When it comes to getting away from the stress and pressure of daily life, nothing beats an island holiday. Here are 4 amazing island destinations that allow you to get away from it all and recharge your batteries with an excellent vacation.
Europe is blessed with a number of island destinations that thrive on tourism. However, perhaps the best of all the islands is the archipelago of Madeira. An autonomous region of Portugal, Madeira has firmly established itself as one of the premiere tourist destinations in the world. A big reason why Madeira is so popular with tourists is the excellent weather all year round. Most of the world is aware of Madeira thanks to its two excellent exports: Madeira wine and Cristiano Ronaldo. Any avid traveller can vouch for the fact that the island is so much more than just fantastic wine and world-class soccer players. For those who like different cuisines, the capital city of Funchal is a gastronomic delight. Besides wine, Madeira also has excellent beers and distinct varieties of coffee.
If you are a nature lover looking for a bit of peace and relaxation, then look no further than the island of Praslin. The second biggest island of the Seychelles, Praslin sits off the coast of the African continent. Seychelles is very popular with tourists, but the tourist crowd usually sticks to the main island. This leaves Praslin relatively devoid of tourists and most visitors to the island should have no problem finding their own piece of a secluded beach. Besides pristine beaches, the island also is home to the Vallee de Mai nature preserve. The diversity of flora and fauna on the island, along with the magnificent beaches, makes Praslin one of the best island destinations in the world.
The island city of Nassau lies in stark contrast to Praslin, Seychelles. If people want to enjoy big city life without having to venture too far from the beaches, then Nassau is the perfect destination. Founded in 19695, Nassau has becomes one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Americas. As a result, holidaying in Nassau is actually a lot more affordable than people would imagine. The entire city is tourist-friendly and is ideal for travellers who want to indulge in water sports by day and go clubbing by night. In many ways, Nassau is the Miami of the Caribbean.
Sitting just west of the International Date Line, Fiji is one of the most beautiful countries in the Pacific. Most of the country’s population resides on the two islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Most tourists stay in and around the capital city of Suva on Viti Levu, while few visitors venture out to Vanua Levu. However, for those willing to explore, the island of Taveuni awaits with open arms. The smallest of the three islands, Taveuni is a shield volcano island that is fast becoming recognized as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Pacific. Tourists can explore the pristine beaches of the island or take a swim under the picturesque Bouma Falls. The Bouma National Heritage Park has a very impressive variety of flora on display and has earned Taveuni the nickname ‘Garden Island of Fiji’.
The next time you are looking forward to an island getaway, make sure these four destinations are at the top of your list.