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Spain dominates another 'Europe's best islands' study
04 August 2021 @ 15:50

THREE of Spain's islands have made it into the top five in Europe according to a leading travel search engine, and another two are hot on their heels, based upon criteria ranging from weather to availability of entertainment, ease of flying, and prices in destination.

Playa de las Américas in Tenerife (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

According to KAYAK, searches for flights to Europe's islands as a whole are now 11% higher than in 2019 – the last year before the pandemic – and 13% higher than 2019 for Spanish islands.

KAYAK collated data for 70 islands across the whole of Europe, classifying them under seven headings: Weather, accessibility by aeroplane, prices – hotels, car hire, restaurants, and general costs on location for food and transport – things to do, activities for children, Covid-safety measures, and sustainability, including environmental care.

These were further broken down into 19 areas relating to the across-the-board holiday experience and suitability for different tourist profiles, such as families with children, budget breaks, best low-season destinations, off-the-beaten-track locations, and so on.

The Greek island of Crete tops the list, with plus points highlighted including warm weather in high season, blue-flag sand beaches, and low rainfall.



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