The Canary Islands are a volcanic archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, south-west of Spain and north-west of Africa. Amongst Spain’s farthest-flung territories, the Canaries are directly in front of Morocco’s coast and are approximately four hours flight from the United Kingdom.
The Balearic Islands are positioned in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Approximately two hours’ flight from the United Kingdom, the Balearic Islands are a convenient short haul destination offering sun, sea and sand galore.
Balearic Islands by a fingerbreadth. In terms of convenience, the Balearic Islands can’t be beaten.
Known as the ‘islands of eternal spring’, the Canary Islands generally experience warm summers and mild winters, with an average of 24C and 17C respectively. Boasting over 3,000 hours of sunlight per year, the islands are considered the sunniest part of Europe, with the largest amount of daylight hours.
The Balearic Islands enjoy a temperate, Mediterranean climate. Even in high summer, temperatures are not excessive (averaging 28C in July and August), owing to the cooling influence of the sea. Between June and August the islands average around 11 hours of sunshine a day, with spring and autumn seeing milder conditions for those who prefer to play it cool.
Although both sets of islands enjoy enviable climates, the Canary Islands can’t be beaten with their gorgeous year-round sunshine.
The Canaries are renowned for their dramatic scenery and spectacular volcanic landscapes, with dark volcanic sand beaches offering an intriguing alternative to its golden sand dunes. Tenerife offers a mix of beaches including the spectacular black sand beach, El Bullullo, while Fuerteventura is famed for its perfect surfing conditions and endless stretches of golden sand dunes.
The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera, is well-known for its pristine, whitewashed beaches, while Menorca offers a great mix of pine forested landscapes and spectacular underwater scenery with crystal clear waters.
Draw. Both sets of islands offer diverse beaches for sun-bathing, relaxation, watersports and families…basically if you like beaches, you won’t be disappointed.
Canary Islands holidays in Lanzarote are a great choice for families as it has something for everyone. With stunning surroundings, gorgeous national parks and decades of holiday history, it’s no wonder why so many visitors flock to its shores every year. The family favourite of Costa Teguise is one of Lanzarote’s most loved destinations, offering beautiful beaches, plenty of activities to try and brilliant, warm, Spanish sunshine.
For a family holiday, look no further then Menorca. Families enjoy the quiet beaches here, including favourites Son Bou and Cala’n Forcat, with plenty of historical and interesting activities to keep everyone entertained.
Meanwhile, for secluded stretches of soft sands and plenty of family-friendly hotels, C’an Pastilla in Majorca has your name on it.
Both sets of islands offer fantastic family-friendly getaway…we’re calling the Canary Islands due to the sheer otherworldliness of Lanzarote’s volcanic landscapes.
The Canary Islands offer a range of vibrant resorts with great nightlife – Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria offers the ideal evening buzz for group getaways with its plethora of clubs, restaurants and bars, you can be sure that if you’re looking for a wild break with plenty of stories to tell once it’s over, holidays to Gran Canaria won’t disappoint.
For a nightlife that is considered legendary, holidays in Ibiza are perfect for you. Hosting some of the world’s most famous DJs under the bright lights of the world’s most famous clubs, this much loved island will allow you to experience for yourself the buzz and glamour that so many party-revellers search for!
Based on the fame of Ibiza, we have to go for the Balearic Islands for nightlife!
Which set of islands reigns supreme?
Trying to choose our favourite set of islands is like trying to choose our favourite child…impossible! Both sets of islands offer fantastic beaches, mild climates, glorious sunshine and a range of activities for all ages…so we’re calling this a draw.
Which island is for me?
The largest and most populous of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a veritable paradise. With 350 kilometres of coastline, two world heritage sites and a national park, there is more than enough in this delightful Spanish island to satisfy its 10 million annual visitors.
Rolling landscapes and endless ocean vistas make Gran Canaria is a popular draw for travellers, while its exuberant nightlife and animated cultural allure make it the perfect escape for families, friends, couples and solo travellers seeking that iconic Canary Island experience.
Renowned for its white sandy beaches and spectacular volcanic backdrop, Lanzarote is the perfect year-round holiday destination. The easternmost of the Canary Islands, holidays in Lanzarote offer the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation with sun-drenched beaches, an array of watersports, vibrant nightlife and volcanic landscapes that have to be seen to be believed.
Mountains, monasteries, sand and sea – Majorca is the jewel in the crown of the Balearic Islands, beckoning you to make it your next romantic port of call. Outdoor adventurers will revel in the endless winding trails through rising forests and soaring waves, and the aspiring culture connoisseur will be thrilled with the myriad of historical delights and the vibrant, festive atmosphere which makes Majorca holidays so distinct and memorable to travellers worldwide.
If you’re craving a holiday which delivers something a little different and brings you closer to the heart of the action, then this iconic island is for you. Whether surfing deep blue waves or the enthusiastic crowds at the next indie gig, Ibiza holidays have everything to offer. Radiating a captivating energy which has lured travellers back again and again, this lively region also offers blissful, beautiful escapes too – so couples, families, and friends can take in the best that the beach has to offer!
Renowned for its gentle, rolling countryside, azure waters and soft, white beaches, Menorca holidays are perfect for families, couples, friends and solo travellers alike – so why not begin your getaway by staying in one of its charming coastal villages before venturing inland to explore its vast prehistoric and historical cultural treasures?
If you’re looking for some blissful basking on a serene, sun-soaked shore or you fancy plunging into the azure waters of the Balearic Sea, then Formentera is the place to be. The Carthaginians found it first, the Romans loved it, and then the rest of Europe joined in and cultivated its lush inland rolling hills, making it the fertile “granary” of the Balearics. Now its rugged coastline is just as eclectic with a festive allure sure to enthral throughout the year!
Have you been to the Canaries or Balearics? Which set of beautiful islands gets your vote? Comment below!