1. Formentera, 2. Majorca, 3. Tenerife, 4. Ibiza, 5. Gran Canaria, 6. Menorca, 7. Lanzarote, 8. La Palma, 9. Fuerteventura, 10. Ons Island. In addition to the beauty, culture, and history of Spain's continental area, its many islands offer a completely different holiday experience. Filled with their own unique attractions, Spain's Canary, Balearic and Atlantic islands are wonderfully diverse destinations. When you visit any Spanish islands, make sure your adventure is off the beach, outside the resort areas, and get to know the local culture and natural beauty. For sightseeing ideas, check out the list of the most beautiful islands in Spain below.
Formentera is the smallest island of Balearic, lies just south of Ibiza, and is known for its very laid-back vibe. You can get to Ibiza in a 40-minute ferry ride, and you’ll find a veritable island paradise, one where time almost stands still.
People come to Formentera to relax, spend time lounging on one of its beautiful beaches and bathe in its sparkling crystalline waters. No wonder Formentera’s beaches are regularly voted the best in Europe, also ranking in the top ten worldwide.
The first thing to do when arriving on the island is to go straight to the beach. Here you’ll find dream-like coves, such as Caló d’Es Morts and Cala Saona, or several beaches like Ses Ilosystem and Es Migjorn. Whichever place you choose, they all share the same fine white sands, crystal clear blue and turquoise waters that stretch to the horizon, and a sense of peace you’ll feel as soon as you touch your finger feet touch the sand.
Since Formentera is a top vacation destination, it’s also famous for day excursions from Ibiza. It’s easy to get around with a scooter or rental bike to explore the charming villages and beautiful beaches, then stop for delicious Mediterranean cuisine at one of many great restaurants. It’s a place you’ll have a hard time leaving behind.
Location: About 6 kilometres south of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea
Formentera. Photo: homeiswhereyourbagis.com
Formentera. Photo: itinari.com
Majorca, also known as Mallorca, is the largest island in the Balearic Islands, Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea. The island’s capital is Palma, and it’s where millions of tourists visit and start their adventures every year. Many resorts on the Palma coast offer affordable, all-inclusive vacations to European tourists who visit each summer.
Skip the beach resorts like Palma Nova and visit Posada Terra Santa, a splendid 26-room boutique hotel in the heart of quaint Palma. It’s in a restored palace with Gothic vibes, a short stroll from the city’s astonishing 13th-century cathedral. There’s a small spa and a heated swimming pool, and it’s home to one of the best restaurants in Palma, La Despensa Del Baron. The restaurant is famous for its family-style meals and tapas.
The building dates back to the 16th century, but the couple who own and operate the hotel has been refurbished completely with all modern luxury amenities. A stay here allows you to discover the rich history of this Spanish island.
Location: East of Ibiza and is part of the Balearic Islands
Majorca. Photo: handluggageonly.co.uk
Majorca. Photo: travelcounsellors.co.uk
As the largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a very famous holiday destination. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of West Africa, with beautiful beaches and outstanding natural scenery, including a dormant volcano (Spain’s highest peak). The island is also one of the most beautiful islands in Spain.
Tenerife still has beautiful historical sites of great artistic value, museums, and charming villages where you can meet locals and chat with them.
Vibrant beaches with fine golden sands and calm waters lie in Tenerife’s main tourist centers. But there are also quieter beaches, further from the towns, dotted along the coast. Some have dark volcanic sands or are formed into magical natural lakes and ponds protected from the waves. Any choice is perfect for enjoying a great day at the beach.
Location: Canary Islands, Spain
Tenerife. Photo: flytap.com
Tenerife. Photo: tripsavvy.com
Ibiza is a great Mediterranean destination where you can let your hair down and enjoy the laid-back hippy atmosphere of fashion and street markets, relax on a Balinese bed by the sea or watch the sunset kissing surrounded by beautiful scenery. Ibiza is so authentic that it combines the world’s best nightlife with a UNESCO World Heritage town and a Biodiversity Reserve.
There are many ways to experience the coast of Ibiza – the beaches of Cala d’Hort, opposite the beautiful nature reserves of Es Vedrà and Es Caló d’es Moro, with one of the most admired sunsets on the island. The rocky shores of Ses Variades are filled with lively bars and nightclubs. Coves such as Tarida, Jondal, Conta, and the beaches of Sesame Salines, d’en Bossa, or Cala Llentía, with their cliffs, are considered the Stonehenge of Ibiza.
Ibiza’s unique natural environment is also home to landscapes of interest. The Benimussa valley and El Pla de Corona plain stand out for their rural charm. In addition to the traditional country houses, lush olive groves, and vineyards, they are especially attractive in the winter when you can see thousands of ginkgo trees in full bloom, adorning the countryside with their lush greens pure white flowers.
Location: Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast, Iberian Peninsula
Ibiza. Photo: vi.m.wikipedia.org
Ibiza. Photo: sworld.co.uk
Also known as the ‘continent in miniature,’ Gran Canaria is famous for its stark contrasts. On a single day, you can enjoy the marvelous beaches surrounded by dunes and climb the pine-covered peaks of the Canary Islands, with their greenery striking against the dark ground of the volcano.
Along the way, you’ll encounter steep ravines, valleys, dramatic rock formations and craters, amazing cliffs, and more. Incredible places you can see from hiking trails. Or you can also see the island by car or public transport, as Gran Canaria has a well-protected road network.
Like the other Canary Islands, it is blessed with an enviable climate, an eternal spring that invites you to experience the rich natural and scenic diversity intensely. The vibrant, cosmopolitan city is home to one of the best gems the island has to offer, and that also surprises visitors.
Location: Canary Islands archipelago, southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura
Gran Canaria. Photo: cntraveller.com
The Balearic Island of Menorca could almost act as an antidote to the constant electronic beats of Ibiza or the busy, touristy streets of Mallorca. It retains a lot of its rural history, with whitewashed villages and a much slower pace than neighboring islands. The island deserves to be one of the most beautiful islands in Spain.
Take your time walking or riding along the Cami de Cavalls, a 185 km trail that goes all around the island’s coastline. The ancient trail, first created in 1330 to allow settlers to defend the island on horseback, is divided into 20 signposted sections. You can hike individually (each segment takes anywhere from 90 minutes to four hours) or do them all for the ultimate Menorcan adventure. There are many types of accommodation, from campsites to boutique hotels, located along the trail.
Stay overlooking Mahon Harbor in the Artiem Carlos boutique hotel. This adults-only hotel is close to Es Castell and a 10-minute drive from famous beaches, such as Punta Prima or Cala Mesquida. Only about 15 minutes from the airport, making your travel quick and easy.
Location: Mediterranean Sea, Spain
Menorca. Photo: sesmoreres.com
Menorca. Photo: purevacations.com
Lanzarote still manages to impress visitors every time, thanks to miles of picturesque beaches covered with warm, clear blue water. Beautiful beaches combine with some outstanding natural beauty, much of which was created by recent volcanic eruptions in the 18th century. You can hike or explore the caves created by lava flows.
On this biosphere reserve island, there are vibrant tourist areas and small villages where all is peaceful and quiet. The grand hotels and chalets of the seaside towns coexist with country houses, villas, and boutique hotels in charming inland villages.
Besides, you can also find the perfect revival in Lanzarote, on its marvelous beaches, relaxing in the sun on the white or golden sands, and cooling off in the crystalline turquoise waters. Many of the island’s beaches are perfect for smaller family members, as they are protected from waves and currents, as are natural pools that have formed in shelters from falling lava flows sea after the eruption.
Location: Canary Islands autonomous community, Spain
Lanzarote. Photo: viator.com
The island of La Palma, not to be confused with Las Palmas, the capital of the city of Gran Canaria, is another Canary island. It is the most northern and westernmost of the Canary Islands, making it the most remote. It’s a popular destination for stargazers, and there are many observatories here, along with strict light laws.
The landscape is beautiful, with mountains and forests, with breathtaking beaches. Much of the land is protected from development, and the entire island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Hotel Hacienda de Abajo is a luxury boutique hotel decorated in the style of the 17th-century sugar plantation it once was. It’s the historic Tazacorte neighborhood, and the hotel is a great base from which to explore the island. There are 32 rooms and suites, and each one is uniquely designed. The walled estate consists of four buildings surrounding an inner courtyard. Now overflowing with tropical plants and wildlife, it was formerly the estate’s orchard.
La Palma. Photo: Wikipedia
La Palma. Photo: vakantiehuizenlapalma.nl
Come to Fuerteventura to enjoy kilometer-long white or golden beaches with turquoise waters just a few hour’s drive from the main cities of Europe.
It is the perfect island to pack your bags and return home feeling relaxed and happy, with nearly 150 km of picturesque beaches surrounded by endless dunes. Small children can swim safely in the clear lagoons that form among the sands and natural reefs. In addition, there are unspoiled beaches, once the setting of major movie productions, or take a boat to a small island offshore for unforgettable moments.
Fuerteventura is also one of the biosphere reserves of the Canary Islands. Explore the austere landscapes inland and marvel at the beauty of rolling hills. Stop at villages where time moves at a different pace and discover the island’s history. Visit small, picturesque seaside towns where we can enjoy fresh fish and other delicacies of the local cuisine, such as the prestigious cheeses, which have a designation of origin, are internationally renowned, and have received countless awards.
Fuerteventura. Photo: vn.kayak.com
Fuerteventura. Photo: expedia.com.vn
The Atlantic Islands offer incomparable landscapes and are home to important biodiversity, both on land and at sea. Explore the beaches, cliffs, lighthouses, and trails in this protected natural space that draws visitors from all over the world to the province of Pontnticra.
Ons Island boasts five beautiful pristine beaches. On the north side of the island are Melide Nude Beach, the largest beach on the island, and As Dornas. Area dos Cans beach, which is most popular with visitors, is home to the anthropomorphic mausoleum of A Laxe do Crego, a rock accessible at low tide. The other two beaches are Canexol and Pereiró beaches. Access license.
This mostly uninhabited island is a protected national park but can be visited by private boat or ferry. You can even camp overnight, rent a minimalist cabin, or stay in a single guesthouse. Ons Island in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Pontnticra in Galicia, in the Northwest corner of Spain. On the island, there are marked trails where you can walk, run, bike, and bird-watching. There are many virgin beaches where you will likely find yourself completely alone. The island has a restaurant and guesthouse located near the ferry terminal called Casa Acuna.
Location: Coast of Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
Ons Island. Photo: erasmusu.com
Ons Island. Photo: etheriamagazine.com