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5 Secret European Islands

Do you ever dream of landing on a desert island? Alone (well almost) in beautiful untouched nature, away from crowds and cheesy tourist traps? Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret – there are plenty of lesser-known European islands just waiting to be discovered. Here’s our top 5!

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Åland Archipelago – Scandinavia

Our first insider tip takes us to some magical Northern European Islands. In the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland lies the autonomous Åland archipelago consisting of over 6700 islands and skerries. Island hopping is the best way to explore the main islands connected by bridges and ferries. Fantastic beaches in Eckerö, great views from the Nordviksbasen, or a visit to the pilothouse on Kobba Klintar are just a few of the highlights that can be discovered in this secluded paradise. So let the Scandinavian wind blow the cobwebs away…

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Mljet – Croatia

Pearl of the Mediterranean – the loving moniker of the southernmost and, somehow at the same time, greenest islands in Croatia. The well-known National Park Mljet covers a large part of this mountainous secret island in Europe. Explore the Odysseus Cave, have a coffee at the 400-year-old Benedictine Monastery, or swim and snorkel along the empty beaches on the island’s east end. Also worth seeing is the ancient city of Dubrovnik, which can be easily reached with the regular boat connection. 

Porto Santo – Portugal

Dreaming of a pristine island paradise? The smallest island of the Madeira archipelago offers miles of fine sandy beach framed by turquoise water. The golden sand is even used for wellness treatments because of its rich minerals. Hiking trails and water sports make this unknown island in the Atlantic a real find for those who like to stay active. Climb the Pico de Facho to enjoy the island’s breathtaking views or the Miradouro des Flores to experience the most beautiful sunset. 

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Salina – Italy

Two extinct volcanoes, rugged coasts and charming villages. This island north of Sicily is often described by connoisseurs as the most exciting of the Aeolian archipelago. Salina first became known through the film “Il Postino”, shot in 1994. Hike through spectacular volcanic rocks and tropical forests or stroll leisurely through beautiful vineyards and caper plantations. The town of Santa Maria with the tiny salt lake is also worth seeing. If you are looking for a lesser-known island away from mass tourism, this is the place for you. 

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Samothrace – Greece

This little-known European island is the discovery site of the Nike of Samothrace, an ancient sculpture of the Greek goddess of victory. Rich fauna and flora, rugged mountains, dense forests, dreamy waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes, which serve as natural baths, characterize its wild beauty. On Samothrace, a lot of value is placed on sustainable tourism and agriculture. Visit the picturesque villages, which tend to be more laid-back than the other Greek islands. Or the remote and paradisiacal seaside resort of Vatos, which can only be reached by boat.

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Emma Samson

Armchair explorer with wanderlust and a bucket list a mile long. A split personality, looking for the balance between adventure and home comforts. Loves airports and wine, hates camping!

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