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The 15 islands to visit in Europe

They can be large or small. Sometimes islands can be found few meters from the shores or in the middle of the ocean, waiting for you to discover them.


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Corsica Best European Islands Copyright Philippe Amiot European Best Destinations

1. Corsica


The touristic wealth of Corsica lies, undeniably, in its rare natural heritage. Between the sea and the mountains, Corsica has many surprises in store. Sculpted and shaped by erosion, the Calanche de Piana cliffs, towering peaks of red granite that fall steeply down to the sea, are the jewels of an astonishing sculpted landscape. (©Visitcorsica)


Malta - Best islands in Europe -  Island Best European Islands Copyright Zoltan Gabor  European Best Destinations
Zoltan Gabor

2. Malta

In Malta you can span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues. (©visitmalta). 


Azores Island Best European Islands Copyright Vicky SP - European Best Destinations
Vicky SP

3. The Azores


In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Europe’s perfume unlocks different fragrances. The green mantle takes the form of Japanese cedars, beeches, age-old vineyards. Volcanic cones stretch towards the sky. Caves unveil the secrets behind the origin of the islands. Lakes rest in sleeping volcanoes. These are the new colours on the natural canvas. (©Visitazores). 


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4. Hvar


With its architecture, beautiful nature and mild climate many would describe it as a true fairy-tale city. When we add to the natural beauties, a high quality accommodation and Mediterranean cordiality and courtesy city of Hvar becomes an ideal destination for couples’, families’ and parties’ holidays. (©TZHvar). 


Capri Best European Islands Copyright BAHDANOVICH ALENA  European Best Destinations

5. Capri


Luxuriant, extraordinary, and such a mild climate. Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin that has been visited over the centuries by intellectuals, artists and writers, all enthralled by its magical beauty. A mix of history, nature, worldliness, culture and events that daily blend together and bring the Legend of Capri to life; a legend that sees no comparison anywhere in the world. (©capritourism). 


Madeira Best European Islands Copyright Anilah -  European Best Destinations

6. Madeira


Madeira is not only an island but eight exceptional islands rich in discoveries and precious memories. Some are wild and uninhabited, others are lined with beautiful golden beaches, all of them offering an incredible wildlife and flora.


Discover, in the softness of a subtropical climate throughout the year, landscapes of unusual diversity in one of the finest destinations in Europe. Welcome to an unforgettable destination, welcome to Madeira! 


Ibiza Island Best European Islands Copyright Alexander Tihonov- European Best Destinations
Alexander Tihonov

7. Ibiza


Ibiza has two National Parks of particular ecological interest and natural beauty; the ses Salinas National Park and the nature reserve of es Vedrà, es Vedranell, and the little islands to the west of Ibiza. Ses Salinas National Park consists of an area situated between the south of the island of Ibiza and the north of Formentera. A wide variety of differing natural features can be found, from salt lakes and beaches to lunar cords with centuries-old ghost trees, cliffs and rocky coastlines. (©


Santorini Best European Islands Copyright Neirfy -  European Best Destinations

8. Santorini


Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! The island has a growing reputation as a “wedding destination” for couples not only from Greece but from all over the world. A trip to Santorini with the other half is a dream for anyone who has seen at least one photo of the island’s famous Caldera and exchanging kisses beneath Santorini’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience! (©visitgreece). 


Majorca  Best European Islands Copyright Gatanass  European Best Destinations

9. Mallorca


Mallorca is synonymous with world-renowned beaches and coves, but is also a perfect destination to enjoy countryside, golf, culture, water sports, entertainment... There are many reasons to visit this enclave in the Balearic Islands. Its clean, clear waters are ideal for swimming and water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, and even surfing. (©


Lofoten Island - Best Islands in Europe - European Best Destinations - Copyright Stefano Garau
Stefano Garau

10. Sardinia


Long uninhabited, despite its ancient geological origin, Sardinia has preserved its own freshness, capturing the gaze and admiration of many who, in the flow of centuries, irresistibly attracted by the geographical position, the heart of the western Mediterranean, have made it the object of the most different designs: the Phoenicians followed by Carthaginians, the Romans afterwards, the Byzantines, the Spanish and the Piemontese. (©


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11. Rhodes


Welcome to Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese, an island which is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. (©visitgreece)


Mykonos - Best Islands in Europe - European Best Destinations - Copyright Marcin Krzyzak
Copyright Marcin Krzyzak

12. Mykonos


Welcome to Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. And did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”? (©Visitgreece) 


Elba Island Best European Islands Copyright StevanZZ - European Best Destinations

13. Elba


The Island of Elba, a green oasis within the Tuscan Archipelago, is an island of endless horizons: crystal clear water lapped by golden beaches, granite rocks standing out from the bush, stories of people blessed by the sun. Elba rewards you a variety of aspects all in one: its beaches and its cliffs, its winds, its land, its perfumes, its flavours, its hard working people, its hillside villages, and its terraces facing the sea are all but the start of a journey where you discover an island that will never disappoint you. (© 


Tenerife - Best islands in Europe - European Best Destinations - Copyright West Coast Scapes
West Coast Scapes

14. Tenerife


Tenerife is known throughout the world as the Island of Eternal Spring. Its geographic position, in an imaginary strip around the world in which you find some of the best holiday spots in the world, means that this slogan is not far from truth. (©


Corfu - Best islands in Europe - European Best Destinations - Copyright Todoran Andrei
Todoran Andrei

15. Corfu


With the passage of time the island may have changed, but we can still feel the spirit of a distant glorious past . Its rich multi-cultural heritage, its historic monuments, its stunning natural landscape, its crystal clear seas, and its excellent weather all year round explain why Corfu is one of the most cosmopolitan Mediterranean destinations weaving a powerful spell on its visitors. (©visitgreece)



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