12 Best European Islands For Vacation

Updated on May 9, 2016
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Stephanie loves to travel. She has written numerous articles with tips, photographs, and information on places to visit.

European Islands for a Unique Vacation

You want to go to Europe to explore the wide variety of culture and arts throughout the continent's many countries, but the idea of lounging on the beach somewhere sounds equally enticing. Why not do both?

Don't go fight the crowds at all the popular "hot spots" in Europe. For your next vacation, consider visiting one of the exotic European Islands. It will be a unique travel experience that you won't soon forget!

I love Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal, in particular. All of these countries include islands within their territories. As you move away from the mainland, you'll discover island life is as varied as the countries' flags and traditions.

Here's a list of 12 of the best European islands for vacation. Take your pick among locations in the Mediterranean or Atlantic. Don't forget to pack the sunscreen and camera!

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands

12 European Islands You Won't Want to Miss

  • Tenerife (Spain, Canary Islands)
  • Sardinia (Italy)
  • Madeira (Portugal)
  • Santorini (Greece)
  • The Azores (Portugal)
  • Fuerteventura (Spain, Canary Islands)
  • Sicily (Italy)
  • Ionian Islands (Greece)
  • Šibenik Islands (Croatia)
  • Iceland
  • Malta Island (Malta)
  • Ibiza (Spain)

Why Travel to a European Island?

Some of the European Islands featured here are territories of mainland countries, and others are "stand-alone" sovereign states, including Malta and Iceland. Yet, each of these regions might as well be their own nation.

European cultural influences are evident, and the language or dialect may be "borrowed" from elsewhere. However, when it comes to the sights, sounds and tastes of these islands, you simply have to go there for the experience that mainland cannot match!

For example, one of Spain's Wackiest Festivals, the Burial of the Sardine, takes place each year on the island of Tenerife (within the Canary Islands). If you've experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans, then I suggest you find a book your cheap flights to Tenerife before next February so you can partake in the bizarre festivities that include parading a dead fish on a throne through town... and lots of drinking and dancing, as well!

Highlights of Tenerife


Although the Canary Islands are an autonomous territory of Spain, they are actually off the coast of the African continent, about 100 km south of the border of Morocco and Western Sahara. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and offers a wide range of activities from watersports to hiking, photography and unique cultural activities.

Spain's highest mountain, Mount Teide, is found on Tenerife. From the top of this World Heritage Site, you'll have a grand view of the rest of the volcanoes on the island. The region is rich in wildlife and natural beauty. Not surprisingly, tourists love to visit Tenerife - 12 million each year, to be precise!

The north coast of Madeira
The north coast of Madeira


If you like wine, you'll love Madeira! Winemaking has long been a tradition in this Portuguese region. According to Wikipedia:

Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves heating the wine up to temperatures as high as 60°C (140°F) for an extended period of time and deliberately exposing the wine to some levels of oxidation. Due to this unique process, Madeira is a very robust wine that can be quite long lived even after being opened.

Like Tenerife, Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal, located in the northern Atlantic ocean. Its about 520 km from the African coast, and 1000 km from the west coast of Europe. Temperatures hover around 70 degrees F year round. Just perfect!

Year-round, tourists flock to the island to enjoy Madeira wine, its abundant, beautiful flowers and the largest fireworks show in the world on New Year's Eve (as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records).

Luna Beach on Sardinia
Luna Beach on Sardinia


For amazing architecture, fresh, tasty cuisine, and unique culture, the island of Sardinia has it all! You'll step back in time to an ancient era when you visit the Bronze Age stone towers (called Nuraghe), or the Roman bath runs at Fordongianus. The sacred well of Santa Christina is an architectural marvel, as well.

After your sightseeing, be sure to take a walk along one of the gorgeous sandy beaches of Sardinia (Luna Beach is pictured above). Fresh seafood is found in coastal restaurants, or you can enjoy a meal of slow-roasted meat inland.

Local culture is just that -- local! Sardinian festivals are traditional celebrations that have been passed down from generation to generation. But don't worry about crashing the party. Tourists are always welcome. The best known festival in Sardinia is the annual horse race at the beginning of July, called l'ardia di San Costantino.

Blue skies, blue roofs and white buildings in Santorini
Blue skies, blue roofs and white buildings in Santorini


Yes, its true. Santorini is just that beautiful. The island is a popular destination, either on its own, or as part of a Greek isles cruise. Magical and romantic, many couples enjoy Santorini as a honeymoon destination.

Postcard-perfect photos like the one above are signature Santorini. Famous white houses with blue domes are nestled into the cliffs created by eons of volcanic eruptions. You can walk the crater rims or stroll along the magnificent beaches.

Cap off your evening with delicious Greek cuisine and perhaps a glass of ouzo.

The Azores, Portugal

The Azores

If you haven't heard of the Azores, you're not alone. The 9-island archipelago, a territory of Portugal, is one of the most undiscovered European islands. Stunning natural beauty greets you and may even make you wonder whether you should keep the secret of the Azores to yourself so that it doesn't get overrun by tourists....

If you like spending time outdoors, the Azores is the place to visit. Hike along trails to reach waterfalls, calderas and tiny seaside villages. All you'll need are a pair of sturdy shoes and a camera! While there, be sure to walk to Sete Cidades on São Miguel, the main island. The village is nestled within a caldera, flanked by one blue and one green lake. Another favorite destination is the fajas, or coastal plains, of São Jorge. Visit Faial, which is a favorite among the yachting community and stop at the famous Peter Café Sport.

Amazingly, you can get to the Azores in just 4 hours via plane from Boston!

Majestic scenery in Fuerteventura
Majestic scenery in Fuerteventura


If you like Tenerife, you may want to extend your vacation to the Canary Islands with a visit to Fuerteventura, one of the Canary islands.  The island is very popular with water sports enthusiasts, in large part due to the strong winds that propel sailboats across the waves. 

Surfers love the giant swells and the beaches are simply amazing.  Take your pick among clean, pristine white or black volcanic beaches.  There are even guided walking tours along the sands.

Just 70 miles off the coast of Morocco, a trip to Fuerteventura is an island vacation like nothing you've ever experienced.

Sights in Sicily


Sicily is the large Italian island being kicked by the "boot" that is the mainland country. Practically a nation in itself, Sicily is steeped in history, art and excellent wine! Forget what you've read or heard about this island with a storied past. The people there are friendly and helpful, and while your travel experience will have an Italian flair, it will also be uniquely Sicilian!

Sights you'll want to visit when in Sicily include the rumbling volcano - Mount Etna, the city of Sciacca in southwestern Sicily to enjoy amazing ceramics and its Carnival, and Ragusa province in which you'll find many small towns and ornate churches. Bella!

Natural beauty abounds in Sicily, as well. Miles of vineyards cover the hills, as well as olive groves and citrus trees. The rugged mountainous landscape kisses the deep blue sea, allowing vistas that surely inspired some of the beautiful art you'll enjoy when you travel to Sicily.

Greek architecture marries stunning landscapes in the Ionian Islands
Greek architecture marries stunning landscapes in the Ionian Islands

Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands are a group of Greek islands that are also called the Heptanese, the "Seven Islands." Located off the west coast of Greece, in the Ionian sea, the islands consist of:

  • Corfu (Kerkyra)
  • Paxos (Paxi)
  • Lefkas (Lefkada)
  • Ithaca (Ithaki)
  • Cephalonia (Kefalonia)
  • Zante (Zakynthos) and
  • Cerigo (Kythira)

Though the islands are now part of Greece, they have a storied history with influences from a number of European countries.  The experience is a unique blend of Greek and Italian culture.

Visitors agree that the lush green landscapes (Corfu has the highest rainfall in Greece) are a beautiful contrast to the blue seas.There are cruises and guided tours available through the Ionian Islands.  You'll soon see why the poet Homor declared the Ionian Islands a paradise in The Odyssey.

Waterfalls beckon in the Sibenik Islands of Croatia
Waterfalls beckon in the Sibenik Islands of Croatia

Šibenik Islands

The Šibenik Islands, within central Dalmatia where the Krka river empties into the Adriatic Sea, are a jewel in a dense archipelago of islands. Part of Croatia, they were heavily fortified to ward off the attacks of the Yugoslav Army and the Serbs during the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995). The four main fortresses can be viewed, and all architectural damage from the recent war has been repaired.

  • Tvrđava Sv. Nikole
  • Tvrđava Sv. Mihovila
  • Tvrđava Sv. Ivana
  • Tvrđava Šubićevac

The relatively small population allows the natural wonders of the islands to shine through. Be sure to visit the islands of the Kornati National Park, the Krka National Park and the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Waterfalls like the one shown above are even more stunning in real life!

In town, the central church in Šibenik, the Cathedral of St. James, enjoys recognition as a World Heritage site.  Stroll through the streets to find many restaurants serving local fare (lamb, turkey, baked dishes and more).  Dolac quarter in the town center is said to have over 100 cafés with live music.

You may want to plan to visit the Šibenik Islands during one of the annual festivals.  The International Child's Festival starts the last week in June, and the Day of St. James, the patron saint of the city, is commemorated each year on July 25. 

Swimming in Iceland, no matter the temperature outdoors!
Swimming in Iceland, no matter the temperature outdoors!


Iceland may not be the first location that comes to mind when you consider European Islands. Yet the island nation will not disappoint tourists looking for a fresh alternative to traditional travel plans.

The scenery is pure and unmarred, given that its the largest uninhabited area in Europe. Enjoy birch forests, deserts of black sand and boiling pools of mud. The hot springs allow for outdoor swimming year round. Oh, and yes, there is that volcano too! The one with the name that no one can pronounce (Eyjafjallajökull).

Any trip to Iceland has got to include a guided horseback ride on an Icelandic horse. The species were brought to Iceland with the Vikings in the ninth century. You'll marvel at the natural beauty of the untouched landscape, led by Bjarni Páll, who specializes in geology, and his wife Elsa, both from Saltvík. The tour takes you past Lake M vatn, Ódáahraun, the largest lava field in Icelan, and the waterfall Goafoss.

Maltese boats sit calmly in the harbor
Maltese boats sit calmly in the harbor

Malta Islands

History buffs and budding archeologists will love visiting Malta! The Neolithic Temples built 1000 years before the pyramids of Egypt were created with 20-ton blocks. Just how the ancient civilizations accomplished this feat is anyone's guess. You'll also want to see St. Paul's island, which marks the spot where St. Paul shipwrecked on the Malta coast. The event is commemorated in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles! From there, you should visit the places where the Knights of St. John defended Christianity.

Its not just about history, however. Malta boasts some amazing views along its coastlines. Walk along the trails, or consider a boat excursion around the islands for the best vistas.

One of the gorgeous bays of Ibiza
One of the gorgeous bays of Ibiza


Whether you want to party at the clubs or take in spectacular scenery, the Spainish island Ibiza has plenty of options.  Young adults flock to world-famous clubs including Pacha, Amnesia and Club Privilege.  Keep a watch out for celebrities and models...

If drinking and dancing isn't your thing, you can slow down the pace by finding a spot at the Es Vedrà from which to watch the amazing sunsets Ibiza offers up each evening.  The uninhabited nature reserve is off the western coast in Cala d'Hort.

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        14 months ago

        This is a great peice to read. In September, it will be my first travel in Europe and Spain is the lucky one! Good thing that I found this page so I can have a little know how when I go there. I have on my list is Bonanza Rock which I read as well in https://www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/el-hierro/plac... I'm so excited!

        Thanks Stephanie for this page! Love it! :)

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        3 years ago from France

        Loved it! Thanks for the wonderful list :)

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        3 years ago

        Love the gorgeous photos. It probably helps that I cannot pronounce some of these places. That may be a clue to uncrowded vacations. Unpronounceable.

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        5 years ago

        The selection is absolutely gorgeous, trying to plan a family holiday and Sardinia looking like the best option to me... I salute you for putting these up; real eye-opener for some great future holidays, and saved me long arduous hours of searching tacky trip advisor-esque websites for somewhere half decent. Next job; find a villa!

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        Samita Sharma 

        5 years ago from Chandigarh

        Luna Beach on Sardinia is very beautiful

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        5 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Great hubs. Loved the info. Thanks!

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        5 years ago

        Great photos! I have island fever now :) Ibiza looks especially in my taste! voted up :)

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        Kori Cox 

        5 years ago

        Thanks for the wonderful list!

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        Yorja Rahmani 

        5 years ago from India

        Thanks for the list. Europe has so many beaches...

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        5 years ago

        I'm glad to see Croatia made iton your list. However, Sibenik is NOT an island - it is a coastal city located in mid Dalmatia. Sure, there are islands near Sibenik, and over 1000 islands along the whole Croatian coast. Out of the write up on Sibenik above, and the list of places you have mentioned, only the Kornati National Park is actually on an island (in this case, a group of islands), and the fortress (Tvrđava)Sv. Nikole. Everything else is is on the main land, including Krka falls, Plitvice lakes. In fact, Plitvice Lakes is in a whole other municipality! Again, glad that you enjoy Croatia, heck I do to, but out of over 1000 islands, Sibenik is not one of them. Cheers.

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        6 years ago from Playa del Carmen, Mexico

        All of them looks amazing. I would choose Sardinia :)

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        6 years ago from Canada

        Great read! I am looking for places to go for a sleepcation!

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        Richard Francis Fleck 

        6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

        Very much enjoyed your hub on European Islands, especially the unusual ones some of which I never heard of. We just returned from Iceland which was absolutely marvelous.

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        6 years ago from Oregon

        ohhh they are all so beautiful, I need to win a lottery :)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you!

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        Jennifer Arnett 

        6 years ago from California

        I had never heard of Ibiza but now I really want to go. Great travel hub!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you so much Carmen! I absolutely love Europe and travel. Hope you are totally inspiried, and have a great time in Santorini! Best, Steph

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        Carmen Beth 

        6 years ago

        This is a great hub, Stephanie! Sends the excitement down the spines of travelers: ) I have an immense passion for Europe and personally love beautiful and solitary islands. Now you've just presented to me a cornucopia of choices to kill two birds with one stone. I love the color white, so I'm probably starting off with Santorini...

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        6 years ago from Fulham, UK

        I've been to Sardinia and Ibiza and I loved them both! Just like I loved reading your hub. :)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        That's right! When you win the lottery! :-) Best to you, Steph

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        Cathleena Beams 

        6 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

        I haven't been to any of these places, but I would love to go to all of them. Maybe some day when I'm rich and famous. "wink"

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        Nigel Smith 

        6 years ago from All over the World

        Thanks :)I still go back to this article for inspiration to get away for the summer, there are so many beautiful places!

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        Nigel Smith 

        6 years ago from All over the World

        This hub has made me crave a holiday for the summer! Beautiful sights. Great article, thanks for the inspiration!

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        6 years ago from Florida

        Great hub with lots of useful info for my next trip! Or at least the dream of my next trip to Europe! Thanks so much ;-)

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        7 years ago

        Excellent hub! The pictures are amazing.

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        7 years ago

        Omg, That first image from the San Andres beach .... Awesome :)) Been there in February and a storm caught me bathing.. The car was completely covered with sand.

        Oh, and the road from where the picture was take... unbelievable. One of the most spectacular roads in Tenerife.

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        7 years ago

        What a wonderful hub!

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        7 years ago

        Breathtaking and beautiful lens with great travel info. I want to go right now! Voted up!

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        Thelma Alberts 

        7 years ago from Germany

        Lovely places to visit. Voted up. Thanks for sharing.

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        Victor Mavedzenge 

        7 years ago from Oakland, California

        Great information.Thanks for the lovely pictures too.

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        7 years ago

        Brilliants, I wanted to see that on original hahaha nice hub.

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        7 years ago from Ulster County, New York

        Thanks so much for this hub. I'm seriously contemplating a trip to Sardinia in the near future; your travel tips were very helpful.

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        Health Talk 

        7 years ago from World

        with summer approching i think i should consider one of them. :D

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        Cameron Dean 

        7 years ago from New York

        I absolutely loved Santorini, magical.

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        7 years ago from Paris

        Some great info for my next vacation!

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        7 years ago from Planet Earth


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        Paxos travel 

        7 years ago

        In greece there are so many beautiful places to visit for holidays. Especially islands like paxos. http://www.paxos-travel.com

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        7 years ago from United States

        Awesome lens thanks for the info

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        Str8up Hookups 

        7 years ago

        You have opened my eyes to alot of new possibilities.

        I adore tropical settings and these are so beautiful!

        Thanks for sharing!

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        7 years ago

        You have some great places here, but where's mallorca.

        I'm moving there next month because I fell in love with the island for its beautiful scenery and friendly people.

        But I will certainly visit a few of the islands you have posted here, they look great, thanks for the photo's and videos.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        You are absolutely right! I actually considered discussing some of the sights in the UK (I personally love the Dover Cliffs) - Corsica....another beautiful place. Cheers!

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        7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hey don't forget that the UK is an island! Corsica is also a very beautiful island in the Med to add to your travelling list. Interesting hub and great photos

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Edwin - I agree! I really love Santorini and would love to plan a vacation there soon. Cheers, Steph

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        Edwin Clark 

        7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

        Santorini is one of my islands to visit, this hub inspires me to visit Europe more often, thanks for writing this beautiful hub.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Right Katrina - so many European islands to choose from! The photographs are so nice and equally compelling. Time to plan a vacation, right?

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        7 years ago

        Great hub for people who are planning to enjoy their vacation in Europe. It is hard to choose one island. Actually the pictures you have used are stunning and making this hub more beautiful.

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        8 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Great information from you. I'll put all these Island on my travel list. I believe this could be an option for travel destination. You have done great research. Good work, my friend.


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        Celina Martin 

        8 years ago from London

        Nice hub & guide those who are searching & plan to enjoy their vacation in Europe.

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        8 years ago from Indonesia

        I dream of visiting those heavenly places !

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you - you are right! So many places to choose from. It does help to start with an overview with lots of photos to illustrate the beauty of potential vacation spots!

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        8 years ago

        Very nice places. I haven't been to Tenerife would like to visit it is just that now a days is so easy to travel and so many places to visit that sometime you get confuse from where to start. Thanks for the hub.

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        8 years ago

        really beautiful island!~ nice hub

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Jaynie - glad you enjoyed the virtual vacation. Best, Steph

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        8 years ago

        I love your hub! The pics are outstanding and the information is great. You have highlighted so many destinations that I've been dying to visit. Thank you so much for sharing!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you for the comment, Petra! Glad to hear that someone who resides "across the pond" approves. Cheers, Stephanie

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        Petra Vlah 

        8 years ago from Los Angeles

        Those places are all fabulous and you did a fantastic job on presenting them. Thank you for such a great, informative and well written hub as well as for the beautiful pictures.

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        Travel To Europe 

        8 years ago

        All pictures are beautiful. I am planning to visit Europe this vacation. I like to visit icelands. I heard that Malta island in Europe is best. I love all of your shots. Nice information.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Glad you enjoyed the virtual European vacation! So many beautiful places in the world to visit. Best, Steph

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        8 years ago from Wales

        Beautiful photos and so well written. Thanks for sharing!!

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        8 years ago

        That's Amazing Places In Europe. Indonesia also has many amazing places, Like Kuta Beach, Sanur Beach, Senggigi Beach, Nusa Dua, Lovina Beach, Borobudur Temples, Komodo Island, Lake Toba, see a lot of interesting places in my hubs. Great..

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        8 years ago

        Great photos in this hub,absolutely breathtaking!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks traveluxe and chrislloyd - Happy travels to you both. Hope you find a way to visit some of these incredible European islands. :) Steph

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        8 years ago from UK

        Great and really comprehensive guide! Going to have to visit a few of those places myself!

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        8 years ago from Barcelona

        Amazing Selection!

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        8 years ago from Lahore

        wow great places :)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Robie - loved your Iceland posts! These islands certainly all look amazing. A great selection to chose from for a future vacation. I'm with you on Malta... :)

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        Roberta Kyle 

        8 years ago from Central New Jersey

        wow -- well you know I love Iceland and I have always wanted to visit Malta-- don't ask me why:-)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Andy - I hope you do get to visit Iceland, or any of these other amazing islands. Best, Stephanie

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        8 years ago

        Great hub with nice photos. Unfortunately I never had a chance to visit any of these, but if I would get a chance I will certainly go to Iceland.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Emmma - so much of this wonderful world to explore. Hope I gave you some inspiration to travel to some unique vacation destinations. Best, Steph

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        I do love mainland Europe, too, nicks! Spain definitely has some amazing villages and other sights.

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        8 years ago

        Beautiful hub Stephhicks68!

        You gave me some great ideas about where to go for a vacation. I traveled all around the Europe, but I haven't visited most of those places you described.

        I agree about Croatian islands, you will find untouched nature and clear sea on Kornati. Earth paradise! Love to go there!

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        8 years ago

        An excellent selection. However, for those of you who have not been to mainland Europe - it should not be dismissed. I live in Spain and there are some truly fantastic places to visit with the key being to avoid the 'tourist' areas (normally on the coast). Try going inland to Granada or Aragon (absolutely gorgeous and full of Medieval fortified villages.

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        8 years ago from LA

        Great choices! I have few other to add to the list - really worth visiting: Crete and Eolian Islands, especially Lipary and Stromboli :-)

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        8 years ago

        nice view :]

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        You've gotta have pictures to fully describe these amazing European islands! :) Something to dream about now, right?

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        8 years ago

        the pics are really good. the places you hav mentioned looks really interesting. thanks for the informative article.

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        Holle Abee 

        8 years ago from Georgia

        Beautiful hub and glorious pics!

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        8 years ago from Lovely Home

        All the pictures are beyond my imagination. Really stunning, I hope to visit one of those place someday.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Beatrice! The beauty of these islands speaks for itself. :)

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        8 years ago from Providence, RI

        I've never been to any of them, but I would like to have a vacation on at least one after these - thanks to this great, colorful hub :).

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Prasetio - Who can choose the best place from all these wonderful European islands? Each has its special beauty and treasures... Glad you enjoyed this hub. Now you can start making travel plans :)

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        8 years ago from malang-indonesia

        My friend, I can't make any choice for all these place. Because all these place very beautiful. Sorry I am late to know about this. I totally agree with you that these places good for vocation. I hope this can be an alternative for traveling idea. Good work. I vote this Up. Thank you very much.


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        8 years ago

        Great hub! Thanks much,stephhicks.I love natural scenery so much, and I think you also.

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        You and me both!

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        Kelly Kline Burnett 

        8 years ago from Fontana, WI

        Excellent! I need a vacation!

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        8 years ago

        This is a very nice hub! I will try to blog about Philippine Islands then :D

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Yes! I love Capri!! I've been twice (in 1985 and 1994) the island is sunny, lovely and soooo Italian! :)

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        8 years ago from New York City

        Great list of islands! I've been to most of them. I would probably add Capri, absolutely beautiful small island with very unique charm and different from Sisily and Sardinia. Oh, I need to go on vacation right now :)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Amy! Its fun to look at all these beautiful pictures of the islands and dream about a vacation away from it all!

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        amy jane 

        8 years ago from Connecticut

        Beautiful list! I want to go explore each and every one of them! :)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Nami - I hope you really enjoy Iceland! Happy vacation planning :)

      • namster profile image


        8 years ago from san francisco, ca

        Hey Steph,

        this is a great post! I was just* looking for some good christmas-time trip ideas. ICELAND sounds AMAZING!!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks Nifty - you are right! The Spaniards do know how to throw a great festival. I'll take any of these European Islands for a vacation too! :)

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        8 years ago

        Got love those Spaniards! From running of the bulls, to tomato fights, to having a festival for sardines, these people know how to party! The pictures are breath taking,I could vacation in any one of those places! Great hub!

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi belliott! I am particularly drawn to the islands of Spain and Portugal myself. Tenerife looks really cool, Ibiza too. :)

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        Stephanie Hicks 

        8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks billyaustindillon - Isn't Santorini gorgeous? I'd take any of these islands for a vacation, though! Cheers

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        8 years ago

        Beautiful! They all sound fantastic. I think I would start out with Sardinia.


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