Every island has its own vibe. That vibe can differ greatly from the rest of its home country. Here are five European enclaves that will leave you with very different impressions of the flags that fly above them.
San Domino: Find a marine reserve, pine forests, a 19th-century monastery, juniper-lined footpaths, and panoramic views on Italy’s Tremiti Islands.
Angra do Heroísmo: Discover stratovolcanoes, white houses capped with red-tiled roofs, an old square covered with patterned white limestone and black basalt stones, a cathedral with twin bell towers, and a convent that’s been turned into a hotel on Portugal’s Azores.
Lärbro: Hide among medieval churches, small museums, an old limestone quarry, a crater-like landscape, and an industrial-chic design hotel on Gotland, Sweden’s largest island.
Viðareiði: Stand atop a rocky mountain, steep cliffs, loose stones, a slippery trail, the northernmost town, and the best view of the North Atlantic Ocean on the Danish-owned Faroe Islands.
Yeronisos: Learn about the fishing Chalcolithic period, the Cleopatra-ruled Hellenistic period, the Christian Byzantine period, and the aborted hotel plans on an island off the coast of Cyprus.