“All of these islands offer pristine beaches and their own unique features,” said TripAdvisor spokeswoman Michele Perry.
“Our travelers have identified the hot islands in the Med this summer, especially if you want sun, sea and dancing all night.” Reuters has not endorsed this list which was complied according to traveler popularity and TripAdvisor editors.
1. Cyprus, Republic of Cyprus
Visit Aphrodite’s birthplace in the eastern Mediterranean. Beaches are the draw for many visitors to the island, but so is the nocturnal activity with Ayia Napa being the town to party in. According to one TripAdvisor traveler: “We would have to say the Troodos Mountains were our highlight. You will know what we mean if you take the journey. Breathtaking!”
2. Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
Corfu features a lush green landscape and serene, white beaches. Visit one of the Venetian fortresses, or relax under an olive tree, before enjoying the vibrant nightlife. According to one TripAdvisor traveler: “Nightlife in Corfu should just be called morning life.”
3. Crete, Greece
As the former center of the Minoan civilization, it’s no wonder that Crete features a plethora of historical attractions including Knossos and Phaistos. Those in search of adventure on the largest Greek island can hike down Samaria Gorge for spectacular scenery. As one TripAdvisor traveler said: “Crete is an amazing place to explore ancient culture."
4. Santorini, Cyclades, Greece
In the south of the Aegean Sea, Santorini features dramatic cliffs overlooking a stunning caldera. Watch the breathtaking sunset in Fira, then head to the bars and nightclubs for an all-night extravaganza, emerging in time to view the sunrise.
5. Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece
Perhaps best known for its nightlife, Mykonos attracts famous DJs and partygoers. Rejuvenate the next morning by strolling through the town and dining at a local taverna. As one TripAdvisor traveler commented: “Apart from the beaches, Mykonos is a place to dance all night long."
6. Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Visit the party capital of Ibiza and feel honored by joining the thousands of revelers at Privilege, the largest club in the world. Besides the vast nightlife, check out one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as God’s Finger, a large rock at the entrance of Benirras Bay.
7. Sicily, Italy
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has the three Cs -- culture, cuisine and calm. Laden with orange and lemon orchards, the countryside boasts spectacular natural beauty, great for relaxing. One TripAdvisor traveler recommended: “If you are in Sicily, go on the sunset tour of Mount Etna. You can see the steaming ground and smell the sulfur.”
8. Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
The largest island in Spain and part of the Balearic Islands, Majorca features mountainous terrain and beautiful beaches. Have a drink at the Abaco Bar housed in an old Majorcan manor house. As one TripAdvisor traveler put it: “Visit the Abaco bar -- it's hidden behind giant wooden church-like doors, but inside it's a theatrical experience not to be missed!”
9. Capri, Campania, Italy
Off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri is an island of magical scenery. Take a boat through the not-to-be-missed Blue Grotto, a beautiful sea cave, apparently once used by Roman emperors as a personal bath. According to one TripAdvisor traveler: “The calm sea makes it easy to get into the grotto through the cliff wall, and the sun shining gives the water the most beautiful blue color.”
10. Malta, Republic of Malta
Steeped in culture and history, Malta also features beautiful beaches and secluded coves, making the island feel like paradise. Stroll along Dingli Cliffs, watching the sunset at the highest area in Malta or visit the impressive Hypogeum temple featuring the sleeping Venus of Malta at the entrance.