Europe’s Top Island Hops: Unique and Underrated

Europe holds the key to many a perfect island getaway and there’s no need to revisit the same old tourist sites year after year. Take the road less travelled and discover some wonderful hidden cultural and geographic gems that have escaped the claws of tourism.

Whether you crave a bit of R&R in the glorious sunshine, love exploring charming side streets and alleys, or seek adventure hiking along mountainous paths, there is a European destination perfect for you. Just a few of the wonderful places waiting for you to explore, Hydra, Corsica and Gozo have so much to offer the keen adventurer.

Hydra, Greece

Greece is a well-loved vacation spot owing to its incredible sunny weather, picturesque buildings and glorious beaches. But places such as Santorini and Mykonos have succumbed to tourism and, although stunning, have become very overcrowded. Hydra is a much less frequented spot, and much calmer than its counterparts, yet it’s one of the most beautiful of all the Greek islands and offers plenty of activities. You can wander among the striking cliffside homes, explore the quaint shops and restaurants, and enjoy the serene nature of Hydra, where there are no motor vehicles. Despite the attractive tranquillity of this island, it comes alive after dark, with a bustling nightlife scene so you can enjoy some relaxed drinks accompanied by unbeatable views.

Corsica, France

Corsica is the ideal island getaway for nature-lovers, and its unique geography gives this island an enchanting backdrop for a holiday of hiking and exploring. You can experience the thrill of exploring off-the-beaten-path valleys and get delightfully lost in lush forests. Bring a swimsuit as you won’t be able to resist the crystal blue Mediterranean waters as you trek along the coastline. In the evenings you can head into the delightful lively beach towns and check out the entertainment around the harbours. Renowned as France’s ‘best kept secret’, Corsica has so much to offer. It would be criminal to ignore this gorgeous underrated spot…

Gozo, Malta

A hidden gem of Malta, this island getaway is a spectacular playground for the adventurer. Gozo is a tiny rural island with a fascinating history and a host of idyllic beaches. You can navigate secluded valleys, explore caves, immerse in the island’s rich history, and lose yourself in geographical storybooks. Gozo’s lagoons contain irresistible waters in varying hues of blue, with white rocks bathed in sunlight, making an unforgettable spot for keen swimmers and divers.

Escape the crowded tourist attractions and treat yourself to a peaceful island getaway this year. Experience the liberating feeling of standing atop a secluded rocky outcrop with no one else around and leaping into the crystal waters below. Wander into the towns of these hidden gems, meet the locals, sample the delicacies and engage in the vibrant night culture. Sound blissful? It is…

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Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re planning a fun filled island getaway, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport of your choice swiftly and safely.

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re planning a fun filled island getaway, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport of your choice swiftly and safely.

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