This summer, why not skip the crowded beaches and touristy fare of the region’s traditional summer hotspots and head for the more authentic smaller islands scattered throughout the Med’s blue waters. If your heart is longing for a vacation but you would not want to travel to the ‘cliché getaways’, here is list of relatively untouched islands of Mediterranean countries. The Mediterranean’s charm is based largely upon its history, cuisine, sun-bleached villages, and relaxed lifestyle, and nowhere are these on better display than its many islands.

Vis, Croatia

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Susak, Croatia

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Symi, Greece

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Alicudi, Italy

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Polyaigos, Greece

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Kastellorizo, Greece

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Comino, Malta

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Bozcaada, Turkey

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Giannutri, Italy

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Île Piana, France

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