White sandy beaches, aquamarine-colored sea and a fruity cocktail with an umbrella make the picture of a tropical island perfect. Surprisingly, you can find all of this in Europe too!
Zakynthos in Greece
Navagio Beach on Zakynthos
The Mediterranean climate and a lot of rain have turned the island of Zakynthos into an almost tropical paradise with lush vegetation. Green cliffs contrast with the white cliffs that adorn the bay of the unmistakable Navagio beach. Although the beach is also known as “Shipwreck Beach” thanks to its stormy past, visitors today find a peaceful oasis of golden sand and aquamarine sea. Stay in the nearby Eden Villas or a little further away in the Kymothoe Elite , which impresses with a private beach and a shuttle to the Navagio.
Porquerolles in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France
Boats on Notre Dame beach on Porquerolles
Porquerolles was bought in 1912 by the Belgian researcher Joseph Fournier as a gift for his wife. He planted over 4,000 m² of vineyards there. More than 100 years later, the tasty Vin des Côtes de Provence is still being produced in these very same wineries. Quiet, relatively empty beaches surround Porquerolles and Notre Dame Beach, with its eucalyptus plants and pine trees, is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Riviera. The Hotel Residence Les Medes is just 20 minutes away by car and offers self-catering facilities.
Gozo in Malta
The “Azure Window” on Gozo
Although it is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is not on the agenda for many travelers who prefer to visit their larger neighbor. But the fascinating sunsets and unique architecture of Gozo make it a great place for an exciting island vacation. The architectural highlights include the Xewkija rotunda, the Ggantija temples and the Ta ‘Pinu basilica. Water sports fans are also in good hands here, because the so-called “Azure Window” is great for diving. The Shanti Ghar Gozo B&B is ideal as accommodation .
Madeira in Portugal
Sea view at the Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira
The diversity of Madeira’s landscape makes it a breathtaking travel destination for many people with all sorts of interests – for example, you can go mountain climbing one day and relax on the beach the next. A highlight of the island is the nature reserve Ponta de São Lourenço, where most of the sandy bays can only be reached by kayak. But the extra effort is worth it, because there you can easily spend a few undisturbed hours snorkeling, diving or sunbathing. Speaking of privacy, The Quinta do Lorde Resort has its own marina and private beach.
Elba in Tuscany, Italy
Spiaggia di Forno on Elba
Elba is the famous exile of Napoleon Bonaparte, from which he fled after only 9 months. If you visit the island yourself, you will find it difficult to comprehend the escape. Because there are far worse exiles than an island with (70!) White sandy beaches and constant blue skies. One of the most popular beaches is the Spiaggia di Forno, which divers especially appreciate. You can also spend the day in the sun on Biodola Beach. Stay just a minute’s walk from the beach at the Hotel Hermitage .
Ksamil Islands in Albania
The Ksamil Islands in the Ionian Sea
Near the Albanian city of Ksamil on the Ionian Sea are the Ksamil Islands, which can only be reached by boat and are perfect for a day trip. Some of the islands are connected by raised sandbanks and all are surrounded by Neptune grasses. On land, lush, green forests promise great hikes and the crystal clear water offers a unique view. The best way to explore the islands is to spend the night on the mainland. The Mustafaraj Apartments Ksamil are only a 1-minute walk from the beach.
Mljet in Croatia
The island of Mljet in Dalmatia
The greenest of the Croatian islands, Mljet , is a dream for all the senses. Here you will find dark green, Mediterranean forests with sunny olive gardens and romantic wineries. A short ferry ride from Dubrovnik, Mljet is in a quiet atmosphere and offers almost spiritual moments, thanks to the Benedictine monastery of Saint May, which is located on a small island by the large lake. And if the island on the island is not spectacular enough for you, then you will be won over by the unique views and the hospitality. The best way to enjoy the view of the turquoise sea is from Apartments Slavica on the coast.