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Spain, Ibiza island, Ushuaia Beach Hotel
Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean, famous for the world's best dance clubs - Pacha, Amnesia and others. Also there are many cafes with a good club music on the island. The most famous - Cafe del Mar in San Antonio - with crowds watching sunset listening to the romantic music. However, after the sunset DJs start play bouncy club mixes. There are also good beaches in the island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (269 votes)

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Italy, Sardinia island, La Caletta tower
Sardinia is an Italian island with the best sandy beaches in the entire Mediterranean. North and south of the island are most developed for tourism. Eastern beaches are also great, but without crowds of people. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (139 votes)
Greece, Santorini island
Santorini is the most beautiful island of Greece. White picturesque houses have great view to the sea. The most popular towns are Fira and Oia - located far from the best beaches of the island. Unfortunately, Santorini beaches are very bad even by the European standards. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (39 votes)
Spain, Formentera island, Cap de Barbaria - Lighthouse
Formentera is a small island located to the south of Ibiza. There is no nightlife, but sand beaches are best in the Mediterranean. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (127 votes)
Italy, Sicily island, San Vito Lo Capo beach
Sicily is the largest island in the south of Italy. There are many good beaches (though not the best in Europe), as well as historical attractions - mostly from the Ancient Greece. Climbing to Etna active volcano is popular among extremals. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (239 votes)
Spain, Menorca isl, Cala Macarelleta beach
Menorca is the easternmost of Balearic Islands in Spain. For many people of Barcelona it is a secret spot, as most tourists stay in Mallorca. Menorca has also much more small cozy beaches, that are not very crowded even in the high season. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (56 votes)
Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife island, Las Teresitas beach
Tenerife - the most popular island in the Canary Islands (Spain). Featured by beautiful and varied nature. Island also has good beaches. The best way to explore Tenerife is to rent a car and drive every day to new places. Keep in mind that due to the cold Atlantic current sea-water never warms up here to a comfortable temperature, - even in the summer. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (60 votes)
France, Corsica island, Teresa di Gallura beach
Corsica - French island in the Mediterranean, the birthplace of Napoleon. There are nice beaches here. Island also attracts by the beautiful mountain scenery and authentic life of the locals. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (124 votes)
Greece, Crete island, Falassarna beach
Crete - the largest and most popular island in Greece with perfect beaches. If rent a car, you can discover some notable natural attractions. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (94 votes)
Spain, Palme de Mallorca, beach
Mallorca is an island in the Mediterranean. It's the main center of a beach tourism in Spain. There are good beaches, as well as many interesting sights. During the high season there are so many people, that many Spaniards head to the neighboring island of Menorca in search of a more relaxed place. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (27 votes)
Italy, Lampedusa island, Rabbit Beach
Lampedusa is an Italian island in the south of the Mediterranean - not far from the African mainland. It was famous for its beautiful beaches, but now it's mainly known as an entry point to Europe for illegal migrants on their way from Tunisia. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (433 votes)
Cyprus, Nissi beach, view from the top
Cyprus - island in Mediterranean Sea, popular as a beach holiday destination. Keep in mind that Northern Cyprus is actually an independent country inhabited by Turkish people. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (39 votes)
Spain, Canary Islands, Fuerteventura island, Sotavento windsurfing
Fuerteventura - spanish island with the best beaches in the Canary Islands. Also popular as a surf destination. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (146 votes)
Portugal, Madeira islands, mountains
Madeira - an archipelago of islands to the south-west of mainland Portugal. Good beaches are located in the island of Porto Santo. Madeira island will be more interesting to those who like beautiful nature. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (256 votes)
Croatia, Hvar island, Dubovica
Hvar is the best island in Croatia. The beaches are probably not the best, but the whole island is beautiful with many interesting attractions. Also this is the most sunny place in Adriatica. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (74 votes)
Italy, Ischia island, beach
Ischia is a popular island near Naples. The beaches are pretty good, though far from the best in Italy. Also there are cozy old towns with beautiful architecture. But the main tourist attraction are numerous thermal springs. It can be huge park with dozens of pools, as well as small springs under the sand or in the shallows on the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (10 votes)
Italy, Capri island, Marina Piccola
Capri is an island to the south of Naples in Italy. The best is to dive from the yacht near the shore. But there are just a few good beaches. The main attraction is Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) filled with amazing blue shining in sunny weather. It is also worth to note Phoenician Steps to Monte Solaro, built at least 500 years BC. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (6 votes)
Malta Island, Valletta, Fort St. Elmo
Malta Island is located in the Mediterranean Sea located to the south of Italy. Valletta is a beautiful town with unique architecture. The island has some of the best beaches in country. Unfortunately, Malta beaches are rather mediocre even by European standards. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (1650 votes)
Croatia, Brac island, Zlatni Rat beach
Brac - is the island to south-east of Split. The most famous beach in Croatia is located here. In general, the island is mediocre, though there are many beautiful places. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (20 votes)
Italy, Lazio, Ponza island
Ponza is an island located a little to the south of Rome in Italy. There are mostly mountains, so many beaches are rocky surrounded by the high mountains. Sometimes stones are falling to the heads of visitors, so look for the warning signs. The island has many ancient caves, as well as numerous sights of the medieval period. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (14 votes)
Italy, Tuscany, Giglio island, Caldane beach
Giglio is a small island in the province of Orbetello, Tuscany. There are several sandy beaches, but most of the coast is rocky with perfectly clear water and good snorkeling. For some time the local attraction was the ship of Costa Concordia, thrown near the coast after a famous disaster. However, the ship was taken for repair in 2014, and as for now, nothing reminds of that incident. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (10 votes)
Italy, Tuscany, Elba, Biodola beach
Elba is a small island near the coast of Tuscany in Italy. The beaches are rather mediocre, and overcrowded during the high season. However, the island is green with mountains covered by scenic hiking trails. Historically, Elba is notable for Napoleon was here during his first exile in 1814. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (40 votes)
Croatia, Cres island, Mali Bok beach
Cres - is one of the least development island in Croatia. There are a few good beaches, but eco-tourism is the main attraction in the island. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (148 votes)
Italy, Naples, Procida island, Old Town
Procida is an island being the nearest to Naples, as well as the smallest one of the Phlegraeans. There are good beaches, as well as Old Town with colored buildings. However, the life is concentrated around the three main marinas, which are very popular among the international millionaires. There is the islet of Isola di Vivara in the south-west, but it's just a rock, - nothing interesting. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (12 votes)
Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria island, Maspalomas dunas
Gran Canaria - island in Spain in the Canary Islands. Famous for its sand dunes near the sea in a place called Maspalomas. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (25 votes)
Italy, Palmarola island, San Silverio
Palmarola is an island in the province of Lazio, Italy. There are several small beaches with San Silverio being the most popular, which is also a famous pilgrimage site. But most of the coast are hard rocks, which can only be reached by the sea. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (18 votes)
Italy, Ventotene island, Cala Nave beach
Ventotene is a small island located half way between Rome and Naples. It has no many good beaches, since the entire coast is rugged by rocks. But on the other hand, this is a place with a rich history of the Ancient Greek and Roman periods. So it makes sense first to study that story, thus making your trip more interesting. There is also Santo Stefano island nearby, which was a prison until 1965. / read more » /
Rating: 7.1 (11 votes)
Italy, Pantelleria island, Specchio di Venere lake
Pantelleria is an Italian island south-west of Sicily. There are no beaches to speak of, but there is a beautiful lake to swim and to sunbathe, as well as some ancient ruins. / read more » /
Rating: 7.0 (91 votes)
Malta, Gozo island, Azure Window rock
Gozo is the second largest island of Malta. There are no good beaches, nor significant attractions - as the famous arch of The Azure Window collapsed on March 8, 2017. / read more » /
Rating: 6.8 (52 votes)
Malta, Comino island, clear water
Comino (Kemmuna) - small island with the best beach in Malta. / read more » /
Rating: 6.6 (391 votes)
Azores, Sao Miguel island, Vila Franca beach
Sao Miguel is the most popular island in the Azores. There are no many good beaches. But you can easily find a place to sunbathe and swim in the sea anywhere on the coast. The most interesting places for tourists are inside the island. These are mainly mountains and lakes. / read more » /
Rating: 4.9 (247 votes)
Azores, Terceira island, Biscoitos beach
Terceira is the second most popular island in the Azores, Portugal. Biscoitos is the best place for swimming on the island. It is a series of natural pools in the coastal cliffs in the north of Terceira. / read more » /
Rating: 4.6 (685 votes)
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greece:
I like Panormos beach in Skopelos. But, please, note, that the whole island has pebbly coast. Alonn…

cyprus:
Ayia Napa beaches are much better that in Larnaca (but the hotels are cheaper in Larnaca). + Advent…

malta-island:
2Pratheep: In most cases you will have to collect some papers (from your job & from your bank) + tr…

gran-canaria:
I don't know about New Year, but in April south-west is the best. As for south east, it is cold wit…

portugal:
14 km from Nazare, there is a place called Sao Martinio do Porto. It has a lagoon with a relatively…

italy:
Adventure parks and aqua parks in Italy: - Rainbow Magicland in Valmontone (near Rome), - Gardaland…

france:
Ansi is a beautiful town not far from Lyon. You may also visit Chamonix and Grenoble

malta:
In Malta it is best to stay at Valetta. Island distances are small, and you will easily get anywher…

spain:
Andalucia is rather expensive. I recommend to visit Mijas, Ronda, Marbella, Gibraltar, Cordova and …

azores:
Summer ferry timetable is published from April. Azores ferries don't operate in winter. Air connect…
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