Considering somewhere to go once the coronavirus crisis is over? Islands will still be there when this all blows over.
There is something very special about taking a holiday on an island. Perhaps it’s the feeling of unplugging from the hectic mainland, or maybe it’s the feeling of being surrounded by water that attracts people time and time again to the alluring qualities of island life. Whatever it is, islands are one of the most popular places to take a holiday. And these islands are some of the best places in the world to take a summer holiday!
When it comes to rich history and culture, the island of Sicily has it all. From the Phoenician ruins of Motya and the Doric Temple at Segesta to the great ancient Greek cities of Syracuse, Agrigento, and Selinunte, this island is all about soaking up the historic atmosphere while unwinding in the stunning climate. Head to Palermo to see the Palatine Chapel or while away lazy afternoons strolling through the picturesque streets of the baroque towns of Catania and Noto.
Isle of Wight
One of the most popular destinations in Britain, the Isle of Wight has been a much-loved holiday hotspot for decades. People come for the clean air, beautiful beaches, balmy climate and world-famous events such as Cowes Week and the Isle of Wight festival. More than half of the island has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are over 500 miles of stunning paths along which you can explore the landscape. The island has a long and fascinating history which visitors can learn about in the Carisbrooke Castle and Brading’s Roman Villa, and plenty of gorgeous accommodation options from stunning holiday homes to welcoming BnBs.
Sardinia has long been the playground of the wealthy, particularly since Prince Karim became enamored with the Costa Smeralda. This small strip of shoreline has the perfect recipe for the most luxurious enclave – high-end bars and boutiques nearby, stunning granite cliffs, sparkling aquamarine seas, and superyachts at every turn. Most of the hotels here have their own private helicopter pads, to give you an idea of the clientele that usually attend here. This exclusivity is reflected in the prices, however, so be prepared to empty your piggy bank for a jaunt in the sun here!
This archipelago of islands is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. With glorious sunshine, crystal clear ocean and fascinating culture and history, Malta has everything you could need and more for the holiday of a lifetime. The quaint fishing village of St Julian’s is perfect for a bite to eat and a taste of the local nightlife, while the bustling capital of Valetta is home to beautiful boutiques and ancient buildings.
This tiny island can be found off the coast of Corsica and has already earned itself a reputation as the “New Mustique”. The charm of this island lies in its simplicity – there are no cars here, just two restaurants to choose from and one smart hotel. Visitors can get around by either walking or taking a golf buggy to see the ten beautiful beaches around the coastline. There are plenty of lavish villas for hire, but it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.
The Mediterranean island of Corsica is lovingly referred to by the French as “Îlle de Beauté” and once you arrive here it is easy to see why. This idyllic paradise has a striking landscape that offers everything from rugged mountain ridges and verdant pine forests to pristine beaches and hilltop villages. Hikers come from all over the world to try the very adventurous 180-kilometre-long GR 20 north-to-south hiking trail. Indulge in the local Pietra beer, which is made with chestnut flour, before sampling a few of the savoury deep-fried “beignets” otherwise known as small doughnuts.
From laid back Mediterranean vibes to balmy British seaside history, there are so many islands to choose from for your summer vacations. The only tricky part is knowing which one to choose first!