Without Bali and Tenerife: 6 vacation islands you might not have known about

Albina PanchenkoLife
Little-known islands that will amaze you with their beauty

Usually when we think of island vacations, we think of the Maldives, the Canaries, Cyprus, or Tenerife. But there are so many other incredibly beautiful patches of land in the middle of the water that you've hardly heard of. From tropical paradises to fascinating ice lands, each destination on this list has something that will win your heart.

Gökçeada (Imbros), Turkey

An extraordinary natural spot located in the Aegean Sea off the west coast of Turkey. Due to its remoteness from tourist routes, this small island retains an authentic and pristine aura that attracts connoisseurs of tranquil relaxation and meditative beauty.

Traveling along the paths of Gekcead, you will enjoy the picturesque scenery and crystal clear waters. We recommend visiting the ruins of the ancient fortress of Iskiter, exploring the Greek villages of Derekei and Bademi, sunbathing on the wild beaches of Mavikoi and strolling at Marmaros waterfall.

An interesting fact:

Gekceada is of volcanic origin, as reminded by the extinct volcano located in the south of the island.

What to see?

  • Merkez Mosque;
  • Orthodox churches of Agios Gergios and Ayia Varvara;
  • Cape Kashkaval (the best view is from the sea);
  • Marmaros waterfall;
  • Salty lake.

Cres, Croatia

Croatia's second largest island is located in the northern Adriatic Sea. There are no big noisy resorts here, so this place charms with luxurious nature and beaches with crystal clear water.

Enjoy the sea, lying under the sun or try water sports - here everyone will find something to their liking. Visit the ancient town of Osor with its medieval architecture, take a walk through the streets of Cres, where you can catch your breath in the cozy cafes.

Interesting fact:

The island is located at an altitude of 0 m above sea level, but there is a freshwater lake Vrancea with a depth of 70 meters. It is the largest of its kind in Croatia.

What to visit?

  • St. Jacob's Cathedral;
  • Evangelist's Fortress;
  • Cres Museum;
  • the city of Mali Lošinj;
  • the beaches of St. John, Edythe and the Small Sides.

La Digue, Seychelles

This incredible paradise is located in the northeastern part of the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Its unspoiled beauty, picturesque lagoons and rich underwater world will charm you at first sight.

Stroll through the eponymous town of La Digue, where coconut palms cast shadows on the narrow streets. Relax on white sand beaches and swim in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Here you'll be greeted by breathtaking views from the Grand Anse and Bel Anse hills, which offer a magnificent panorama.

Interesting fact:

Seychelles is home to some of the largest sea turtles in the world.

What to visit.

  • The beaches of Anse North, Anse D'Argent and Anse Coco;
  • Reserve Vale de May Nature Reserve;
  • The town of Mahé on the island of the same name;
  • snorkeling on East Sister Island.

Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Five years ago, it was impossible to find a single tourist on this island south of Bali. Now, however, travelers come here in search of soothing atmosphere, incredible sunsets and soulful relaxation.

This island is the perfect place to try your hand at diving, snorkeling, and even surfing. Take a hike or explore by scooter. Enjoy the view of Agung Volcano from Mangrove Beach or feel the power of the water element at Devil's Teardrop Bay. Take a trip to the mangrove forests or see the view of Bali from the cliffs in the north of the island. When you come to Lembongan, you won't be bored.

Interesting fact:

Nusa Lembongan is located between the islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida. Together they form a famous tropical trio.

What to see?

  • Yellow Bridge;
  • Gala Gala underground house;
  • Mashrum Bay, Dream Beach, Sunset Beach;
  • Blue Lagoon on Nusa Cheningan Island;
  • Southwest coast of Nusa Penida.

Gotland, Sweden

A real treasure of the Baltic Sea is just south of Stockholm. The good land - that's how Gotland is translated from Swedish and you'll see that it's not for nothing!

Take a walk through the medieval town of Visby, where a fortress wall with 44 towers has been preserved. Admire the intricately shaped raucar cliffs, tour the Gotland National Park, relax on the sandy beaches and enjoy the scent of blooming roses - all this and more is offered by the incredible Viking Island.

Interesting fact:

More than 650 hoards containing Arab or European coins and a variety of jewelry have been found on the island.

What to visit.

  • The old town of Visby;
  • Ruins of church St. Karins;
  • Gothic church of St. Nicholas;
  • Stora Kalse island;
  • Lummelund Cave.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

A remote place that attracts fans of Scandinavian mythology, it is located in the north of Norway within the Arctic Circle. Despite the harsh climate, short cold summers and long snowy winters, those who have ever been to the Lofoten Islands agree that it is one of the most amazing places on the planet.

In summer, we recommend climbing the highest peaks of the archipelago - Mount Svolvarget and Reinebringen, or go on a boat tour through the picturesque fjords. In the winter, however, opens the hunt for the northern lights, which the locals call "Aurora. Also, regardless of the season, you can see majestic whales that come here to eat their favorite delicacy, krill.

An interesting fact:

Although the islands are 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, winter temperatures rarely drop even below -5°C. Lofoten owes this to the warm Gulf Stream that washes the northern shores of the archipelago.

What to visit?

  • fishing village A (reads like O);
  • Soccer field on a rock in the village of Henningsver;
  • Lofotr Viking house-museum;
  • Buksnes wooden church in "dragon" style;
  • Gaukland beach.


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