The Balearic Islands are an archipelago off eastern Spain, in the Mediterranean. The four largest islands in the Balearic sea are Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Famous for their scenic coastlines and crystal clear seas, the Balearics are a fantastic choice for a swim vacation. We currently run trips to Formentera, and more recently we have teamed up with The Best Fest to bring you a fantastic Best Fest Mallorca package.


Sea grass Formentera UNESCOFormentera is a small Balearic island just off Ibiza, and home to our Technique and Improve weeks. It is well known for its dazzlingly crystal clear waters and long stretches of beach, backed by dunes and pine trees. The island has definitely escaped Ibiza-style development, and instead retains a laid-back, tranquil place. John Coningham-Rolls has a long-standing history with Formentera: his grandparents owned a villa (Can Rolls) in the 50s, and since then John, and now SwimQuest, have maintained a relationship with the island.

Formentera has a magnetic pull for so many of our guests, who return year after year for the ice white sand and and turquoise blue sea. The locals tell us that the clarity of the water in Formentera is largely due to the Posidonia sea grass that grows on the sea floor.  These under-sea meadows were one of the main reasons Formentera and Ibiza achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1999.

Playa des Illetes, a popular swim spot on our trips, also won Trip Advisor’s ‘Best Beach in Europe’ award.

We have the following technique led trips on offer in Formentera this year, click below to find out more.


Mallorca (Majorca) is well known for its beautiful beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. Much like Formentera, Mallorca boats clear blue waters, perfect for a sea swimming holiday.

For 2019, we are excited to be teaming up with The Best Fest – Mallorca’s 7-day open water swim festival, to bring you a stress-free Best Fest package. Kick back at the 4* Colonia Sant Jordi Marques Hotel in the middle of the action, and let the SwimQuest team look after you. In addition to your ocean races, there will also be the opportunity to visit the stunning 50m pool at The Best Centre.