8 October 2019 – The Croatian island of Hvar been voted the best island in Europe in a reader’s choice poll by the world’s leading travel magazine.
Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the 30 best islands in the world outside the U.S. in the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards survey. For the 32nd annual survey a record 600,000 registered voters weighed in with Hvar being voted No.1 in Europe.
“With warm summers and mild winters, the island of Hvar is the sunniest spot in Croatia—there are over 2,800 hours of sunshine annually. It may be known for its beaches and turquoise water, but there’s another side to this resort island. From the town of Hvar on the island’s southern shore, make the slow, uphill climb to Tvrđava Fortica, a 13th century fortress with the best views on the island. Pro tip: To see Hvar’s spectacular fields of lavender in full bloom, visit in early summer. The harvest takes place in late July, but you can buy all sorts of scented souvenirs in the local markets year-round,” Condé Nast Traveler writes.
Top 5 Islands in Europe
5. Crete, Greece
4. Paros, Greece
3. Mykonos, Greece
2. Bornholm, Denmark
1. Hvar, Croatia
Croatia was also ranked the No.20 favourite country in the world in the awards survey. Indonesia was ranked in first place, followed by Thailand and Portugal in third place.