Head to one of the world's best secret islands for white-sand beaches, freshly caught seafood, peace and relaxation. Protected from crowds and the stress of modern life, these retreats will allow you to become one with nature, soak up local culture, and live in paradise...
Lyngør Islands, Norway
Consisting of four islands, this village in the sea has only about 100 inhabitants - the perfect place to relax! The houses are built in a beautiful architectural style, and you won't be disturbed by loud car noise, as everyone uses boats to travel between the islands and the mainland. Kayaking is also a very popular way to travel around these stunning islands.
This Adriatic island is known for its exceptional local produce and wild beauty. Hike around the two saltwater lakes in Mljet national park, hire a sailing boat to reach the 12th century Benedictine monastery, and swim in the beautiful clear waters at Blace Bay. Enjoy the local speciality, raw mussels drizzled with lemon juice, in the unspoiled oasis of tranquility that, according to legend, captivated Odysseus for seven years.
This Saronic island, located only 16 miles away from Athens, is full of rich history. The Temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of Aegina island. The island also has an abundance of beautiful sandy beaches - including deep waters and shallow waters, beach bars and sunbeds to simpler more quiet areas. Something for everyone!
With 2,200 hours of sun every year, endless stretches of natural beaches, amazing freshwater lakes and rugged cliffs, Fehmarn is an ideal holiday destination. Situated in the Baltic sea, this island allows visitors to enjoy long walks, kite-surfing, and even relaxing spa treatments in the beautiful sunshine.
Inis Oírr, Aran Isalnds, Ireland
Inis Oírr is the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay. It has a population of around 300, making it the perfect place to unwind! Enjoy Irish beverages such as Guinness, while listening to traditional Irish music which gets visitors up for a dance!