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BALEARIC ISLANDS

The Balearic Islands lie off the east coast of mainland Spain in the Mediterranean Sea and are visited by all types on their Spanish holidays - royalty, the rich and famous, not to forget the ordinary "man-in-the-street".

They include three major islands - Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, all offering a good choice of vacation package Spain - plus three smaller ones - Formentera, Cabrera and Dragonera.

Mallorca is the largest, its capital Palma having a seafront location with a crescent of beautiful, white sand.

There are 76 beaches on the island and 35 of them possess Blue Flag status. Some of the more popular beaches for a holiday in Spain include Magaluf, Palma Nova, Cala San Vicente, Puerto Pollensa, Alcudia, Cala d Or, Ca n Pastilla and El Arenal.

Ibiza, with its white sands and clear blue waters tends to be known for its swinging night-life.

The longest, sandiest beach of the island can be found at Playa d en Bossa in the south and is perfect for families. San Antonio, in the north-west, is famous for its clubbing. More peaceful resorts for Spanish holidays include Portinatix, Es Canar and Santa Eulalia.

Menorca is the most serene of the islands with a rugged coastline of rocky coves and inlets. Mahon is the capital and harbor and beaches include Playa de Fornells, Cala Tirant, Cala Galdana, Santo Tomas, San Bou and Binebeca.

CANARY ISLANDS

The Canary Islands consist of 5 main holiday islands - La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote - plus the two unspoilt islands of Hierro and Gomera.

This archipelago is otherwise known as "The Land of Eternal Spring" because any time of the year is a good time to visit with guaranteed sunshine, virtually no rainfall and non-stop tourist activity. It is, in fact, located closer to Africa than the Spanish mainland and in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tenerife is the largest island and, with a lively tourist industry, is ideal for a vacation package Spain.

The volcanic crater of Mount Teide is its major landmark, which results in the beaches of Tenerife being black by nature, although there are several beaches consisting of imported sand from the Sahara Desert!

Some of the better-known beaches for a holiday in Spain include Playa de las Americas, with its hectic night-life; the more sophisticated resort of Los Cristianos; and the relaxed, shingle beach of Playa Paraiso.

Gran Canaria is another lively island with a swinging night-life. Its capital is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Las Canteras Beach has over 3 kms of golden sand and warm sea.

For those interested in windsurfing, world championships are held at Bahia Feliz and El Aguila Beach.

Fuerteventura is the "beachiest" of the islands for your Spanish holidays, and wonderfully peaceful and quiet. It has some marvellous white beaches at Playa Blanca and Corralejo.

Lanzarote also has some of the best beaches of the Canaries, from the coves around the Papagayo Peninsula to the pulsating lifestyle of the Puerto del Carmen area. Other resorts include Playa de los Pocillos and Matagorda.

La Palma is known as "la Isla Bonita" because of its immense natural beauty. However, the lush green of this island is as a result of it having a higher rainfall than the other islands! It is not a particularly "touristy" place and does not offer the typical vacation package Spain, but good beaches can be found at Los Cancajos, Puerto Naos and Tazacorte.