12 European Islands You Never Thought to Visit—But Totally Should
You don’t need the Caribbean or Indonesia for picture-perfect island destinations: Put these stunning, off-the-beaten-path isles on your radar this summer.
Tresco, Isles of Scilly
OK, we’ll admit that getting to Tresco takes a bit of effort, but it’s well worth it to see a totally different side of the UK. What makes the second largest of the Isles of Scilly so special? For starters, its subtropical climate and romantic ambiance. Beyond being warm and sunny, the top attraction is Tresco Abbey Garden, an Eden of more than 20,000 exotic plants, plus shipwrecked figureheads at the Valhalla Museum. Rounding out the allure are quiet coves, miles of white sand, and castle ruins.
Cíes Islands, Spain
Off the coast of Galicia lies the Cíes Islands. Declared a nature reserve in 1980, the islands have a cap on visitors—no more than 2,200 a day. Instead of cars and hotels, you’ll find blissfully empty beaches, cerulean waters, and an abundance of birds, including the largest colony of seagulls in the world. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of native bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the Atlantic. Next, don’t miss these places you absolutely need to go this year, according to travel experts.