The Top 20 Islands in Europe: Greece sweeps the Awards

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Greece is a forever-favorite destination of Travel and Leisure readers, and they often turn to the continent's picturesque islands when searching for their ideal getaways.

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 with 8 Grecian blue islands, including Folegandros, which is No. 2 not only on this list but in top islands anywhere in the world.

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.

But no island quite impressed as much as Mílos — voted by T+L readers as both the best island in Europe and the best island in the world.

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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