10 European Islands You've Probably Never Heard OfBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/10-european-islands-youve-probably-never-heard-of
When we talk about the European islands, Mallorca, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, and, of course, ... England immediately come to mind. However, around the old continent, and even within it, there are islands little known and rarely visited by tourists. See here for 10 European islands you've probably never heard of.
1. The stunning Lyngør Islands in Norway are located just two to three hours from Oslo. The only way to get there is by ferry, boat, or the most popular means of transport among the locals - kayaks. Lyngør is a very picturesque, quiet place with stunning colorful houses and worth a visit. (Photo: sigurtor/flickr.com).
2. Hiiumaa is the second largest island in Estonia. It is ideal for those who would like to be alone, write a book, or paint a picture. And reading here to the sound of the waves is a real pleasure. Hiiumaa Island is located just 35 kilometers from Tallinn, and you can get to it by ferry from the village of Rohuküla. (Photo: Shutterstock).
3. Eghina Island in Greece. It is only an hour's ferry ride from Athens. The island is ideal for those who love a relaxing holiday, seafood and hiking with views of the ruins of ancient churches, flowering meadows and steep cliffs. (Photo: Apuntes y Viajes/flickr.com).
4. Fehmarn Island, Germany This island in the Baltic Sea is just off the German coastline. Fehmarn is a real paradise for lovers of kitesurfing and paragliding (competitions in this discipline are often held here). (Photo: DavHei/flickr.com).
5. Inis Oirr, Ireland. This small island of the Aran archipelago is the capital of ancient language and ancient Celtic mythology. On the island, whose name is pronounced Inisheer, people still speak the old Irish language. An interesting fact: electricity appeared here only in 1997. (Photo: davidnewgas/flickr.com).
6. Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Brittany, France. The name itself says that this is an island of amazing beauty. Once upon a time, famous artists and writers came there in search of inspiration, among them were Flaubert and Monet. (Photo: Shutterstock).
7. With white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, the Cíes Islands are sometimes referred to as the Spanish Maldives or Seychelles for a reason. This is a real, almost untouched by man, paradise on Earth. (Photo: Alquiler de coches/flickr.com).
8. Mljet Island in Croatia. This is one of the southernmost islands of Croatia, which offers tourists to enjoy wild nature and traditional local cuisine. Hiking trails on the island lead around two salt lakes, where you can rent a yacht and sail to the 12th-century Benedictine monastery located on the island of Melita. (Photo: Shutterstock).
9. On the Greek island of Samothrace, tourists can visit the ruins of the temple of the winged goddess Nike (this is where the famous statue of Nike of Samothrace comes from), the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, hot springs and thermal pools, as well as walk along long hiking trails along beautiful waterfalls and along deserted beaches. (Photo: Shutterstock).
10. Margaret Island in Budapest is a real green oasis for locals and tourists. It is located right in the middle of the Danube in the center of the capital. It is surrounded by a five-kilometer running track and small piers. And you can get to the island by tram, which stops right in the middle of the bridge with the same name Margaret. (Photo: Shutterstock).