Europe’s very best island hopping destinations


It is hoppening! From Ibiza’s barefoot Balearic beats to the castaway islands of Croatia or turquoise waters and ancient ruins of Greece and Turkey, summertime in Europe is all a boat island hopping.

Right here are some of our favourite European islands for this summer season.


Clubbing capital of the globe.

The planet’s coolest island, not even the Vengaboys’ 1999 trip right here on Venga Airways could muddy the sunbleached and celebrity sheen of Spain’s lovely White Isle. Europe’s original hippy haven, dwelling to feathered dreamcatchers and globe-renowned DJs in equal measure, it is not possible not to drop your heart and your head(onism) to Ibiza.

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The Old Town
Loved by each locals and clubbing island veterans, Ibiza Town’s cobbled streets, whitewashed terraces and seafood tavernas are an olde worlde away from the island’s star-gazing super clubs and sweaty dancefloors.

Yoga retreats
Go shake your asana off! Downward facing dogs are virtually as common on Ibiza’s spiritual shores as the clubs are. Head to the sleepy north of the island for quiet coves, boho beach bars and mindfulness retreats.

Pioneers of international property music, Ibiza’s raving royalty incorporates Amnesia, Ushuaïa, Privilege, DC10, Pikes, Hï Ibiza, Pacha and a lot more.

Set sail for a day trip shipwrecked on the sparkling white beaches and crystal-clear waters of Formentera, Ibiza’s much better-behaved younger sister and the smallest island in the Balearics.

We’ve got a couple of tours that hit up Ibiza – a 9-day jaunt about the Spanish mainland just before heading to Ibiza, or a four-day blast in the heart of it.


Europe’s old timer.

White and blue painted clifftop villages, crumbled ruins and water clearer than an ouzo-no cost hangover, the Greek Islands have been the travelers’ option for island hopping hols given that the 1960s. You may possibly say, it is some thing of a Greek classic. Add to that unspoiled beaches, significant fat Greek hospitality, Medieval old towns, carafes of low cost regional wine and platefuls of deep-fried Saganaki. For the reason that, properly, fried cheese is in no way some thing to be sniffed at.

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The Cyclades
This idyllic cluster of image-fantastic islands are simply accessible from Pireaus (the port close to Athens) and incorporates the boutique charms of Santorini, hedonistic Mykonos, backpacker-favourite Ios and the fishing village charms of Naxos and Paros – fantastic for a two-week island hopping trip.

The largest island in Greece and the centre of Minoan civilization, bigger-than-life Crete has ancient ruins, busy bars, lengthy sandy beaches and if you think the myths, a half-man half-bull Minotaur that lives in a labyrinth.

Interrail passes
A lot of Interrail passes consist of travel on Blue Star Ferries, such as the route from Athens to Crete, and travel about the Cyclades and Dodecanese. Ask about the very best pass for you when booking. Alternatively, get the Greek Islands pass on the net.

When a bit of a dive, Athens is now a lot more hipster dive bars and beard trimmers. For jam jar cocktails and dancing on the cobbles till the early hours, head for the graffiti-covered neighbourhood of Gazi.

Want to incorporate it all on a sailing trip involving the islands? Wonderful option. We’ve got eight to 15 day trips – an excellent way to invest your European summer season.


Hvar a great time.

Hotter than Jon Snow at bath time, Croatia’s 1,000-plus paradise islands have been identified to travelers lengthy just before the Game of Thrones’ place scouts rocked up and declared Dubrovnik King’s Landing. From uninhabited limestone karsts to insomniac celebration islands, the Adriatic is a season-lengthy cycle of sailing decks and spinning decks, with some of the world’s greatest DJs setting up camp for the summer season.

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Island hopping
Celebration islands, paradise beaches and storybook Medieval forts, Split to Dubrovnik by means of Brač, Hvar and Korčula is one particular of the most common island hopping itineraries, and feasible to do in just more than a week. These tours are excellent for combining a bunch of areas into one particular trip, with accommodation thrown in and a couple of activities for great measure.

The festivals
Croatia is dwelling to some of Europe’s very best music festivals, such as Hideout, Soundwave, Ultra, Suncébeat and Really like International. Tag one particular onto a sailing trip for an unforgettable summer season of music, culture and beaches.

STA Travel Beats
A actual dreamboat, invest 4 days on this tour sailing about the Adriatic with a resident DJ for salty daytime beats, snorkelling and secret parties. Right after catching rays and all-evening raves, jump onboard the healing ship for morning yoga and recovery sessions. Verify out our beats packages.


One particular hot mezze.

Hidden coves, close to-empty beaches and jade-coloured waters, Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is a actual gem. Wander about Byzantine ruins, discover sunken cities and take your snorkel on each day underwater adventures in search of wrecks and sea turtles. Add to that, it is a total bargain, with fairly a great deal every little thing incorporated onboard.

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The value
No haggling capabilities needed, a week-lengthy sailing trip in Turkey is the least expensive of all the European island hopping destinations.

The meals
Fresh seafood, smoked aubergine dips and barbecue kebabs… we’re only a tahini bit in really like with the meals right here.

The diversity
Snorkel in crystal-clear waters, hike to ancient ruins, discover old-college fishing villages and go clubbing in Bodrum.

The boats
Most sailing trips are onboard standard gulets, wooden sailing boats with pirate-esq masts and heaps of tanning space.

Get your flights sorted now, with some amazingly reasonably priced fares and swot up on your analysis with our collection of Europe travel guides, for hints, ideas, very best time to check out, expenses and so on.


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