High levels of sunshine and an abundance of beautiful beaches – there’s no doubt that these two attractions make Spain a dream destination for many people. The mainland does have its major charms, including the vibrant cities, but there’s nowhere quite like the Spanish islands when it comes to sightseeing, relaxation and a party atmosphere.
Here are five Spanish islands that will inspire, rejuvenate and have you returning as often as possible.
Home to the Balearic beats and sunsets, Ibiza is one of the most popular islands if you’re looking to party all night and sunbathe all day. There are other attractions, of course, such as historic Ibiza Town and the dramatic beauty of the island’s two national parks, but it’s the club scene that attracts many of the island’s visitors, who are looking to dance to the biggest beats of the summer.
Majorca is a firm family favorite thanks to the inexpensive package holidays, but this Balearic island attracts a diverse group of visitors. You can admire the beauty of pretty harbor towns such as Soller and visit the famous south coast beach resorts. Then there are Majorca’s four major parks, natural attractions which make the island a destination you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
The largest of the Canary Islands is home to sightseeing locations such as Mount Teide, the third tallest volcano in the world. However, beaches like the tropical Las Teresitas, the secluded Playa Bollullo and the desert-like expansive sands at Playa Las Vistas all rival the volcano for attention. Lively nightlife and the port capital city of Santa Cruz make this a perfect island for people who love exploring.
For the surreal volcanic landscapes of Timanfaya National Park, some of the best Canary Island diving and diversity of beaches Lanzarote has to top the lot. This island attracts bohemians for the natural beauty, families for the theme parks and groups of friends who come for the party atmosphere at the buzzing resorts. The beaches are a draw and you can find secluded bays, surfing favorites and family friendly golden beaches all around the 213 kilometers of coastline.
Ibiza may be the clubbers’ favorite, but the Balearic Island of Menorca is home to more beaches than any other Spanish island. Visitors come to relax on expansive, beautiful beaches such as Cala en Porter and Son Bou as well as the white sands of Punta Prima. The island also boasts the atmospheric Mediterranean cities of Ciutadella and Mahon, and these both feature picturesque harbors lined with seafood restaurants, bars and music clubs.
You’ll easily find something to suit your taste on these Spanish islands whether you’ve come to spend part of the summer away on a package holiday or for a winter sunshine break. Choose your favorite island and return or take an extended trip to explore as many of these Spanish gems as you can.