Everyone knows that Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Spanish islands are no exception, due to the variety of outdoor activities and sightseeing possibilities they offer. Here are some islands which are worth travelling to.
Photo Credit: Siam-Park-Tenerife_Canary-Islands_Spain-Adeje__DSC_0705-580x388 by Public Domain Photos, on Flickr
Tenerife is a part of the Canary Islands, an area which is famous among tourists for its resorts and pleasant weather. You can visit Tenerife with Monarch airlines with direct flights from London and other airports across the UK . There are many beaches and diving spots to check out, such as the beach located in the town of El Medano, which is very close to the airport. The beach also boasts with several bars, fishing spots, and kite surfing activities. Families can also stop by Siam Park in Tenerife, a water park filled with slides, an artificial pool for surfing, and even an aquarium. Finally, tourists who want to go hiking can tackle Mount Teide, a volcano over 3000 m, located in Las Canadas National Park.
Photo Credit: Ibiza and Formentera August and September 2011 by victoriapeckham, on Flickr
Known worldwide for its nightlife, it is no wonder that Ibiza is very popular. However, there is more to this island than drinks and clubs. There are many places where you can shop for clothes and handmade jewelry, such as the so-called “hippie markets” El Canar or San Carlos. Every day there is a different market open for business, so you will are bound to find something that will catch your eye in each one.
Also, Ibiza is the ideal spot from which you can go island hopping and check out some of the smaller and quieter islands such as Formentera, which has its own beaches (don’t be surprised if you see people who prefer nude sunbathing). You can travel to Formentera via ferry, or you can even rent a jet ski.
Photo Credit: Windsurfing La Gomera by Kailos (TremendoViaje.com), on Flickr
La Gomera is a smaller island which is a part of the Canary Islands. However, unlike some of its neighbours, this island manages to avoid large crowds. For this reason, tourists who are looking for some peace and quiet will find that this destination fits them like a glove. Tourists who choose to travel to La Gomera go by plane from one of the larger islands, or by ferry (the fastest alternative). But, if you are determined enough to set aside some extra time for travel, you can sunbathe and eat traditional dishes in La Gomera’s family-run restaurants.
Hiking, cycling, whale watching, and fishing are the main activities which you can enjoy on this island, which favours daytime as opposed to the nightlife. It is a suitable destination for families with young children, honeymooning couples, or simply people who wish to escape a stressful environment.
Photo Credit: Los Lobos & Lanzarote from beach by Andy_Mitchell_UK, on Flickr
Another member of the Canary Islands, Fuertaventura is known for its strong winds. For this reason, the island is popular among kite surfers and wind surfers (especially in July, when the P.W.A. world windsurfing event is held). El Cotillo Beach is a great place to go wind surfing, as well as the isolated Cofete Beach (if you are an experienced wind surfer, that is).
Nonetheless, beach holidays are still possible here, with around 50km worth of sandy beaches and around 25km of black beaches. Black beaches such as Ajuy Beach and Los Molinos are more popular for their geographical peculiarities and volcanic sand, but they are still worth visiting and photographing. There are a couple of nudist beaches in Fuertaventura, such as Alzada and Playa de Oliva. There are no signs which mark these areas as nudist beaches, but rest assured that they are separated from family-friendly areas.
However, if you’re not interested in nudist beaches and water sports, there are many other beaches you can go to, such as Corralejo Beach (which has many restaurants and life guards) and Costa Calma Beach (now a resort with many shops and bars to stop by).
As you can see, whether you are a water sport enthusiast, or you simply want to sunbathe uninterrupted, you can certainly find the Spanish island which will suit your needs. There are many types of activities available in each place, from hiking to jet skiing, which means that these islands are bound to be popular for years to come.