It’s that time of year that we are looking to escape to cold and search for some sun. What better place to look than Spain?
Most airports within the UK have an airline that flies to Spain. However, Spain is a big place and has a lot to offer.
Mainland Spain is great for it’s mountains and capital cities with lots of history to offer. But what I’m talking about is the perfect place to relax. What makes Spain a fantastic place to travel to is there are so many islands to choose from the escape the hectic life here at home.
Baleric Islands Vs the Canary Islands
When it comes to picking a place to go it can be difficult. They all have so much to offer but for me, it depends on who you are going with.
The Balearic Islands lie off the coast of Eastern Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Majorca Also known as Mallorca is the biggest of the islands. I have been here many times as a child.
The island is home to Palma. A beautiful city with the most amazing Cathedral and to get lost in. With lots of history and great places to eat and explore the marina its great for a city trip with some sun. Of Course, this is also where the airport is for the island so super convenient for a quick trip.
If you are wanting to stay a little longer then you can find plenty of last-minute cheap holidays to the coastal areas such as Sa Coma known for its family hotels and beaches. This is where I stayed as a child and have some fond memories of the locals and amazing stretch of beaches.
Alcudia is a short drive from Palma and another historically beautiful town. It has great beaches and another popular holiday destination for families. It has bars for adults to go for drinks and watch the sunset and activities for the children such as the pirate shows.
The island is very popular with sports lovers too. Its mountainous landscape gives it the most amazing views and nature to explore. Of course, let’s not forget these are the Balearic islands. And being an island they are all great destinations for any lovers of watersports and fishing activities.
Spain: The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a different set of Islands belonging to Spain that are in the Atlantic ocean West of Spain. They are Northwest of the coast of Africa. These islands are well known for their blank sands beaches and winter sun. In the cold months here in the UK these are the warmest of the Spanish islands. Lots of British own holiday homes here and you can grab very cheap flights out during the year.
The three popular destinations are Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote. All islands are of volcanic nature and so gain lots of interest from archaeologists.
Lanzarote attracts professional windsurfers from around the world and has some of the best beaches for water sports lovers. I have visited this place on a couple of holiday with my partner and enjoyed exploring the island and its a diverse island.
On another trip, this time with girlfriends, I visited the island of Tenerife. This is definitely a more lively island with more bars and attractions for families in my opinion. With the biggest water park in Europe and several resorts for different tastes, It’s a great all-round island.
The last of the islands is Gran Canaria. As much as I have never been here before, it is a very popular resort. With one of the biggest gay pride events in the year, thousands flock to the island to experience the party culture, beaches and Spanish culture.
* This post is part of a paid campaign with the Spanish Tourist Office #SpanishIslands, although all opinions are my own
Spain is such a lovely country with so many different places! Love visiting x
I love the Canary Islands, I’m desperate to go back x
I’ve never been to Spain, but it’s very high on my bucket list – I would love to go next year!
I love the canary Islands! Spain in general is incredible, I love going!
Erin || MakeErinOver
I’ve been to spain a few times but I’m genuinely not a fan of hot weather so I would rather go somewhere cold hahah x
I always holiday in Spain, we took the kids to Majorca and they loved it and we are plannng on visiting Lanzarote next as I loved it last time I visited x
I’ve never been to Spain, not even the mainland haha! I don’t know why it’s never been on my agenda but this has really made me want to visit – the Canary Islands are calling me!
Beth x Adventure & Anxiety