Many people look to the delights of mainland Spain when considering a move abroad, with the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol still extremely popular with expats. However, let’s not forget Spain’s many islands, which each offer their own unique lifestyle and landscape.

There are, of course, many to choose from, but we’ve whittled down the list to feature five of the best.


The largest of the 4 Balearic Islands, Majorca has been popular as a tourist destination and with those looking to buy abroad. The capital, Palma de Mallorca, is a historic city with a stunning cathedral, lovely beaches and plenty of ameneties. Palma de Mallorca is Spain’s 3rd largest airport and offers straight flights to the UK and other destinations. There are ferries from Barcelona and Denía in mainland Spain.



Majorca’s smaller neighbour, the island of Menorca is the first place in all of Spain to see the sunshine each day. Compared to its neighbour, Menorca remains relatively unspoilt and is home to stunning coastline and countryside. There is a large expat community there, plenty of amenities and opportunity to rent property to tourists.



The island of Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and has an average temperature in January of 22º. Costa Adeje is a popular place for holidays with plenty of amenities and things to do. It’s a typical Spanish town with beautiful colonial buildings, historic landmarks and several stunning beaches. Tenerife South Airport is well connected and just a 4-hour flight from the UK.



Ibiza isn’t just a party island! There is plenty on the ‘white isle’ for families and expats alike. There is a golf course close to Santa Eulària and a beautiful marina. Santa Eulària town offers great shopping opportunities and is an artists’ paradise. There is a pretty promenade with a variety of restaurants, and it is said that some of the best food on the island is to be found here. The nightlife is much quieter there than in other resorts but some bars do offer live music in the evenings.



Lanzarote is shifting towards an eco-friendly, upmarket island with little over-development, and is popular with expats. Lying just 15 minutes from Lanzarote Airport, Costa Teguise has plenty of attractions including a golf course, and Playa Bastian is a must-visit beach. The old fishing village, Pueblo Marinero was designed by Lanzarote’s famous artist, César Manrique, and where you can enjoy the many restaurants and bars as well as doing some shopping. The weekly market is located there on Fridays.


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