Use Naples as your launch pad for exploring Capri, Ischia and the even lesser-known Procida, the trio of islands guarding the Bay of Naples. Capri Jutting out of the Sorrentine peninsula is the idyllic island of Capri. With regular boat crossings from the mainland throughout the year, the island attracts day-trippers and holidaymakers alike, who come to savour the sandy beaches and natural gems. The island’s biggest pull is the Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto. Accessible by small boat, duck as you enter and marvel as the sunlight pierces the grotto through the water, illuminating its inner belly with an eerily impressive blue sparkle. Do make sure to go early morning to beat the bustle of boats and high tide. From the island’s underbelly to its dizzying heights, head to Anacapri and take the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro, the island’s highest point (596m). You’ll be treated to peaceful panoramas of the bay below, dotted by bobbing vessels, with dashes … [Read more...] about Island hopping from Naples
In his latest round of ISLAND HOPPING, Conor Knighton has leapt across much of the North Atlantic to the not-so-well-known Faroe Islands: The Faroe Islands bill themselves as Europe's best-kept secret. So secret, in fact, that many people don't know they're in Europe. "In some cases, they think we're close to Egypt somewhere, so it's really warm and exotic!" said Levi Hanssen, who works for the Faroese Tourism Bureau, in the small capital city of Torshvan. It's not "Pharaoh" like King Tut. It's F-A-R-O-E … 18 tiny islands in-between Iceland and Norway, officially part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and yet not quite Danish. "We have our own language, which is another thing that surprises people," Hanssen said. The rocky, remote Faroe Islands have just 50,000 citizens total, spread out among a patchwork of tiny, picturesque towns and villages. They're connected by an impressive network of roads and tunnels and ferries, far removed from the rest of the world. "We realize that … [Read more...] about The Faroe Islands, a new foodie destination
The first Australians were among the world’s earliest great ocean explorers, undertaking a remarkable 2,000km maritime migration through Indonesia which led to the discovery of Australia at least 65,000 years ago. But the voyaging routes taken through Indonesia’s islands, and the location of first landfall in Australia, remain a much debated mystery to archaeologists. Our research, published earlier this year in Quaternary Science Reviews, highlights the most likely route by mapping islands in the region over time through changing sea levels. A disputed route Some archaeologists have argued for an initial human migration into Australia through New Guinea. This is because islands across northern Indonesia are relatively close together, and people could easily see to the next island they wished to voyage to. First landfall on Australia has been argued to be both more difficult and less likely than first landfall at New Guinea, as the final crossing distance from Timor to the … [Read more...] about Island-hopping study shows most likely route first people took to Australia
The best Greek islands for families, whether your children are after sandy beaches, wild water sports, unspoilt island life or history and culture. 1. Rhodes, Dodecanese Best for: fly and flop If you’re after a bit of R&R, Rhodes’s east coast has a 30-mile stretch of well-maintained golden-sand beaches with warm, shallow water down its eastern coast. One of this coast’s big modern hotels, with their all-inclusive packages, should be just the ticket: everything is on your doorstep – kids’ clubs, water sports facilities, babysitting, wellness, restaurants and cafes, so you can switch off and truly relax. If you do venture out, don’t miss the magnificent Unesco-listed Rhodes Town on the island’s northern tip, which will take you back through the centuries, with its medieval fortifications and car-free cobbled alleys. Full travel guide to Rhodes View our best luxury holidays in Rhodes View our best escorted tours of Greece Stay: Mark Warner … [Read more...] about Which is the perfect Greek island for your family?
Surrender to the harmony of a soulful, island lifestyle. The enchanted Seychelles consist of 115 granitic and coral islands, of which very few are private exclusive island resorts such as this rare jewel surrounded by a sapphire sea. Seven degrees below the equator, I fly home to this Indian Ocean paradise, where I was born. Tourists can island hop via ferry, boat, inter island charter plane or helicopter from the main island of Mahe. I got to know the owners of Denis island, Kathy and Mickey Mason as a child, growing up with their daughter Allison who invited me as her guest this week. A hotel Denis island is a private luxury resort with a focus on sustainable experiences. Take advantage of the complimentary turtle watch or island tour with local guides who will explain the natural habitat of sea turtles, native and visiting birds. You are guaranteed to catch a glimpse of one or more sea turtles in these magical waters. Some evenings are documentary or tutorial nights in the library … [Read more...] about Half a Day on Denis Island