There are plenty of island paradises dotting the seas of the Med. Over 200 of them in fact. And with so many sunny shores to choose from how do you make the final selection for your summer holiday? We’ve picked out 10 which we think showcase the variety of Mediterranean island getaways. Some big, some small, but all beautifully formed. And all offering incredible value travel deals too, naturally.
Smack bang in the middle of the Med, the tiny island of Malta offers year-round sunshine, together with clear blue seas and friendly locals who will make you feel at home. Enjoy the golden beaches of the north, or explore the capital Valletta; this historic city is freshly spritzed up with its imposing new City Gate opened in 2014.
If you like your island getaways as sunny and lively as they come, then Rhodes is for you. Benefiting from the most hours of sunlight per year anywhere in Greece, Rhodes offers parties aplenty in Faliraki, get your fill of culture in Rhodes Town, or wander the narrow streets of the pretty town of Lindos.
Ibiza’s party reputation precedes it, but it lives up to the hype. Nightlife options span the island, from boisterous bars lining the streets of San Antonio, to world-famous DJs manning the decks at Space, Pacha, Amnesia and more. There are plenty of stunning beaches too, for recovering after the night before.
Samos is one of those Greek islands you almost don’t want to let word get out about – but we just couldn’t resist sharing. It’s an island to explore unspoilt Greece (despite the fact it’s within swimming distance of Turkey). Come for a laid-back holiday exploring undeveloped beaches and vineyard and orchid-covered hills.
Get a bit of everything in Cyprus. This island holds miles of sandy beaches, buzzing nightlife in the neon streets of Ayia Napa and a historic legacy that’s hard to rival, with settlements dating back to Neolithic times. Be sure to sample a feast of meze to get a bit of everything from Cyprus’s delicious cuisine too.
Despite being among the larger islands of the Med, Corsica is largely overlooked by UK tourists. The unique cuisine is part French, part Italian and wholly delicious, and activities on offer range from beach trips to idyllic hidden coves to trekking through the hills and breathtaking valleys of the interior.
One of the smaller Balearics is located only four miles from the coast of Ibiza, but it might as well be a world away. You’ll discover unbelievable clear blue seas accompanied by blissful white sandy beaches and a laid back hippy vibe – and you’ll get it all to yourself once the Ibiza day trippers head home.
As the largest island of the Med, Sicily has a distinctive culture all of its own. Blending Italian warmth with African and Arabic influences, you can explore Byzantine palaces, colourful port towns and swim in warm crystal seas. Those with a sense of adventure should hike Mount Etna, mainland Europe’s largest active volcano.
With 200 kilometres of coastline on Corfu, if you’re after a beach holiday, you have a strong chance of finding it here. Take your pick from low-key family friendly resorts like Gouvia in the north, or head south for built up beach towns which offer all the karaoke and cooked breakfasts you could want within strolling distance of the sand.
Croatia’s coastline is simply littered with stunning islands all boasting pretty coves and crystal clear waters. But the great value deals to the popular island of Korcula give it an edge. While you’re there enjoy a wine or two, this island is said to produce the best in Croatia, and explore a cave – there are over 200 of them on the island!