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12 Best Spanish Islands (2020 Guide)

12 Best Spanish Islands (2020 Guide)

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Want to visit the Spanish islands? Here’s a list of the 12 Best Islands in Spain to visit in 2020 with photos & more details about each one.

Menorca

Menorca is one of the main islands in the Balaeric archipelago, located east of Mallorca. The island is known for its untouched nature and beautiful landscapes. It has a slow pace and rural vibes that make it a great place to go for a relaxing vacation.

Despite its natural beauty, there are fewer tourists coming here, and there are plenty of hidden gems and beautiful calas to explore. Additionally, Menorca is renowned for its Megalithic stone monuments that date back to the Talayotic culture.

Furthermore, the island has a rich flora and fauna with over 900 types of flowers recorded. It also features a diverse birdlife, which makes it an ideal destination for birdwatching.

Menorca

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Cies Islands

The Cies Islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, and while they are relatively unexplored by international tourists, it’s a local favorite in the northwestern part of the country. 

The archipelago has been declared a Nature Reserve since 1980 with a rich marine life. Monteagudo is the main island of Cies and it has daily connections with the ports of Vigo during the summer months.

This is also where you can soak up the sun at Praia das Rodas, which has been named as the best beach in the world.

Rodas Beach Cies Islands

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Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of my favorite islands in Spain. I love the volcanic landscapes and the charming houses that have been designed by the local artist César Manrique.

It’s one of the major islands in the Canarian archipelago and it boasts some spectacular scenery that ranges from black sand beaches to volcanic vineyards and desertlike moon landscapes. 

Lanzarote Vineyards

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La Gomera

La Gomera is a small island with a diameter of just 25 kilometers but still, there are over 600 kilometers of trails where you can go hiking. This is also where you can experience the whistling language that dates back to the indigenous people.

The landscapes are full of spectacular sceneries and picturesque villages with traditional architecture. Furthermore, the island is home to Garajonay National Park which has a laurel forest that dates back millions of years ago to the times when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

La Gomera

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Mallorca

Mallorca is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Spain with more than 10 million tourists annually. The capital, Palma de Mallorca is one of the largest cities in Spain and boasts some beautiful architecture and historic buildings, such as the La Seu Cathedral.

However, most tourists come here to enjoy the beaches and there are countless hotels and resorts to choose from. And while some claim that the island of Mallorca is too touristy, I can assure you that there are still hidden gems, away from the crowds. 

Some of the most charming towns in Mallorca are Valldemossa, Fornalutx, Bunyola, Deia, and Pollensa. The northern part of the island features spectacular scenery such as Cap de Formentor and the Tramuntana mountains.  

cap de formentor

Formentera

Formentera is the smallest of the main Balearic Islands in Spain. It can be reached by ferry from Ibiza and is best known for its pristine white beaches, such as Playa de Ses Illetes, which is often named as one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.

There is also a regular ferry service from the mainland. It’s very popular to go here in July and August, but I recommend that you travel here during the shoulder season instead. Formentera is best enjoyed with fewer tourists since it’s a small island.  

Formentera

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Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and home to the highest mountain in Spain. The island is a popular destination for beach vacations and it attracts tourists all-year-round due to its pleasant climate and warm temperatures.

There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tenerife, namely La Laguna and Teide National Park. Playa de Las Teresitas is also one of the most beautiful beaches in the Canarian archipelago. 

Tenerife

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Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is known for its large number of beaches and massive sand dunes. It’s also a popular destination for windsurfers and kitesurfers who come here from all over the world. 

It’s the second-largest island of the Canary Islands with a total area of 1,660 square kilometers (640 sq mi). Fuerteventura is also one of the oldest Spanish islands, and it was formed after a volcanic eruption some 20 million years ago.

Visitors can enjoy almost endless strips of sand with beautiful backdrops. La Concha, El Caserón and Corralejo are some of the best beaches on the island. Additionally, it’s also a popular diving destination with several diving schools across the island. 

Fuerteventura

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Ibiza

Ibiza is one of the most famous islands in Spain, especially renowned for its nightlife and clubs that attract celebrities and some of the best DJ:s in the world. However, there’s a different side to Ibiza as well with pristine nature and beaches. 

A large part of Ibiza is protected from development and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has been settled since at least the 6th century when Phoenicians came here. 

Even if you’re not a fan of partying from evening to early mornings, Ibiza is one of the most beautiful islands in Spain. If you travel here during shoulder-season, there are fewer tourists and lower prices on accommodation as well.  

Ibiza beach club

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El Hierro

El Hierro is one of the smallest islands in the Canarian archipelago. Throughout history, it has been known as the Meridian island, and today it’s a tourist destination that has maintained its traditional look and vibes.

Despite its small size, El Hierro holds a World Biosphere Status by UNESCO, and there are a total of 46 diving sites where divers can explore the rich marine life. Furthermore, it’s the only Spanish island that is 100% self-sufficient with renewable energy. 

El Hierro

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La Palma

La Palma is one of the most beautiful islands in Spain and part of the Canary archipelago. It’s a volcanic island that is known for its untouched nature and various hiking trails.

It’s nicknamed Isla Bonita or Isla Verde in Spanish, where the former means “Beautiful Island” and the latter meaning “Green Island”. Some of the best places to visit in La Gomera include the Los Tilos Forest, Volcano Route, Puerto Naos (black sand beach), Santa Cruz de La Palma, and Fuencaliente Salt Pans. 

It’s also an epic place for stargazing, and La Palma is home to one of the best renowned astronomical observatories in the world, the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory.

La Palma

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Gran Canaria

Last but not least, Gran Canaria, one of the most iconic Spanish islands and a long-time favorite among international tourists and locals alike. Most of the tourist towns are located in the south of Gran Canaria where the climate is warm and sunny year-round. 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital city of the Canary Islands and there are plenty of interesting places to visit in Las Palmas. Additionally, there are several beaches such as Playa Amadores, Anfi Beach, and Puerto Rico beach. 

Furthermore, the island features some spectacular scenery with everything from massive sand dunes to beautiful mountains and valleys. 

Gran Canaria

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More info about the islands in Spain

The most popular Spanish islands are located in either the Balearic archipelago or the Canary Islands. They attract millions of visitors every your, both local and international tourists. However, there are several smaller islands in Spain that are less famous with fewer tourists. 

Mallorca and Tenerife are the largest Spanish islands by size and population together with Gran Canaria. The Canary Islands are situated west of the African continent, but are still part of Spain, although the Province of Canary Islands is an autonomous community.

Murcia, Andalusia, Galicia, Cantabria, and Asturias, as well as the Basque Country, are some of the other regions in Spain where you can find several Spanish Islands.

How many Spanish islands are there?

There is a total of 164 islands in Spain where the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are seen as the main island groups. 

Spanish islands map

Which Spanish island has the best beaches?

Formentera is home to the famous Playa de Ses Illetes, but there are several islands in Spain that have beautiful beaches. Mallorca, Menorca, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Tenerife are some of the Spanish islands with the best beaches.  

What are the names of the 4 Balearic Islands in Spain?

Officially, there are 12 Balearic islands. The 4 major Balearic islands are Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. 

Other Spanish islands that are worth visiting

  • Illa de Arousa
  • La Graciosa
  • Cabrera
  • Alegranza
  • Isla de Tabarca
Other islands in Spain

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List of all islands in Spain

Cantabria and Galicia are the two autonomous communities that have the largest number of islands in Spain.

Island Autonomous Community Province
Isla de Ízaro Basque Country Vizcaya
Garraitz Basque Country Vizcaya
Santa Clara Basque Country Guipúzcoa
Aqueche Basque Country Vizcaya
Txatxarramendi Basque Country Vizcaya
Villano Basque Country Vizcaya
Isla de los Faisanes Basque Country Guipúzcoa
Montehano Cantabria Cantabria
Santa Marina o Los Jorganes Cantabria Cantabria
Pedrosa Cantabria Cantabria
Virgen del Mar Cantabria Cantabria
Isla del Castro Cantabria Cantabria
Isla de San Pedruco Cantabria Cantabria
Isla de la Oliva Cantabria Cantabria
Isla Conejera Cantabria Cantabria
Urros de Liencres Cantabria Cantabria
isla Sarnosa o Castru los Carneros Cantabria Cantabria
Isla de Mouro Cantabria Cantabria
Castril, Amío o Mío, Las Lastras de Pechón Cantabria Cantabria
La Pasiega o Solita Cantabria Cantabria
La Torre Cantabria Cantabria
Peñón de Moja el Rabo Cantabria Cantabria
Ratones o Marnay Cantabria Cantabria
Isla de la Horadada Cantabria Cantabria
Islote de Ansión Cantabria Cantabria
Isla Segunda Cantabria Cantabria
Isla Casilda Cantabria Cantabria
Neptuno Niño Cantabria Cantabria
Oriñón Cantabria Cantabria
Castro Cantabria Cantabria
Cuarezo Cantabria Cantabria
Llera Cantabria Cantabria
Águila Cantabria Cantabria
Suaces Cantabria Cantabria
Garfanta Cantabria Cantabria
Isla de la Hierba Cantabria Cantabria
La Campanuca Cantabria Cantabria
Deva Asturias Asturias
Pantorgas Asturias Asturias
Islas de Póo Asturias Asturias
Isla Herbosa Asturias Asturias
Isla del Castrón de Santiuste Asturias Asturias
Isla del Forcón Asturias Asturias
Isla de Borizo Asturias Asturias
Isla del Carmen Asturias Asturias
La Islona Asturias Asturias
Isla de Tapia Asturias Asturias
Isla de Veiga Asturias Asturias
Isla Ballota Asturias Asturias
Illa de Arousa Galicia Pontevedra
Islas Cíes Galicia Pontevedra
Ons Galicia Pontevedra
Isla de Sálvora Galicia A Coruña
Isla de La Toja Galicia Pontevedra
Islas Sisargas Galicia A Coruña
Isla de Cortegada Galicia Pontevedra
Isla de Onza Galicia Pontevedra
Isla de Tambo Galicia Pontevedra
Islas Estelas Galicia Pontevedra
Isla Coelleira Galicia Lugo
Isla de Tourís Novo Galicia Pontevedra
Islas de San Pedro Galicia A Coruña
Islas Sagres Galicia A Coruña
Isla de Vionta Galicia A Coruña
Isla de Toralla Galicia Pontevedra
Isla da Marma Galicia Pontevedra
La Toja Pequeña Galicia Pontevedra
Ansarón Galicia Lugo
Guidoiro Areoso Galicia Pontevedra
A Creba Galicia A Coruña
Lobeiras Galicia A Coruña
Centoleiras Galicia A Coruña
Beiro Galicia Pontevedra
Farallóns Galicia Lugo
Guidoiro Pedregoso Galicia Pontevedra
Malveiras Galicia Pontevedra
Isla de Os Forcados Galicia A Coruña
Isla de Santa Comba Galicia A Coruña
Isla de Noro Galicia A Coruña
Islas Briñas Galicia Pontevedra
Isla de La Rúa Galicia A Coruña
Isla de San Simón Galicia Pontevedra
Isla de Area Galicia Lugo
Isla de Pombeiro Galicia Pontevedra
Isla de Santa Cruz Galicia A Coruña
Isla del Penedo da Ínsua Galicia Lugo
Isla Herbosa Galicia A Coruña
San Clemente Galicia Pontevedra
San Vicente Galicia A Coruña
San Antón (Pontevedra) Galicia Pontevedra
San Antón (La Coruña) Galicia A Coruña
Pancha Galicia Lugo
Gavoteira Galicia A Coruña
Isla de Santa Catalina Ceuta Ceuta
Isla Canela Andalusia Huelva
Isla de La Gaviota Andalusia Huelva
Isla de Saltés Andalusia Huelva
Isla Mayor Andalusia Sevilla
Las Palomas Andalusia Cádiz
Isla de León Andalusia Cádiz
Trocadero Andalusia Cádiz
Sancti Petri Andalusia Cádiz
San Andrés Andalusia Almería
Terreros Andalusia Almería
Isla Negra Andalusia Almería
Alborán Andalusia Almería
San Sebastián Andalusia Cádiz
Piedra Salmedina Andalusia Cádiz
Piedra del Hombre Andalusia Cádiz
Isla Mayor Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla Perdiguera Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla Grosa Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla del Ciervo Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla del Fraile Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla de Mazarrón Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla de Escombreras Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla del Sujeto Murcia Región de Murcia
Rondella Murcia Región de Murcia
Las Palomas Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla Plana (Cartagena) Murcia Región de Murcia
Isla de Tabarca Valencian Community Alicante
Islas Columbretes Valencian Community Castellón
Benidorm Valencian Community Alicante
Portichol Valencian Community Alicante
Descubridor Valencian Community Alicante
Medas Catalonia Gerona
Port Lligat Catalonia Gerona
Encalladora Catalonia Gerona
Isla de S’Arenella Catalonia Gerona
Isla del Castellar Catalonia Gerona
Islas Formigues Catalonia Gerona
Isla de Buda Catalonia Tarragona
Isla Massa d’Or Catalonia Gerona
Mallorca Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Menorca Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Ibiza Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Formentera Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Cabrera Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Isla Dragonera Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Isla de Espalmador Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Isla de Colom Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Isla del Aire Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Isla del Rey Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Isla de Tosqueta Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Islote de Binicodrell Balearic Islands Islas Baleares
Tenerife Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Fuerteventura Canary Islands Las Palmas
Gran Canaria Canary Islands Las Palmas
Lanzarote Canary Islands Las Palmas
La Palma Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife
La Gomera Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife
El Hierro Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife
La Graciosa Canary Islands Las Palmas
Alegranza Canary Islands Las Palmas
Lobos Island Canary Islands Las Palmas
Montaña Clara Canary Islands Las Palmas
Roques de Anaga Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Roque de Garachico Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Roque del Este Canary Islands Las Palmas
Roques de Salmor Canary Islands Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Roque del Oeste Canary Islands Las Palmas
Islas Chafarinas Plaza de Soberanía  
Islas Alhucemas Plaza de Soberanía  
Isla de Perejil Plaza de Soberanía  

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