The Canary Islands, located off the western coast of Morocco, 700 miles south of the mainland, offers travelers an incredible variety of attractions. From lava fields and volcanic craters, immense Saharan sand dunes, agricultural terraces, lush tropical forests, a snow-capped mountain, black-sand beaches and white-sand beaches, big cities and nonstop resort life to peaceful villages and secluded coves and enclaves.
In spite of the tropical location, the seven major Canary Islands keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter with help from the gentle tradewind breezes ? keeping the temperature in the 70s year-round.
The Balearic Islands off the eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea consist of three major islands " Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca". Formentera is a small island south of Ibiza and Cabrera is a tiny island nature preserve with limited access by special permit.
Mallorca (Majorca): : Mallorca's scenery is unmatched by any other Mediterranean island. Roads wind along breathtaking coastal views, mountain ranges break up fertile plains; 74 beaches await you; and picturesque fishing villages, museums, monuments and nonstop nightlife complete the picture. Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearics, offers a remarkable selection of cultural and historical sights including the huge Gothic Cathedral, the Castle of Bellver and the Gothic Quarter. If you are in the market for pearls, you will find some of the world's finest on this delightful island.
Ibiza & Formentera: These small islands cater to the more avant-garde trendsetters and both are a haven for artists and non-conformists. You may not want to be part of the "latest scene," you might just like to observe! People-watching is the most popular pastime on the beaches, in the cafe and at the nightclubs.
Menorca: - This island offers a much quieter pace with some of nature?s finest forests, beaches and seasides the perfect location for a secluded, peaceful getaway. Some areas remain virtually untouched as many parts of the coast are accessible only by boat or difficult overland travel.