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7 European Islands that you may never have heard of!

Europe is packed full with amazing places to explore.

Anchor Bay Island Elba Italy

However, for some of us it can seem that everything is a little to easy to find! If you fancy yourself the explorer, then we definitely have a treat for you.

We have put together a list of 7 European Islands that are not quite so high up on the tourism lists. In fact, there is a good chance that you won’t even have realised that these isles existed. Best of all, all of them are easy to reach and have plenty of charm and character too!

Traena Norway

Traena Norway by Manu el Loco – Flickr

Traena, Norway

If you are a fan of music festivals then you may already have heard of Traena, the home for the most remote music festival in the world. Trenafestival. This island found 65km off of the coast of Norway is an assortment of towering peaks and beautiful grass lands. If you fancy taking a trip to the festival, or simply the island itself, then you must be prepared to put the time in. After a flight to Bodo, the trip finishes with a 6 hour boat trip. That said, all this travelling is most definitely worth it.

This is particularly true if you visit during the music festival. Where you will be able to see some bands and artists from around the world all performing in some strange venues such as a cave.


Gotland Sweden

Gotland Sweden by robin red

Gotland, Sweden

If you mention Gotland to a native Swede, then they won’t think of it as a secret. However, this island in Sweden,  is not as well known in the rest of the world. With 500 miles of amazing coastline and more than 100 medieval churches and sites to explore, this is an island that is not short on history or beauty. Gotland makes the ideal destination for those people who love being outdoors. It has plenty of opportunities for biking, hiking, horse riding or simply enjoying a spot of time on the beach.


sunset over Portoferraio Elba Italy

Portoferraio Elba Italy by Konrad Jagodziński – Flickr

Elba, Italy

Just 12 miles from the mainland of Italy, the island of Elba is part of the Archipelago Toscano National Park. Despite only being slightly smaller than Sicily and Sardinia, it is not a particularly well known island. If you choose to holiday here, you won’t have to face crowds of tourists. The island is absolutely packed full of all the history and culture that you have come to expect from Italy. All with the added bonus of windsurfing, diving, climbing and other outdoor activities too!


Bozcaada Turkey by night

Bozcaada Turkey by night – Lassi Kurkijärvi

Bozcaada, Turkey

Floating in the Aegean sea, this island in Turkey, used to be known as Tenedos. Known as Bozcaada now, this island is not for thrill seekers. Instead, it is the ideal retreat for those who want to take a slightly slower approach to life. The low hills, stunning bays and plentiful vineyards are packed full of retired Turkish people. All playing backgammon and enjoying a glass or two of the local wine. It doesn’t take long for you to reach this island from Istanbul, and it is ideal for relaxing and unwinding.


Holy Isle Scotland

Holy Isle Scotland by lewishamdreamer – Flickr

Holy Isle, Scotland

Not far from Arran on the west coast of Scotland you will find Holy Isle. This island has been transformed into a spiritual retreat, run by a Buddhist Lama. It is the perfect place to head to if you want to unwind, relax and meditate. Perfect for those who are looking to find themselves, all without having to travel too far to do it!


sunset Greek island Poros

Poros Greece by sagesolar – Flickr

Poros, Greece

Over the years Greece has become all the more popular as a tourist destination. This is simply because it is a beautiful part of the world. Unfortunately all this hustle and bustle can put off some would be travellers. A real shame. If you are someone who likes the idea of heading to Greece, but you are not sure you can face the crowds, then why not pick Poros instead. Much quieter than the rest of the islands, this is the place where you are most likely to find locals taking a break.

Not only will you find plenty of beautiful coastline to soak up the sun, but Poros also boasts at 30,000 lemon and orange tree strong Lemon Forest.


Comino Malta

Comino Malta – by Flavio Ensikl – Flickr

Comino, Malta

If you want to find an off the grid island, then Comino should be your go to place. With only 4 people living on the island, you will be entering an different world on Comino. Completely car-free, the island is a favourite for divers, walkers and windsurfers alike. This is thanks to the aquamarine sea over white sand, also known as the Blue Lagoon. It is stunning, tranquil and a real gem to the Maltese area.


Feeling inspired by these amazing islands? Why not see if you can find a great deal and pay them a visit? You may just find your next favourite holiday destination.



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