The Mediterranean is full of well-known paradises, islands with white sand beaches, picturesque villages, and perfect sunsets. However there are other paradises, those less known, less crowded, but equally incredible, why don’t you dare to discover them?
1. Sifnos, Greece
In the Cyclades archipelago and bathed by the Aegean Sea is the island of Sifnos, one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. The island has 70 km of coastline, crystalline waters, thousands of white houses, which contrasts with the red bougainvillea that decorates its doors. The best option is to rent a scooter. Apolonia is the capital of the island. Also, make sure to visit Artemonas, Faros, and the medieval Kastro, they are some of the small towns not to be missed. To get there, you have to take a fast boat from Athens, which will take about 4 hours.
2. Elba, Italy
Only 28 kilometers long and 19 kilometers wide and of volcanic origin, the island of Elba is one of the pearls of the Tuscan archipelago worth discovering. Situated about 50 kilometers from Corsica, this Italian corner is famous for being Napoleon’s place of exile. Its exceptional orography offers golden sandy beaches, rugged coves, and countless trails. Climb Mount Capanne, the highest peak on the island, for the best views. Portoferraio, the capital, the medieval Capoliveri, and Porto Azzurro, with their fortresses and their square overlooking the sea, are three of the most beautiful villages to visit.
3. Losijn, Croatia
To the north of the Adriatic Sea and linked by a canal to the island of Cres is Losijn, a small paradise is known as the island of well-being as more than 1000 varieties of therapeutic and aromatic plants grow in its lands, so it is not surprising that the main hotels focus on wellness. The museum of Apoxyomenos and the baroque church of San Antonio Abad in the village of Veli Lošinj and the port of Mali Lošinj are some of its indispensables. Another of its great attractions is its gravel beaches and turquoise waters, among which the Zal, in the bay of Suncana Uvala and Cikat, the most popular.
4. Cabrera, Spain
To the south of Mallorca, only half an hour by boat, is Cabrera, a small island whose generous nature falls in love with those who visit it. Its castle, 72 meters above sea level, is an obligatory stop to catch the most beautiful panoramic views in the world. The Ensiola lighthouse and the S’Espalmador beach, are perfect places to refresh yourself after walking through another marvel, the National Park.
5. Djerba, Tunisia
Located in the gulf of Gabés, off the coast of Tunisia, is the island of Djerba, where Homer placed one of the most exciting passages of The Odyssey. Houmt Souk, with its famous souks and mosques, the long golden beaches of Sidi Bakour, Guellala, famous for its pottery, and the La Ghariba Synagogue, the most central synagogue in Africa, await you there.