The Balearic Islands are one of the most popular destinations for a sun and fun getaway, attracting crowds of party lovers and sun worshippers every summer. After all, their picture-perfect beaches, wonderful nature, opportunities for adventure activities, and calm turquoise seas perfect for sailing appeal to a wide variety of travelers.

Mallorca, the largest of the four main islands, is large enough for road tripping and offers an enticing mix of nature, culture, history and even some city life - capital Palma is home to half a million people, and the population swells in the summer months. Its little sister Menorca is a lot more low-key, with lots of hiking trails ending in deserted beaches; Ibiza is known worldwide for its wild nightlife and hippy culture, while Formentera is the smallest of the four, a place for those looking for a calm, spiritual hideaway, immersed in the beauty of nature.

The flipside? The Balearic Islands tend to get crowded in summer, but most visitors tend to stay on land. A yacht charter or boat rental is the ideal way to move around, escaping the crowds and the traffic jams that seem to be part of daily life from June to September - and it will make it easier to visit secluded beaches and undiscovered islands, where you'll be able to escape the crowds even in the middle of summer. 

Here are our 6 favorite best-kept secrets in the Balearic Islands, recommended by our favorite local operators who will be happy to show you around next summer!

Best-Kept Secrets in the Balearic Islands Recommended by Local Operators

1) Mondragó Natural Park - Mallorca

This natural park is located in the southern part of Mallorca, near the town of Santanyí - one of the most picturesque and least touristy villages on the island! The natural park is very diverse, with wetlands, ravines, rock formations and stunning beaches all included within its 785-hectare surface. The remotest (and arguably the best) beach within Mondragó is definitely Caló des Burgita hidden cove surrounded by a pine grove and low cliffs. We recommend renting a boat and getting one of our local operators to show you around!

2) Sa Dragonera

Who told you there are only four islands in the Balearic Archipelago? There are also three uninhabited islets - don't miss visiting Sa Dragonera, just a short hop from Mallorca, perfect for a day yacht charter! The islet is only 3 km in length and 500 meters wide, but its entire surface has been declared a nature reserve, and it's home to the Balearic shearwater, one of the few birds that are endemic to the Balearic Islands. The name 'Dragonera' derives from the fact that the island's shape is said to resemble a dragon. Truly one of the best-kept secrets in the Balearic Islands!

3) Cala Macarella - Menorca

As far as idyllic beaches go, Macarella is definitely one of the best options in Menorca! It's one of the island's best playas vírgenes, with powdery white sand and deep turquoise waters. The beach is sheltered by tree-covered hills, making it ideal to sunbathe or to visit early or late in the season. Like most of Menorca's hidden beaches, Macarella can only be reached on foot or by boat - there's no better destination for a day yacht charter from Menorca!

4) Cala Llentrisca - Ibiza

Cala Llentrisca is one of the most isolated and least visited beaches in Ibiza, being located at the end of a mountain road full of twists and turns - not the best, after you spent the whole night partying! You won't find sand here, but a long pebble beach that is at its best in the morning, when the sun is shining, and water so clear you'll feel as if you're looking through an aquarium. Unsurprisingly, it's also one of the best snorkeling locations in the Balearics

5) Es Calo des Mort - Formentera

Some say it's impossible to find the best beach in Formentera - because there's simply too much beauty to choose from. However, the days when Formentera was still off the beaten track are sadly gone, and now most of the island's beaches are very busy in summer. If you're looking for Formentera's best-kept secret, head to Es Calo de Morts, a tiny cove surrounded by rocks that can only be accessed by hanging onto a rope - or with your very own yacht charter, of course! Here you'll find clear aquamarine waters, fine sand and a gently sloping bottom - if you want to strip and enjoy some skinny dipping, no one will judge you! If this is not a Balearic secret, I don't know what is!

6) Ses Salines National Park - Ibiza & Formentera

Nature lovers should definitely allow some time to visit Ses Salines, a national park including both the southern part of Ibiza and the north of Formentera. There are salt flats lakes dotted with flamingoes, making for wonderful photo opportunities (especially at sunset), isolated rocky coves and lots of visiting birds - it's definitely one of the best birdwatching spots in the entire Balearic Islands, and definitely one of its best-hidden secrets! Our local operators will be happy to take you to Ses Salines and show you their favorite birdwatching spots. 

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