The most beautiful islands of Europe

The most beautiful islands of Europe

The most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean

There are many beautiful islands in Europe. Of course, most of them are found in the Mediterranean, but some of them are also selected from the Atlantic. In the overview are not only those with the most beautiful beaches, but also those with beautiful mountainous hin­terland suitable for hiking or interesting sights

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#1 Madeira

The most beautiful island in the Atlantic

Madeira is definitely among the most beautiful islands you can find in the Atlantic. Its dramatic appearance is provided by the steep, almost two thousand kilometrs high mountains rising only a short distance from the sea. The volcanic peaks are above the trade winds clouds surrounded by the green slopes of the island, which are full of irrigation channels "levadas".

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#2 Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands

The island of Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and there is the highest peak of Spain, stratovolcano Pico de Teide, proudly towering up to 3 718 meters asl. Tenerife is a paradise for lovers of nature and trekking. The sub-tropical vegetation and volcanic landscape offer countless possibilities to explore. In the southwest is the mountain range Teno with its deep rock cuts and wild cliffs. The central part of the island is dominated by volcanic landscape of National Park Teide. In addition to the aforementioned highest mountain, grateful ascent destinations are volcano Pico Viejo and beautiful scenic mountain Guajara. The north offers romantic mountain range Anaga, which is still relatively unaffected by tourism. If you like wine, you will definitely appreciate local typical red species listan negro and negramoll, whose character corresponds to the volcanic soil, on which the grapes are grown. Tenerife - this is exotica for affordable prices.

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#3 Corsica

The most mountainous island of the Mediterranean

Corsica is one of the most mountainous islands in the Mediterranean and also one of the largest (the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean). The highest peak of Corsica is Monte Cinto (2,706 meters above sea level). In Corsica you will find not only mountains but also beautiful beaches or white cliffs

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#4 La Palma

Exotics in the west of Canary Islands

La Palma is located in the western part of the Canary islands. Central part is dominated by massive volcanic caldera Caldera de Taburiente. Its steep walls create a fantastic scenery and rise up to the height of the highest peak Roque de los Muchachos (2 426 m asl). This ensures, like on Tenerife, the opportunity to get above the level of trade wind clouds. From the pass Cumbre Nueva, through which almost constantly overflow the clouds from the east to disappear soon almost miraculously, stretches the ridge of volcanic peaks to the very south. These are all very attractive trekking terrains. Some lava fields are not relatively old and originated several decades ago. Wine lovers will appreciate here the local rarity - the tea wine. Wine aged in barrels made of wood of Canary pine has an interesting taste of resinous tone. You can explore the local wine, wineries and winemakers by walk or bike along the marked wine paths.

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#5 Karpathos

A beautiful mountainous island in the Aegean Sea

Karpathos Island is famous not only for beautiful beaches, but also for mountainous hinterland and ancient villages in the mountains. It is located in the Aegean Sea in the Dodecanese archipelago. It is a very windy island of narrow and oblong shape with winding roads and minimal precipitation from spring to autumn.

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#6 Mallorca

Balear pearl

Mallorca is Spain's largest island and tourists come to enjoy its famous beaches. The highest mountain of the island is the Puig Major (1 445 m above sea level). In addition, you will find here the second largest southern European gorge - Torrent de Pareis. Sightseeing lovers will delight the historic center of Palma de Mallorca. The island has two completely different faces. Dramatic and desolate mountainous northwest and lowland, relatively fertile center and south

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#7 Sardinia

The second largest island of the Mediterranean

Sardinia is renowned for its beautiful beaches and mountainous hinterland. The highest peak is Punta La Marmora (1,834 m above sea level). At the same time, it is the second largest island in the Mediterranean by Sicily.

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#8 Sicily

The largest island of the Mediterranean

Sicily is both the largest island of the Mediterranean and thanks to Etna (3,323 m asl) the island with the highest peak. Here you will find beautiful nature, limestone mountains and plenty of interesting beaches. In addition, there are many Roman monuments

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#9 Santorini

The most famous island of the Mediterranean

Santorini is actually the name for the entire small archipelago. The largest of these is Thera. All these islands are the remains of one large island scattered by a huge volcanic eruption that has changed the history by destruction of civilizations, perhaps including the legendary Atlantis. Today is extremely visited by turist and is one of the most famous places in Greece

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#10 Island of Malta

The Main Island of the Republic of Malta

The main and largest island of the Republic of Malta is also named Malta and we can find it in the Mediterranean Sea. Its size is not one of the largest because it has just over 300 km2, but thanks to its diverse history is definitely worth a visit. Here is the capital of Valletta, which is made for romantic strolls through massive walls and curving streets and, last but not least, colorful balconies on each house.

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