Summer is here; the time is just about right to visit the isles in Europe. From an off-beat Malta to the luxurious properties of Mykonos, here’s where we recommend you head for a great holiday. By Team T+L
The island-state of Malta, located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily in Italy, consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, of which Malta is the largest. While there’s a delectable array of things to do in Malta, the best way to experience the Maltese coastline is from a boat on the gorgeous deep, blue waters of the Mediterranean. The glorious archipelago is also home to some intriguing prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden fjords, and thrilling scuba diving.
2. Hvar, Croatia
The longest and the sunniest island in Croatia, Hvar is a beach-lover’s paradise. The isle is known for its large coastal plains, resplendent views of the Adriatic Sea, and fresh water springs. While the interior of Hvar is dotted with pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lush lavender fields, you get to put your party hat on at the town’s legendary beach bars. Hvar is at once luxurious and relaxing, a perfect place for a snazzy holidaymaker.
3. Madeira, Portugal
Repeatedly voted among Europe‘s top island destinations, Madeira has a diverse landscape and the touch of subtropical climate throughout the year, courtesy the Atlantic sun. Although it’s part of Portugal, this group of islands is closer to Africa than it is to Europe. Lovingly also known as ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’ and ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, Madeira is home to gorgeous pebbly beaches, lush greenery and high cliffs. The best way to enjoy the year-round springlike weather here is with some Madeira wine in hand.
4. Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is famous for its rave parties, and a cool boho-meets-hippe vibe. From iconic clubs like the Amnesia Ibiza, which can house a whopping 5,000 people, to epic parties on gorgeous beaches; nightlife is the highlight of this Balearic island. In summer its extra special because all the great DJs descend to this island, making it the ultimate stop for a party-goer. However, there’s more to Ibiza. You can walk through palm-tree-lined avenues in the buzzing pretty little Ibiza Old Town; go for a nice swim in the warm waters, and lounge in the bars by the sun-kissed beaches. Whether you want your time in Ibiza to be rocking or peaceful, there’s scope for both.
5. Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos is Greece’s answer to Ibiza. This famous cosmopolitan whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades is a favourite among those who like to spend lavishly. From absolutely luxe properties that make you feel like a preening celebrity to chic cafe-cum-bars, there’s no dearth of places to spend your moolah. Then of course, the buzzing beaches and the party scenes at the super-clubs make it a party animal’s favourite, as well. All said and done, the town Mykonos (aka Hora) also has the quiet charm of a back-country, that begins to grow on you if you stay long enough.