The Anonymous Widower

50 Secret Islands In Europe

The title of this post, is the same as an article in Travel section of The Times for May 4th 2019.

These are the islands.


  • San Nicola, Termiti Islands, Puglia
  • Ponza, Pontine Islands, Lazio
  • Favignana, Egadi Islands, Sicily
  • Capraia, Tuscany
  • Salina, Aeolian Islands – My favourite island!
  • Pellestrina, Venice
  • Panarea, Aeolian Islands – Been there!
  • Palmaria, Liguria
  • Budelli, Maddalena Archipelago, Sardinia


  • Ile de Batz, Brittany
  • Ushant, Brittany
  • Ile d’Arz, Brittany
  • Iles Chausey, Normandy
  • Ile de Behuard, Western Loire
  • Ile d’Yeu Vendee
  • Ile d’Aix, Charante-Maritime
  • Ile de Vassiviere, Limousin
  • Port-Cros, Provence
  • Ile Saint-Honorat, Provence


  • Lastovo, Dubrovnik-Neretva
  • Vrnik, Korcula
  • Dugi Otok, Zadar
  • Prvic, Sibernik
  • Susak, Kvarner Islands
  • Palagruza


  • Illa da Taxa, Galicia
  • Illes Cies, Galicia
  • Tabarca, Valencia
  • La Graciosa, Canary Islands
  • Espalmador, Balearic Islands
  • Isla del Burguillo, Avila
  • Isla de Lobos, Canary Islands
  • Isla del Baron, Murcia


  • Anafi, Cyclades
  • Monissos, Cyclades
  • Folegandros, Cyclades
  • Fourni, Eastern Aegean
  • Ios, Cyclades
  • Kea, Cyclades
  • Kimolos, Cyclades
  • Kythira, Ionian
  • Tinos, Cyclades
  • Tilos, Dodecanese

Best Of The Rest

  • Helgoland, Germany
  • Sejero, Denmark
  • Ameland, Netherlands
  • Great Blasket, Ireland
  • Cape Clear, Ireland
  • Muhu, Estonia
  • Ada Bojana, Montenegro

I shall keep the pages, as some of these islands are worth visiting.

May 12, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Stromboli Erupts

I read that Stromboli is erupting in The Sunday Times. There are more details here.

I stayed there once on a visit to the Aeolian Islands. Everybody should try to go to these islands at least once in their life.

January 20, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Earthquake in Italy

Reports are coming in of a smallish earthquake on Lipari in the Aeolian Islands. I think it’s the first time, that a place I’ve visited a couple of times, has suffered in such a way.

There are some pictures of the very beautiful islands here.

Let’s hope the damage if any, wasn’t too serious!

August 16, 2010 Posted by | News, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Anyone for Squirrel?

I always refer to squirrels as American tree rats, because of the damage they do to trees and because they chase our native and much better red squirrels away. They were one of the first American cultural imports, like burgers and baseball caps, that we can well do without!

So to see that Budgens are now selling them in Crouch End is good.  As they say in Suffolk, “Make the buggers work!” That was originally said by a farmer and horse-coper called Dick Freeman, when I told him that my business partner and his wife, had been offered a local speciality in Geneva; raw donkey meat. They had been horrified as at the time, as they had had a pet one called Robin. Dick hated donkeys with a passion, as they give worms to horses.

Our housekeeper at Debach was partial to squirrel and told me that young ones were very nice if fried in a little butter.

Remember though, I am of an age, who was brought up when meat was rationed in the 1940s and early 1950s.  As rabbit was off coupon and my father had a customer, who could get it, we had quite a few rabbit pies in those days.

I still like rabbit and would try squirrel in a decent restaurant.  After all it’s gluten-free isn’t it?

I doubt I’ll ever go again due to my health, but on Salina in the Aeolian Islands, rabbit is the local speciality, as rabbits are wild and plentiful. The rabbit at the Hotel Signum is exquisite. It’s an ambition to go again and a goal to aspire to.

July 29, 2010 Posted by | Food, Transport, World | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Aeolian Islands

These pictures were taken to, from and at the Aeolian Islands.

Everybody should go to these islands at least once. I’ve been twice, firstly in June 2007 and then again in the same month this year.

Each island has their own character; Panarea is small and swish, Salina is more agricultural, Stromboli is dominated by the volcano and Lipari is a bustling town as befits the capital.

Getting there though means a four hour trip in a hydrofoil!

Like Naples, the Aeolian Islands are a World Heritage Site.

June 16, 2009 Posted by | Transport | , , | 3 Comments