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6 European islands I’d love to visit

For some reason summertime this year made me dream of spending some time in an island. And then I’ve realized that even if I’ve been basically everywhere all over Europe I haven’t visited all that many islands. OK, so I was only in Cyprus but I enjoyed it a lot but that’s about it. There’re so many islands that I would love to discover and I truly hope I will have a chance to visit one or two in the nearest future. Some of them are your typical tourist destinations, other may feel a little bit off the beaten path – here are my 6 choices for European islands holidays!
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Malta

This small island country located south from Italy has become a really popular destination recently. I’ve been thinking of going to Malta for a long time, just the timing never is good for me…  I’m dreaming of wandering the old town of the capital – Valletta (listed on UNESCO World’s Heritage List), getting lost in backstreets of Mdina, being amazed by the wonderful nature and finally relaxing at the beautiful, sandy beach for a day or two!

Tenerife

Even if Tenerife is mostly know as a typical beach holidays destination (no wonder – with lots of Tenerife flight deals it’s easily accessible) the largest of the Canary Islands has so much more to offer than just leisure.The landscape is extremely varied there – from desert to breathtaking coastline, from lush forest with exotic fauna and flora to mountains and even a volcano! I’m sure a week or so in Tenerife would be a well spent time!

Aland Islands

This archipelago is a really interesting and quirky place yet not many people know about it. Technically it’s part of Finland but in practice it’s a semi independent region with their own government, post or internet domain (.ax). The archipelago consists of over 6700 islands (!) but only 60 are inhabited. Back in the times when I used to live in Finland I took a ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm – it stopped in Mariehamn (the capital) but I didn’t get to visit Aland Islands then. I still remember how beautiful and idyllic the place was, with rocky shore, colorful wooden houses and wavy horizon

Isle of Skye

Scotland is one of the places I’d love to return to (I was there only once, only for few days and the weather was just terrible). And when I eventually go back there Isle of Skye is a must! Every single picture I see of the island leaves me speechless. Rough, moon-alike landscape, fairy-tale castles or small harbours make this place looks like unreal.

Sicily

Over 10 years ago I almost went to Sicily. Just after finishing high school I was travelling solo in Europe, was waiting in Rome for a night train to take me back close to the border to Austria and suddenly at the same platform a train to Palermo arrived. I was really tempted to board it and was this close to doing so – up until today I regret the sane part of me won in this internal discussion. And so ever since Sicily is a dream destination for me and all the pictures with unbelievably turquoise water, incredible nature, breathtaking landscape and narrow-cobbled streets in old towns don’t really help my wanderlust.

Greek Islands

I must admit I’ve never been really interested in visiting Greece. I’ve heard people were raving about the country so many times yet it didn’t change my mind. Finally at the beginning of this year I went to Athens and Meteora and I loved it much more than I’ve ever expected! This short trip made me want to explore more sights of Greece and the islands are on the very top of my wishlist. I’d love to experience a slow life in the adorable little seaside town, spending my days eating too much delicious Greek food, sitting at the beach with a book in my hand or hiking around the island. I just cannot decide which of the over 1000 islands would be the best for that!

Have you been to any of these islands? Which one would you like to visit?

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17 Lip '14

There are 16 Comments.

  1. Malta and Sicily have been on our travel lists as well as the small Islands off the coast of Croatia. Hopefully, we'll get to one of these beachy destinations yet this year.We've been to the Turkish side of Cyprus twice and to the Greek isles of Petra, Samos and Hydra. So much more to see!

  2. Been to Sicily and going to Tenerife soon. Hope you will be able to go to your 6 islands soon! I have got the following list of islands to do: Iceland, Greenland, Malta, Azores, Madeira.

    • oh yes, Greenland is pretty high on my list too, so are Azores! I really hope you will get to see your dream list too! And I can't wait to read all about Tenerife on your blog!

  3. I've been to Santorini and Crete among the Greek islands, and Isle of Skye in Scotland. My 6 European islands: Malta, Sicily, Rhodes, one in Croatia, Corfu, and one of the Canary Islands…

  4. Jon Dunn
    09:26 31/01/2015

    I went to north west Sardinia a few years back. Fascinating and very beautiful with really friendly people in and around the city of Alghero. Underwater cave “Neptune’s grotto” nearby is breathtaking!

    • kami
      21:24 31/01/2015

      Ah, I so would love to visit Sardinia! It sounds fabulous!

  5. Naila
    09:15 26/02/2015

    hi loved ur selection :) been to 3 of the listed…Malta Sicily lately n a few amazing islands in Greece..Malta sooo sweet harmonious and appeasing..Sicily charming reviving ad pittoresque..trip wasnt that long so havent seen it all (didnt come and hope to be back again one day..as for Greek islands to me they remain the best i ve ever seen in terms of island beauty..

    • kami
      18:46 02/03/2015

      that’s so great to know!! now I’m even more excited to go there one day and I guess I should start planning soon! Thank you!! :)

  6. The Greek Islands are absolutely wonderful. I did an excursion covering Mykonos, Paros and Santorini last year. Santorini is worth the hype, though you’ll have to tolerate the crowd but it’s popular for a reason. Paros is quite a charming find, very romantic place but without the disgusting crowd. You have a wonderful list here. I’d love to check out Isle of Skye and Sicilly one day!
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    • kami
      14:58 04/08/2016

      Thanks! I really hope to visit Greek islands soon, thank you for your recommendations!

  7. Let me share my experiences with you :)

    I visited Malta right after Albania and to be honest – it disappointed me a lot (I would probably have liked it more if I’d gone there before the Balkans) – the beaches can’t compare to those in the Balkans, but – the towns are extremely beautiful and unique with mixed architecture between British and Middle Eastern, all buildings constructed using golden stone.

    I’ve been to Tenerife just a month ago and to be honest, for me – its all inside out – the beaches (what Canaries are so famous for) didn’t enchant me at all – for example the golden sand beach that you see in the postcards is man-made; but the towns, volcanic peaks and other attractions are amazing to visit :) I suppose it’s a perfect place to travel to in winter – the weather is ideal for exploration and there are no hordes of tourists.

    Island of Skye is also my dream – I hope to go there this May or June (if you wish to join our team, let us know!) Also, in the UK, off the coast of Cornwall, there are tropical looking Isles of Scilly – probably the most underrated place in the whole UK. Would love to see it!

    Then, I would like to recommend you a completely unique and hidden gem – Lofoten Islands in Norway. In the summer, you can enjoy 24h daylight as it is located above the Polar Circle. It was the most beautiful place in the world I’ve ever seen for me. What shocked me about a place so far north – the beaches there resemble the ones in the Caribbean – white sand and perfectly clear water.

    The snowy peaks, just like the Alps seem to rise up straight out of the sea, surrounded by paradise beaches. In one place, you can have the Alps and beaches – one right beside another. It feels like in a fantasy film.
    To cut costs, I would recommend that you stay in a typical Norwegian fisherman cottage and cook yourself – it’s so amazing to be able to admire those views from such a cozy hut! :)

    • kami
      08:32 21/06/2017

      Thank you for your comment and I’m so sorry for my late reply! I’d love to visit Lofoten too, it’s on a very top on my bucket list! Hopefully one day! :)

  8. Byron
    23:36 04/04/2017

    Thank you for your blog – I stumbled across it before a trip to Vienna, and I’ve now booked tickets to both Yerevan and Lviv. As for islands, I have to put these off for now, but the Lofoten Is. in Norway and Denmark’s Faroe Is. are on my list – perhaps next year!
    (http://www.hdwlp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/lofoten-islands-norway-hd-wallpapers-11.jpg)
    (http://imgur.com/CgZ1rE8)

    • kami
      19:44 17/04/2017

      I hope you will enjoy both Yerevan and Lviv, both are great cities! And I agree with you, both Lofoten and Faroe Islands are very high on my bucket list!

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