As European borders reopen, it appears many are hoping for a seaside escape. Flight searches across Europe for island destinations have surpassed pre-pandemic 2019 levels by 11 percent. And with so many beautiful and diverse islands in Europe to choose from, Kayak’s New ranking helps travellers narrow down their searches to find their ideal destination.
To develop the ranking, Kayak collected data on 70 islands across Europe based on seven different categories: weather, flight accessibility, pricing (hotels, car hire, restaurants and local food and transport costs), things to do, child-friendliness, COVID-19 safety and sustainability.
These categories were then measured against 19 unique sub-factors to determine which islands offer tourists the best all-round experience as well as those that are best suited to traveller’s specific needs, including best family holidays, budget-friendly destinations, off-season favourites, secluded vacations, and more.
The top five overall best island destinations in Europe are:
- Crete, Greece
- Tenerife, Spain
- Lanzarote, Spain
- Gran Canaria, Spain