If last year the big getaway go-to was finding yourself a private island, preferably one with white sand and azure seas, this year it’s about not being so obvious.
Exploring the lesser-known islets around Europe is the way to up your holiday kudos for 2017 – heading to a hidden rock that everyone else has missed so you can avoid crowds, backpackers and anyone who thinks Ibiza is the height of island life.
Try Brac in Croatia for beaches, Pantelleria in Italy home to the Specchio di Venere (“Mirror of Venus”, pictured), a heart-shaped lake in a volcanic crater and Sifnos a Greek island in the Cyclades that still looks like a Homeric fantasy.
Other good bets include windswept Texel in The Netherlands, Porquerolles in France, feudal Sark in the Channel Islands and San Miguel in Portugal. If everyone you tell about your holiday has no idea where you’re actually going, then know you’re on the right track.