Gugh who? Even the most seasoned, well-charted traveler may be surprised to learn a thing or two from a new list that curates nearly a dozen “secret” but “incredible” islands across Europe.
Porquerolles island along the French Riviera. Photo: AFP/Samuel Borges Photography/Shutterstock.com
It’s a list that may appeal to those who seek out destinations with little foot traffic and which lay off the beaten track.
Online reservation site Skyscanner’s list of most “interesting,” little-known European islands gives top nods, for instance, to an exclusive hideaway along the French Riviera, Porquerolles, well-known among the French as a haven due to its protected natural setting, but perhaps lesser known among visitors outside France.
In the No. 2 spot is Gugh, England on the Isles of Scilly, a cluster of small islands located off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula, chosen for its sub-tropical climate and its sweeping views of the sea atop Kitten Hill, 34 meters above sea level.
San Miguel in Portugal takes the third spot for its “Jurassic Park”-style scenery with its volcanic crater lake Lagoa do Fogo, while Colonsay, Scotland offers vertiginous cliff-tops and beaches.
Rounding out the top five “secret” islands is Texel in the Netherlands, which offers white beaches and windmills.
Here are the rest of Skyscanner’s picks for best secret islands across Europe:
Sark, The Channel Islands
Mykines, Faroe Islands
Iles Lavezzi, France