Spain has two very different groups of islands, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The Balearics feature beautiful coves with crystal-clear waters, forests of Mediterranean pines and Mallorca’s surprising Serra de Tramuntana. They also offer a diverse cultural legacy representing the various Mediterranean peoples settled here.
The Canary Islands, located off the West Coast of Africa, are characterised by ancient laurel woods to the north and dry volcanic terrain to the south. The island of Tenerife is home to Spain’s highest summit, Mt. Teide (elevation 3718 m). Known for their black sand beaches, volcanic formations and subtropical climate, the Canary Islands offer striking diversity in terms of micro-climates, flora, fauna and terrain.