17 unknown island paradise in Europe
You've heard of Corsica, Ibiza and Santorini. But did you know the island of Formentera, Just and Saaremaa? They do not often come to the attention of tourists, but they just need to visit those who are tired of the traditional holiday destinations in Europe.
Even if you are not a frequent traveler in Europe, these amazing islands worthy of your attention. They boast the original culture, quiet charm and unspoilt nature. All this you are unlikely to find on the European land.
Therefore, take a camera and ready for adventure.
Yust - one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands, located on the border of the German part of the Wadden Sea. Kilometers of its natural beaches, which are permeated by the soft wind, received the unofficial title "Töwerland" ( "magical land"). Although the Wadden Sea is cool, such activities include walks along the beach and thalassotherapy, will not leave you indifferent.
2. Formentera (Spain)
If Ibiza - older sister, well-known for its wild parties, the Formentera - her cheerful little sister. Although these two islands shared by only an hour away by ferry, the atmosphere is markedly different to them.
Formentera you can enjoy the untouched beaches of the Spanish. Explore the local wildlife, ride on the spotlessly clean water and swim to the nearby tiny island Espalmador, where you can plunge into the therapeutic mud.
3. Sardinia (Italy)
placed in front of Corsica, Sardinia, combines the best Italian food and vibrant culture with the terms of the paradise island. Walk near the sunken Roman ships, explore the old lighthouses or dive into the sapphire ocean surrounded by high hills. Then try a first-class meal at one of the beach restaurants, and then wash down its local limoncello.
4. Colonsay (Scotland)
If you are looking for peace and quiet in Colonsay Island Inner Hebrides archipelago - a perfect place for you. length of the island - just 13 km and the width - only 5 km away. This is a really quiet place, where nature reigns.
Listen to the waves lapping on the golden sand, or stroll along a small hill about 90 meters high. Here you can completely forget about the modern world.
5. Saaremaa (Estonia)
The biggest Estonian island transports tourists in the days of pirates and Vikings who once called it home. It is easy to imagine them in the dense coniferous forests, houses with thatched roof and small fairy-tale villages, serving a window into the past.
And do not forget to visit the beaches - Estonian mild climate means that summer is ideal for bathing water.
6. Hydra (Greece)
Although easily accessible from Athens, Hydra looks like another world. On the island banned cars and motorcycles, so tourists luggage through the winding streets of cobblestone, donkeys carry. In addition to lovely beaches, crowded bars and restaurants, Hydra boasts luxurious shops and numerous maritime museums.
7. Mljet (Croatia)
With a population of about 1 100 people sleepy Mljet seems calm place and serenity. Almost 90% of the island is occupied by the forest and a large national park offers kilometers of scenic hiking trails.
Interesting fact: the only hotel on the island is named in honor of Odysseus, the hero of Homer, which is said to be due to witchcraft stayed here for seven years.
8. Graciosa (Canary Islands)
A tiny part of Graciosa in the Spanish Canary Islands is home to many fishings. Is an island not far from his noisy neighbor - Lanzarote. Caleta del Sebo is the only village on the island, where the whitewashed houses and roads with sand seem far removed from modern life.
Snorkel in the crystal clear water, which is bordered by a marine reserve, and slowly immerse yourself in the Spanish culture of the island.
9. Mykines (Faroe Islands)
Mykines - a place where you can enjoy solitude. Besides schools hatchets, has lived here less than 20 people.
Among the local attractions is to provide a bright houses with roofs of moss and steep cliffs, you can enjoy the striking landscapes from the Atlantic to Iceland. On Mykines Vágar you can get from using the ferry or helicopter.
10. Faial (Portugal)
Luxury Faial Island - the most westerly point of Europe. Volcanic origin has created its amazing terrain with hills and craters. Where you can find many opportunities for walking, cycling, canoeing and horseback riding.
summer visit an unforgettable experience - the island thousands of hydrangeas bloom, coloring Faial blue.
11. Gozo (Malta)
The picturesque Gozo is located close to the main island of Malta. This charming countryside, which in size can be compared with Manhattan. The ancient temples of the island are considered as one with the oldest in the world. Gozo is also one of the best diving spots in the Mediterranean. Do not forget to look at the Azure Window rock, which has become one of the locations "Game of Thrones".
12. The friction (Norway)
If you like cooler resorts, go to friction - an archipelago consisting of about 1000 tiny Norwegian islands, of which only four are inhabited.
Take a look at the stunning caves and grottoes, and in July, you can visit the famous music festival in the friction, which takes place under the glow of the full moon.
13. The Belle-Ile-en-Mer (France)
Belle-Île-en-Mer is literally translated as "beautiful island in the sea." This cozy haven off the coast of Brittany, is fully consistent with the title. The island is famous for its buildings painted in pastel shades, and 60 magnificent beaches. In addition, it conducted a music festival that gathers the best opera singers from around the world.
14. Alderney (United Kingdom)
is 40 minutes from the UK, the most northerly of the Channel Islands, offers know Britain, along with a little bit of French flair. Explore green meadows, rocky cliffs and winding street of the road, lined with paving stones. Do not be afraid to get lost - the length of the island only 5, 5 km, width - 2, 5 km.
15. Vis (Croatia)
Vis - the most distant from mainland Croatian island, known for its incredibly delicious wine, fresh sea food and nightlife. His delightful landscapes reminiscent of the atmosphere of the epic James Bond.
Swim in a kayak through caves, explore the bays and lagoons, and then inspect the entire island from the top of the mountain Hum.
16. Stromboli (Italy)
Play with danger on the Italian island of Stromboli, which is home to one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Eruptions occur here very often, but do not worry - they are very weak and barely care about the residents of the island. Enjoy the unique black sand beach during the day and look at the golden lava eruption at night.
17. Inishmore (Ireland)
The attractiveness of the island lies in its high cliffs and fantastic landscapes. Breathe in the salty air on a steep cliff, book a tour with a horse and carriage, enjoy the taste of mackerel just caught. You can also see the seal colonies, for which the island is home.