The Top 20 Islands in Europe

Europe is a forever-favorite destination of T+L readers, and they often turn to the continent’s picturesque islands when searching for their ideal getaways. Case in point: This year, eight of the continent’s islands have been voted not only the best in the region but the best in the entire world.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.

Greece continued to take top honors, including Folegandros, which is No. 2 not only on this list but in top islands anywhere. Barely more than 12 square miles in size, the Cycladic paradise is only a ferry ride away from the bustling Santorini (No. 5) and Mykonos (No. 13). The same crowds have yet to discover Folegandros’s similar whitewashed architecture and aquamarine waters. One popular place to stay: the Anemomilos Boutique Hotel. An easy walk from the main village of Hora, it has 17 rooms and suites, with verandas overlooking the Aegean, perfect for basking in sunset views.

See the list here.