Escape to these under-the-radar European islands

Soak up the seascapes on Europe's sun-baked isles.

By National Geographic Staff
Published 10 Mar 2019, 08:45 GMT
Streymoy, Faroe Islands, Denmark
The largest and most populous of the 18 islands that make up the Faroe archipelago, Streymoy can seem otherworldly with its treeless landscape sculpted by glaciers
Photograph by Max Galli, Redux

Europe presents many reasons to hop off the storied continent. From the lava caves of Pico to the sun-baked beaches of Pantelleria, soak up seascapes, fishing villages, and local lore in these little-known havens. 

This piece, adapted from a story that originally appeared in the UK edition of National Geographic Traveller magazine, appeared in the magazine’s August/September 2015 issue. The story was updated in 2019.
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