When you think of Europe, you think of amazing culture, great food and bustling cities. You wouldn’t normally think about great beaches. But Europe has a lot of amazing beaches and islands that you could escape to. With serene waters and fine sand, the beach destinations in Europe will wash all your city stress away.
When looking at places to live on long-term, it’s also important to think about the cost of living. While its not top of mind when it comes to islands to move to, it should never be overlooked. We’ve rounded up the best islands to live in Europe in terms of laid-back, relaxed culture, great food and excellent value. Keep reading and you’ll start dreaming of your next getaway.
This island nation is an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia. With a size of only 312 square meters, Malta might be the smallest country in Europe. Here, the weather is warm year-round and they promise something for everyone.
Malta also offers superb value for those who want to stay. A couple can live here comfortably for as little as $2,600 per month.
This may come as a shock since Ireland does get quite chilly during winter months (but at least it hardly snows). Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world but the people have kept the warm, friendly hospitality that they are known for. Made up of two nations, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There are fine sand beaches, surrounded by lush mountains — creating otherworldly landscapes.
Also known as the Emerald Isle, Ireland has magical landscapes and breathtaking nature that anyone would enjoy. Despite being a wealthy country, its very reasonably priced as well. At just $2,800 per month, a couple can live comfortably.
The Greek islands are always top of mind when one thinks of a Mediterranean getaway. While islands like Santorini and Mykonos attract flocks of tourists every summer, there are other islands in Greece worth exploring to live long term.
Crete, the biggest island in Greece and 88th largest island in the world, offers island living at its best. The island is active with agriculture and other local industries with a population of more than 630,000. There are world class beaches and seaside tavernas surrounded by crystal clear waters. At the same time, Crete has a lot of the modern infrastructure you would require. They have efficient, functional medical infrastructure so you can get good medical care without leaving the island.
Since the island is so big, there are countless housing options and the cost of living is low just like on mainland Greece. A couple can live here for as low as $1,800 per month.
Spain has so much to offer visitors. They have a vibrant, passionate culture, great food and… amazing beaches too. The Balearic Islands are a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The largest is Mallorca. The island is lined with limestone mountains offering privacy. There are beautiful coves, beach resorts and clear blue waters.
There are also a lot of ruins here sharing the rich history of the island. From Roman ruins showing its importance as a Roman outpost to Moorish structures built before the reconquest, there are endless places to explore. If you want to experience some nightlife, you can get it in the Capital Palma.
Mallorca is also very reasonably priced. A couple can live well for as low as $2,500 a month depending on lifestyle.
Whether you opt for the cool Emerald Isles or the warm island nation of Malta, you won’t regret choosing to live on an island in Europe. Don’t forget to pack your favorite pair of flip flops to take on your adventures.
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