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Spain’s Secret Islands

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Benjamin Kemper of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 9: Cabrera is where Mallorcans go to unwind when there’s trouble—or simply too many tourists—in paradise. But visitors to this scrubby, uninhabited islet six miles south of Mallorca weren’t always so tame: Previous denizens have included Berber pirates, French prisoners of war, Spanish soldiers, and misbehaving monks. Aside from a crumbling 14th-century castle and a far-flung lighthouse (a four-hour hike from the harbor), the human footprint here is next to nil. Keep your eyes peeled for rare wildlife such as the Balearic shearwater and Lilford’s wall lizard. Note to prospective overnighters: There are only 12 beds on the island (available in the no-frills Cabrera Hostel), and they fill up quickly.

We know you’ve heard of clubby Ibiza and its more cosmopolitan sibling, Mallorca. Maybe Gran Canaria rings a bell for its wispy sand dunes, or Menorca for its bohemian beaches. But Spain presides over more than 60 islands, a mix of virgin nature reserves, uninhabited islets, and honeymoon-worthy oases—and most fly completely under the radar. To truly get away from it all, look beyond Spain’s usual suspects and discover one of these lesser-known escapes.

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