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Escape to hidden gems

Our Favorite “Secret” Islands of Europe

September 4, 2020

Who doesn’t like the idea of a deserted paradise island that has lesser crowds, not having to fight for a spot at the beach. Art In Voyage brings you its favorite secrets islands of Europe, not as well known or spoken of. One of these island, Port Cros Island, notorious for its palm trees and protected marine life, is the birthplace of our own founder and CEO, Mikael Audebert.

Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voygae
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, by Art In Voyage

Lastovo Island, Croatia

Lasvoto is located in the south of Dalmatia region, Croatia. It is the furthest inhabited Croatian island, this island has an extremely beautiful nature that is untouched – making it the best choice in the Adriatic sea for those looking for a completely relaxing and a peaceful holiday. Lastovo is the most forested Croatian island, with 70% of the surface is covered in forest and it is the largest island in the Lastovo archipelago which counts 46 small islands and cliffs – in 2007 Lastovo islands were proclaimed a nature park. It is ideal for both lovers of active or passive holidays. Since the island is mountainous and mainly covered in the forest there is a possibility to go hiking, walking, or even cycling; the island has marked hiking and cycling trails. Bike rental is possible only in Pasadur. The island has no poisonous species (snakes or spiders) so you can safely go hiking. For those who like the submarine world, there are two diving centers, in Pasadur and Zaklopatica.

Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage

Pico Island, Azores

Pico Island is located in the central island group of the Azores. The island os less than 30 minutes in length and can be completely circled in about 3 hours. There are some most unique things to do in Pico that you can’t miss when you’re on the island, sit back, and be inspired while we unpack all the fun things to do in this incredible archipelago. Firstly, Pico is the second-largest island of the Azores archipelago – After Sao Miguel. In spite of being most obviously volcanic, it still boasts an incredible variety of landscapes. Between the green meadows, the lava fields, the UNESCO World-Heritage worthy vineyards, and the views over the neighbor islands, there is a lot to wonder about in Pico Island. Start by climbing the highest peak in Portugal, Mount Pico, although it can be difficult due to the lava rock formations that create a very tricky terrain. You can’t hike Mount Pico? No worries, it’s not all about trekking Mount Pico. There are easier and flatter options – explore the island on foot and visit the Whale museums in Lajes do Pico, which reminds us of fortunately a forbidden whale hunting since 1986.

Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voygae
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage

Gozo Island, Malta

Gozo, situated in Malta not a very well-known destination, but it is the largest island in the archipelago and such a very quiet place to be with its unique sparkling coves. This rugged island surrounded by cerulean waters forms the perfect backdrop for myths and legends – and for films. The island is featured in the first episode of Game of Thrones, despite such claims ti fame, Malta’s smaller sister island remains unspoiled and untamed. North Africa, Arabia, and Sicily meet in this sizzling and spiky stone in the sea. Spend your days swimming in sparkling coves, sipping a Kinnie – the locals’ favorite orange-flavored fizzy drink – in the sun, and feasting on plates of sea urchin spaghetti.

Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage

Prangli island, Estonia

Estonia has over 2000 islands scatters off its ranging coastline, most of them dotting the brisk Baltic Sea. Prangli Island is located just 30 km from Estonia’s capital. It is the only Northern Estonian Island, that has been continuously inhabited for more than 600 years. It has its own dialect of the Estonian language, a very diverse nature with plants that can boost your immune system, friendly locals, and strong traditions in fishing. Mass tourism hasn’t touched the small island, so it still has wonderful and lonely sandy beaches. Prangli pine forests create enough fresh air to overwhelm the senses. Come and visit this beautiful Estonian island. In this island, you explore the nature reserve, enjoy comfortable ferry rides, drive around the in an open-top jeep and discover an off the beaten path with authentic fishing villages with local island food.

Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voygae

Filicudi Island, Sicily

The best European island for an under the radar Italian escape. Filicudi Island is located in the west of the archipelago, and it is less well known than other islands, but no less enchanting. Slightly oval in shape, and has only one true settlement, Filicudi Port: the rest of the island has maintained, due to the massive emigration of the fifties, the unspoiled look of the absence of man. In fact, even during the hottest periods of the year, Filicudi can boast of its calm and tranquility. Since 1997 the island has been able to count on the protection of its natural beauty. The coast of Filicudi is typically high and rocky, with some exceptions such as Pecorino Mari, which has a magnificent beach with pebbles.

The northwest has many places where you can take a dip in the water, but accessible only by boat. The island is the Aeolians’ best-kept secret, a wild paradise with clear waters and few visitors. Arrive at Filicudi Port, a simple place where you can rent boats and dine on the island’s spaghetti alla filicudara – with capers, olives, anchovies, and rosemary – and pick up sugar-coated sfinci doughnuts at the bakery. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and there are no swimming pools on the island; stay at Casa Belquis, just three minutes by scooter from the island’s best beach, Pecorini a Mare.

Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage
Islands of Europe, By Art In Voyage

Port Cros Island, France

As always said, “save the best for the last” – This island is the birthplace of our very own CEO, Mikael Audebert. Port Cros Island is located between Porquerolles island and Le Levant island, its the smallest of the three islands which make the Golden Islands. Since 1963, the entire island has become a National Park and is unique in Europe as the park takes in a maritime zone which extends 600 meters around the coast. Port Cros Island is the first national park in Europe and on the Mediterranean sea – Its sea bottom is preserved, and the fauna and flora is exceptional with its meadowsweet smelling. The National park has three main hiking trails for adventurous people, the first one is the botanical trail that lets you discover all the richness of the port Cros Vegetation. This walk will take you along the coast and give you incredible views of the sea, then come back to the village through the island’s interior beauty and nature. All these trails in this island will give a different feel in each every time you embark on a different trail, nothing else but nature and beautiful views of the sea, mountains and marine life.