Canary Islands or Balearic? Which islands to visit if I travel to Spain

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Seeing the Spanish territory is a good idea at any time of the year. Of course, before you go, we recommend that you read our post with everything you need to know if you travel to Spain for the first time 🙂 . If you are passionate about the sea and the beach, surely you prefer to go in summer and visit one of its archipelagos, but, Canary Islands or Balearic?

Faced with this difficult decision, today we tell you all about these islands so recognized worldwide. Today we present the Canary Islands vs. the Balearic Islands. All that remains is for you to embark on the adventure and discover their magical corners for yourself. Let’s get started!

Sunny landscape in the Canary Islands

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, far from the Spanish mainland. This provides them with unique landscapes and different from the rest of the islands, as well as a subtropical climate and warm throughout the year.

The Canarian landscape is unique and diverse. There you will find paradisiacal beaches of white and black sand, rocky, with volcanic or wilder views. The most special are in La Palma, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Not for nothing are the Canary beaches considered one of the 5 best scuba diving sites in Spain.

Papagayo beach in Lanzarote

Besides visiting the coast, in the Canary Islands you can make the route through the Enchanted Forest, discover the National Parks or some volcanoes doing the route of the volcanoes in La Palma. It seems to be quite clear that the Canary Islands offer all kinds of activities, lots of fun and adventure at an economical price 😉 .

It is not surprising that your final destination is the island La Palma. In this Biosphere Reserve you can find the largest emerged volcanic crater in the world and one of the best starry skies.So, making the stargazing excursion is a sure hit 🙂 . Also, on this island there are 8 must-see places you have to see.

Starscape on La Palma

As a curious fact, thanks to the Canary Islands, Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas, one of the Spanish curiosities. So, before embarking on your adventure you can not miss a good typical dish, accompanied by a Canarian banana.

In this ring of Canary Islands vs Balearic Islands only you can decide which archipelago is the most suitable for you, after this information, have you already felt like visiting the Canary Islands? 🙂

Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are in the Mediterranean Sea, near the east coast and are Mallorca, Cabrera, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Its Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters make possible an annual stay full of outdoor activities. In addition to some dreamy landscapes ✨.

You’ll find white sandy beaches and clear, turquoise water. You’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean. Your experience on the coast can be unbeatable if you make the most of the best beaches and coves in Mallorca, but how? , we recommend you to do the snorkeling excursion in Mallorcaand practice coasteering.

Coasteering in Mallorca

In these islands there is not only coastline, in the north of Mallorca you will discover the Sierra de Tramuntana, which ends at the sea. And in Menorca you will discover unspoilt corners full of charm. To reach them, we recommend renting a motorcycle or car.

If you are looking for a party, on the island of Ibiza you will find it. Get ready to discover the best sunsets and to be accompanied by techno all night long. But if your soul is an adventurous traveler, what interests you most are the water and land activities you can do.

Bay in Mallorca Spain

Choosing between the Balearic or Canary Islands

Before a difficult decision, you need to be clear about your interests. You will know whether to go to Balearic or Canary Islands depending on what you want to do on your vacation. Of course, both destinations are a paradise, so whatever you choose, it will be an adventure 😉 .

If you are looking for 100% Caribbean beaches, in the Balearic Islands you have a lot to choose from, and maybe you enjoy more water activities, because of the transparent and turquoise water. Of course, you can also enjoy land activities.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a different adventure, unique and diverse, the Canary Islands will be your undoing, as you will find Caribbean, rocky and black sand beaches. You will practice both water and land activities and feel a lot of adrenaline 🙂 . On these islands you might enjoy more hiking through the volcanoes and forests. Besides, they are much more economical!

Cove in Menorca, Balearic Islands

Now that you know better these two archipelagos, choosing between the Canary Islands or Balearic will be easier, but you don’t have to deprive yourself of visiting both paradises, you always have time to travel to both 😉 Do you join the adventure? Do you already have your bags ready?


Lucia's life motto is "go with the flow". She lets herself go with the flow and joins any plan.

She has been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but her perfect trip is any place with sun, sand and sea. Indecisive by nature, she would not know how to choose between the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands in Spain, or between Mexican and Peruvian food. Maybe that's why she will never say no to a trip... She has to find answers!

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