We usually know the islands as great places to stay, with nice sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. But in fact, some of them can hold an entire city!

  • Hamnøy, Moskenes, Norway.
    An old fishing village in the stunning archipelago of the Lofoten Islands is small but incredibly beautiful. It is considered one of the most picturesque villages in the municipality of Moskenes, which is also a popular tourist destination due to its picturesque and unspoilt nature.
    Why go there?
    Despite being a small and remote town, it boasts a vibrant cultural life — it even hosts the annual Feelgood Jazzfest! Visitors are accommodated in the original fishing cabins, which are equipped with all the necessary amenities, including internet. Tourists can rent boats and bicycles, go hiking and fishing. Local museums and galleries introduce you to the culture and history of the region.
  • Key West, USA.
    Key West, located in always sunny Florida — is an exciting destination with many immaculate hotels and resorts. The tropical island town offers a variety of summer activities, from sunbathing and swimming to diving, snorkeling and sailing. Meanwhile, a variety of bars, restaurants and shops provide the city’s fun.
    Why go there?
    Key West offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. It’s also a popular destination for full-service weddings-from wedding planners, cakes, venues to honeymooners.
  • Malé, Maldives.
    The island country is famous for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and luxury resorts. But little is known about the vibrant and fashionable capital. Its history goes back to the 16th century, when the modern city was founded and served as a trading center with the Portuguese. Male is very densely built up and is the fifth most densely populated island in the world!
    Why go there?
    Male has all the attributes of a lively city, except that it is located in a heavenly place. Visitors go shopping in numerous boutiques and markets. The restaurants offer international and local cuisine and delicacies until late at night. And, of course, there is a whole coast of pristine beaches.
  • Lübeck, Germany.
    This historic city, protected by UNESCO, is one of the most beautiful in the country! Located on the River Trave, Lübeck is famous for its brick Gothic architecture — most of the buildings in the old town were built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
    Why go there?
    In addition to the stunning architecture, tourists can also visit various museums that introduce the dramatic history of this fascinating city.
  • Florianópolis, Brazil.
    The state capital of Santa Catarina is also relatively large and has a population of over 400,000. The city is very popular with tourists, as it boasts 42 beautiful beaches that attract surfers. Although the city is large and looks like an urban jungle from above, it also has colonial architecture, local cuisine, and customs that also attract visitors.
    Why go there?
    A lively city, covering quite a large area compared to other island cities. Tourists will find a wide variety of attractions: from museums, cultural sites and historical architecture, to the fashionable urban lifestyle and magnificent beaches.
  • Saint-Malo, Brittany, France.
    The urban port city on the English Channel is really very picturesque. The city was an important port in the Middle Ages, later it even became a home for pirates and sea travelers. The historic architecture is the main attraction here. Castles, walls, towers, and churches from different eras can be explored during a guided tour or a casual walk around the city. In addition to the historical architecture, tourists love the local cuisine, which is based on fresh seafood.
    Why go there?
    It is a very popular tourist destination in summer. By the way, Sain-Malo has the highest concentration of restaurants in Europe!
  • Trogir, Croatia.
    The country is a real gem in Europe — its amazing nature and historical heritage are breathtaking. Meanwhile, Trogir is a historical city in the Adriatic Sea, founded by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC. Its old town is protected by UNESCO and provides amazing architectural monuments of different eras.
    Why go there?
    Trogir is said to have preserved the best examples of Romanesque-Gothic architecture in Europe. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.
  • Tromsø, Norway.
    Also known as the capital of the Arctic, Tromso is one of the main attractions of the Arctic Circle. It is also one of the best places to enjoy the Northern Lights, which can be seen for up to 6 hours a day! Here, visitors will find a lively music scene, a ski run and ski jump, fresh seafood dishes and lively Christmas markets in December.
    Why go there?
    A very picturesque city that offers lots of fun winter activities and great views of the Northern Lights.
  • Monemvasia, Laconia, Greece.
    The town is located on a small rocky island jutting out 100 m from the Myrtle Sea. Its width is only 300 m, and its length is 1 km — it separated from the mainland during an earthquake in 375 AD. Among the abundance of historical architecture, the most significant exhibits are a medieval fortress and very well-preserved Byzantine churches.
    Why go there?
    More and more tourists visit the island and even stay here, as various medieval buildings have been turned into hotels! The network of narrow ancient streets and old squares creates a sense of time travel and makes it a beautiful place.
  • Lindau, Bavaria, Germany.
    Based on an island in Lake Constance, Lindau was first mentioned in historical documents in the 9th century! The city is located close to the Swiss and Austrian borders: the Pfander Mountain can be seen in the background. Lindau is a popular tourist destination due to its natural environment, as well as the historical center, which boasts many medieval buildings and streets.

How do I get there?
The most exciting way to get there is by boat. The historic harbour of Lindau is decorated with a beautiful statue of the lion, the Bavarian symbol.