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The Best Islands in Europe You Probably Haven't Heard of Yet

Would you rather use your precious vacation time on a laidback island escape or a fairytale-status European adventure? With only so much vacation time, a destination that offers both is ideal. That's the dream, right there. And given that summer's right around the corner, we're craving a seaside holiday even more than usual. So we rounded up the 40 best islands in Europe, including hidden gems you may not have heard of yet and popular destinations everyone should see in their lifetime. From sun-soaked shores to rocky winter beaches, remote, quaint villages, and colorful cliffside locales, these European island destinations belong on your bucket list. Ready set, start island hopping (at least virtually, for now).