Summer is fast approaching, and you know what that means, beaches, islands, and tons of photos of you lounging by a pool. Europe is the best place to spend summer due to its warm weather, diverse beaches, and food!
It’s even better if you’re on a European island with the best relaxing places. European islands have been known to be summer hot spots for decades now.
Celebrities have been vacationing here for ages, and you should consider booking your next vacation here. The best time to go is in the summer or early fall, but if you make it out, you’ll have a fantastic time.
If you’re daring this season, jumping from island to island might be something fun for you to do.
The European islands range from Greece to Malta, with different beaches, architecture, food, and people. Some of these islands have airports that allow for more accessible international travel.
Some places worldwide (especially islands) make it almost impossible to island jump. This is something that has plagued places like the Caribbean forever.
Check out seven of the most beautiful European islands to visit this year:
Paros is a Greek island on the Aegean Sea. It’s close to Naxos, which is another beautiful island.
The exciting thing about Paros is that it’s a chiller version of party places like Mykonos.
Also, you have an influx of artists and creatives that live there during the summer. The beaches are beautiful, but the real gem is the culture.
Hotels like Cosme, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paros, balance the island’s culture with its beach life to make travelers aware and comfortable enough to explore the island independently. The resort also has excellent food.
@emyrodriguezflores A cute beach cottage in Paros, Greece at the Cosme, Paros resort. #greece #paros #greek #roomtour ♬ I Think I Like When It Rains – WILLIS
Majorca (Mallorca), Spain
Another Mediterranean hotspot is Majorca.
This Balearic island is home to fantastic wineries and pretty cool town centers.
It’s different from its sister islands, Ibiza, Formentera, and Menorca, in that it’s more relaxed and wide enough for people to live there. The best time to visit is in the summer.
The coast is fantastic here, but it has some of the cutest mountain villages that give you the best views on the island.
Unlike Majorca, very few people live in Comino, but it’s a prime summer spot if you’re in the area. It’s a tiny island between Gozo and mainland Malta, and you can get there by a short ferry ride.
What shines here is the Blue Lagoon. It’s on a cove protected by Comino and another small island called Cominotto.
Light blue water covers this entire area, and it’s perfect for enjoying water sports like kayaking, sailing, and other forms. It’s worth a visit, for sure.
Procida is a Flegrean Island off the coast of Naples and has the most exciting island town. This island won Italy’s Capital of Culture in 2022, and famous films like The Talented Mr. Ripley were filmed here.
Walking through Marina Grande will amaze you with its multi-colored buildings and gastronomic options.
This island also sports beautiful volcanic beaches like Chiaiolella, where you can find interesting rock formations. Overall, this is one place you should check out soon.
Next door to Africa, you’ll find the Canary Islands, and Tenerife is one you should visit.
Known for having the best stargazing in the area, Tenerife is home to places like Michelin-star restaurants and Europe’s most extensive lava tube.
It’s also known as a fantastic scuba diving spot because its waters stay at a moderate temperature year-round. Even better, the weather on this island stays pretty warm year-round, making it a seasonless destination.
Known as a playground for the rich and famous, Capri is becoming a modern traveler’s favorite destination.
Places like the Blue Grotto are becoming increasingly prominent, and it’s becoming an alternative to places like the Amalfi Coast, which can become overcrowded during summer months.
Hvar is an island near Croatia with some of the best port views on this side of Europe.
It shares the Adriatic Sea with Italy, which contains the most crystal blue waters you can’t find anywhere else. This destination is excellent because you see a different side of Europe.
Only some spots are like Italy or Spain; this Croatian island is a perfect place to explore this country in the Balkans.
If you plan on traveling this year, check out some of these beautiful European islands.
They all have their own diverse culture and different personalities, making them more beautiful than a sunny coastline.
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