By Lauren Ferrone
Last updated on: September 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm
From Mediterranean islands to the rugged Irish coast, it’s hard to go wrong in this amazing continent. Here are eight European destinations enjoying their time in the spotlight – and for very good reason. Words: Ben Groundwater
Skellig Michael, IRELAND
Although already popular among Star Wars fans – the final scene of The Force Awakens was filmed here – Skellig Michael in Ireland is set to become even more well-known this year with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The opening scenes of the soon-to-bereleased instalment were also shot on this spectacular, rocky island off the coast of County Kerry, so it’s worth getting there before everyone else does.
Skellig Michael is accessible by ferry from the town of Portmagee, and tourists are welcome to stand in the very spot our heroic Jedi once perched.
Uber-rich Europeans who need somewhere nice to park their superyachts have long known of Sardinia’s charms.
However, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is only just becoming popular with regular travellers looking for something a little different than the busier islands, like Sicily.
Sardinia is affordable, friendly, stunningly beautiful and has a culture unique to its parent country, Italy.
Coastal towns, such as Castelsardo and Santa Teresa Gallura, offer beachside Euro charm, while Tempio Pausania, in Sardina’s mountainous interior, is the perfect place to take respite from the heat.