Best Islands I Ever Visited in Europe

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European islands have their little secrets and a visit to each of them will leave you with a thing or two to awe you. I have seen some of the most famous of them and can only say they will leave you speachless.

Intro

Having heard friends tell how there are some really beautiful islands along the long European coast, I decided enough was enough and it was time to see for myself what the hype is all about. Truly I was not disappointed as each island gave me a whole new adventure and reason to want to see more and more. Here are the best islands I ever visited in Europe.

The Island of Rab

From the mainland Croatia, Rab was easy to access via ferry from the Port of Stinica. This small island has its share of surprises. It is only 22km in length but on this little stretch is nature’s best. On one side is karst scenery that offers structures manicured by nature to give unique beauty and breath-taking appearance. On the other side is one of the few remaining oak forests of the Mediterranean. Such contrast in one place! This is definitely a place I would like to go back to.

The Heart-shaped Galesnjak

This heart-shaped island in Croatia has had so much hype on Google Earth that I just had to check it out. There being no ferry going to the islands, I had no option but to rent a boat from a Croatia charter and visit the island on my own. I was sure this would be a whole new adventure on its own and upon arrival this proved to be true. The emerald-blue waters flapping on the white sands gave the welcoming tune. Shrubs on rocky terrain make up the entire island and it is this untamed nature that makes this a place worth visiting. When it gets really hot, a swim in the pebble beach serves to cool down while striding along the beach will give a heavenly and idyllic feeling.

Island of Skye

Located in the northern shores this helped me to experience Scotland in a whole new way. Access from the main land did not pose any challenges and upon arrival the range of mountains unfolding before me were simply spectacular. Gaelic songs filled the air and so did the smell of exquisite cuisine. The outdoor fun is what made the island be on top of my list of favorite places. With so many hiking and rock-climbing sites, we were spoilt for choice but when the decision was finally made, the fun that followed was quite immense. The jutting rocks did not make the climbing any easier but intensified the fun. The evenings were well-spent too with hundreds of bird species to watch thanks to the wide heather moors.

Kefallinia

A stop in Greece got me curious to check out the largest island in the Ionian Sea. This proved to be so much more than I expected with nature being showcased at its best. The modern twist the place has makes it just so much more mysterious. Tours to the Melissani cave system by boat were thrilling while the Vallianos Square provides a great shopping experience for some souvenirs. My personal favorite however was the trip to the 5300-foot tall Mount Ainos and to cap it up is the natural and amazing flora and fauna at the top.

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Croatia, Dalmatia, Europe, Greece, Islands, Scotland

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you for sharing your article and pictures. Congratulations on the shiny gold star.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
25th Jul 2015 (#)

Those would be great places to visit.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
27th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this article about the islands in Europe. Although I'm one of the widely travelled persons I never heard of these islands. Now I'm wiser.

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