The British are agreed: Spain is their favourite place to take a break. But Spain is a country of many different destinations: which part is best?
Many prefer like the idea of an island holiday, in which case your choice is clear – it’s got to be the Canaries or the Balearics. The Canaries form a group of seven main islands, and five tiny ones. Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are the name of he main and most visited ones. They all sit in the Atlantic. The Balearics consist of four islands – Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, which are set in the Mediterranean sea.
But which should it be? Let’s see which is best whether you’re travelling as a family, aiming for the parties or a nature lover.
The best group of islands for a… family
The Canaries boast family friendly attractions like Loro Parque Tenerife, a great park filled with hundreds of tropical birds, Siam Park, also in Tenerife, which is a water park that’s always a great hit with the kids, and Sioux City Gran Canaria, a Western theme park that has something for everyone. The beaches of the Canary Islands are definitely family friendly. 43 of them are Blue Flag certified, meaning they are clean and well kept, and in addition, many are of black sand, an intriguing change from the usual golden colour.
The Balearics, in contrast, do have those golden sands, and can boast 60 Blue Flag beaches. They also have plenty of family friendly attractions too. Try Artestruz Mallorca, an ostrich farm where you can actually ride the huge birds, Jungle Parc Mallorca with lots of adventurous (but safe) tree top walks and zip wires, or go to the ever popular Katmandu Park, a theme park which is also found in Mallorca.
The best group of islands for a… partygoer
Balearic island holidays are famous amongst clubbers for their clubs that attract the biggest and best DJs – they even have a kind of electronic trance music named after them, the Balearic beat.
But that’s not to say that the Canaries are a let down in the partying stakes. Each island has plenty of vibrant clubs to dance all night in, plus pubs and bars for pints and cocktails to get you started. Don’t forget your favourite hangover cures!
The best group of islands for a… nature lover
You may be surprised to find out that both of these groups of islands have quite breathtaking nature and boast nature reserves and rare species amongst the man made attractions.
The Canaries gives you the inactive volcano, Volcan el Tiede in Tenerife, an opportunity to go hiking to the Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria to check out the mountain scenery, or a day in the sand dunes in Corralejo in Fuerteventura.
Over at the Balearics, you can take a train right through the mountain scenery between Palma to Soller -no need to walk – or visit the Sa Dragonera Nature Park in Mallorca, so named because of the many wild lizards you’ll find there.
So, which should it be? Only you can decide, but we have no hesitation in agreeing that Spain is the place to be this summer!