La Isla Bonita

Visiting the mainland? Over it. Whether you’re looking for some R&R, a bit of culture, or you want to become a fully-fledged surf pro on your next hol, these European island destinations – dotted around the Med and Aegean seas and just one direct flight from Birmingham away – all deserve your undivided attention for a hot minute.

Best for beaut beaches:      Mallorca    There are 262 sandy stretches on the island. Probably enough for a different beach every day of your mini-break then.  Get there with:     Jet2.com    ,     Ryanair    ,     Thomas Cook

Best for beaut beaches: Mallorca
There are 262 sandy stretches on the island. Probably enough for a different beach every day of your mini-break then.
Get there with: Jet2.comRyanairThomas Cook

Best for mixing old and new:      Cyprus         Head to Larnaca straight from the plane, it’s historically rich but also has a modern, thriving centre. It's no stranger to tourists but hasn't lost any of its charm.  Get there with:     Blue Air

Best for mixing old and new: Cyprus 
Head to Larnaca straight from the plane, it’s historically rich but also has a modern, thriving centre. It's no stranger to tourists but hasn't lost any of its charm.
Get there with: Blue Air

Best for me time:      Ibiza    Everyone knows Ibiza as clubbing central, but it's got the relaxation thing down too. The perfect antidote after a night out-out, spa hotels like   Aguas de Ibiza   (pictured) are in another league here.  Get there with:     Ryanair    ,     Jet2.com    and     TUI

Best for me time: Ibiza
Everyone knows Ibiza as clubbing central, but it's got the relaxation thing down too. The perfect antidote after a night out-out, spa hotels like Aguas de Ibiza (pictured) are in another league here.
Get there with: RyanairJet2.comand TUI

Best for slowing right down:      La Gomera    The unsung Canary island that tourism forgot, La Gomera is where it's at for escaping the crowds.   Get to Tenerife with:     Ryanair    ,     Jet2.com     then take a ferry

Best for slowing right down: La Gomera
The unsung Canary island that tourism forgot, La Gomera is where it's at for escaping the crowds. 
Get to Tenerife with: RyanairJet2.com then take a ferry

Best for surf spots:      Fuerteventura    The Canaries are known as the Hawaii of Europe and there are year round good waves to be found on Fuerteventura. Oh and it's literally named after its strong winds.   Get there with:     TUI    ,     Thomas Cook

Best for surf spots: Fuerteventura
The Canaries are known as the Hawaii of Europe and there are year round good waves to be found on Fuerteventura. Oh and it's literally named after its strong winds. 
Get there with: TUI, Thomas Cook

Best for culture:      Rhodes    According to Greek myth, Rhodes was a gift from the gods. How's that for a seal of approval? It has a 2,400 year history and its medieval town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Pack your comfy walking shoes, there’s a lot to see.  Get there with:     TUI 

Best for culture: Rhodes
According to Greek myth, Rhodes was a gift from the gods. How's that for a seal of approval? It has a 2,400 year history and its medieval town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Pack your comfy walking shoes, there’s a lot to see.
Get there with: TUI