Since a lot of us live a fast life in big, crowded cities, we often like to daydream about being on an island in the middle of the ocean. This is because we encounter so many stressful situations on a daily basis during work or in school, making us feel the urge to relax as much as possible. And where better to unwind than on one of these stunning islands.

Maldives

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Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is an island country that is often regarded as one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. It is especially popular among honeymooners, who feel that the vibe of the archipelago is very romantic. Home to some of the world’s best beaches, more than a million people come here to relax every year. Huge luxurious resorts provide a glamorous tropical getaway to all visitors.

Since almost 1200 islands are part of this archipelago, there are some that feature resorts that have been specifically designed for families, people on a budget, divers, and nature lovers. Apart from being a spot that attracts a lot of honeymooners, Maldives also offers some of the best diving you’ll ever get to experience. The clear water makes it easy to see the variety of marine life in full detail. However, what’s really great is that the water is so warm that most divers don’t even bother wearing a wetsuit.

Santorini

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Whenever people see a photo of Santorini for the first time, they get the desire to visit it. It is a volcanic island (part of the Cyclades island group) in Greece that receives quite a lot of visitors every year. The breathtaking ocean views, traditional Grecian architecture, alluring beaches, and wonderful local wineries are just some of the things that make this island great. Both snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities here, while you can also visit some great vineyards, including Roussos Winery, Santo Wines, Boutari Winery, and the Argiros Estate.

Another notable activity is heading down to the Museum of Prehistoric Thira, which features artifacts that were found in the ruins of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on Santorini. This is actually the settlement that is said to be the inspiration for Plato’s tale of Atlantis. Watching the sunset on Santorini is also said to be one of the most magical things a person can experience.

Sicily

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Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island, and also its most diverse one. Many rulers were here in the past, from ancient Greeks to the Spanish. The many relics of this interesting history can still be found throughout the island, which is only one of the reasons why it’s considered to be one of the most stunning islands in the world. It is home to breathtaking beaches, rich Mediterranean cuisine, powerful volcanoes, and magical historic sites.

Some of the things you must visit while here include the capital city Palermo, which is a Mecca of ancient architecture and also features gorgeous medieval streets. No matter where you go, you’ll always feel the presence of Mount Etna, the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Visiting the Aeolian Islands provides you with a chance to engage in numerous activities, from snorkeling to taking unforgettable hikes.