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Published Apr 11, 2022

Few things recharge the batteries quite like an island holiday in the sun.

Paradise beaches, the sound of the sea, sensational seafood and spectacular scenery. What’s not to like?

So with warm weather holidays now at the front of many minds, here’s a look at 14 sunshine islands you can fly to direct from Edinburgh in the summer of 2022.

Santorini

You won’t find many places easier on the eye than Santorini.

Found 120-miles from mainland Greece, this volcanic island is packed with awesome scenery, from beautiful beaches to spectacular clifftop villages.

And good luck finding a better sunset anywhere on the planet.

Corfu

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Regarded by many as the ultimate idyllic island getaway. Corfu is famous for its stunning mountains and lush turquoise waters. A great place to switch off and recharge the batteries.

Fuerteventura

150km of white sand beaches? Check. A spectacular volcanic landscape? Check.

This Canary Island is a great place to relax while also being popular among those who love their outdoor sports and water activities.

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Gran Canaria

Sticking with the Canary Islands and Gran Canaria is a place loaded with charm – particularly the capital Las Palmas.

There’s no shortage of beaches to kick back on or hills to explore either. It ticks many boxes.

Ibiza

Far more than just a party island, Ibiza is a hugely popular place with families and couples after a relaxing break.

The destination is rich with history, the Old Town is a brilliant place to explore and, of course, if it’s a party you’re after you’ll not struggle to find one.

Madeira

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It’s easy to see why Madeira is regularly winning awards for Europe’s best island.

Located just over 1,000km southwest of the Portuguese mainland, it is nicknamed Pearl of the Atlantic.

Famous for its black sand beaches, levada walks and cobbled streets.

Kos

From cocktails to culture, Kos pretty much has it all.

Settle down beneath the sun with a refreshing drink or spend your days seeing sights such as the medieval Nerantzia Castle or the ancient city which was once the island’s capital and dates back to 366 B.C.

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Lanzarote

A firm favourite for many reasons.

The year-round sunshine is a big attraction while the mouth-watering food, idyllic beaches, and wine region make this a top tier island destination. Check out the blackened lava fields for something a bit different.

Malta

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Home to three, yes three, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Malta is an island with a fascinating history. Add to that the charming, laid back atmosphere and wonderful capital of Valletta which is loaded with ornate architecture and cobbled walkways.

Menorca

Known for being the quietest and most peaceful of the Balearic Islands, and home to some fantastic fresh seafood.

Don’t miss a visit to the Parc Natural S’Albufera des Grau, a protected Unesco Biosphere Reserve. A bird-watcher’s paradise, the nature reserve is home to wetlands, forests, coastal cliffs, beaches, a marina and islets.

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Rhodes

All roads lead to Rhodes. An island packed with landmarks which help chart its fascinating history.

Take the steep footpath to the Acropolis of Lindos for an unforgettable experience, and a visit to the magnificent Palace of the Grandmaster will have you feeling like you’ve been transported back to ancient Greece.

Tenerife

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There’s so much to love about Tenerife.

You’ve got the charming towns and villages, the beautiful beaches and the fantastic water sports scene.

One of the island’s standout attractions is El Teide which at 12,000ft is Spain’s tallest volcano, and a trip to the summit is time very well spent.

Skiathos

You simply can’t visit Skiathos without taking a trip to the world famous Koukounaries – one of Europe’s very best beaches.

There are around 60 different beaches on this Greek island, so if relaxing on the sand is your thing this is the perfect place.

Zakynthos (Zante)

A party island but also so much more.

Yes, Zante is home to some lively nightlife, however it’s also a beautiful island with clear turquoise waters and enchanting white cliff coves.