Ibiza’s reputation as a world-class clubbing destination needs no introduction, but don’t worry if trance and techno aren’t your bag – there are club nights of every genre here on this hedonistic Mediterranean island. You don’t have to be up to the wee hours every night either as there are plenty of glamorous beach clubs, like Ushuaia, which let you dip your toes in the action and see some top DJs as the sun goes down.
Aside from the clubbing, Ibiza has a burgeoning food scene which encompasses everything from great value traditional tapas bars to the most expensive restaurant in the world, Sublimotion. Many restaurants, such as Blue Marlin, serve lunch and dinner to some slick background beats, meaning that you can start dancing straight after dessert.
Meanwhile, Ibiza Town has plenty to keep you occupied during the daytime, from its panoramic Old Town (Dalt Vila) to its colourful hippy market dating back to the 70s when Ibiza gained its reputation as an artistic haven. This reputation lives on today, so take the chance to visit Ibiza’s countless galleries dotted around the island for an insight into this eclectic art scene.
You don’t have to be a flora-and-fauna fanatic to appreciate Gran Canaria’s natural beauty. With over 500 beaches, peaks that touch almost 2000m and Sahara-style dunes, Gran Canaria is often referred to as a ‘miniature continent’ thanks to its diverse dramatic scenery. Explore it via the island’s multitude of bike trails or by hiking through the countryside. Don’t miss the chance to trek up to the Roque Nublo (Cloudy Rock), one of the world’s most famous monoliths. Named after its tendency to disappear among the clouds, this huge freestanding boulder sits within a lunar landscape that really does make you feel like you’re on another world.
Relax after your exploration back in vibrant Las Palmas, the ideal base for looking around the island. Here the cobbled streets run between Spanish colonial-style houses and shaded squares, yet just 20 minutes away you’ll find awe-inspiring natural wonders like the Caldera de Bandama, an epic 200-year-old volcanic crater. For days spent in the city, head to the older Vegueta Quarter for the most picturesque historic buildings, including the 16th century cathedral, and the best boutique shopping Gran Canaria has to offer.
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Seemingly bypassed by mass tourism, beautiful Menorca is all about the beaches. From hidden coves to endless stretches of golden sand, the scenery here is as unspoilt as it is idyllic, so the best way to while away the time here is lazing around admiring it. Even compared to the other islands, life on Menorca seems to unfold at a staggeringly slow pace. Days here are spent splashing around in the crystal clears waters of Menorca’s many beaches or pottering the island’s abundance of prehistoric sites dating back to the Bronze Age.
Concerned that this all sounds a bit strenuous? Don’t be. Thanks to the island being predominantly flat, it’s great for not only walking but also cycling regardless of your fitness level, meaning that you can spend some time in the saddle without even breaking a sweat. If you do need to cool off however, order a pomade – one of the island’s traditional drinks made with Menorcan gin, lemonade and lots of ice. Lip-smackingly refreshing.
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Family friendly Tenerife is popular for a reason. Aside from the guaranteed sunshine, what this island promises is variety. Tenerife offers everything you could possibly need for a beach holiday – buzzing resorts, historic cities, sandy beaches, pretty countryside, quaint villages, a thriving restaurant scene and the largest mountain in Spain, Mount Teide. Unbeatable walks through the Parque Nacional del Teide allow you to explore this dormant volcano, as well as a convenient cable car which takes you straight up to 200m just below the summit. On the eastern coast, take a walk around the puzzling Pyramids of Güímar, six pyramids shrouded in mystery which have baffled archaeologists for centuries.
Tenerife also offers something which none of the other Canary Islands do: Carnival. Tenerife’s version is the second biggest carnival in the world, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro, with a quarter of a million partygoers descending on the island’s capital of Santa Cruz every year. Since the 80s, every carnival has been themed, with each year starting with the selection of the Carnival Queen on the Wednesday, and finishing with the ‘entierro de la sardina’ (burial of the sardine) – the traditional ceremony marking the end of the festivities. Keep an eye out for the special carnival events for kids designed so that little ones can also come along and enjoy the party.
Majorca combines the best of both worlds: beautiful beaches, picture-perfect scenery and enough buzz to keep you entertained. It’s therefore, perfect for couples looking for scenic spots offering a little seclusion without being completely cut off from the island’s nightlife. Majorca’s romantically rugged north coast, for example, is a great compromise, where the coastline encompasses secret coves and dramatic cliffs alike. Hotspots like Port de Pollença are on hand for a bout of beachside bar action, while a seven-mile walk around the bay will take you to the Formentor peninsula, where you’ll find deserted beaches and rolling countryside.
Meanwhile, back in the south, the sophisticated capital of Palma has everything you’d need for a stylish city-break. Climb the charming, cobbled streets of the Old Town and you’ll encounter La Seu, Palma’s must-see gothic cathedral dating back to the 13th century. From here, escape back to the beach on the vintage wooden train which trundles its way through verdant mountains and fragrant orange groves to the picturesque seaside town of Sóller. Perfect for a romantic day trip to the beach – just don’t forget your camera to capture some of Majorca’s most stunning landscapes.
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Often described as the most unspoilt of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote isn’t dominated by high rises like its neighbours. Thanks to the campaigning of architect and environmentalist César Manrique, the island retains much of its traditional white-washed charm. Manrique’s former house, which was built within a lava bubble to capitalise on Lanzarote’s volcanic landscape, still remains open today offering a fascinating insight into this visionary designer.
This untouched landscape makes Lanzarote perfect for sporting escapes. Windsurfers, kiteboarders and surfers of all abilities flock to the island every year, drawn by its breezy beaches with ideal conditions for riding the rolling Atlantic waves. Below the surface, Lanzarote’s crystal clear waters are renowned for their excellent visibility, drawing in divers from around the world. There are over 350 different varieties of fish which have been spotted in amongst the surrounding coral reefs so you can be rest assured that diving trips offer plenty to see.
Back on dry land, Lanzarote’s quiet roads and gorgeous scenery make it ideal for cyclists. Those who don’t want to be confined to the roads can tackle the network of over 200km of cycle routes including inviting dirt trails and challenging off track courses. But if all this activity sounds like too much exertion, there’s plenty to keep you entertained on lazier days, such as the biggest outdoor market in the Canaries, Teguise Market – the perfect place for some serious shopping.
Author: Georgie Lane-Godfrey
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With a sandy beach on its doorstep and the nightlife of San Antonio just a 15- minute walk away, the Alua Hawaii Ibiza is ideally located to enjoy Ibiza’s world-famous party scene.
Situated on the sand of Las Canteras beach, the Hotel Reina Isabel rooftop pool and restaurant sits over a state-of-the-art spa offering complete relaxation.
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