At times it’s easy to forget that continental Europe is surrounded by a remarkable selection of islands. If you’re hankering for an island getaway — and, truthfully, who isn’t? — there’s likely to be at least one that ticks all your boxes. Or, you could make islands the focus of your entire trip and hop between several — with easy flights and ferries between famous archipelagos, it’s now easier than ever to have a European island holiday.
There are several factors to consider if you’re struggling to decide on which island, or islands, to visit. Are you looking for pristine, unspoiled beaches, neat rows of umbrellas and sun loungers, or rugged mountains and dense forests? Bustling streets, or total isolation? Are you interested in history and quaint Old Towns, or drawn towards modern conveniences and glitz and glamour?
Budget plays a role, too — getting to and from these islands isn’t always easy, and as a result, prices are often steep. Conversely, some islands are surprisingly affordable and on major ferry routes.
Factoring in price, natural beauty and diversity, we’ve compiled a list of the top 25 European islands you can visit... and more to the point, should visit.