Is it the salty taste of the sea, the chill and warm feel of the ocean wind, or just that relaxing feeling of escaping from normal life on the mainland that makes an island vacation so unique? Despite the exact reason, islands make brilliant holiday destinations, and nowhere more so than in the Mediterranean in summer.

There's something unquestionably sensual about the Mediterranean: The sea wind, the interesting history, the unique architecture, the kindly people, the mouthwatering cuisine, and -- beyond doubt -- the extensive views, of both city and sea, certainly don't hurt either.