4 Greek islands among the top 10 in Europe
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4 Greek islands among the top 10 in Europe

Greece has dominated ‘Europe’s Top 10 Islands’ category at this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. As mentioned in the article, the enduring pleasures of Greek myths, thousands of years later, owe much to the high drama played out by the dwellers of Mount Olympus. But as anyone who has ever been in a romance knows, setting is key. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to voting on the best islands in Europe, the readers gave four out of the top 10 spots to Greece. The winners are all destinations where ancient history is ever-present, and each sunset seems to be more epic than the last.

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” is mentioned in the article.

See the whole list:

10. Menorca, Spain

9. Skye and the Hebrides, Scotland

8. Sicily, Italy

7. Azores, Portugal

6. Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Greece

5. Paros, Greece

4. Crete, Greece

3. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

2. Ischia, Italy

1. Santorini, Greece