Europe has a variety of destinations for every kind of traveler. Big cities, quaint villages, seaside resorts and mountain hideaways, wherever you choose to go, the experiences to be had will leave lasting impressions. However, for a truly unique holiday, check out all that the 5 coolest European islands have to offer. You won’t be disappointed!
South of Sicily in Italy, Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea. Rich in centuries’ old history and culture, today, it’s where worshippers of the sun, sand and surf flock in large numbers. Blessed with a scenic and spectacular coastline, the balmy azure waters of the sea are ideal for water activities like surfing, sailing and snorkeling while bays like Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay make swimming a dream. Malta also boasts of a bounty of marine life including species like groupers, octopi and flying fish, making the island a hotspot for deep sea diving!
An archipelago of four islands, Madeira in Portugal is located in the north Atlantic Ocean. Ranked high on being an islandic paradise for its rural charm, Madeira is where you can enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways; be it while hiking in the mountains, watching lava spew from a volcano or taking a cable car to a botanical garden. The region is extremely popular for its culinary exploits with locally sourced fresh fruit and produce being abundantly available everywhere. Madeira is also known for its wine so cheers to you.
A short ferry ride from the Croatian city of Dubrovnik will take you to the most picturesque island of the country, Mljet that fronts the Adriatic Sea. Gloriously green, the forests of Mljet National Park border the saltwater lakes of Veliko and Malo Jezero and within its expanse is an ancient monastery. Mljet is abounding with marine life, which makes it a much sought-after destination for underwater explorers. Moreover, trekking and beach bumming are some of the other draws of this island.
Structures bathed in white with electric blue domes set against the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. Welcome to Santorini in Greece. This crescent shaped island sits on an active volcano are but this hasn’t deterred the throngs of visitors that come here every year. Experience the good life in Santorini where you can go sightseeing or sunbathing, sailing or snorkeling. Picture perfect, the island’s rugged landscape, striking coastline and laidback vibe coupled with a gourmet food scene and pulsating nightlife make Santorini a blissful paradise.
Experience the magic of the Mediterranean in Majorca in Spain. A popular holiday hotspot in the region, even royals have been spotted here. There’s much to see and do from golden beaches to UNESCO World Heritage Site mountain ranges. The seaside town boasts of impressive architecture by way of cathedrals and squares. Majorca has a rousing arts and music scene and partygoers will be thrilled at the vibrant nightlife options with bars and clubs open from dusk to dawn.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.