The sight of the sea can put our mind and body in a relaxing state, which is why islands are one of the more popular destinations among travelers. Apart from a peaceful experience, visiting an island also offers luxuriant jungles, velvety peaks, and stunning topography. Are you planning on spending your next vacation on an island as well? Here’s a list of some of the best islands to visit in Europe.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini Island has been nicknamed the ‘Wine Island’ as wine has been produced there since ancient times. Apart from its wine, the island is popular for its volcanic beaches, restaurants, and sunset cruises. Archaeological enthusiasts are recommended to visit the Akrotíri Archaeological Site when making a trip to Santorini Island. On average, 1.5 million tourists visit the island each year.

Mílos, Greece

Located in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete, Milos has been voted the number 1 island on the planet. It is definitely one of the best islands to visit in Europe. From snorkeling through the island’s caves to exploring the award-winning Kostantakis winery, there are a number of things you can do during your stay at Milos. Due to a plethora of minerals, the island has no dearth of picturesque beaches. Its rich ancient history also adds to the appeal of the island.

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Madeira, Portugal

Although many would consider it to be an African region (due to its proximity to the continent), Madeira is technically a part of Europe. An archipelago comprising 4 different islands, Madeira is famous for its breathtaking scenery, and unique history. Madeira also has arguably the largest fireworks show in the world – Funchal new year’s eve fireworks. While you are exploring Madeira, don’t forget to miss out on the region’s amazing local food.

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia, located in Italy, is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. There are over 200 beaches in this region. Costa Sud, Capo Testa, and Costa Verde are some of the most popular beaches here. Apart from such amazing beaches, Sardinia is also known for its ecosystems, delicious food, and pristine waters. The best time to visit Sardinia is anytime between June and August as the weather during this period adds to the beauty of the region.

Mallorca, Spain

Popular among travelers for its variety of landscapes and historical sights, Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands. There are multiple beach resorts you can stay at during your vacation at Mallorca at an affordable cost. The island sees over 10 million tourists annually on average and this number seems to be rising every year. Popular places in Mallorca include Alcúdia’s Old Town, Puerto Portals, The Hilltop Town, and Llucmajor Beaches.

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