Holidaying in Europe is an easy escape, quick and close to home, and offers an incomparable variety of culture, cities, landscapes and more. Dotted around the continent are some of the most picturesque islands you can possibly imagine, from the sun-kissed Greek Islands to the lush green of The Azores, or the rustic Corsican hilltop towns to the quaint and colourful harbors in Sweden. With the summer holidays drawing closer, which of these perfect islands are you heading for this year?
With its idyllic towns scattered across the island from seafront to hilltop on a back drop of blue sky, turquoise waters and lush green forests, Ibiza is without fail one of the most attractive of all of Europe's islands. Whether you're looking for rest and relaxation in pure serenity or partying until the break of dawn in one of the island's world famous clubs, Ibiza has it all for the perfect island getaway.
The Azores, Portugal
This Portuguese archipelago in the mid-Atlantic may not be as close to home as the European islands we know too well, but The Azores are certainly worth the trip. They are a dream for any adventure lover with luscious green hiking trails, wildlife watching and water sport adventures. You can stay in a luxury converted forest cabin or a glamourous beach hotel with no one to spoil the views.
With its mild climate all year round, there's never a wrong time to take a trip to this beautiful Croatian island that has been becoming more and more popular with visitors for good reason. Aside from the island's natural beauty with its pristine beaches and rolling hills of vineyards, olive trees and lavender fields, the town of Hvar itself is picture-perfect and offers glamorous dining and nightlife amongst its 13th century walls.
Aland Islands, Finland
The Aland Islands are a little piece of Scandinavian perfection and with many to choose from there is something for everyone. Enjoy their unspoiled scenery of woodland, open meadows and seaside towns for when the sun is out - which in the summer months is up to 20 hours a day - these islands are the sunniest spot in all of Scandinavia.
This popular island hotspot is Greece's most cosmopolitan island with its high end resorts, all night beach parties and many beautiful, tanned people strolling about. Aside from this the island is a glamorous paradise with its clear blue waters dotted with boats, its white sand beaches, and its charming white washed towns and villages - all of which make Mykonos a picture-perfect location.