If you’re booking a holiday, there’s nothing more exciting than considering an island destination. Islands often have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, with fewer tourists and less traffic, and it’s easier to explore the destination in a week or so. If you’re planning a holiday for 2021, here are some islands to consider.
The Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands have long been a popular holiday destination for families, couples, groups and more. If you’re looking for Spain holidays but feel like you’ve already done the mainland, the Balearic Islands may be a good alternative. Just off the coast of the Costa Brava, there are four main inhabited islands:
• Majorca – the most popular of the islands, Majorca has pretty beaches, big resorts and historical sites
• Menorca – a cute, family-friendly island that’s popular with tourists, Menorca is good for walking, sailing and beach holidays
• Ibiza – although it has a reputation as a party island and has some amazing nightlife, it’s also ideal for luxury breaks, with beautiful beaches and turquoise seas
• Formentera – reached by ferry from Ibiza, this small island is less tourist-focused than others and has many unspoiled beaches
Any of the Balearic Islands would be ideal for a short break or longer holiday: they’re welcoming, easy to get around and offer unrivalled sun and sea.
The Canary Islands
While the Canary Islands are part of Spain, they’re off the coast of Africa, which means they have a unique microclimate that keeps them warm and sunny nearly year-round. Tenerife and Lanzarote are the most popular destinations, with volcanic landscapes and beautiful beaches, but the smaller islands are worth considering too. There’s plenty to do in the Canary Islands, whether it’s visiting an active volcano, hiking through national parks or sailing to uninhabited islands.
Corsica is another island to consider for your 2021 holiday. This sun-soaked Mediterranean island has a blend of Italian and French culture, which you’ll notice in everything from the architecture to the food. Corsica is small enough to explore easily by car, so you can find quiet beaches, hiking trails and great places for snorkelling.
The Dalmatian Islands are one of the most popular destinations in Croatia, and it’s easy to see why. Inland, you’ll find hills covered in vines and olive trees, with red-roofed homes that give the islands a classic Mediterranean look. There are also lots of amazing beaches in the Dalmatian Islands where you can swim or snorkel in the clear waters.
Cyprus is a larger island, but still full of charm, and since you can get across the island in just a few hours, it’s easy to explore without long drives. Cyprus has ancient sites, cliffs, sandy beaches and amazing coastal scenery, so the island crams in a little something for everyone. The southern part of Cyprus still has Greek cultural influences, so you can expect great food and wine and a welcoming atmosphere.
Islands are ideal for short, relaxing holidays where you don’t want to spend hours traveling. Any of the above islands would make a great holiday for 2021, so start planning now.