The Canary Islands or the Balearics? How to choose
Both the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands welcome lots of tourists throughout the year, but each group of islands has its own quirks and features that distinguish them. So how do you choose which one to visit? Let’s weigh up some of the best features before you decide!
The Canary Islands
A special style of cooking potatoes, a cactus garden and simple pleasures such as being able to enjoy a movie outdoors all give the Canary Islands their own flavour. Combine these with the warm weather and you have an extremely pleasant break.
Traditional wrinkled potatoes and ‘mojos’ in Lanzarote
Starting with the Canary Islands and some of the quaint traditional dishes, wrinkled potatoes are one of the most appetising. These potatoes are cooked in salt with their skins left on and served with ‘mojos’ (sauces). Dishes like this make Lanzarote a perfect destination for foodies to try something new.
Taking a walk around the Canary Islands’ very own cactus garden
The work of a famous artist from the Canary Islands, César Manrique, Jardín de Cactus, in Lanzarote, is a manmade cactus garden with truly spectacular scenery. The garden was Manrique’s final project and features more than 1,100 species of cacti.
Enjoy a film under the stars at Europe’s only permanent outdoor cinema
Make the most of Gran Canaria’s warm evenings and beautiful sunsets by seeing a film at the Moonlight Cinema. Only 40 minutes by car from the popular resort of Playa del Inglés, you can catch the latest blockbusters. Waiting staff will serve you at your seat and there are duvets available for snuggling under on chillier nights,
Spend an afternoon at a local market in Tenerife
Whether you want to find special trinkets or experience the buzz of a Spanish food market on your Tenerife holidays, La Recova is full of treasures. At La Recova you’ll find local produce, freshly cut flowers and a flea market. Locals and visitors to the island alike enjoy a jaunt to this market which is approximately just an hour on the bus away from popular resorts like Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos.
The Balearic Islands
That’s a lot to compete with but the Balearic Islands won’t be beaten easily. The islands boast their own experiences and adventure, allowing you to take something special away with you from your holiday.
Find peace and tranquillity in Ibiza
Ibiza might have earned a place on the map for happening nightlife, but just a few kilometres away from all the action sits the tranquil rock island Es Vedrà. The unbeatable scenery of this mystical island makes for an exceptional day out. The island is one of Ibiza’s best kept secrets.
Adventure among the trees in Majorca’s Jungle Parc
Tightrope walk, swing and even cycle between trees at the Balearic Island’s biggest tree adventure park. Challenge yourself by taking on both the explorer and the extreme circuit in one go!
Eat fresh in Majorca
Majorcan cuisine focuses on using foods that can be grown and harvested on the island. The dish pa’amb oli made with Ramallet, a tomato native to the island, is a local favourite. Pa’amb oli is a delicious Majorcan bread with garlic, tomato, olive oil and sometimes cured ham or cheese.
If you’re seeking adventure from your holiday destination, the Balearic Islands are the place for you with tree climbing and many other adventurous activities. Pack those relaxation shorts and T-shirts for the Canary Islands if culture and chilling out are your main holiday priorities.
Choose your island and plan your Spanish island getaway. You can book a stay on the one you didn’t visit next time!