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30 Stunning Island Destinations to Visit in Europe

First Published on: 14 Jun, 2019   |  Last Updated: 20 Jun, 2019 By

Picture yourself waking up to the view of tranquil water of a beach, refreshing wine in your hand, the sunlight and a gentle breeze kissing your skin. You can almost feel it right? The best part is you can even experience it. From sunbathing at the beaches of Mykonos in Greece or relishing a good selection of local wines at Ischia in Italy, you can have varied experiences in the islands of Europe. Yes, Europe boasts some of the most beautiful Islands, a sight of which can remain etched in your memories forever and ever. If you feel like going on a holiday to Europe right away, make sure to add these island destinations in your places to visit list because you surely wouldn’t want to miss out on them when here.

Read the blog, be enlightened, choose a destination, plan a trip and Go!

GREECE

1. Corfu Island: To Spend Some Quality Time With Family Amid the Pristine Natural Beauty

Corfu Island

A luxurious island packed with dense vegetation, blue-flag beaches and unspoilt inland villages make Corfu one of the best tourist destinations in Greece. The place is perfect if you are planning for a beach holiday in Europe with your family. The island has a quaint winding streets, ancient monasteries, orthodox church, the island’s water park and more.

Places to visit:

  • Corfu Town- Venetian style buildings
  • Vlacherna Monastery
  • Monastery of Paleokastritsa
  • Saint Spyridon Church
  • Old Fortress
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Aqualand Park

Best time to visit: Even though there is never a bad season in the Mediterranean the best time to visit Corfu is either April and May or September and November.

Where to stay: For a luxury vacation with your family you can book your stay in Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa.

2. Santorini: For a Romantic Escape to Witness Exquisite Greek Beauty and Elegance

Santorini Island

This is one of the most popular beach islands in Europe and for a good reason. Nestled in the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is the epitome of Greek island perfection. With its dramatic volcanic sheer cliffs, whitewashed buildings, Cycladic-style houses and domed churches complimenting the azure sea make it one of the best island honeymoon destinations in Europe. Dotted with beaches, wineries, archaeological sites, museums and scenic spots, Santorini offers an amazing stay that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Places to visit:

  • Kamari Beach
  • Red Beach
  • Perissa Beach
  • Museum of Prehistoric Thera
  • Oia
  • Akrotiri
  • Santo Wines Winery
  • Venetsanos Winery
  • Vassaltis Winery

Best time to visit: Between late April and early November when the weather is perfect for sightseeing tour.

Where to stay: Imerovigli has the best hotels in Santorini, of all Grace Hotel Santorini has excellent services for a laid back holiday experience.

3. Crete: For Learning the Best of Greek Mythology and Indulging in Adventurous Activities

Crete Island

The largest Greek Island and also the most populated, Crete is yet another best islands in Europe which is suitable for all types of travellers. Whether you are on a family holiday, couples retreat or adventure vacation, Crete will give you the best experience. From beautiful beaches at Elafonisi to the ancient ruins like Ideon Cave (believed to be the birthplace of Zeus) there are several places in Crete which hold the evidence of Greek Mythology. Besides, if you are feeling enthusiastic about the adventure, you can indulge in hiking, rock climbing, bike riding, paragliding, canyoning and more.

Places to visit:

  • Elafonisi Beach
  • Plakias Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • The palace of Knossos
  • Voulismeno Aloni
  • Samaria Gorge
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • Diktaean Cave

Best time to visit: Crete is beautiful in all seasons so a trip can be planned at any time of the year.

Where to stay: For a luxury stay, Casa Delfino Hotel is the best accommodation in Crete and for budget travellers, Porto Veneziano Hotel is the ideal option.

4. Mykonos: For An Amazing Nightlife Partying and Revelry Experience

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If you are a party lover, head to Mykonos which has a reputation of being one of the top best party Islands in Europe. From enjoying the buzzing nightlife scene to sunbathing at the beaches, from witnessing the iconic architecture to trying out the unmatched Greek food, from visiting the museums to churches, you are going to have it all when on a trip to Mykonos for Europe Island vacation. Besides, it is even an idyllic destination for those who are looking for historical and cultural tours.

Places to visit:

  • Platis Gialos Beach
  • Ornos Beach
  • Kalafati Beach
  • Statue of Manto Mavrogenous
  • Aegean Maritime Museum
  • Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
  • Panagia Paraportiani
  • Paradise House Reef
  • Avli Tou Thodori

Best time to visit: Between April (Greek Easter) and October. However, the peak time is from mid-July until August.

Where to stay: Mykonos Blue, Mykonian Villa, Santa Marina Mykonos are some of the best accommodation options in Mykonos.

5. Milos: A Dreamlike Destination for Capturing the Best Shot of Nature

Milos Island

The most instagrammable spot in Greece, Milos is a beautiful western island of the Cyclades comprising most scenic beaches, clear waters, landscape, rock formations and what not. With over more than 70 beaches, Milos offers an interesting and unparalleled experience where you may beach hop and never get bored. It is here where you can witness waters of blue and green colours contrasting with white, pink and red rocks. Of all, Sarakiniko Beach is a sweet little swimming spot which is a must-visit. Besides, a visit to the archaeological sites and museums will let you learn about the history and culture of the place.

Places to visit:

  • Hillock Capital Plaka
  • Sarakiniko Beach
  • Agios Sostis Beach
  • Firiplaka Beach
  • Provatas Beach
  • Pollonia Beach
  • Archaeological Museum Milos
  • Sand Museum
  • Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos

Best time to visit: Between April (Greek Easter) and October. However, the peak months are between June and August.

Where to stay: Most of the best hotels in Milos are found in Adamas and Pollonia. Portiani Hotel in Adamas and Nefeli Sunset Studio in Pollonia are the best places to stay.

ITALY

6. Sicily: For Witnessing the Unique Italian Culture and Fascinating History

Sicily Island

If unique Italian culture is what you look to witness when on a vacation in Europe, head to Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Dotted with sand and pebble beaches, secluded coves, historical and archaeological sites, museums and churches, the island will let you experience slow pace of Mediterranean charisma. Also, just as vast as its coast, the inshore is laden with lush valleys, flowery mountain meadows and the enticing smokey hill of Mount Etna. Oh, besides the scenic beauty, food here is next level.

Places to visit:

  • Syracuse and Ortigia- Archaeological Park
  • Mount Etna
  • The Greek Theatre
  • Valley of the Temples
  • Calamosche Beach
  • San Vito Lo Capo Beach
  • Cefalu Beach
  • Mondello Beach
  • Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas
  • Museo Archeologico Regionale Pietro Griffo
  • Cathedral of Monreale
  • Cathedral of St. Agatha
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral

Best time to visit: The island can be visited at any time of the year. However, the best time is either between April and June or between September and October.

Where to stay: For a luxurious holiday experience in Sicily, stay at the San Domenico Palace Hotel. Hotel Villa Schuler and Rocca Castello B&B are also ideal options to stay.

7. Capri: For a Luxury Holiday, Shopping and Food Experience

Capri Island

You must have definitely heard about Capri as it is one of the best holiday places in Europe for a reason. From picturesque pedestrian-only streets to breathtaking steep cliff, from elegant villas to museums, from out of the world food to unbeatable shopping, it is Capri where you are going to get a not-to-forget travel experience. When in Capri make sure you do not leave the place without visiting the famous Blue Grotto, quaint piazzas and exclusive yacht clubs.

Places to visit:

  • Punta Carena lighthouse
  • Marina Piccola Beach
  • Marina Grande Beach
  • Palazzo a Mare Beach
  • Piazza Umberto
  • Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto)
  • Villa San Michele
  • Ignazio Cerio Museum
  • Charterhouse of San Giacomo
  • Giardini di Augusto
  • Villa San Michele
  • Monte Solaro

Best time to visit: The tourist season in Capri begins from Easter Holidays i.e., April to November.

Where to stay: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa and Anacapri are the best accommodation options in Capri.

8. Sardinia: For an Out of the World Beach and Adventure Experience

Sardinia Island

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In simple words Sardinia is MAGIC! Nestled in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is perfect if you are looking for a beach vacation in Europe. Witnessing the long white sand beaches meeting the clear turquoise waters, is simply a treat to the eyes and an experience to cherish for a lifetime. Besides exploring the beach beauties, you can even indulge in some of the adventurous activities. Being one of Europe’s last great island adventures, Sardinia will let you hike through the lush and silent interior of Tiscali’s Nuragic ruins, spider up the Cala Luna cliff, windsurfing and kitesurfing on Porto Pollo on the northeast coast, snorkelling at Cala Mariolu and what not!

Places to visit:

  • Cala Goloritze
  • Porto Istana Beach
  • Spiaggia del Principe
  • Cala Luna
  • Porto Pollo
  • Cala Marioulu
  • Basilica di Saccargia
  • Neptune’s Grotto

Best time to visit: The months between April and October is the best for planning a trip to Sardinia with July and August being the peak season as the weather is pleasant.

Where to stay: Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo & Spa and Hotel Marinedda Thalasso & Spa are the options you can choose to book your stay.

9. Aeolian Islands: For Sipping Honey Sweet Malvasia Wine and Indulge in Some Thrills and Spills

Aeolian Islands

Emerging out off the coast of Sicily, Aeolian Island is a beautiful collection of tiny volcanic islands including Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi. All the islands have a unique charm and are a magical outdoor that offers thrills and spills at every turn. Of all the seven mini-paradises, the island of Vulcano is said to be the chimney of roman fire god Vulcan. The stunning water of the beaches here gives a wonderful opportunity to the water sports enthusiasts to indulge in some water activities like swimming, sailing and diving and trekkers can climb the hissing volcanoes. Besides, one can even treat the taste buds by sipping honey-sweet Malvasia wine.

Places to visit:

  • Spiaggia Bianca
  • Sabbie Nere
  • Spiaggia Valle Muria
  • Cala Junco Cove
  • Scario Beach
  • Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano
  • Lipari Cathedral

Best time to visit: The months between April and late September is best to plan a trip to the Aeolian Islands. However, the peak tourist season in Aeolian Island is between June and August.

Where to stay: Therasia Resort Sea & Spa is the best place to stay where you can even indulge in healing spa treatment.

10. Ischia: For An Amazing Wine Tour and To Shop from a Variety of Handmade Pieces

Ischia Island

If you are looking for an Italian island destination without many hoards of people, head to Ischia. With calm sandy beaches, stunning landscapes, the popular fumaroles and warm thermal springs, Ischia is a perfect destination for beach lovers as well as those who love indulging in hiking. Also, Ischia has a number of vineyards where you can relish a good selection of local wines. The place is even good for shopping where you can buy customized sandals, handmade and hand-painted items.

Places to visit:

  • San Francesco Beach
  • Cartaromana Beach
  • Baia di San Montano
  • The Aragonese Castle
  • Cenatiempo Vineyard
  • Pietratorcia Vineyard
  • Casa D’Ambra Vineyards
  • Aphrodite gardens
  • Terme di Castiglione
  • Poseidon Gardens Spa
  • Sorgeto Hot Springs
  • Chiesa del Soccorso (Church)

Best time to visit: Ischia can be visited at any time between April and October. However, the weather in Ischia keeps on changing and one should expect both sunshine and rain no matter what the season is.

Where to stay: Grant Hotel Il Moresco is the best option to stay in Ischia.

SPAIN

11. Ibiza: For Partying, Spiritual Healing and Learning About the History and Heritage

Ibiza Island

Of all the islands, Ibiza, the White Isle is the closest to mainland Spain and have been a centre for the party lovers since 70s. The island is famous for its clubbing scene. However it’s not only about carousing, the island also has some of the best sun-kissed, pine-clad beaches where one can relax and enjoy a stress-free vacation. Besides this, this one of the best destinations in Spain is even good for a family vacation as the island has now also turned as the spot for spiritual holidays where you can practice yoga and meditation. Also, Ibiza gives one the opportunity to immerse in the island’s rich history and heritage by visiting Dalt Vila.

Places to visit:

  • Benirras Beach
  • Cala Carbo Beach
  • Cala Mastella
  • Sol d’en Serra Beach
  • Las Salinas Beach
  • Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Casita Verde
  • Bar Anita
  • Las Dalias (Night Market)
  • Punta Arabi (oldest and largest hippy market)
  • Dalt Vila
  • C’an Marça Caves

Best time to visit: The summer months between April and October is the best time to plan a trip to Ibiza as this is the time about fun which includes parties, slingshots, windsurfing, flyboarding, good food and so much more.

Where to stay: Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel is the best option to stay when on a vacation to Ibiza.

12. Majorca: To Witness the Combination of Nature and Culture

Majorca Island

When it comes to the Spanish Islands, Majorca or Mallorca is one of the must-visit places for a good reason. It has pristine beaches, stunning and secluded coves, churches, monasteries, traditional and charming villages. When planning to visit Majorca, you shouldn’t miss out on Palma, a medieval old town where exists a lively cultural calendar with a vibrant nightlife and top-notch dining. Also, for the best seaside holiday experience, do not forget to visit the glamorous Puerto Portals.

Places to visit:

  • Lluc Monastery
  • Playa del Arena
  • Cala Pi Beach
  • Cala Blava
  • Formentor Lighthouse
  • Alcudia’s Old Town
  • Puerto Portals
  • Monastery of Valldemossa
  • Nuestra Senora de los Angeles
  • Iglesia de Puig del Calvari

Best time to visit: The months between March and May and September and October are the best to plan a trip to Majorca.

Where to stay: AH Art Hotel Palma, Hotel Can Mostatxins and Viva Blue & Spa are some of the best options to stay in Majorca.

13. Tenerife: For Trekking, Hiking and Trying Out the Unique Wine

Tenerife Island

One of the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife has a lot more to offer than sunshine and beaches. Along with being a great place for nature lovers the place is even good for the trekkers and hikers. The dramatic landscape of Tenerife is dominated by Mount Teide volcano, but there are other mountain ranges, forests and rugged cliffs that give an amazing opportunity to the adventure enthusiasts who can hike and climb and get the best ever experience. Besides this, Tenerife is even home to five Michelin-starred restaurants and a number of vineyards that produce out of the world wines and one shouldn’t leave the island without trying it.

Places to visit:

  • Mount Teide National Park
  • Siam Park
  • Playa de Las Teresitas
  • Playa Bollullo
  • Playa del Pozo
  • Playa El Puertito
  • Loro Parque Zoo
  • Aqauland
  • Museum of Science and the Cosmos
  • Cueva del Viento
  • Piramides de Guimar Ethnographic Park

Best time to visit: The months between May and July are the best to plan a trip to Tenerife.

Where to stay: Royal Garden is the best option to book your stay when in Tenerife.

14. Formentera: For A Laid Back Holiday Experience and Witnessing the Best Nightlife

Formentera Island

Once a blissful quiet island, Formentera has today entered the list of must-visit European islands. With white-sandy beaches, crystal clear seas, and the yachting scene, this place in Spain is a getaway you can’t afford to miss. Besides chilling out on the beaches, cruising or trying out the water sport activities, one can enjoy nightlife at Neropaco. Formentera is only accessible by sea, so if you plan to visit Formentera make sure to avail the ferry service from Ibiza on a regular basis.

Places to visit:

  • Pilar de la Mola
  • Es Calo Beach
  • S’arenal Beach
  • Es Cavall d’en Borras Beach
  • Ses Platgetes Beach
  • Cala Saona Beach
  • Church of Sant Francesc Xavier
  • Sa Tanca Vela
  • Cap de Barberia Megalithic Settlement
  • Can Blai Roman Castellum
  • Cap de Barbaria Lighthouse
  • Punta de Sa Pedrera

Best time to visit: The months between May and November is the best to plan a trip to Formentera as the weather remains pleasant with limited rainfall.

Where to stay: Talaya Formentera is the best accommodation option to stay in Formentera.

PORTUGAL

15. Terceira: To Explore the Natural Beauty and Taste the Fresh Green Wine

Terceira Island

This might not be the most developed places in Portugal, but it is the awe-inspiring beauty and the warm hospitality of the people that will leave you wonderstruck here. Also, known as Lilac Island, it is home to Castelo de Sao Joao Batista where once Portuguese fought against the Spanish. With beaches, nature trails, gardens, wineries, Terceira let the tourists indulge in a number of things. Ah, a not-to-miss here is tasting green wine. You will be amazed at the freshness of this local speciality of Terceira.

Places to visit:

  • Prainha da Praia da Vitoria
  • Miradouro do Facho
  • Monte Brasil (Hiking)
  • Algar do Carvao
  • Serra de Santa Barbara
  • Duke of Terceira Garden
  • The Church of Sao Salvador
  • Ponta das Contendas Lighthouse
  • Serra Do Cume
  • Museu do Vinho in Biscoitos (Wine Museum)

Best time to visit: The months between May and October are the best to plan a trip to Terceira. However, the peak tourist season in the region is July and August.

Where to stay: Terceira Mar Hotel and Hotel Cruzeiro are the best hotels to stay in Terceira.

16. Faial Island: For Embracing the Tranquility and Relishing the Delicious Local Cuisine

Faial Island

Also known as the ‘Blue Island,’ Faial Island lies in the centre of the Azores group of islands. The island is dotted with three main tourist attractions including the magical volcanic craters, the sandy white beache shores and the town of Horta. All the three attractions are a must-visit that will let you lose yourself amidst the beauty of Faial Island. Also, the island offers a lot of activities to the tourists where one can relish the delicious local cuisine, explore the Caldeira do Faial and witness the ships sailing from a distance. Who would like to miss such a view? At least I won’t. If you are looking forward to something like this when holidaying in Europe, then don’t miss out on Faial Island.

Places to visit:

  • Miradouro de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao
  • Horta Regional Museum
  • Church of Nossa Senhora das Angustias
  • Nossa Senhora da Ajuda
  • Queijaria O Morro
  • Praia do Porto Pim
  • The Marina of Horta
  • Faial Botanical

Best time to visit: The months between May and October are the best to plan a trip to Faial Island with July and August being the peak tourist season.

Where to stay: Hotel do Canal and Patio Lodge is the best accommodation options in Faial Island.

17. Sao Miguel Island: For the Amazing Whale and Dolphin Watching

Sao Miguel Island

Home to the archipelago’s only major airport and cruise ship terminal, Sao Miguel is the largest one of all the islands of Azores group. The island is locally known as ‘green island,’ which could be easily figured out by its stunning views of its surrounding areas. Sao Miguel is renowned for its volcanic calderas, an abundance of mineral hot springs and a perfect place to unwind after a long tiring day. Besides this, tourists will even get an opportunity to indulge in whale and dolphin watching at any of the beaches of Sao Miguel Island.

Places to visit:

  • Miradouro da Vista do Rei
  • Caldeira Velha
  • Terra Nostra Park (Parque Terra Nostra)
  • Gruta do Carvao (Coal Caves)
  • Igreja Sao Sebastiao
  • Teatro Micaelense
  • Arruda Açores Pineapple Plantation
  • Pedras Negras

Best time to visit: The months between May and October is the best to plan a trip to Sao Miguel.

Where to stay: Azor Hotel and Pestana Bahia Praia are the two best options to stay in San Miguel.

18. Madeira: For Relishing Adventurous Activities and Enjoying the Best Road Trip

Madeira Island

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Yet another popular Portuguese Island, Madeira Island doesn’t only have beautiful beaches but also lush green dense forests as well that you can explore for hours without getting tired. These forests are home to large native trees which provide shelter to many native and migratory birds. Besides being a nature lover’s delight, Madeira Island has other great and exciting things to offer including horse riding, kayaking, paragliding, fishing and more. In addition to this, Madeira is the best place for road trips with well-paved roads that offer exceptional breathtaking views of the island.

Places to visit:

  • Madeira Botanical Garden
  • Ponta de Sao Lourenco
  • Sao Vicente Caves
  • Porto Santo
  • Porto Moniz Natural Pools
  • Monte Palace Tropical Garden
  • Cabo Girao
  • Madeira Botanical Garden
  • Levada Walks
  • Pico Ruivo

Best time to visit: Madeira is blessed with a mild climate throughout the year. However, the best months to plan a trip is between May and August.

Where to stay: The Cliff Bay, Hotel da Vila and Aqua Natura are the best accommodation options to stay in Madeira.

19. Flores: To Witness the Abundance of Beautiful and Unique Flowers

Flores Island

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The name which translates to ‘flowers,’ Flores Island will leave you amazed by its stunning beauty. The unspoiled pristine nature of the island is treasured by both locals and tourists. Also, Flores Island became a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the year 2009. Covered with volcanic craters, the island has green mountain sides, lakes, and abundance of beautiful and unique flowers. So, if you are looking for one of the best places for some Instagram worthy shots, you can consider visiting Flores.

Places to visit:

  • Fajazinha
  • Poco do Bacalhau
  • Sete Lagoas (7 Lagoas)
  • Caldeira Funda e Rasa
  • Ilheu de Maria Vaz
  • Ilheu de Monchique

Best time to visit: The months between April and June is the best to plan a trip to Flores when the weather is pleasant for a sightseeing tour.

Where to stay: Aldeia da Cuada and Residencia Mateus are the two best options to stay in Flores.

FRANCE

20. Porquerolles: For Witnessing a Unique and Exciting Summer Jazz Festival

Porquerolles Island

The crescent-shaped island, Porquerolles is a must visit places when planning to holiday in Europe. The island has a charming village in its centre that offers tourists a wide and diverse variety of things including the best accommodation options, restaurants and even bike rentals if you wish to explore the village on your own. Also, hiking and cycling are considered to be the best way to explore Porquerolles which is marked by numerous trails. The island is even famous for hosting a summer jazz festival.

Places to visit:

  • Plage de la Courtade
  • Port De Porquerolles
  • Le Moulin du Bonheur
  • Fort Sainte Agathe
  • Villa Carmignac
  • Eglise Sainte-Anne
  • Trou du Pirate

Best time to visit: The months between May and October are the best to plan a trip to Porquerolles when the weather is perfect for a sightseeing tour and enjoying the summer jazz festival.

Where to stay: Hotel & Residence Les Medes and Hotel Villa Sainte-Anne are the best accommodation options to stay in Porquerolles.

21. Corsica: For Trying a Myriad of Adventure Activities and Sampling the Local Delicacies

Corsica Island

Blessed with an incredible diversity of beaches and other beautiful terrains, Corsica is an outdoor lover’s playground. Dotted with glittering bays, verdant valleys, pristine beaches, saw-toothed mountain ridges, dense forests and vibrant coastal cities, Corsica will let one indulge in a variety of activities to cherish for a lifetime. Right from hiking to canyoning, from snorkelling to sunbathing, from a leisurely boat trip to delving into the rich history and trying the local delicacies, the island a gem worth experiencing for travellers of all kinds.

Places to visit:

  • Place de Gaulle
  • Maison Bonaparte
  • Palais Fesch
  • Eglise Sainte-Marie-Majeure
  • Reserve Naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio
  • Cathedral of Saint-Jean-Baptiste
  • Couvent Saint-Dominique de Corbara
  • Ville d’Art et d’Histoire
  • Eglise Santa-Maria-Assunta
  • Domaine Rosa de Caldane

Best time to visit: The best months to visit Corsica is between May and September when the weather soothing and the water is pleasant.

Where to stay: Hotel San Giovanni is the best accommodation option in Corsica.

CROATIA

22. Hvar: To Witness the Rich Historical Influence and Learning About the Renaissance Architecture

Hvar Island

No matter what you are looking for your vacation to Europe, you are going to find everything in Hvar. Right from being a summer resort to having a strong historical influence of the 13th century, from enjoying the nightlife to witnessing the cultural attractions and architecture, Hvar will give you an unforgettable experience to cherish for a lifetime. Besides this, Hvar also has a friendly side with beautiful and secluded beaches, lavender fields, vineyards, rosemary and olive trees.

Places to visit:

  • Hvar Fortress- Spanjola
  • Hvar Cathedral
  • The Franciscan Monastery
  • Hvar Theater and Arsenal
  • Dominican Monastery
  • Fish Museum Vrboska
  • Dubokovic Garden
  • Tvrdalj Castle
  • Stari Grad plain (UNESCO heritage site)
  • Dubovica Beach
  • Lucisca Beach
  • Kordovon Beach
  • Stari Grad (for renaissance architecture)

Best time to visit: The months between July and early September is best for planning a trip to Hvar. Also, it is this time when you can make the most of the fun-filled parties and playful beach experience on the island.

Where to stay: Amfora Grand Beach Resort is the best for booking your stay in Hvar.

23. Mljet: For Witnessing Rare Species of Wildlife and Colourful Flowers

Mljet Island

An unspoilt island covered by a dense Mediterranean forest, Mljet is perfect for nature lovers, avid walkers and those in search of peace and tranquillity. More than half of the island is covered by pine forest and the rest of it is the National Park. On being here you can witness the two saltwater lakes including Veliko and Malo Jezero where you will get an opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife species and colourful flowers. Other than having a pristine natural beauty all around, Mljet is even known for its white and red wine, goat cheese and olives.

Places to visit:

  • Veliko Lake
  • Malo Jazero
  • Mljet National Park
  • Sveta Marija
  • Roman Palace

Best time to visit: The months between April and October are highly pleasant for planning a trip to Mljet.

Where to stay: Boutique Pine Tree Resort and Hotel Odisej Mljet are the two best options to stay in Mljet.

24. Brac: For Tasting the Divine Olive Oil and Learning About the Neolithic Inhabitants

Brac Island

Home to Croatia’s famous beach Zlatni Rat, Brac island boasts the highest peak of the Croatian islands i.e, Vidova Gora, beautiful pine-fringed beaches, isolated bays and more. As you travel in the towns of Brac you will find yourself walking on the cobbled streets, spend some time with your partner in the romantic squares and make the most of your holidays by visiting the indulgent selection of bars and restaurants. Besides, the island has evidence of Neolithic inhabitants which is good to go for the history buffs. Additionally, the divine olive oil is unique to the region and you can either taste or get your hands on it to take back home.

Places to visit:

  • Zlatni Rat Beach
  • Murvica Beach
  • Povlja Beach
  • Lovrecina Beach
  • Hrvoje Bakovic
  • The Museum of Olive Oil
  • Stonemasonry School
  • The hermitage sites including Stipancic, Zmajeva Spilja, Silvio, Draceva Luka, Dutic and Blaca
  • The Church of the Holy Spirit
  • The Church of St. Theodore and John

Best time to visit: The months between June and September is best to plan a trip to Brac. During this time the weather remains pleasant, ferry service is frequent and all activities are open for the tourists.

Where to stay: Hotel Amor is the best accommodation option to stay in Brac.

FAROE ISLANDS

25. Torshavn: For Getting to the Offbeaten Path and Wandering Through the Old Town

Torshavn Island

If you are visiting Europe for an island vacation, please do not miss out on Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. The capital of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn is perfect for those looking to get off the beaten path. It is the charming harbour and old-town that come merrily to life, especially in the summer season. Even though the island is the smallest both in terms of size and population, it is home to three out of four traffic lights in Faroe Islands. Holidaying in Torshavn, you can indulge in trying out a really good cup of coffee at Brell Cafe and Paname Cafe, go shopping at Gudrun & Gudrun, wander through the old town and the must-visit Tinganes and a lot more than you have ever imagined.

Places to visit:

  • Brell Cafe
  • Paname Cafe
  • Gudrun & Gudrun
  • Tinganes
  • The Nordic House
  • Listasavn Foroy Museum
  • Kirkjubour
  • Mykins (for birdwatching)
  • Sorvagsvatn Lake (Long hikes and walks)

Best time to visit: Even though Torshavn can be visited at any time of the year, the peak tourist season is between May and September.

Where to stay: Hotel Foroyar and Bladypi Guesthouse are the two best options to stay in Torshavn.

26. Eysturoy: For Exploring the Best of Nature and Indulging in Some Thrills

Eysturoy Island

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The perfect island for those who are up for some adventure and exploring nature. Eysturoy is the second largest one the Faroe Islands that boasts of the tallest mountains in Faroes called Slættaratindur from where the view is absolutely breathtaking. Dotted with a wide range of attractions, Eystroy has everything for the tourists of all kinds including stunning landscapes, historical sites, quaint peaceful villages and modern towns. In a nutshell, every nature lover will not only fall in love with the pristine nature of Eysturoy but also the nature of the locals here which really heartwarming.

Places to visit:

  • Mulafossur Waterfall
  • Bosdalafossur Waterfall
  • Traelanipa
  • Saksun
  • Vestmanna Sea Cliffs
  • Kallur Lighthouse
  • Geituskorardrangur
  • Hvíthamar
  • Gjogv
  • Tjornuvik
  • Asmundarstakkur

Best time to visit: Even though the weather is pleasant throughout the year, the peak tourist season is between May and September.

Where to stay: Hotel Runavik and Gjaargardur Guesthouse are the ideal options to book your stay in Eysturoy.

OTHER ISLAND COUNTRIES IN EUROPE

27. Cyprus: To Discover the Rich History and Treating Your Taste Buds With the Local Cuisines

Cyprus Island

A petite island with a grand history, Cyprus is one of the best island countries in Europe which has archaeological sites, monasteries, Byzantine churches and museums galore. No matter what season you choose to travel, Cyprus offers ample opportunities to the tourists to experience something unique, interesting and exciting. Besides exploring the star attractions, the island is even a wonderful place for the adventure seekers who can indulge in hiking and witness an incredible wealth of unique flora and fauna. Also, being here you acquaint yourself with a variety of local delicacies including Meze, Afelia, Sheftalia and more.

Places to visit:

  • House of Eustolios
  • Byzantine Basilica
  • St. Hilarion Castle
  • Agios Lazaros (Church)
  • Golden Beach
  • Agia Triada Villa
  • Ancient Salamis
  • Kolossi Castle
  • Cape Greco
  • Kykkos Monastery
  • Trooditissa Monastery
  • Machairas Monastery

Best time to visit: Spring season is the best to plan a trip to Cyprus which arrives as early as February.

Where to stay: Almyra Hotel and Pernera Beach Hotel are the best options to book your stay when holidaying in Cyprus.

28. Iceland: To Witness the Majestic View of Northern Lights and Trek Across the Glittering Glaciers

Iceland

Iceland is known as one of the best places on Earth to spot the Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights. On being here, you cannot miss out on this splendid and majestic view of this natural phenomenon which can be best witnessed on a short drive away from Reykjavik. Dotted with hot springs, glaciers, ice fields resting at the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is perfect for the thrill-seeking adventurers as well as those who find peace and solace amidst nature. The air is wonderfully clean, the rugged and unspoiled landscape remain ripe for exploration and thrilling adventure.

Places to visit:

  • Reykjavik (Whale Watching)
  • Grindavik (Blue Lagoon)
  • Strokkur Geysir
  • Strokkur
  • Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights)
  • Landmannalaugar National Park
  • Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Askja Caldera
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • The Pearl Observatory (Perlan)

Best time to visit: For hiking, the best months are between July and August. However, if you wish to explore the Northern Lights you can consider February, March, September and October.

Where to stay: Icelandair Hotel Marina, Hotel Keflavik, Silica Hotel are some of the best places to stay in Iceland.

29. Malta: For Discovering the Fascinating Heritage and Indulging in a Myriad of Activities

Malta Island

What a beauty Malta is! Being one of the world’s best islands, Malta is surrounded by deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts the fascinating heritage and history which is clearly depicted from its buildings. Holidaying in Malta would be an out of the world experience with the beauties all around comprising Malta’s palm-tree fringed landscape, peaceful seaports, picturesque hilltop towns, old fishing villages and a lot more. Besides exploring the likely historical sites, and cultural events, you will even get the best choice for beachside relaxation or indulging nature hikes and a variety of water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and more.

Places to visit:

  • Grand Harbor
  • Marsamxett Harbor
  • Saint John’s Co-Cathedral
  • Upper Barracca Gardens
  • Museum of Archaeology (Valletta)
  • Azure Window (Gozo)
  • Ggantija Temples (Gozo)
  • Ramla Bay (Gozo)
  • Palazzo Santa Sofia
  • Palazzo Falson
  • Parish Church of Saint Paul
  • Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  • Blue Lagoon, Island of Comino

Best time to visit: The best months for a relaxing holiday to Malta is between September and November.

Where to stay: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Sliema Marina Hotel, Blubay Apartments by ST Hotels are some of the best options to stay in Malta.

30. Guernsey: To Discover an Island Bursting with Local Charm and Awe- Inspiring Nature

Guernsey Island

The second-largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey boasts a complex blend of French, Anglo and Norman cultures and history. With a less dramatic look, Guernsey has stunning beaches, museums, rugged cliffs and a bustling St. Peter’s Port, Neolithic graves and Victorian forts. Also, the German fortifications will let you explore adventure activities like coasteering and rock climbing. In addition to this, Vazon Bay is home to the biggest beach on the island and is an award-winning stretch where you can sunbathe or enjoy paddling and surfing.

Places to visit:

  • Hauteville House (Museum)
  • Guernsey Museum of Art & Gallery
  • German Occupation Museum
  • Castle Cornet
  • Sausmarez Manor
  • Vazon Bay
  • Port Grat
  • Cobo Bay
  • Fermain Bay
  • St. Peter’s Port
  • Castel Menhir
  • Hougue es Vanneux

Best time to visit: Even though Guernsey can be visited at any time of the year, the best months to enjoy your holidays would be between May and September.

Where to stay: Old Government House Hotel, La Villette Court Apartments, The Duke Richmond Hotel are some of the best options to stay in Guernsey.

The islands of Europe are absolute bliss. From tranquil landscape to pristine beaches, from magnificent monasteries to beautifully architectured churches, from nature trails for hiking and trekking to sampling the local wines and delicacies, Europe has a lot of options for travellers to choose from. So, pack your bags and plan your next trip to any of these island destinations and relish the time of your life.

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About the author

Swati Mishra

Born and brought up in Assam- ‘The Land of Tea Gardens’, Swati is a Travel Writer who yearns to travel around the whole world someday. Coming from one of lush-green and peaceful states of India, her love for nature and rain is beyond imagination. She is an observant and is keen to explore more about the things that comes her way which could be clearly seen in her write ups. Other than this, she is a foodie and can do anything for food that is made out of cheese especially- The Alfredo Penne Pasta!

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