Like their mainland counterparts, the islands of Europe are a diverse and deeply individualistic bunch. So while palm trees and tropical breezes may rule in the Caribbean, these Old World isles include everything from the limestone cliffs and woolly sweaters of the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland, to the exotic Greco-Turkish shores of Cyprus, birthplace of Aphrodite. In between, you’ll find islands with ancient ruins and historic sites, globally influenced cuisine and postcard views of the Baltic, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Black Seas.
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