Stunning Islands to Add to Your Travel Bucket List


Few experiences are more idyllic than an island getaway. The tiny pocket of land, colourful beaches and surrounding vibrant blue sea will make you feel a million miles away from your daily life. If this wasn’t enough, you can spend your days exploring a destination’s historical wonders, lounging on an exquisite beach, or enjoying a fun water sport with your loved ones. If you are looking for a little bit of paradise for an upcoming holiday in 2019, here are six islands to add onto your travel bucket list. 

Hawaii, USA 
You'll feel as if you have entered a different world once you touch down in Hawaii. The Big Island offers everything you could ask for in a holiday overseas: beautiful sunshine, mesmerising beaches, lush rainforests with awe-inspiring waterfalls and fun water sports. You also can choose from many mouth-watering local dishes during your stay at one of the many islands, such as lomi-lomi salmon, kalua pork, chicken long rice, squid luau and poi.The authentic dishes will provide you with a true taste of Hawaii, so you will learn more about its unique culture and history with every bite. 

Crete, Greece 
It's impossible not to fall deeply in love with the Greek island of Crete, which is world-renowned for its historical landmarks, tranquil beaches, and untouched scenery. Whether you are booking a trip alone or with others, Crete will never disappoint. To experience the serenity of Greece’s largest island, book Crete villa holidays to ensure you are within walking distance of many secluded beaches and mountain villages that are steeped in Greek tradition and charm. Highlights of your break could include: Knossos which is a Bronze Age archaeological site. SamariĆ” Gorge National Park or Balos Beach  which is a white sand beach with turquoise water. You also have the fascinating 16th century Arkadi Monastery which is well worth a visit.

Santorini, Greece 
Attempting to rival Crete for beauty and character is scenic Santorini, which is one of the Cyclades islands within the Aegean Sea. The rugged landscape, which was defined by a volcano eruption in the 16th century, can be found a few hundred kilometres south of mainland Greece. It is one destination that will remain forever in your memory, as it can be hard to forget the white-washed landscape that beautifully contrasts with the multi-coloured cliffs come sunset. If the backdrop isn’t enough to make you want to jump on the first plane to the birthplace of Apollo, then you might be convinced once you learn the island is filled with many sensational wineries and restaurants, which will make you want to remain in historic Santorini forever. 

Ibiza, Spain 
Everyone should visit Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands, at least once in their lifetime, as it offers a beautiful backdrop, an electric atmosphere and long stretches of golden sands, which will ensure you have an unforgettable holiday. While it is world-famous for its atmospheric nightclubs, there is more to the picturesque island than iconic haunts, as holidaymakers can scuba dive with dolphins, browse a choice of Spanish markets and fashion boutiques, or explore a variety of contemporary galleries. The island also provides many family-friendly attractions, such as impressive water parks, fun jeep safaris, mini-clubs, and boat trips. You also can enjoy a half-hour ferry ride to the laidback island of Formentera. 

Corsica, France 
Corsica is becoming an increasingly popular summer retreat among tourists, as it offers a warm climate, striking coastlines and dramatic mountain peaks, which will provide a picture-perfect backdrop during a well-deserved, relaxing holiday. Located on the Mediterranean coast, you can explore everything from a stylish coastal town to a dense forest. The biggest draw of Corsica is that it offers a mix of two cultures in one, as it has been part of France since 1768 but has managed to retain its Italian heritage and charm. 

Sardinia, Italy 
One island you couldn’t possibly regret visiting is Sardinia, which offers 2,000 kilometres of coastline, as well as relaxing beaches, Bronze Age ruins, and mountainous hiking trails. In addition to offering many family-friendly attractions, such as water parks and kids’ clubs, Sardinia is also the proud home of exclusive golf clubs, stylish bars, private jet services, and helicopter rides. You also could time your visit for one of the many festivals held on the island every summer, such as: 

-Festa Della Birra (14th to 20th August) 
-Cavalcata Sarda (Every May) 
-Sardinian Reggae Festival (The last weekend in July) 
-San Costantino (The first weekend in July) 

There are also more than 2,000 Nuraghi, which are ancient stone huts that are still standing and are a testament to the strength of the Sardinian people.

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