Greece has dominated ‘Europe’s Top 10 Islands’ category at this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, with Santorini taking first place, Crete ranking fourth, Paros in fifth place and Rhodes following in at number six.
Travel + Leisure (T+L) is a travel magazine based in New York City, and is known as one of the world’s most influential travel brands. Every year T+L organizes their World’s Best Awards survey, asking millions of readers worldwide to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe- sharing their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more.
In the category of ‘Europe’s Top 10 Islands’, readers valued islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.
“Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Páros, and Crete are all places where you can choose your own adventure: ruins or lazy basking in the sun, with a spectacular meal of fresh fish at the end of the day regardless. But Santorini is another animal altogether, which is why it’s claimed the number one spot in this category an astounding 14 times. Sunset hero shots may have become a cliché on Instagram—and here, as everyone gathers in the cobblestoned town of Oía just before evening falls, you can see why. Hotels built into the steep cliffs offer views out over the sea that are so captivating, there’s no reason to leave your suite and its private plunge pool until dinnertime,” notes the publication.
The top ten islands by order of rank were; Santorini, Ischia in Italy, Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia, the island of Crete, Páros in Greece, Rhodes and the Dodecanese, the Azores of Portugal, Sicily, Scotland’s Skye and the Hebrides, and Menorca off the coast of Spain.