Summer is just around the corner, and as travel restrictions ease across Europe and vaccination campaigns pick up pace, an island getaway will be high on everyone’s post lockdown agenda.
Fortunately, Europe has hundreds of island destinations to choose from and every country has their favourite island escapes. Whilst some nations prefer to travel to far-off island destinations, others prefer to stay a little closer to home.
With that in mind, Musement, the digital discovery and booking platform for travel activities and experiences around the world, has conducted a study to reveal each European country’s favourite island destination.
To find out which European islands are the most popular in each country, Musement analysed Google search volume data for 200 European islands (excluding island countries) in 44 European countries* and produced a map with the results.
No surprises to find that Spain’s islands continue to be popular destinations for Europeans.
The two Spanish archipelagos of the Canary and Balearic Islands cater for very different profiles of visitors, as well as the former being a winter sun destination while the Balearics attract the summer crowds.
Tenerife heads the list for favourite holiday island for Scots, Latvians, Moldavians and Belgiums and of course mainland Spaniards who migrate there during the winter months.
The Irish head to the Canaries too but prefer the island of Lanzarote.
Mallorca continues to be the favourite for German holidaymakers as well as those from Belarussia.
Luxembourgers head to the party island of Ibiza.
The results provide some interesting inspiration, whilst some islands are obvious staples on many travel bucket-lists, there are many hidden gems and lesser-known islands present on the map, that are definitely worth discovering.