Europe is not just about incredibly old buildings, medieval castles, gothic cathedrals and other architectural or historical treasures. The Old Continent can also boast of marvelous natural beauty. Apart from amazing mountains, wildlife brimming forests or awesome national parks, Europe also offers adorable islands. From glacial Iceland to picturesque sun-drenched islets in the Mediterranean, here are 25 astonishing European islands.
20. Sv. Ivan Na Pucini Island, Croatia
www.iljournal.it As a part of a small archipelago located near Croatian harbor town of Rovinj, this picturesque tiny islet is actually just 230 by 160 feet rock with a relatively easily accessible shore and shallow waters. The islet is dominated by the St. John lighthouse from 1853 that offers fabulous views. The splendid underwater sites and numerous species of fish, makes this little island a popular fishing and diving destination.
15. Sicily, Italy
www.neverendingvoyage.co Covering an area of almost 10,000 square miles, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, which at 11,000 feet, is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. Sicily’s sunny climate, spectacular sceneries, cuisine, history, and architecture attract many tourists from mainland Italy and abroad. Major cities such as the capital Palermo, Catania, Syracuse or Taormina are also favorite tourist destinations.
10. Tenerife, Spain
traveltimes-mag.com With almost 890,000 inhabitants, Tenerife is the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands. About five million tourists visit Tenerife each year. The island hosts one of the world’s largest carnivals and the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is attempting to become a World Heritage Site. The island of Tenerife also has a remarkable ecological diversity and is home to about 1400 plant species with well over a hundred entirely endemic to the island.
5. Skye, Scotland
www.mydestinationunknown.com Stretching over an area of almost 640 square miles, Skye is the largest and northernmost island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous center dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country.
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