Book Moda selects the 10 best islands in Europe where to spend your summer holidays:
The Mediterranean’s largest island and the wider region in Italy, Sicily, boasts beaches ranked among the most beautiful in Italy. From the beach of Punta Secca in Ragusa, famous for a villa that Sicilians know it as “inspector Montalbano’s villa”, to the Currents’ island in Porto Palo di Capo Passero, the meeting point between of the two currents, the Ionian and the Mediterranean one (ideal for surfers) to the renowned Bella island, 7 kilometers from Taormina.
The largest Balearic Island is famous for the Es Trenc beach, the most famous of the island, with its three kilometers of white sand. The island has more then 300 beaches: from the two strips of sand of Es Pregons and Es Pregons Petits, to Cala Mondragó, west of Cap Ses Salines until Cala Figuera, surrounded by cliffs overlooking the sea, and Cala Tuent, famous for its currents’ games (ideal for surfers) and for Puig Major, a pine forest behind the beach.
Formentera is one of the four main islands of the Balearic archipelago. The island, famous for its nightlife and the nearby Ibiza, offers crystal clear beaches and the purest nature. From Platja de ses Illetes to the busy beach of Es Pujols to the best beach on the island, Cala Saona, to which is added the most busiest of the entire coastline south: Es Arenals.
Lanzarote is the most north-eastern island of the Spanish Canary Islands and boasts spectacular scenery and beaches. From the famous Playa de Guacimeta to Playa del Caleton Blanco where you can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters bounded by small circular barriers of stones up to the Playa de las Cucharas very popular with windsurfers and kite-surfing.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife offers a wide choice of beaches to visit, from Las Teresitas close to San Andrés, an ancient fishing village where you can taste a fresh fish, to El Duque, on the western tip of the Costa de Adeje, up to Fañabé beach, ideal for lovers of water sports. Do not miss El Bollullo beach, one of the most spectacular beach for its volcanic sand, the beach can be reached by a path through banana plantations. Finally, Playa de Los Gigantes with imposing cliffs and volcanic sand.
The island of Mljet, almost entirely covered by forests, is an island in the southern Dalmatia very impressive. From the beach of Saplunara to the National Park with two salt lakes that can be visited on foot or by canoe, up to the small villages by the sea and a Benedictine monastery of the twelfth century.
The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus, is a set of nature, art, history and sea. There are many places to visit, from Larnaka with its mosque of Hala Sultan Tekkesi located on the shores of the salt lake, to the famous laces of Lefkara, up to the Bay of Aphrodite, whose legend wants the goddess Aphrodite to bathe here. Once on the island you can taste their typical dish: the Meze, a series of courses, tastings (over 25) of meat, fish, vegetables or mixed.
The second largest island in the Mediterranean offers a wide choice of beaches, among the most beautiful in the world, from La Pelosa (Stintino) to Isuledda (San Teodoro) up to Villasimius with its beach of Punta Molentis, included in the Marine protected Area of Capo Carbonara and surrounded by a unique hill with Nuraghic archaeological remains. Do not forget the pink beach of Budelli in the archipelago of La Maddalena and Cala Luna in the Orosei’s Gulf, enclosed in walls of rock with small caves and frequented by trekking lovers.