Top 5 Islands to Visit for Group Vacations

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You are probably too eager to catch up with friends after more than a year of being locked at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Make your get-together more special by going for an island escape. Home to beautiful beaches and unspoiled pockets of wilderness, these islands will make your gathering even more fun and relaxing. If you're wondering which islands to visit with your group of friends, check out the list below.

1. Crete

Crete is Greece's largest island and one of the biggest islands in the Mediterranean. It was the birthplace of Europe's oldest civilisation, giving visitors plenty of historical sites to explore. Not only is Crete a haven for history lovers, but it's also well-loved for its beaches and delicious foods. So, whether your group consists of history buffs, beach bummers, or foodies, Crete can make for a perfect destination to visit.

For the beach bummers, the beach at Agia Marina is highly recommended. It has clean waters and soft powdery sands, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Best of all, it's easily accessible from Chania. If you're looking for something unique and want to be more adventurous, you should visit Martsalo beach in Heraklion. This quiet little beach can only be accessed either on foot from the mountains or through the water by a boat!

You'll find plenty of Bronze Age palaces and archaeological ruins scattered all over Crete, giving history buffs plenty to explore. Most of these can be found in the Eastern and Central areas of the island. The best sites to check out are the Minoan palaces, The Venetian Fortezza, and Castello del Molo.

2. Kauai

Kauai would be the perfect destination for groups of friends fond of outdoor adventures, from hiking to kayaking and more. Moreover, Kauai is home to the picturesque Na Pali Coast, which can only be accessed by hiking or on a boat. Indeed, your group holiday to Kauai will be filled with tons of fun adventures that you can treasure for the rest of your lives!

With breathtaking scenes from every angle, the Na Pali coast is unlike any other place on Earth and the first place you should explore in Kauai with friends. Visiting Na Pali is truly adventurous. Since it's not accessible by car, the only way to get here is on a hike or through a boat. And if you don't mind splurging a bit, go on a helicopter tour. Helicopter tours give visitors an incredible aerial view of the island, making for an unforgettable experience.

If you're here for the beach, there are plenty to choose from. Head to Polihale Beach, located in a remote area on the island's west side. Its remoteness gives off a feeling of having the entire island to yourselves! And when it comes to accommodation, staying at luxury Kauai villas is highly recommended for groups of travellers. These villas have enough space to comfortably accommodate everyone.

3. Ibiza

If there's a favourite destination for friends who love to party, it has to be Ibiza. Offering a variety of nightlife, from private parties to world-famous nightclubs, Ibiza exudes a party atmosphere for a fun-filled group holiday with friends. The nightclubs in Ibiza are guaranteed to be the best in the world. Every venue offers something unique to partygoers every single day and night of the week.

But aside from partying, there are many other things on the island to keep you and your friends entertained! You can go on a boat trip and explore the enchanting coves scattered along its rugged coastline. Some of the best ones are Cala Conta, Cala Salada, and Cala Bassa. You could easily spend the entire day cruising around Ibiza while marvelling at its crystal-clear waters and doing fun water activities like swimming and snorkelling.

After spending some time at the water, explore Ibiza by land on a fun jeep safari. This excursion will take you to rough terrains, craggy coastline, hidden corners, valleys, and forests. You will be with a guide who will share interesting facts and stories about the island.

4. Mallorca

Mallorca or sometimes called Majorca is one of Spain's most beautiful islands, famous for its secluded coves, stunning coastline, limestone mountains, and Spanish architecture. Given the variety of attractions that Majorca offers, you and your friends will have no trouble finding an adventure that matches your mood and preference.

Exploring the capital city of Palma is highly recommended while in Majorca. It has a laidback charm lined with beautiful Spanish architecture, streetside cafes, and quirky shops. One of the most popular attractions worth checking out in Palma is the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, a large Gothic Roman church.

Your trip to Mallorca won't be complete without checking out the beaches. There are numerous beautiful beaches on the island and choosing which one to visit can be a challenge. One of the most beautiful beaches to check out is the Cala Mesquida Beach, which you'll find in the north-eastern part of the island. The area is also home to some of the most attractive holiday lets in Majorca, perfect for those travelling in groups.

5. Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of all the Canary Islands and offers different things to do for every type of visitor. Here, you can explore the island and discover its many natural wonders, play at the beach, or wander around its picturesque towns where you can get a glimpse of the local island life.

Visit Playa de las Teresitas, one of the island's most beautiful beaches. The beach is clean and bordered by scenic hills and the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Here, you are guaranteed to enjoy some quality time with friends since it's not too crowded compared to the other popular beaches on the island.

After spending some time at the water, visit Loro Parque, an animal park where you can witness fun dolphin shows and rare species of flora and fauna. If your group is fond of the wildlife, this place should be on top of your list when visiting Majorca.

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