The islands have distinctive cultures and some of the most amazing views in the world.The islands in Europe provide travelers with a unique experience that is not often found in landlocked areas. Travelers will want to consider visiting some or all of the ten best islands in Europe.
1.Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is located close to the northern shores of Scotland. The island is popular with travelers who want to spend time outdoors hiking or climbing. The Cuillins are a beautiful and distinctive range of mountains on the islands. Climbers will find jutting rocks and surfaces that can be difficult to traverse. The island also has wide heather moors where hiking and bird watching is possible. Visitors can often enjoy folk and Gaelic songs at local venues in the towns and cities on the island.
This Greek Island is located in the Ionian Sea. It is a relaxing island with a number of beaches. Divers and snorkelers can take advantage of the several nearby underwater caves that showcase the sea life and geological history of the area. The island contains two museums including the Byzantine Museum of Zakynthos that holds a number of paintings from the Renaissance period.
Kefallinia is the largest island in the Ionian Sea around Greece. The island is a natural paradise for travelers. It still has some modern and urban areas as well. A popular attraction is the park on top of the 5,300-foot tall Mount Ainos. Another is the Melissani Cave system that starts above ground and descends downwards until it meets the water. Visitors can take boat tours of the caves. Travelers can visit some restaurants and boutique shops in Vallianos Square in the center of the capital city of Argostoli.
The Greek island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea is the name given to the former island of Thera after a volcanic eruption changed the region. Travelers will find a relaxed island with many trails along the edge of high mountains and cliffs that overlook the sea. The volcanic activity has left a black beach along the shore. The island also has a rich history including cave houses and collections of antiques in local museums. A popular attraction is the Faros lighthouse in the south.
Gozo is the second largest island sitting in the archipelago that includes Malta. The island contains a number of beaches and small towns as well as some distinctive luxury resorts. Visitors will find a number of opportunities for diving, fishing and other sports on the water. Unique natural features like the Azure Window are worth seeing. Although the island tends to be rural, there are several sightseeing bus tours as well as an effective public transportation system.