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Offshore Destinations: 5 Spanish Islands Offering a Taste of Paradise
17 January 2018

When it comes to incredible locations, Spain boasts its fair share. From the bustling streets of Barcelona to the historical landmarks of Córdoba, the Iberian Peninsula is packed with impressive sights. But the beauty of Spain isn’t confined to the mainland - step offshore and you’ll discover a plethora of stunning islands just waiting to be explored. With such a great variety to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. That’s why, in today’s article, we’ve done the work for you - giving you our top 5 Spanish islands that offer a taste of true paradise.

1. Mallorca

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For holidaymakers in search of Mediterranean retreats, Mallorca offers one of the best. A sun-soaked island surrounded by deep azure seas, the beauty of Mallorca draws in a wide variety of visitors - from older couples to young families. Whether you simply want to kick back and relax on one of its many beaches or you’re keen to explore its breathtaking landscapes by private car, you can do Mallorca your own way - and that’s part of the reason this stunning place appeals to so many. But no matter which way you choose to experience this island, the splendour of its shores will stay in your mind for years to come.

2. Ibiza

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Often touted as the party capital of Europe, Ibiza holds a special place in the heart of party-goers across the globe. But scratch below the surface, and you’ll find this island also boasts quiet coves and towns - which makes it ideal for visitors not interested in indulging in Ibiza’s mega-clubs. From iconic Mediterranean architecture and crystal-clear waters to freshly caught cuisine and colourful markets, the White Isle is much more than just its all-night parties, and a short break here will undoubtedly win you over.

3. Lanzarote

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Lying off the west coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are a crown-like archipelago proving increasingly popular with holidayers hunting for year-round sunshine - and Lanzarote is one of its jewels. With a whole raft of places to explore, activities to dive into and beaches to relax on, this small island is brimming with potential for visitors from all walks of life. Whether you’re taking snaps at the extraordinary Timanfaya National Park, walking around a modern art museum or sitting poolside in a private villa in Lanzarote, there’s plenty to do while you’re here. And with palm trees aplenty, teal seas and long stretches of pristine white sand, this island really does feel like heaven on earth.

4. Formentera

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Though it’s the smallest of the Balearic Islands - at only 20km in length - Formentera doesn’t lose out on any of the appeal its neighbours have, with its size making it perfect for shorter breaks. This island is only a short boat ride away from Ibiza, or slightly further from Majorca and Spain’s west coast, which makes it ideal for a day trip or as an additional destination following your holiday. Its main draws? Some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Europe, a laid-back vibe and detachment from the outside world. If you’re looking for a haven to recharge your batteries, the sleepy island of Formentera is perfect.

5. La Gomera

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Last but not least, the lesser-known island of La Gomera is the second smallest in the Canary Island chain. It’s slightly harder to get to - the easiest way being a ferry from Los Cristianos in Tenerife - but the journey there is well worth what you’ll find once you’ve arrived. Large, otherworldly mountains, lush green valleys and hidden villages are scattered across this secluded gem. La Gomera offers a total escape of reality, where you can explore to your heart's content and never know what you’ll find around the next corner.

Whether you’re travelling with family, friends, a loved one or going solo, Spain’s islands offer a taste of paradise for everyone. And no matter your preferred flavour, you’ll definitely want to come back for more - so consider stepping away from the mainland on your next holiday to Spain.

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