Monday, December 17, 2007

5 Best Island Resorts

When you think about a rest on an island, you probably think about some warm paradise with palm trees. But the National Geographic has another opinion - the experts of this magazine have rated 111 islands and the top 5 of those are actually not the most popular directions.

Farrell Islands (Denmark)

The top score is taken by the Farrell Islands - officially a part of Denmark. This archipelago represents an autonomy with their own traditions and lifestyle. The National Geographic experts have appreciated the untouched beauty of the islands and their efforts to remain this way. The cold climate and distance from the major touristic routes helps them a lot in this policy.

Azores Islands (Portugal)

The Azores are located in 1600 kilometers to the West from the continental Portugal. They are famous for their green volcanic mountains and beautiful towns. The second place in this rating was provided by the perfect ecology and rich culture of these places. According to the experts, the uncertain climate protects the ecosystem from the invasion of huge amounts of tourists.

The third place has been occupied by three directions simultaneously:

Lofoten Islands (Norway)

The Lofoten Islands group in the Norwegian Sea became one of the "bronze" leaders of this rating. The cultural heritage and ecology care - these were again the major aspects that led to this decision. Besides were also other factors named, such as beautiful sea, coastal rocks and picturesque houses. Just like the other islands in the top list - there are not so many tourists there.

Shetland Islands (Great Britain)

These islands are edged with scenic cliffs and wonderful beaches and the local birds population represent a huge point of interest for the ornithologists and simply bird lovers. The islands are located in only 210 kilometers from Scotland and in spite of the presence of the oil towers, are ecologically clean. This district is not really pure British - the places remind about Scandinavia here.

Chiloe (Chili)

The Chiloe archipelago is famous for its clean beaches that became one of the reasons to place Chiloe at the third position. The experts have notices also the protection measures of the forests, historical towns and wooden churches on these islands.

By Iuri Tarabanov

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