Escape to these under-the-radar European islands

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

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. (Discover the 21 best beaches around the world.)

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