Greece Shines In Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards-Top 10 Islands in Europe
Condé Nast Traveler’s readers have included Greek islands, hotels and luxury resorts in the latest Readers Choice Awards that were announced on 15 October.
Top 10 Islands in Europe
Three Greek islands are included in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the best islands in Europe withSantorini in the first place. Crete and Mykonos tied in fourth place.
Santorini. Photo: Condé Nast Traveler
Santorini – Readers’ choice rating: 86.6 Condé Nast Traveler: “There is no place like Santorini, in the whole world” say our readers, who love the “whitewashed buildings, wonderful beaches and views to die for.” Their best memories are of the caldera vistas, the black-sand beach and the “crystal clear water,” but they also cast their votes for the island’s great shopping” and “awesome food.” One reader said to “stroll the streets, walk the stairs down to the sea level and just revel in the beauty and friendliness of the people on this charming island.” Another added, “It’s also a great place for first-time divers due to the calm seas.”
Crete. Photo: Condé Nast Traveler
Crete – Readers’ choice rating: 82.8 Condé Nast Traveler: Crete impressed our readers with its “gorgeous, fascinating art and architecture” and “great archaeological sites that you need more than a day to visit.” The city of Heraklion stood out for its “stunning harbor, old Venetian walls, and impressive museum,” as well as for its cuisine: “the freshest food I have ever tasted.” Outside the city, the island offers diverse activities: beaches, hiking, climbing, and “a very up-and-coming wine region.”
Mykonos. Photo: Condé Nast Traveler
Mykonos – Readers’ choice rating: 82.8 Condé Nast Traveler: “An all day party,” Mykonos is “very cool,” though it “can be a bit overrun with tourists.” Nevertheless the Greek isle is “always fun with spectacular beaches, wonderful taverns and friendly people.” “Mykonos continues to lure me back with its whitewashed buildings, fresh seafood, fabulous shopping and relaxed ambience.” The view from the harbor is the “one thing that never changes and something you never get tired of seeing.”