The summer holidays are looming and with them the desire to escape. To take the open sea in the literal sense of the term, here are seven islands to visit this summer in Europe, a continent which has no less than 1,350 small islands, according to the European Small Islands Federation.
The Isle of Santorini in Greece
With its white houses with blue roofs clinging to the side of the mountain, its pretty cobbled streets, its black but also red sand beaches and its ocher cliffs with a thousand layers, a remnant of the violent volcanic eruption that took place there 3,500 years ago. , Santorini is the most charming of the Cyclades islands.
the islands of Lofoten in Norway
In the very north of Norway, the Lofoten archipelago and its five islands located 300 km from the polar circle offer spectacular unspoiled natural landscapes. Mountains, fjords, beaches, fishing villages, but also a museum of contemporary art, the archipelago offers an XXL playground. Not to mention that from the end of May to mid-July, it is possible to live the incredible experience of the midnight sun.
Lanzarote in the Canary Islands
Classified as a biosphere reserve, Lanzarote is the most surprising of the Canary Islands. Off the African coast, the Spanish island offers an alternation of astonishing landscapes over 850 km2. Lava fields and volcanic soils in glowing colors as in the spectacular Timanfaya Park rub shoulders with white sand beaches offering a range of activities - hiking, swimming, wine tourism - as wide as it is bewitching.
The island of Mljet in Croatia
Two hours from Dubrovnik, the island of Mljet in southern Dalmatia is one of the Croatian jewels. Lush island conducive to beautiful hikes, it is home to the largest national park in southern Dalmatia. With two large bays and two salt lakes, it also has pretty beaches. According to the website of the Croatian tourist office, it is even rumored that Ulysses and Calypso liked to find themselves in this charming setting where green spaces and crystal clear waters rub shoulders.
The Glénan Archipelago in France
Turquoise and crystalline waters, white sand beaches, the Glénan archipelago has all the characteristics of the Caribbean landscapes of postcards, with one exception. It is located in southern Brittany. This pearl of Morbihan and its seven islands scattered around a lagoon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Breton sites. A place to preserve, what's more in summer when there are more holidaymakers there. Without forgetting that in spring, its main island is home to an endemic species of flowers, the Glénan narcissus, to be observed in March and April and sometimes until May.
the Orkney Islands in Scotland
Off the Scottish north coast, the Orkney Islands (Orkney in Gaelic) are dotted with breathtaking sites. Steep cliffs, beaches for miles, wild nature, the island is also home to the Neolithic site of Orkney. More than 5000 years old, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also impossible to miss Rackwick Bay on the Isle of Hoy and its famous rocky peak, well known as the Old Man of Hoy.
The Channel Island of Jersey
A taste of Great Britain not far from Normandy. Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, located just thirty kilometers from the French coast, multiplies the pleasures. Also called "the island of flowers", it offers all the possible landscapes of the countryside, high cliffs or the beach. Places conducive to beautiful walks where fish and chips and oysters coexist to the delight of boaters.