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For this year's list, Vivere's European travel experts have picked one of the Greek Cyclades to take the Number One spot.
CAMORINO, SWITZERLAND, August 15, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Travelers who are looking for to discover an island getaway in Europe should flock to the Mediterranean where they can discover everything from wild nightlife, vivid landscapes, beautiful sandy beaches, azure seas, and exciting water sports.
Leading travel authority Vivere.travel, today reveals the top 10 picks for European islands to discover for your next getaway. Compiled by the travel experts of Vivere.travel, these "Best Destination" lists are revealed annually to help people get inspired to travel around the world.
For this year's list, Vivere's European travel experts have picked one of the Greek Cyclades to take the Number One spot. While often overlooked by tourists in favor of more popular islands like Mykonos, Zakynthos, or Crete, Paros has something for everyone and this makes it a one of a kind destination worth discovering.
Paros - The elegant beauty of the Aegean Sea
Located in the center of the Cyclades islands, Paros might very well be the most likable of the Cyclades, as it charms both the surfer and the hiker, the elderly Greek couple and the young backpacker, and the more modest beachgoer, the wallflower, and the party animal. With its quaint old villages and hip beach bars, Paros not only has something to offer to everyone – families, couples, boaters, kiters, windsurfers and many others – and is also extremely well connected and easy to reach. Its beaches are stunning and plentiful and, even on the windiest of days, one can find a spot to enjoy tranquil waters. Paros' natural beauty and it's laid-back yet sophisticated atmosphere make it the perfect island choice for those who have never been to the Cyclades before, but also for those who are veteran island hoppers.
Sardinia - Italian island with fascinating nature and outdoor sports
Beautiful mountain landscapes and views of the Mediterranean Sea accompanied by the authentic culture and traditions. The excellent hospitality industry offers luxurious hotels and charming B&Bs which make Sardinia an increasingly popular travel destination. Diving, trekking, surfing, and golf are all well-liked activities on this Italian island that offers also language schools, culinary courses and fantastic boat tours for your pleasure.
Malta - Magnificent architecture, historical sites, and lagoons in Malta
The beautiful and mythic island state of Malta is rich in history with magnificent cathedrals, palaces, and ancient historical sites. Pleasant sunny climate and crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea offer excellent opportunities for water sports such as sailing, diving, and snorkeling in Malta, while the green Maltese countryside with picturesque villages is perfect for long walks and other outdoor activities. Gozo, the second biggest of the Maltese islands can be easily toured by regular and fast ferries from the main island. Gozo is also home to the mythic Calypso's Cave.
Koufonisia - A tiny and absolutely gorgeous isle
Small, simple and simply beautiful, the tiny island of Koufonisia is a sight for sore eyes, especially to those who are looking for the bluest and clearest of waters. Its stunning white sandy beaches are famous for being some of the best in the Cyclades/ Between beaches, the countryside never fails to remind visitors that this island is strongly rooted in its rural traditions. The charming port village of Koufonisia with its fishing boats and whitewashed houses is a small gem while, in the Hora, you will find small tavernas and shops dotting the picturesque alleys overlooking the Caribbean-like waters of the sea.
Fuerteventura - A Spanish holiday paradise
Would you like to enjoy lovely sand dunes and fascinating lunar landscapes, or enjoy an astonishing number of sandy beaches suitable for water sports? Do you think it would be time to feel the sunlight in your face and have a good old beach holiday under the warm Spanish sun? If the answer is yes, the island of Fuerteventura might be a good place for experiencing this all and much more.
Crete - Culture, historical sites, beaches and nature in Crete
Crete is the largest and one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea south of the mainland Greece. Sun, sand, and sea on its beautiful coastline are the major attractions on Crete. However, the island is very diverse in nature with impressive mountains, semi-deserts, and green forests, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. The fascinating Cretan history, culture, and hospitable inhabitants attract visitors to this lovely holiday island.
Capri - an Idyllic island with seaside caves and lovely mountain landscapes
Famous worldwide for its beauty and for its unique atmosphere, stylish Capri is an amazing island with lots to do and lots to offer to everyone. Lush and green, the island is surrounded by amazingly clear water and the best way to enjoy it is from a boat, as Capri somewhat lacks beaches: you will be rewarded, however, with stunning sunsets, famous to be some of the best in the region and absolutely picture-worthy. Shopping, especially in Via Camerelle, is a favorite sport around here: you will find everything, from luxury jewels to handcrafted ceramics, to the sandals that have been made famous by several customers of international fame.
Kimolos - A stunning island deeply rooted in tradition
"My Kimolos, my heaven" – this is how locals refer to their island. Famous for its beautiful and sheltered beaches, Kimolos is not a popular tourist destination and is waiting to be explored by those who like to calm, relaxing vacation off the beaten track. One of the greenest islands of the Cyclades, Kimolos boasts a great number of paths for those who enjoy hiking and is still quite rural: its people, rooted in tradition, make visitors feel more like guests than tourists, making it the perfect island for those who are seeking a home away from home.
Brac - A sunny Dalmatian paradise
With its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, the island of Brac in Croatia is a perfect destination for a relaxing summer holiday. This sunny Dalmatian island has good possibilities for water sports and unspoiled nature with rolling hills, pine forests and vineyards just waiting to be explored. Besides outdoor activities, Brac also hosts some fascinating historical attractions to admire.
Sicily - The timeless beauty of Sicily's ancient history
Once a country of its own and today the southernmost part of Italy, the island of Sicily is unique in many ways. With Greek, Roman, Arabic, German and French reflections around, the culture of this largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is more international than in most parts of Italy. It is also a world-renown region for its gastronomy and wine. With lovely beaches, charming countryside, and spectacular landscapes dominated by Mount Etna volcano, Sicily is an island full of natural beauty.
Honorable mentions: Île de Ré, Menorca, Amorgos.
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