Ever since Odysseus stumbled across the Aegean on his return from Troy, island hopping has been a popular Mediterranean pastime. The Greek islands are a favourite destination, but there are plenty of others littered across the seascape.

Santorini The result of a 3600-year-old volcanic eruption, Santorini is a classic island beauty with sheer, lava-clad cliffs, black beaches and sun-bleached villages.

Hvar Island Croatia's sunniest spot, Hvar is the most popular of the many islands floating off the Dalmatian coast.

Corsica Napoleon's birthplace is a weather-beaten old sea dog of an island with beautiful beaches and a wild, mountainous interior.

Sicily The Med's largest island boasts Europe's most volatile volcano (Mt Etna), ancient Greek ruins, fabulous food and glitzy resorts.

Menorca One of Spain's Balearic Islands, Menorca is a mecca for sun seekers with its pristine beaches and sandy bays.