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  • Five European islands that you shouldn’t miss

    Santa Cruz, Tenerife

    Santa Cruz, Tenerife

    Considering the continent’s amazing diversity, it’s hard to generalize anything when it comes to European tourism. History, multiculturalism, architectural masterpieces and wonderful nature are all only some of the aspects that can add value to your European experience.

    But sometimes (well, actually, in most cases), taking the less beaten path can lead to the greatest discoveries.  Continental Europe has much to show and tell, but so do all those little islands surrounding Europe’s coasts. And the best thing about islands is that, not matter how close to the continent, they somehow always managed to develop some characteristic that is exclusively theirs – in other words, each island is a world of its own. Here comes out selection of Europe’s most beautiful and interesting islands:

    Malta

    There aren’t too many places in the world whose history can be traced back to over 7 thousand years ago. But the island of Malta, located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, is one of them. With its baroque buildings and typical Mediterranean landscape, Malta is an ideal touristic destination. Taking the time to discover Malta’s archaeological sites, bohemian cafes and delicious cuisine is just like taking a journey back in time and getting closer and closer to the very essence of the Mediterranean spirit.

    Hvar

    Hvar is probably the most popular among the islands stretching alongside the picturesque Dalmatian coast, in the ex-Yugoslavian Republic of Croatia. The island’s natural attributes (numerous fresh water sources and fertile land) have favored the birth of a flourishing culture.

    If you want to see for yourself one of the most interesting agricultural landscapes in the world, the Stari Grad plain, together with its adjacent town, also one of the oldest in Europe, than visiting Hvan island should be part of your Croatian journey agenda.

    Santorini

    The island of Santorini in nothing but the a caldera of a dormant volcano, located in the Eastern Mediterranean, right between Greece and Turkey. Part of the Cyclades islands, Santorini is mostly known as a favorite honeymoon destination. Whatever you do in Santorini, don’t miss the chance to admire the breathtaking panorama of the island: the snowy white roofs and the turquoise waters make an irresistible contrast.

    Tenerife

    The perfect climate has transformed the island of Tenerife, part of the Canary archipelago, into one of the most popular all year destinations in the world. There are numerous things that make Tenerife such a special destination, starting with is now famous Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and continuing with its luxurious hotels, hiking trails and outdoor sports facilities.

    Azores

    The superb Azores islands, are, in many ways, everything that the Canary islands are not: much less popular and therefore offering as much space as intimacy as you’d want, not so many beaches but all covered by a lush, green vegetation, not so many hotels but lots of remote villages, abandoned vineyards and coquette bed&breakfasts.

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