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Even if you’ve never been to this Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea, you’d still... more
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Santorini
Even if you’ve never been to this Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea, you’d still recognise it immediately: candy-coloured houses carved into cliffs, sapphire waters, gleaming white buildings topped with half-spheres the colour of a stormy sky. Here, in this year’s #4 Travellers’ Choice Island in the world, you’ll find peace as you roam the black sand beaches or the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli. Beautiful Oia is world-famous for its sunsets, which seem tinted with every shade of an artist’s palette.
Breezy Madeira is this year’s #6 Travellers’ Choice Island in the world. The... more
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Madeira
Breezy Madeira is this year’s #6 Travellers’ Choice Island in the world. The capital city of Funchal was settled in the 15th century and is a colorful collection of gardens, religious sites, and quirky tourist attractions like the thatched-roof Madeira Story Centre. Hike to the summit of Pico Ruivo and you’ll feel like you’ve climbed through the clouds. Unwind over a glass of Madeira wine, a historic fortified beverage that’s musky and subtly sweet.
The island of Crete is a Greek jewel floating in a sea of melted turquoise. The... more
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Crete
The island of Crete is a Greek jewel floating in a sea of melted turquoise. The beaches are godly stretches of pillowy sand and smooth pebbles. Its historical and mythological significance can not be ignored: Crete is said to have been to be the birthplace of Zeus, the king of the Gods, and was the site of Europe's first modern civilisation. Archaeological and historical sites abound and make an awe-inspiring break from a sun-soaked day at the beach.
The Ionian Islands are splendid, cinematic paradise. The waters are bluest blue,... more
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Zakynthos
The Ionian Islands are splendid, cinematic paradise. The waters are bluest blue, the sands are achingly silky and smooth. Everything looks heavily Photoshopped. But that's just Mother Nature, in all her unspoiled glory. Zakynthos is the largest of the Ionian Islands, and it's as fruitful as it is beautiful, boasting a bounty of crops like olives and grapes. Music is a huge part of the local culture—you can catch a concert or festival almost any night of the week, and you'll be captivated by the sights and sounds of Zakynthos performers.
Drawn by its fiestas, late night discos and clubs, water parks and golf courses,... more
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Fuerteventura
Drawn by its fiestas, late night discos and clubs, water parks and golf courses, visitors can't resist sunny Fuerteventura. Discover local culture in Betancuria, home to a cathedral and several museums, at Tefia's eco-museum or at one of February's quirky Carnaval celebrations. Cool down after a hot day on the beach or a hard night at the clubs at Baku Water Park.
The Jersey shore looks a little bit different in the Channel Islands. No Snookis... more
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Jersey
The Jersey shore looks a little bit different in the Channel Islands. No Snookis here—instead, the partying of choice is the annual Battle of Flowers, a sweet-smelling carnival that culminates in the Moonlight Parade. Kayakers, surfers, divers and sailors will find plenty to love about Jersey’s active watersports scene, and adrenaline junkies will (cliff) jump for a coasteering tour of the caves, cliffs and crags. A day of shopping and café-hopping in St. Helier is an excellent dose of cultural retail therapy.
The dreamy island that provided inspiration to Chopin and Miró now has a... more
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Majorca
The dreamy island that provided inspiration to Chopin and Miró now has a reputation as a spring break beach destination. Don't worry, though, if you're holiday-making over elementary school spring break-- there's plenty for the younger crowd. Marineland's dolphin and sea lion shows and children's beach attract families. And if you have a Thomas-obsessed toddler, the antique train that travels between Palma and Soller is a must-see.
The crags and grottoes of Capri have been dazzling visitors since the Ancient... more
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Island of Capri
The crags and grottoes of Capri have been dazzling visitors since the Ancient Greeks first settled the island. It’s easy to understand why artists and writers have been immortalizing Capri’s beauty and history for centuries. Climb aboard a wooden boat to tour the Grotto Azzurra, a cave filled with spectacularly blue water. Savor some gelato while you stroll around the harbours of Marina Piccola or Marina Grande, an ancient Roman fishing port.
Strongly influenced by the tribal culture of the Guanches (the original... more
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Tenerife
Strongly influenced by the tribal culture of the Guanches (the original inhabitants), Tenerife was conquered by the Spanish 500 years ago. It's home to Mount Teide, Spain's tallest peak, and to the popular beach resort of Los Gigantes. Today visitors flock to Loro Park to see tropical birds, to Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park and to Parque Nacional Las Canadas del Teide's volcanic rock formations. Explore by car or with a "bono bus" ticket, which offers reductions on regular prices.
Corsica is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean off the south coast...
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Corsica
Corsica is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean off the south coast of France. It is a scenic island that has plenty of visitors, especially during the summer months. For those planning a holiday in Corsica then villa holiday rentals are well worth considering, particularly as some have weekly rates at less than £400 a week.
Where to visit in Corsica

Corsica has some great and famous beaches such as the Palombaggia. The Palombaggia Beach is one of the top beaches in Europe which has golden sands and crystal clear waters. The beach is good for water-sports such as wind surfing, jet-skiing, kayaking, and diving. Along the Palombaggia coastline there are a variety of villa holiday rentals within a short distance of the beach. Corsica is also a good destination for golf, and has the Golf de Spérone overlooking the Mediterranean which is regarded as one of Europe's best courses that is regularly ranked in the top 100 golf courses. Corsica also has some smaller nine-hole golf courses such as Golf du Reginu and Bastia Golf Club.

Family holiday rentals in Corsica

Family villas in Corsica are a good accommodation option for family holidays on the island. These family villas can be large and flexible, with plenty of additional extras such as swimming pool, BBQ, covered terrace, wi-fi, and jacuzzi. Corsica has plenty of good family beaches like the Golfe di Sogno Beach and Santa-Giulia Beach near resort towns such as Porto-Vecchio. Corsica is also a great sport destination, and has a variety of museums for families to visit.

Day trips in Corsica

A day trip to the Gulfe De Porto is recommended. The Gulfe De Porto is a UNESCO heritage site, and regular boat trips can be made from the town. Here you can also visit the eroded rock formations of the Les Calanques. Alternatively, consider a trip to the unique fortress town of Banifacio with its historic buildings such as the Banifacio citadel and large marina. The largest city in Corsica is that of Ajaccio which includes the Casa Buonaparte, variety of Genoese towers, and the Fesch Museum which has one of the most extensive collections of Italian art in France. As such, Ajaccio can also be a great day trip.