Travel Picks: Top 10 islands within cities

Fri Dec 3, 2010 8:44am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Some offer serenity, some counter culture, and others are just a good old-fashioned get-away from the city. Regardless, there's something incredibly appealing about an island in the middle of an urban setting. Online travel firm VirtualTourist ( offers its top 10 islands within cities destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Ile Saint-Louis; Paris, France

In a city known for its refinement and elegance, this small island stands out as being the quintessential example of French understatement. Perhaps its best attraction is the world-famous Berthillon ice cream store, easily found by following the long line of patrons that often snakes around the perimeter of the island.

2. Kampa Island; Prague, Czech Republic

Said by many to be the most romantic part of Prague, this part of the city is so stunning it looks almost unreal. Beatles fans know the area for its "Lennon Wall," a wall which visitors from around the world cover with poems, songs, and tributes to the fallen singer.

3. Ada Ciganlija; Belgrade, Serbia

A sports enthusiast's dream, this island offers just about every possible sporting facility imaginable. From water skiing to soap soccer, paintball to paddleboats, Ada Ciganlija has just about everything for the vacationing athlete.

4. Tiber Island; Rome, Italy

Keen observers of this island may be able to make out the faint shape of a ship. While legends vary as to the exact nature of how this occurred, it's generally agreed that Romans at the beginning of the last millennium added the Travertine that gives it its nautical silhouette.   Continued...

<p>A yacht sails through Sydney Harbour past Fort Denison at sunrise December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne</p>