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Islands near Barcelona

Spain has a lot of islands to discover and some are really close to Barcelona, even if not so close, they are not so far away from this city. So when you come here for 2 weeks, you may consider visiting one of those islands but if you plan to stay for a full month minimum, I will recommend you absolutely to discover at least one of them.

Once there, don’t stay only on one of its beaches but also visit some towns/villages, its fauna… there are so much beautiful things to discover, of course, it is totally up to you.

If you need suggestions, take a look on the following lists, there are more islands than you may think. The closer ones are:

  • Mallorca, some nice things to discover include the Seu cathedral, the Royal Palace of Almudaina, landscapes of Manacor…
  • Menorca, play adventurer and walk on old ruins, archeology sites, the convent built during the 15th century…
  • Ibiza, don’t miss the fabulous sunset located at Es Vedrá, a nature reserve park of this island.
  • Formentera, it can only be reached by Ibiza to discover beautiful cliffs for example.
  • Cabrera, accessible only from Mallorca, the island was an old base of the pirates between the 13th and 14th centuries and declared as maritime national park in 1991.

The 3 first islands are very famous for its nightlife, particularly Ibiza, and very expensive during summer time. To go there, take a flight or the ferry, if you opt for one of them, I recommend you to read Ferry for Balearic Islands.

Like said above, not close but not far away neither but to go to one of those following islands, you will need to take a plane from Barcelona:

  • Tenerife, discover fantastic volcanic landscapes, the 4000 meters high of the Teide peak… a great place to do trekking.
  • Lanzarote, declared as biosphere reserve by UNESCO, discover fabulous lunar landscapes, the Timanfaya national park, the tunnel of Atlantis…
  • Fuerteventura, a great place for surfers where you can walk on its volcanic black beaches and why not, go quickly to Morocco since it is just at around 100 km.
  • Gran Canaria, considered as a miniature continent due to the different climates and landscapes like its dunes of white sand, its green ravines…. A third of its surface is declared as UNESCO biosphere reserve.
  • Hierro, only accessible from Tenerife or Gran Canaria, to discover a quiet island but a very nice one declared as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.
  • Gomera, only accessible from Tenerife, has preserved the traditions of the pre-hispanic culture, an interesting travel in the past.
  • La Palma, declared as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, is one of the islands with the major wooded surface.

Those islands are the most famous spanish ones where you will discover all those things I just described but also beautiful beaches so it is really up to you between enjoying a quietly beach day or sweating as an adventurer.