During these heated summer days, in an attempt to run as far away from the busy cities as possible, many people are looking for more or less isolated islands where they could enjoy their vacation. While some would prefer browsing through Tripadvisor and staying in an all-inclusive resort in a popular tourist destination, others would opt for going on a more private and less known island where they could enjoy their trip in privacy. Regardless of which category you belong to, pay attention to these 3 European islands that would make a great spot for your summer vacation.
The island of Sicily is located in the southernmost region of Italy and is well-known for its beautiful scenery and Mediterranean sun. It is also the homeland of the most active volcano in Europe, Mountain Etna, which is believed to erupt annually around 200 times. If this makes you think that the island is not populated, you’d be surprised to find out that Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, is actually the sixth most populated city in Italy and it also holds some of the most treasured national relics, such as the biggest opera in the whole country. Overall, apart from its fascinating history, Sicily is one of the most beloved European travel destinations.
Aran Islands, Ireland
Made up of three main islands and many other islets, the Aran Islands located off the west coast of Ireland have a total area of only 18 square miles and around 1200 people. In 2019, they were one of the top wedding destinations and there are quite a few things for which these small pieces of land are known, such as the cozy cottages and farms, the coastline, and the knitwear, especially the Aran sweaters. The last one was particularly important for the local economy, as in the 20th century it was one of the most important exports of the island. To this day men Aran sweaters made as decades ago are highly popular, both for the islanders and the global fashion as they are stylish and comfortable, so if you decide to take a trip there, getting one is a must.
The largest of all the Greek islands, Crete is positioned south of the mainland. Not only it is a popular tourist destination, but it is also an island that is well-known for its connection to Greek mythology, as it is said that Zeus, the king of all Greek gods, was born in this exact place. If you’re a fan of history and archaeology, you’d be pleased to find out that the city of Knossos located on this island is considered to be the oldest city in Europe and there are lots of tours that you can go on to discover the beauties and mysteries that this place hides. However, if you’re only looking for a destination where you could relax all day and enjoy a cocktail, Crete is the right place for you, as it has more than 100 beaches of all sizes, made of both pebbles and sand, so that everyone could have an unforgettable vacation while there.