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10 Spanish islands to add to your bucket list


Spain is a favorite tourist destination among those looking for paradise-like islands that offer sunny beaches, vibrant night life and scenic landscapes.

Widely regarded as Spain’s party capital, Ibiza is famous for its night clubs and parties. But there is more to this gorgeous island. It also offers clean and refreshing beaches and a carnival-style market where tourists can shop for handicrafts and enjoy fresh seafood. A boat ride to the Cova de Can Marca cave should be on your things-to-do list.

La Gomera

Home to awe-inspiring mountaintops, picturesque villages and lush green valleys, La Gomera is an ideal island getaway for hikers and walkers. Although it is a relatively small island, Gomera has excellent year-round climate and is only a ferry ride away from the nearby island of Tenerife.

Fuerteventura

With over 150 beaches to explore and frolic in, Fuerteventura makes for an exceptional tourist destination. The island is a popular kite and wind surfing destination and was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2009. The island is only 62 miles (100 km) from the African coast, leading to similarities in landscape and the local architecture.

Gran Canaria

Home to one of the country’s and world’s most popular beach holiday destinations – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – this picture postcard island boasts majestic sand dunes and mountains, and offers hiking, snorkeling, golf and surfing opportunities.

Minorca

If all-night parties and crowded beaches aren’t your thing, head to Minorca. Also called Menorca, this lovely island may be relatively less developed, but its crystal-clear azure seas and golden unspoiled beaches promise a remarkable holiday experience. It even throws in a bit of history for the interested tourist – there are pre-historic monuments dating back to 1300 B.C.

Tenerife

Another island that offers great nightlife and some spectacular beaches, Tenerife is quite popular among tourists. It has some outstanding diving sites and offers activities like surfing, parascending, windsurfing and jet-skiing. It houses the highest peak in Spain, which can be reached on a cable car.

Lanzarote

Belonging to the Canary Islands archipelago, Lanzarote has a dark and brooding quarter – dominated by a volcanic eruption that took place in the mid-18th century; there are still 300 volcanic cones on the island. It is another of Spain’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserves but also offers tourists great beaches, gourmet restaurants and museums and art galleries.

Formentera

An ideal place for vacationers who want a bit of peace and quiet, this is a small isle south of Ibiza that is well known for nude sunbathing. Its clear blue waters and soft sandy beaches are a delight to wallow in; however, it can get crowded between July and August.

Majorca

Boasting a dramatic coastline, Majora is Spain’s largest island and has some of the best beach resorts in the country. Be sure to visit the island during its annual jazz festival, which is held on the east coast. The landscape is dotted with small mountain towns, wineries and monasteries, so keep some time aside to go exploring.

La Palma

Called “The Beautiful Island,” La Palma is closer to Morocco than Spain and has some of the world’s strictest light pollution laws, meaning it is an ideal spot to go star-gazing at night. Guided tours to the largest crater in the world – in the center of the island – is another experience you don’t want to miss, as are its clean beaches and green forests.