Islands are an escape from the rat race of this world we are living in and a perfect patch of sand where you can relax under rustling palms and stare at a serene blue sea.
But not all islands are created the same. The beauty of some is defined more by the sea that surrounds them, which can captivate most of the time.
Here are the list of top ten islands you should visit in 2021 or in the last months of of 2020.
10. Mallorca or Majorca:
It’s sometimes known, is the largest of the four Balearic Islands which lie off the East coast of Spain, in the Western Mediterranean.
The advantage Mallorca has is that it is only a two-hour flight from most major European Capitals (London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Zurich), and is a five hour Ferry ride from Denia and five hours on the fast-ferry from Barcelona both on the coast of mainland Spain.
Mallorca has a modern infrastructure: including an excellent public transport network, extensive mobile and fixed telephone network; running water and electricity in all towns and villages; high speed internet access; and excellent travel connections to the rest of Europe and mainland Spain, by air and by sea.
Must-see Places in Mallorca is Serra de Tramuntana, The Cultured Capital City of Palma de Mallorca, Alcudia’s Old Town, Puerto Portals: A Glamorous Seaside Resort, The Hilltop Town and Monastery of Valldemossa, Sóller’s Beautiful Seaside Scenery, Llucmajor Beaches.
Mallorca has perfected the art of coastal living, with Mallorcan food (including the freshest seafood), wine (vineyards are rarely more than an hour away), and natural attractions at the center of the whole experience.
9. São Miguel. Portugal:
With an abundance of banana fields, pineapple greenhouses, and one of the most underrated cheese- and tea-producing settlements in Europe, São Miguel is the undisputed gem of the Azores, a nine-island archipelago over 900 miles west of Lisbon. Some must-see destinations in Sao Miguel are The Sete Cidades twin lakes, Sete Cidades, Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Lake of the Seven Cities, Miradouro da Vista Do Rei (Viewpoint Of The King, Miradouro da Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth Viewpoint).
8. Corsica, France:
Corsica is a laid-back French island, with a carefree vibe that’s part European weekend and part tropical honeymoon.
Corsica’s geography encapsulates marvelous beaches, stunning mountain peaks, deep canyons, and acres of dense forest. Although the island has been part of France for over 200 years, it fiercely retains its unique customs, language, cuisine, and character. The hidden coves and beaches along the Balagne coastline can be reached by the Tramway de la Balagne. Corsica is home to some of the world’s rare animals and plants, many of which can be found at the Parc Naturel Régional de Corse, a natural park that protects endangered species. With their sandy bays and pebbled coves, beaches in Corsica are considered some of the cleanest in France, not to mention the most spectacular. The Wine Like most sunny regions in France, Corsica produces several wines and liqueurs. Corsica’s scenery is undeniably breathtaking. Expect to see rustic chains of mountains, elevated coastline, and stunning green hilltops, as well as gleaming waters decorated with coastal resorts and charming waterside cafes. The coastal town of Calvi is one of the most visited areas of Corsica, best known for its beautiful Roman architecture. After ascending cobbled streets lined with colourful houses and harbourside cafés, visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the bay from the top of the Genoese citadel.
7. The Cook Islands:
The Cook Islands, a self-governing island state in free association with New Zealand, located in the South Pacific Ocean. Because the Cook Islands are small, mid-ocean islands swept by the southeast trade winds, temperatures are generally moderate. Mean annual temperatures on the southern island of Rarotonga are in the mid-70s F (about 24 °C), but on the northernmost island of Penrhyn, they are in the low 80s F (about 28 °C).
Some of the famous tourist attractions in cook islands are Aitutaki Lagoon, Tapuaetai (One Foot Island) Tour, Muri Beach, Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach, Rarotonga, Aroa Marine Reserve, Rarotonga, Avarua, Rarotonga, Mount Maunganui.
Expect to Spend Most of Your Time Offline.
Free Wi-Fi does not exist in the Cook Islands.
6. Capri island, Italy :
The small Italian island of Capri has situated 5 km from the mainland in the Bay of Naples, a popular beauty spot and coastal resort since the days of the Roman Republic until to this day. Capri is situated a few kilometers off the Sorrento peninsula in the Campania region. Day trips to the island are a very popular day trip for visitors to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Essential Things To Do in Capri are you should Enjoy nature walks at Capri’s hiking trail, Indulge yourself with gelato during your walks, Watch the sunset at one of its many viewpoints, Get low in the Blue Grotto. A visit to Blue Grotto is one of the essential things to do in Capri. The Blue Grotto has been bewitching visitors since the time of the Roman empire.
5. Santorini, Greece:
It’s no secret. Santorini is astonishing. It’s considered by many to be one of (if not) the most beautiful islands in the world, which is why it receives an estimated two million visitors annually. Santorini is well-known for its cliff-side homes, which are painted blazing white with deep blue roofs. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this is the place. Don’t miss watching the sunset at Oia, visiting the many historical sites, or exploring the vineyards.
People come to Santorini mostly for the same reasons. They want to see its breathtaking caldera views. They want to take pictures of its bone-white cubic houses and blue-domed churches, and that sunset.
Must see islands in Santorini are FIRA
- Fira is the capital of Santorini and its busiest town. It has the biggest number of hotels, shops, restaurants, and bars, not to mention a few nightclubs.
- OIA Situated on the northwestern tip of the island, Oia is Santorini’s most picturesque town and offers some of its best sunset views.
- Imerovigli is the quietest among the four caldera towns and a popular place to stay for honeymooners. Like Oia, it’s one of the island’s most romantic and offers spectacular views of the sunset.
- Firostefani is a small caldera town sandwiched between Fira and Imerovigli. If you want to be close to the action of Fira without actually staying in Fira, then Firostefani is a great choice.
Moreover you should visit
Caldera Towns, Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Prophet Elias Monastery, and Skaros Rock.
Santorini isn’t cheap. It was one of the most expensive destinations but it totally worth it for that kind of money.
4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is matchless and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored. Bora Bora is a romantic reality. It comes as no surprise that the island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination.
Popular spots in Bora Bora are Matira Beach, Coral Gardens, Shark/Stingray Feeding, and Mount Otemanu. Another experience that is perfect for couples is taking a sunset cruise, Climb Mount Pahia, Shark & Ray Snorkel Safari. Bora Bora’s special place, and you don’t realize how special until you will see it as yourself. It will blow your mind to the point where you constantly feel like you’re living in a Photoshopped world.
The Maldives is an epic country consists of 1,192 coral islands formed of 26 atolls These are not single islands, but giant ringlike coral formations hundreds of kilometers wide that have fragmented into countless islands. There are 200 inhabited islands and 154 islands with tourist resorts.
The Maldives have a remarkably easy visa policy: Everybody gets a free 30-day visa on arrival, provided that they have a passport valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry,.
Some best places to visit in the Maldives are Hulhumale Island,4. Utheemu, the beautiful site of Utheemu holds a special place in the history of this archipelago nation.
Some of the really cool islands there are.
Largely undiscovered, this speck in the Male Atolls is ringed by wide spaces of sand from which bulbous coconut trunks sprout by the hundred.
The beaches are – naturally – great, and the locals love to draw in their fading fishing boats to flint up a good sizzling seafood barbeque now and then.
Fuvahmulah promises something a little different to the rest of the Maldivian atolls.
It’s also peppered with the occasional inland lake, which is a rare sight to see in this flat-lying country.
2. Bali, Indonesia:
Indonesia has got 17000 islands; 922 inhabited. the best islands around Bali are must-visit destinations; especially if you are on a romantic holiday. These Indonesian islands located around Bali are not only known for their splendid scenery but are also admired for their culture and welcoming people. And, here comes the list of holiday islands near Bali to visit, Some pretty cool islands near Bali are GILI TRAWANGAN, GILI MENO, GILI AIR LOMBOK, NUSA LEMBONGAN, Pura Tanah Lot, Uluwatu Temple.
You can pick up tasty local fare for around 7,000 IDR ($0.50 USD). Stay far away from western restaurants if you want to save money and experience the local food! Pretty much every budget accommodation will offer free airport transfers. Take advantage of these to save yourself some money! Bali has a waste problem, and much of it gets burned. You’ll see (and smell) it during your visit. Bring a reusable water bottle with a filter to save money — and the environment. I like Lifestraw and Grayl.
Bluebird Taxis are available in most places, and they’re the most dependable company for metered taxis and English-speaking drivers. There’s a smartphone app that makes ordering a taxi simple and convenient. One day, maybe two days. Honestly, if you just check out the beach that has the live music and epic sunsets you’ll have seen and done everything you need to.
1. Palawan, Philippines :
Palawan is one of the most popular areas of the Philippines for visitors, but don’t let that put you off. The Philippines is still relatively untouched by tourists (Thank God) compared to most of the neighboring countries in South-East Asia, even if it’s beginning to grow. And if you’ve never been to the Philippines before, Palawan is the perfect place to start.
Must do things are Set Sail in Palawan’s Underground River, Take a Dip in Kayangan Lake, Swim in Barracuda Lake, Lounge in Nacpan Beach, Swim in Big Lagoon, Discover Port Barton, Go Island-Hopping in Honda Bay, Trek to Mt. Tapyas, Visit Snake Island, There are indeed a lot of things to do in Palawan. From El Nido to Puerto Princesa, to Coron, and San Vicente, you’ll have a lot of options for your trip to this beautiful region.
Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, eco-tours, or beach tours, you’ll surely find the best adventure for you and your group!
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