Four Gorgeous European Island Escapes
When it comes to islands, you can’t beat Europe for the selection. While the islands here might not necessarily be filled with perfectly white sugar-like sand and palm trees of tropical climates, these are the islands to visit for architecture, art, culture, and perfect sunset cocktails. Here are some of the best islands to visit in Europe.
Not many people know what to expect when it comes to this little island off the coast of Malta. In short, it’s everything like Malta and nothing remotely like Malta — it’s got the same pastizzi and outlandish churches, not to mention Kinnie in every refrigerator, but the atmosphere here is different. It’s quieter. More rural. And outstandingly beautiful.
Your time in Gozo is best spent driving around and taking in the natural attractions, especially the Azure Window. Take a swim if you’re so inclined. And if you’re looking for the perfect time of year to go, The Telegraph suggests the spring.
If you’re looking for sunshine in the middle of the area, Gran Canaria is the island for you. One of the more known islands off the coast of Africa in the Canary Islands archipelago, Gran Canaria holidays are home to some of the most sunshine that you’ll find in Europe during the colder months. That alone is a worthy reason to visit.
Spend your days taking in the sand and sunshine, from Playa de Ingles to Maspalomas Beach, and when the sun goes down, this is an island that loves to have a good time without being a total party destination.
Korcula, a Croatian island halfway between Hvar and Dubrovnik, is most famous for being the birthplace and childhood home of Marco Polo. Whether or not that’s actually the case — historians tend to disagree on exactly where the explorer spent his early life — you can’t deny that Korcula is one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia.
Korcula town is known for its details. Here you’ll find narrow alleys filled with delicately sculpted artwork and fresh flowers in bloom inside giant planters. But for the ultimate experience, climb to the top of one of the city wall towers to have cocktails inside Bar Massimo, where you’ll enjoy a perfect island sunset before the sun drops into the sea.
If you’re looking for paradise, this island may have everything you’re looking for. Just a short hourlong hydrofoil ride from Naples, Capri is the perfect clifftop-dwelling jewel in the Tyrrhenian Sea. While the beaches here vary from tiny pebbles to giant slabs of rock, the best things to do in Capri involve the interior of the island.
Take a chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro and see the island spread before you. On the way back down, hike along the edges and take in some of the best views in the Mediterranean.