When someone says European Islands, the only beaches that come to your mind are the ones in Spain and Greece. But there’s a world of islands kissed by the sun in Europe waiting to be explored by you.
Here’s a list of tourist-ridden and off-the-beaten-track islands in Europe you wanna include in your next visit to Europe.
1. Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is the brightest pearl of the Spanish Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.
It boasts of tranquil coves, idyllic beaches and world’s most famous clubs. The party capital of the world is home to famous clubs like Space, Pacha, and Amnesia. Famous DJs, models, and actors throng the island on a regular basis.
But then it also attracts a whole lot of families who enjoy the natural beauty of the island. Besides the nightlife of the island, you can explore the traditional countryside there.
If you want to experience the best parties in the world and explore Ibiza, check out this 4-day tour. From boat parties to pool parties and famous nightclubs, it will help you live it all. You also get to explore the hippie culture and heritage of this amazing island. Check Availability for your dates.
2. Santorini, Greece
On the other side of the Mediterranean, is the Greek island of Santorini. The scenic backdrop of turquoise, blue and white, amazing villas give out a serene vibe. Add a black pebble beach with crystal clear water and you get an island paradise.
It is also the most popular among the Greek Isles for couples from around the world.
While in Santorini, take a day off for a Winery Tour. Akrotiri of Thera, A 3000 BC settlement frozen in time and preserved as such by the local volcano is a must visit.
You can Visit this beauty queen of the Cyclades Islands on this 9 day Island hopping trip through Greece. You also get to hop the beaches of Mykonos, Paros, and Ios. Check availability for your travel dates.
3. Krk, Croatia
There are countless islands with crystal clear water and picturesque beaches in Croatia. Croatia’s stunning Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea is home to many smaller bays.
Besides the scenic beaches, the Adriatic sea’s largest island, Krk offers ancient Croatian culture too. It has thousand-year-old cities and rural villages alongside lively bars & restaurants.
Water activities such as paragliding and jet skiing are aplenty. It is also a divers paradise with the exquisite underwater world.
The many secluded bays on the island provide a bubble of serenity away from the busy life of the rest of Europe.
If you had an option to discover the landscape and people of this unique island world by bike, would you take it? Embark on this 8-day tour on bike. You get to travel on a comfortable motor yacht and travel from harbor to harbor on a bike. Check Availability for your dates.
4. Porto Santo, Portugal
If you are the kind to find peace and tranquility in solitude, Porto Santo will be your sweet nirvana. A part of the archipelago of Madeira, Portugal in the North Atlantic, it is remote and untouched.
Sporting an 8-kilometer beach of fine yellow sand, it has a sparse amount of tourists who actually make it there.
Porto Santo is also the home of historic explorer Christopher Columbus. Casa Colombo where Christopher Columbus lived with his Portuguese wife, is now a museum. Needless to say, that is a must visit when in Porto Santo.
If you are planning a trip to Madeira, you can include this secluded destination to your list.
To discover Madeira’s best-known sights and learn why it’s known as ‘the pearl of the Atlantic’, check this 8-day tour. It takes you through Funchal, Portugal, and, Desertas Islands. Check availability for your travel dates.
5. Capri, Italy
The posh island off the Amalfi coast of Naples attracts a class of travelers, unlike most islands.
It has acquired the synonym of ‘Shopping Mecca’ of Southern Europe. Walking through its streets, you feel you’re in a commercial for Dolce & Gabbana. Pair this expensive lifestyle with amazing Italian food and you’re in a paradise of sorts.
A carefree sailing trip along the spectacular Amalfi coast is a great way to explore this Island. Amalfi coast has gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, and picturesque villages to offer.
The sumptuous fresh seafood and chilled out waterfronts are the add-ons. To escape the busy daily life and embark on a spectacular journey, here’s a 7-day tour you should check out! Check availability for your travel dates.
6. Crete, Greece
The birthplace of Zeus and the largest among the Greek Isles, Crete is home to varied landscapes. From fertile plains and rocky mountains to white sand beaches – you get it all.
History buffs are going to love the island and its old towns like Chania and Rethymnon.
Chania is also known as Little Venice and, Rethymnon has a fascinating mix of Italian and Turkish influences. Both cities have picturesque harbor fronts. Ruled by the Minoans, Venetians, and Ottomans in the past, the rich history is worth exploring.
7. Malta, Republic of Malta
A Southern European island country Malta consists of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The warm climate, many recreational areas, and historical monuments make it a popular destination.
Many foreign influences have left some sort of mark on the country’s ancient culture. Megalithic temples, old baroque churches, high rising citadels make it unique. Narrow old town streets give Malta a unique old world charm, even by European standards.
Get lost in the sparkling coves around the island or the charming rural landscapes.
Discover this crossroad of civilizations on a 5-day tour. A visit to one of the littlest capital city of Europe Valletta, the Malta sister island, Gozo, and Comino included. Check Availability of your travel dates here.
8. Lopud, Croatia
The tiny island of Lopud is a part of the Elafiti Islands in Croatia. Sparsely populated, it is an absolute charmer to people who love the quiet and seclusion. The island has a handful of bars and zero cars.
Unlike other Croatian islands, Lopud has sandy beaches. And the largest one – Sunj, is only reachable by boat. Lush hills and white sand beaches make Sunj beach the most unique in Croatia.
9. Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos offers you a chilled ambiance, amazing seafood and great views of the harbor. Even though it’s overridden with tourists, you can never get tired of this Greek Island.
With 25 beaches of turquoise water, Mykonos has plenty to offer. From diving, watersports to mountain biking, it is also Greece’s answer to Ibiza when it comes to partying the night away.
10. Iles d’Hyeres, France
Off the French Riviera, the Iles d’Hyeres is an island for naturists and naturalists. The island is never going to be overrun by tourists as the French government stops ferry services once it has a certain number of tourists. Smoking is banned for the most part of the year and the island holds one of the oldest nudist colonies in the world.
So when you’re visiting Europe again next time, make sure you check off one, two or all ten islands on this list.