Google: Which Greek island topped global travel searches in 2023


The very good days Greece is experiencing as a travel destination are also reflected in Google searches.

Every year, Google has released its "Year in Search" report, which analyses data on what internet users searched for in the last 12 months. Greece is in first place in the travel industry, showing the most significant increase in interest compared to any other country.

Greece did not only stand out as a country but as a whole. According to the same report, Rhodes, including islands and cities, was first on the list in 2023.

Rhodes Old Town Europe

"The big draw is the medieval citadel in Rhodes Old Town: stroll along the battlements and you'll spy Byzantine churches, Roman ruins, synagogues, and minarets. In the maze of alleys, seek out Marco Polo Mansion, a 15th-century guest-house decorated like a pasha's harem, with an enchanting restaurant in the garden," writes Conde Nast Traveler.

"Upmarket hotels are clustered around Lindos, its magnificent acropolis surrounded by slate cliffs and emerald coves. Go for the views–and the sublime octopus ragout at Mavrikos restaurant. As you head south, high-rise resorts give way to stretches of golden sand, such as Glystra, Tsambika, and Fourni.

"Inland, you'll find alpine forests (Mount Attavyros), hilltop castles (Monolithos), faded frescoes (Saint Nikolaos Fountoukli) and ancient ruins (Kamiros). Marooned on the southern tip, Prasonisi is a powdery peninsula where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. One side is calm, the other choppy–a metaphor for this island of two halves."

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Lindos Rhodes TUI

“On the coastline, impressive cliffs offer epic views of sandy golden beaches, while the island's forests are perfect for morning hikes. The island has not fully recovered; the interest and willingness of travellers to support Rhodes is proof of its beauty", concludes the relevant report.

The most searched countries for 2023:

  • Greece
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Croatian
  • Cyprus
  • Thailand
  • Egypt
  • Malta
  • Morocco

Cities and islands with the most searches for 2023:

  • Rhodes (Greece)
  • Orlando (USA)
  • Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Seville (Spain)
  • Marrakesh (Morocco)
  • La Rochelle (France)
  • Sicily (Italy)
  • Delhi (India)
  • Cork (Ireland)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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