When thinking of an island, most people think of the Caribbean, Hawaiian Islands, or Polynesia. Believe it or not, historic Europe boasts spectacular islands situated along coastal shorelines. Travelers, who seek history, nature, and beautiful beaches, look no further than these must-visit European Islands for your next summer vacation.
Sardinia is a quaint, yet stunning, island located off the Italian shoreline. This island is popular with tourists who seek traditional Italian living amidst sunny and tropical shorelines. Luna Beach is a picture perfect, postcard shoreline. Take a walk through Roman history and explore Nuraghe, Bronze Age stone towers, or the Roman baths at Fordongianus. Fresh seafood is common along shoreline cafes and restaurants serving the best of local sea life.
Greece is a popular destination for travelers who enjoy sun-worshipping and adore an easy-breezy lifestyle. Santorini is downright beautiful and exposes the views from sea as boats and tours overlook the signature white-home-drenched shoreline. Sip on a glass of ouzo or enjoy the typical Mediterranean cuisine, the choice is yours.
Explore aqua-blue seashores by day and rave-party your life away at night. Ibiza is a conglomerate of class, culture, and celebration. Young adults and celebs flock to the island during the summer months to dance, drink and party their whole vacation. But not to worry, there’s more to Ibiza than pill-popping parties. Ibiza has the chilled spa, holistic side of tourism as well as uninhibited natural regions, located in the western coast, Cala d’Hort.
Sibenik Islands, Croatia
Located in the Adriatic Sea, these islands are precious Croatian jewels. This island is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts seeking pristine nature. Travelers visit Kornati National Park, Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park, especially for the stunning waterfall views. Bring your camera; these islands boast fertile nature and exquisite beauty.
Mallorca, or Majorca, is the largest of the Balearic Islands. It boasts 300 days of sunshine, which attracts tourists year round. Urban dwellers head to Palma to fuse sun, sand, sea and city, which is the central location for tourism. For those who enjoy R&R, head toward other coastlines away from Palma to enjoy stereotypical aqua-blue shorelines, palm trees and nature.
The Azores, Portugal
The Azores is a nine-island archipelago territory of Portugal that is as free as wild itself. This somewhat undiscovered island is perfect for travelers seeking seclusion, nature and wildlife. Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities, and be sure to stop at Peter Café Sport, the popular stop in Faial town.
Located centrally in the Mediterranean, these islands are 93 kilometers from Sicily, Italy and 288 kilometers north of Africa. Comprised of three islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino, there are only 400,000 inhabitants total. Malta, the largest island, is popular with culture and commercial goods where Gozo, second largest, populates with rural and secluded landscapes. Comino, the smallest, comprises of one hotel and is the least populated island.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.