Spain has more than 30 islands. They are world-famous for their wild parties, crystal clear waters, and stunning landscapes. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and stay hydrated! Here are a few of our top favorites:
Ibiza is one of the most popular Spanish islands to visit. Not only is it one of the most famous party destinations in Europe, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient Phoenician ruins. The Ibiza town itself is a charming old city with a medieval cathedral. Luckily for you, Citylife Madrid organizes trips here every year!
If you’re looking for a break from Ibiza’s wild nightlife, Formentera is a peaceful getaway that’s only 30 minutes away by ferry. The island is almost completely flat so it’s perfect for exploring by bicycle or moped.
Mallorca is another popular vacation spot in Spain. If you’re looking for artistic inspiration, painter Joan Miró had his studio in Mallorca and it’s been preserved exactly as it was when he worked there. Aside from crystal-clear waters and craggy cliffs that are perfect for rock-climbing, the capital, Palma, boasts a gorgeous Gothic cathedral.
Famous for its raucous pre-Easter festival Carnaval de Santa Cruz, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and home to Spain’s tallest mountain, Mt. Teide. It has the same temperate climate all year round, so there’s never a bad time to visit.
Lanzarote’s striking landscape was formed by volcanic eruptions in the 1700s. It’s an excellent island for sporty types as it’s easy to spend the whole time there surfing, mountain-biking, and exploring the vast Cueva de los Verdes, a 3000-year-old cave.
Known for its stunning black sand lava beaches, Gran Canaria is sometimes called a miniature continent for its diversity in climate and landscapes. Nearly half of the island is a nature preserve and it has beautiful rock formations and an archeological park with ancient cave paintings.
Located off the coast of Alicante, this little gem boasts excellent snorkelling and even better chiringuitos (beach bars). Only 45 minutes by boat from the Alicante harbor until you’re beachside feasting on paella, a local specialty.