenings for dining outdoors.

It’s more difficult to suggest when you visit Mallorca in winter as the weather is far less predictable. Best beaches in barcelona spain As a rule winters are quite mild and mainly dry with many sunny days with beautiful clear skies. Barcelona spain hotels near beach Whilst daytime temperatures seldom fall below 10ºC or 15ºC you can certainly feel a certain chill in the air. Beach resorts near barcelona girona It may not be hot enough to go to the beach but sunbathing in a sheltered spot should be fine. Are there beaches in barcelona It can become quite chilly in the evenings so you’ll need to pack accordingly. Barcelona spain attractions beaches January and February tend to be the coldest months. Beaches of barcelona spain There is rainfall during the winter months but it rarely lasts more than a few days (hopefully not the few days when you’re there!). Best beaches by barcelona October to December tend to be the wettest months.

If you’re heading out to Mallorca in the next few days you can check the short term forecast below. Beaches around barcelona If not take a look at those weather graphs I mentioned above to get some idea what you can expect with regard to rainfall and temperatures based on previous years statistics.

Hotels: Thanks to the perennial popularity of Mallorca there are hotels all over the island to suit all tastes and budgets. Beaches south of barcelona In fact there are more than 50,000 properties listed on the website ranging from luxury 5-star properties to simple, budget options. Beaches in barcelona spain top In addition there are traditional farmhouses which have been converted into rural retreats as well as a great selection of villas and apartments available all over the island.

Holiday Rentals: Renting a holiday villa or apartment in Mallorca provides a fine option for family holidays. Barcelona beaches in june Although villas are available for rent in stunning locations all over the island it would be fair to say that some of the most exclusive properties can be found in the region around Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia on the north coast. Best beaches in barcelona tripadvisor Prices for Mallorca villas with pools obviously peak during the summer period and finding good deals is very difficuly, however, if you’re not tied to these months you might find some good offers. Best beaches in barcelona Self-catering holiday apartments are widely available all over the island.

Package Holidays: All of Europe’s big tour operators feature year round holidays to Mallorca. Beaches outside barcelona For an idea of what’s on offer take a look at package deals with easyJet Holidays. Best beaches north of barcelona Things to do in Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca: In their haste to get to their holiday accommodation and to stay there so many visitors never find time to visit the capital of Mallorca which is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. Best beaches near barcelona spain Some of the highlights of the city include the La Seu Cathedral which took almost 400 years to build, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the circular Bellver Castle which overlooks the Bay of Palma. Beach resorts near barcelona airport Time permitting it’s well worth taking a full-day vintage train journey from Palma to Soller.

Serra de Tramuntana: This the mountain range runs parallel with Mallorca’s north-west coast. Costa brava beaches near barcelona Its landscape has been recognised by UNESCO which named it a World Heritage Site. Barcelona best beaches The rugged terrain and mountain peaks present quite a contrast with the gentle east coast. Barcelona beaches in july It’s well worth renting a car driving the stunning north-west coast from Alcudia in the north to Andratx in the south. Best beach holidays near barcelona Highlights of the journey include the Monastery at Lluc, Soller, Deia and Valldemossa.

Theme Parks: With a selection of waterparks and theme parks in Mallorca there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained when they’re looking for a change from the beach or hotel pool.

Caves of Drac: Located near Porto Cristo on the east coast, the Caves of Drach are one of the island’s top tourist attractions. Beaches in barcelona city There’s a large lake inside the caves where a short classical music performance takes place during visits.

Cap de Formentor: If you’re staying in the north of the island you really must take the short drive to Cap de Formentor for spectacular views at the northern tip of the island. Beach resorts near barcelona spain In fact, if you’re looking to do more than sitting on a beach for the duration of your holiday then it’s well worth hiring a car and taking some road trips into the interior of the island or driving the epic west coast.

Mallorca Beaches: Few major tourist destinations are blessed with the range of fabulous sandy beaches which Mallorca has to offer. Barcelona beaches in september As well as some outstanding ones located right at the main resorts there are many secluded ones scattered all around the coast.

Country Markets: There are some great markets around Mallorca which are more than just tourist traps. Barcelona spain beaches You’ll find the majority of people there are locals buying fresh produce whilst typical Mallorquin products are available to visitors including ceramic and leather items.

Golf Courses: With around 20 courses scattered around the island Mallorca is a perfect golfing destination blessed with stunning scenery and an idyllic climate for many months of the year.

Yacht Charter: If you’re looking for something very different why not look into chartering a yacht in Mallorca and sailing around the Balearic Islands. Hotels near beaches in barcelona Best Holiday Resorts in Mallorca

When planning your visit to Mallorca you can consider the island according to four geographical areas which are quite distinct in terms of what they have to offer:

South-West Coast: Mallorca’s south west coast is the top destination for package tourism. Beachfront hotels in barcelona spain There are plenty attractions for all age groups including families but this is certainly the place to go for 18-30s looking for a good time. Best beaches outside barcelona Top resorts are Magaluf and Palma Nova.

North-East Coast: There are great beaches along this coast and controlled tourism development has led to some very attractive resorts such as Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia. Pictures of barcelona spain beaches Many activities are available and the are is popular with walkers, birdwatchers and cyclists. Beach holidays near barcelona spain This is an ideal choice for families and visitors looking for a quieter time.

East Coast: Mallorca’s east coast is populated with dozens of small coves and beautiful bays. The best beaches in barcelona Tourism is well developed here and is geared towards family holidays in resorts such as Cala Millor and Cala Ratjada.

North-West Coast: There aren’t really any resorts as such along the rugged northwest coast. Best beaches near barcelona resorts This is an area of beautiful mountains and rocky cliffs dropping down to the wild sea below. Best beaches in barcelona area The area is popular with day trippers and there’s plenty accommodation available if you prefer to be away from the traditional resorts.

With a great beach and enough entertainment for everyone Magaluf is the island’s most popular resort for package tourism. Top beaches in barcelona Although its nightlife is a little on the wild side during the peak summer months it remains a popular choice for family holidays.

Just down the road from Magalluf and within walking distance is the ever popular resort of Palma Nova which is lower key on the nightlife yet still a popular choice for all age groups.