10 of Europe’s Most Enchanted Off-the-radar Islands

8. Bozcaada, Turkey


Bozcaada, off the west coast of Turkey, is where people from Istanbul go to escape the summer heat. The island has a lot of Greek and Turkish history. The ships that brought the Trojan horse were sent out from its beaches by the Achaeans. Today, Greek and Turkish cultures live together peacefully. Mosques and orthodox churches stand next to each other. The island is a short ferry ride from the port of Canakkale. It has tavernas on the beach, a backcountry full of vineyards, and a lively port town. The Ela Tenedos Hotel is on a hilltop with a castle view. Some of the rooms have a view of the sea.