British island on the best European island list – beats Ibiza, Mykonos and Crete

For The Love of Britain: Robson Green dives off Skye

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Holidaymakers are spoiled for choice, with favourites like Greece and Spain offering a range of island getaway options. In a new list released by leading American magazine Travel + Leisure, the best European islands are ranked.

Voted on by readers, the islands were compared according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.

The top 20 islands in Europe didn’t have very surprising results, with Greece featuring heavily.

But there was one surprise among all the sun-drenched Spanish and Portuguese islands.

A British island popped up at number nine.

The ranking was full of holidaymakers favourites.

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Taking the first spot of both best island in the world and best island in Europe was Milos in Greece.

In second place was Folegandros, also in Greece, while Madeira came third.

Sicily came fourth and Santorini fifth.

However, at number nine, a British island made its entry.

Skye and the Hebrides beat the Greek island of Paros, which rounded up the top 10 islands in Europe.

Skye also beat Ibiza, Capri, Mykonos and Crete.

Corfu, the Azores and Rhodes all came after the Scottish island.

Favourite holiday destinations such as Corsica, the Canary Islands or Malta could not compete.

Skye gets fantastic reviews online.

One Google user wrote: “One of the best places to travel to in the UK.”

Another said: “A thoroughly beautiful island. So many things to recommend.”

Someone else wrote: “Amazing island. So beautiful and so many things to see …a must if up in the Highlands.”

While another said: “Amazing island, best place I’ve ever been.”

Top 20 Islands in Europe
1. Mílos, Greece
2. Folegandros, Greece
3. Madeira, Portugal
4. Sicily, Italy
5. Santorini, Greece
6. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands
7. Sardinia, Italy
8. Mallorca, Spain
9. Skye and the Hebrides, Scotland
10. Páros, Greece
11. Ibiza, Spain
12. Capri, Italy
13. Mykonos, Greece
14. Crete, Greece
15. Corfu and the Ionian Islands, Greece
16. Azores, Portugal
17. Rhodes and the Dodecanese, Greece
18. Corsica, France
19. Canary Islands, Spain
20. Malta
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