Islands can be enchanted and secret, as well as safe havens to hunker down on. They can also be fragile – look at Boracay in the Philippines, a poster child for the highs and lows of tropical tourism that banned visitors recently, allowing locals to rediscover its beauty.
Others have come to represent certain ideals, such as the Galápagos, which rated highest for sustainability, and Ibiza, known for a different species of wildlife but also for its evolving farm-to-fork food scene. Top culinary marks, though, went to Sicily, which you also appreciated for its scenery – a quality it shares with Capri, Madeira and Maui.
Greek islands dominate the list of Europe’s best islands according to the votes of Conde Nast Traveller readers for this year. Seven Greek destinations rank among the top 20 in Europe, per the list for the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards of the prestigious US travel journal, greekcitytimes.com reports.Kos is number 16, Rhodes is 11th, Corfu 10th, Paros ninth, Santorini ranks sixth, Mykonos came fourth and Crete was second only to Spain’s Ibiza. Cyprus was voted 13th.Greece had by far the most entries in the top 20, with Spain and Italy managing only three entries each.
These are the best islands in the world, according to the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. The scores below are percentages representing overall average levels of satisfaction.