Family Holidays in the Spanish Islands8 December, 2011
With the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping, you may be looking for inspiration for your next exotic escape; if this is the case, consider a holiday to the Spanish islands. With plenty to offer, from amazing family holidays in Majorca to chilling out in Formentera and going wild in Ibiza, it could be the perfect destination.
Whether you’re looking for fun, relaxation, a family break or a sightseeing tour, the Spanish islands are an excellent holiday destination. The islands have similarities and an inherent sense of Spanish culture, but they are all different and offer breaks to suit tourists of all ages with a range of different interests and expectations. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect island escape:
The Canary Islands
Tenerife is the most popular island of the Canaries and it has plenty to offer, from lively bars and nightclubs to exclusive boutique hotels and stunning scenery. Los Cristianos holidays are ideal for families and those looking to chill out and catch some rays, while Playa de las Americas offers revellers an impressive choice when it comes to a night on the tiles. Tenerife is paradise on earth for sports lovers and beach bums, offering a range of water sports and activities, from beach yoga to windsurfing.
For those looking for a quieter break, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are ideal destinations. There are seemingly endless hours of sunshine, beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, and these islands provide the perfect base for exploring traditional Spanish culture, sampling delicious cuisine and discovering secluded coves and volcanic beaches. Both islands are very family-friendly and have all the amenities and facilities you could wish for.
Lanzarote offers all the hustle and bustle of Tenerife while maintaining a degree of exclusivity and there are myriad of towns which have been untouched by tourism.
No trip to Lanzarote is complete without a visit to Mount Timanfaya, an active volcano, complete with spouting geysers and the opportunity to enjoy food cooked on lava grills. The hair-raising bus journey up the impossibly narrow, winding roads is well worth braving to enjoy the view and a unique barbeque experience!
The Balearic Islands are often regarded as the party islands, thanks to Ibiza’s reputation for hosting some of the wildest club nights in the world. Ibiza is heaven on earth for clubbers and those looking to live it up and let their hair down, but the quieter towns in the north and east provide the perfect base for families and older travellers who are looking to wind down and relax.
Ibiza Town and its many white-washed houses glimmer in the sunshine and you can take a day trip to meander through the narrow alleys, barter at the street markets and sample some authentic tapas. Just a short trip from Ibiza, the island of Formentera is a bohemian paradise, which is quickly becoming a major tourist attraction.
Majorca is an ideal family holiday destination, with plenty to keep everyone happy, from water sports and mini golf, to water parks and boat trips. Neighbouring Menorca is a very sophisticated island and it is an ideal retreat, with plenty of secluded spots, exclusive villas and boutique hotels on offer to allow you to escape the masses and embrace the peace and quiet.
If you’re starting to think about your next holiday, look no further than the Spanish islands; with sunshine, sights, shopping, sweeping beaches and stunning sunsets, you couldn’t wish for more.