Let’s talk about European islands. You believe they’re all in the Mediterranean Sea. They’re not. You assume you’ve heard of them all. You haven’t. You think you’ve been everywhere. You definitely haven’t. Are you ready to see what you’ve been missing?
O Curro: Start with the Atlantic Ocean, an autonomous community, a little archipelago, a national park, windswept footpaths, rare birds, and great weather off the west coast of Spain.
Lagoa: Find a sheltered bay, historic churches, a sleek design hotel, driftwood furniture, turquoise accents, lots of outdoor living space, and mouthwatering seafood outside of the Azores’ capital.
Estreito da Calheta: See the world’s tallest lighthouse, a glass skywalk, a contemporary art center, a golden-sand beach, surfers and paragliders, and a rooftop pool on the westernmost tip of Madeira.
Brodick: Head to the Firth of Clyde, a mountainous National Scenic Area, moors and sandy bays, a 65-mile trail, a photogenic castle, and a resort that feels like a country house off the southwest coast of Scotland.