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Top Mediterranean Islands

From Sicily to Corfu, these Mediterranean locations are stunning.

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Chris Callaghan made his way through France, Asia, South America, and London, before falling head-over-heels for Bristol’s vibrant street art and food scenes. You’ll find him spinning through the Mendip Hills by bike, sharpening his squash skills, or taking his young family on adventures.

The Mediterranean islands around Italy, Cyprus, Greece, and Spain boast soft-sand beaches, bright sunshine, chic beach resorts, historic sites, and hidden coves—attracting adventure-lovers and sun-seekers in equal measure. Whether for sunset partying or seaside relaxation, here are a few of the Mediterranean’s best islands.

Italy

Crystal-clear waters in Sicily in Italy, and old buildings heading down to the waters.
Sicily is known for its crystal-clear waters.Photo Credit: Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock

Sicily

The biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is perhaps most famous as the home of mighty Mt. Etna—an active volcano. The island also boasts UNESCO World Heritage–listed sites including the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valle dei Templi, and the Villa Romana del Casale.

Boats docket at the Sardinian bay.
You'll often see many boats docked near a Sardinian bay.Photo Credit: D.Bond / Shutterstock

Sardinia

There are signs of civilization on Sardinia dating back to the Byzantine era, and the island offers plenty to history-hunters. But it’s also great for hikers and trekkers, with parks and reserves including the Asinara National Park and the Gennargentu National Park to explore.

Spain

A boat in Mallorca bay in Spain.
Mallorca is visually stunning and a popular tourist hotspot.Photo Credit: pixelliebe / Shutterstock

Mallorca

With rich culture, remote peaks, rocky coves, and warm seas, Mallorca is a stunning and deservedly popular tourist hotspot. Historic highlights include Bellver Castle, the 13th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, and the subterranean Caves of Drach.

The marina and its boats surrounding Ibiza Town in Ibiza.
Ibiza is a major party island.Photo Credit: Andrzej Kubik / Shutterstock

Ibiza

Ibiza ranks among the most popular of Spain’s party islands and attracts bass-loving revelers from across the world to its famous super-clubs. But away from the bright, neon lights, a world of outdoor adventure awaits. Cycle along sweeping coastal roads, explore the shoreline by sightseeing boat, or enjoy diverse watersports like sailing and windsurfing.

Greece

A beautiful bay on the island of Crete in Greece, and its white buildings.
Crete is the largest and busiest of all Greek islands.Photo Credit: Vladimir1984 / Shutterstock

Crete

The largest and busiest of all of Greece’s islands, Crete boasts a history dating back as far as the Minoan civilization—further than anywhere else in Europe. Admire top attractions including Koules Fortress and the Palace of Knossos, hike rugged trails through Samaria Gorge, or relax and soak up the sunshine on beautiful Marathi beach.

A secluded beach on Corfu in Greece.
Corfu has beautiful secluded beaches.Photo Credit: Balate Dorin / Shutterstock

Corfu

Corfu, one of Greece’s Ionian Islands, beckons tourists to its clear waters and beautiful beaches. Olive groves and vineyards line the rolling hillsides, and you’ll find architectural relics dating back to antiquity dotting the rugged landscape.

The famous blue roofs of Santorini and the sea waters beyond.
The famous blue roofs of Santorini see many tourists.Photo Credit: Anastasios71 / Shutterstock

Santorini

A popular honeymoon destination, the Greek island of Santorini offers white-sand beaches, soaring cliffs, and crystal-clear waters. Destination highlights include the funicular ride to the cliff tops and the historic town of Oia, the steaming volcano caldera, and the Cretan hot springs—where you can bathe in the soothing waters.

Cyprus

An ancient fortress in Cyprus and sail boats surrounding it.
Admire preserved ruins from the Ottoman, Roman, and Venetian eras in Cyprus.Photo Credit: Nejdet Duzen / Shutterstock

The island country of Cyprus is famous for its bays and beaches, but step off the sand to explore a little further, and you’ll discover an island of rich culture, colorful history, and spectacular scenery. Admire preserved ruins from the Ottoman, Roman, and Venetian eras; sample local delicacies such as haloumi—an unripened, brined cheese; and embrace the great outdoors.

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