The Balearic islands have moved towards the advanced stage of Spain’s post-pandemic reopening plan today (Monday).

Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca have followed in the footsteps of Formentera and entered the country’s third stage – the last step on the path to the “new normal”.

Balearic Islands Tourism Board has launched a new tool to enable travellers to create their own island-hopping itineraries.

The digital travel planner is aimed at those considering holidays once travel restrictions are lifted.

The new initiative enables travellers to create personalised day-by-day itineraries to the four islands based on their preferences.

Tourism board deputy director Vicent Torres said: “We are encouraged that we have reached a stage whereby we can move to the next phase of Spain’s reopening plan.

“This is a positive step for the local tourism industry and paves the way for the reopening of the islands on an international level.

“To enable travellers to plan for their trips, we have designed a new travel planner for those who are now sitting at home gearing up for their next getaway to our islands.

“We hope this new tool will allow them to experience the islands in an even more authentic way and we look forward to welcoming our British visitors back as soon a as possible.”

The new rules allow for:

  • Exercise and walks outside without a limited timetable
  • Outside terraces opening at 75% capacity as long as two metres are observed between tables
  • Bars and restaurants can operate indoor areas at 75% capacity (verses 50% in the Spanish mainland)
  • Tourism accommodation can open at 50% capacity, common areas can open at 60% capacity (verses 50% in the Spanish peninsula)
  • All retail outlets are able to open regardless of their size, provided that capacity is limited to 50% and social distancing measures of two metres are observed
  • Open air markets can open at 50% normal capacity
  • Free movement around the individual islands; including the beaches with maximum group sizes of 20 and ensuring social distance measures of two metres
  • Museums, cinemas and theatres can open with 50% maximum number of seats (maximum of 80 people inside and 800 people outside)
  • Recreational sailing permitted within a radius of 12 nautical miles (but sailing is not permitted between islands and crews must not moor at different ports)
  • Travel between the islands is now permitted