The Balearic Islands are a popular holiday destination for their golden, sandy beaches and family friendly atmospheres, but there’s excitement to be had on these beautiful beaches too. Each island offers an abundance of water sports, but to help you decide which one to go wet and wild on, we’ve picked the best of the bunch.
Es Grau, Menorca
Amongst the sand dunes and pine trees of the Parque Natural de s’Albufera des Grau, is Es Grau beach, just 9km from the capital of Mahon. A beautiful, quiet sandy beach teeming with wildlife, the shallow waters are perfect for snorkelling and the underwater life here is abundant.
The shallow waters are protected by the island of S’Illa d’en Colom so the waves are almost non-existent, ideal if you’re a beginner snorkeler or have small children who want to try it out. On a summer’s day, this secluded beach welcomes many families, so take the tiny ferry across to S’Illa d’en Colom and snorkel round its tiny but fascinating beaches, Arenal d’en Moro and Tamarells.
Illetes is on the northern tip of Formentera and offers great wind based water sports. This busy, white sanded beach is where you’ll find a horde of yachts parked out to sea, their passengers just waiting for the perfect moment to jump into the clear blue waters. Illetes is perfect for kite-surfing, water-skiing and windsurfing due to its gentle but strong winds and stunning views.
If you’re more of a water baby than a wind lover, Playa Illetes also has some incredible Unesco-listed diving sites.
On the north-eastern part Majorca is the famous Alcudia Bay, This wide, golden sandy beach gently shelves into the sea making it a family favourite and the perfect place for water sports.
Alongside the usual water sports on offer is the fantastic windsurfing school, Windfriends, where you can learn the basics of this exhilarating sport in a three day mini course. The course lasts for 2.5 hours a day and costs just €130, not much for an adrenaline packed adventure. As Alcudia is such a safe beach, Windfriends also do courses for children from 7 years of age, so the whole family can take part.
San Antonio Bay, Ibiza
With five beaches to choose from, San Antonio Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular areas in Ibiza. The beaches vary but most are ideally located for taking part in some exciting water sports. If you’re into scuba diving, San Antonio is just 10 minutes away from a stunning nature reserve, home to the fascinating, small islands of Es Vedrà and Sa Conillera, where the underwater world is teeming with life.
If you’re after something a little more exhilarating, head to Punta Pinet, one of San Antonio’s best beaches, where you can try wakeboarding or the newest water sport making a splash in Ibia, flyboarding, which involves water propelled jetpacks – now that’s exciting.