The Undiscovered Islands of Spain: A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Want a True Taste of Island life? Explore these Undiscovered Islands of Spain

What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life than by taking a vacation to one of Spain’s many beautiful, pristine islands? From the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, to the gorgeous Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, each group of islands offers a unique, yet equally stunning paradise. We’re sure you’ve heard of the famous party island of Ibiza, and the popular resort islands of Majorca, Minorca, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, to name a few. However, there’s a whole network of undiscovered islands as well! If you’re looking for a truly serene and stunning nature escape away from charted territory, these off-the-beaten-path islands are for you, no matter what time of year it is!

El Hierro (Canary Islands)

The smallest of the Canary Islands, this island remains nearly unscathed by tourism. With UNESCO protected forests and crystal clear blue waters, it’s a dream destination for nature lovers. Go to the natural pools in the tiny village of La Maceta, or go paragliding over the vast green and blue landscape. As if you don’t have enough reason to visit, it also offers amazing scuba diving! In the island’s quaint main village of La Restinga, you’ll find a range of dive centers to choose from.

Cabrera (Balearic Islands)

Need a vacation from your vacation? Hop on a boat from Majorca and head to Cabrera National Park! Located 11 miles south off the coast of Majorca, the exclusive natural island is limited to a maximum of 200 visitors a day (or 300 in August). The tiny island is actually the largest member of an archipelago, made of 19 islands. Characterized by bright blue crystalline water and mountainous landscape, this island is as untouched as it gets! Visit the island and learn about its vast variety of flora and fauna, or go to one of its underwater aquariums and immerse yourself with the fish! To arrive, you can either take an excursion from Majorca’s Colonia de Sant Jordi, or get a special permit to sail to the island independently.

La Gomera (Canary Islands)

Exotic black sand beaches and crystal clear waters, La Gomera is Canary Island’s second smallest island. Marked by the spectacular volcanic mountains of Garajonay National Park, whose highest mountain reaches 4878 feet, the landscape is truly breathtaking. We recommend taking a hike on one of its many mountainous trails, where you’ll find endless jaw-dropping views of the vast Atlantic Ocean. When you’re ready to head back to civilization, go to the charming capital village of San Sebastian de la Gomera, or the tiny fishing village of Playa de Santiago.

Cíes Islands (Galicia)

Coined “the islands of the gods” by the Romans, this archipelago in Galicia is made up of three gorgeous Atlantic islands off the coast of Vigo. Visit Rodas Beach, a strip of sand that connects two of the islands, deemed by many as “the best beach in the world”. The list of outdoor activities in this national marine park are endless; from diving with playful arroaces, a small dolphin native to the area, to overnight camping on the islands. To get there, you can take a ferry from Vigo.

So, who’s ready to escape the stress of every day life and find peace on a secluded island? Keep your watches at home…you’re on island time now!

Written by: Casie Tennin July 12, 2017

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