Santorini ranked as 4th island in the world and first island in Europe according to 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands.
This year’s awards, announced on Tuesday, honor more than 100 islands worldwide including lists for Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K., and the U.S. The annual awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers across the globe.
TripAdvisor on the Greek winners:
Travelers’ Choice #4 Island: Santorini
Even if you’ve never been to this Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea, you’d still recognize it immediately: candy-colored houses carved into cliffs, sapphire waters, gleaming white buildings topped with half-spheres the color of a stormy sky. Here, in this year’s #4 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world, you’ll find peace as you roam the black sand beaches or the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli. Beautiful Oia is world-famous for its sunsets, which seem tinted with every shade of an artist’s palette.
Santorini ranked also as 1st island in Europe according to 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Islands. The list of Europe’s top islands also includes Crete in the third place and Zakynthos in the fourth.
Crete: “The island of Crete is a Greek jewel floating in a sea of melted turquoise. The beaches are godly stretches of pillowy sand and smooth pebbles. Its historical and mythological significance can not be ignored: Crete is said to have been to be the birthplace of Zeus, the king of the Gods, and was the site of Europe’s first modern civilization. Archaeological and historical sites abound and make an awe-inspiring break from a sun-soaked day at the beach.”
Zakynthos: “The Ionian Islands are splendid, cinematic paradise. The waters are bluest blue, the sands are achingly silky and smooth. Everything looks heavily Photoshopped. But that’s just Mother Nature, in all her unspoiled glory. Zakynthos is the largest of the Ionian Islands, and it’s as fruitful as it is beautiful, boasting a bounty of crops like olives and grapes. Music is a huge part of the local culture—you can catch a concert or festival almost any night of the week, and you’ll be captivated by the sights and sounds of Zakynthos performers.”
Best island in the world: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Islands
Best islands in Europe: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Islands-g4