The popularity of touristic resorts is, of course, primarily measured by the number of tourists it receives. However, nowadays, the frequency of being the subject of shares on social media and the quality of the shares are also accepted as “popularity” criteria. Most popular based on number of Instagram hashtags up to the previous year european islands This is the subject of our guide. Here are the 25 most popular (i.e. most Instagrammed) European islands by number of tags in posts:
81 percent of Greenland, which is the largest island in the world in terms of surface area, is covered with glaciers. 57,500 people live on the island, which is an autonomous region of Denmark.
24. Hvar, Croatia
About 11,100 people live on the island of Croatia, located in the Adriatic Sea. The main livelihoods of the people on the island, whose hills are covered with pine forests and where grapes, olives, fruits and lavender are produced, are fishing and tourism.
23. Gozo, Malta
Gozo is the second largest island of the Republic of Malta. About 31 thousand people live on the island, which is 5.25 km away from the island of Malta. The ruins of the Ġantija temple in the east and its lace are famous.
22. Zakynthos, Greece
Zakynthos (or Zante) on the Ionian Sea has 123 kilometers of coastline. There are regular charter flights from Northern Europe to the international airport on the island. According to Greek mythology, the island was named after Zakynthos, son of Dardanus.
21. Ischia, Italy
The island at the northern end of the Bay of Naples is also about 30 kilometers from Naples. The main source of income on the island, where the commune administration is implemented, is tourism. Thousands of tourists from Germany and Asian countries come to its world-famous spas every year.
20. Corfu, Greece
Located in the Ionian Sea in the northwest of Greece, the island carries more Adriatic-Italian colors, apart from the usual image of a Greek island with white-blue painted houses. With the small islets around it, the island, whose population exceeds 100 thousand today, has been one of the islands that resisted the Ottoman invasions for the longest time in history, thanks to the walls surrounding the city center.
19. Rhodes, Greece
Not counting Meis, the castle and medieval quarter built by the Knights Templar in the center of Rhodes, the easternmost island of Greece, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Considered one of the seven wonders of the world Rhodes Statue (Kolossos) BC It was built in 280 by the Dorians at the entrance of the Rhodes harbor. Located just 47 kilometers beyond as bird flight Marmaris There are regular ferry services between Rhodes and Rhodes.
18. Menorca, Spain
Being part of the Balearic Islands, Minorca, as its name suggests, is the ‘little sister’ of Majorca in the same group and follows behind its older brother in terms of tourism revenues. The main source of income on the island, whose population exceeds 91 thousand, is of course tourism.
17. Fuerteventura, Spain
Fuerteventura, located in the Atlantic Ocean, included in the Spanish Canary Islands, is the third largest island in the group after Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Just 97 km from the African coast, the island has the island of Lanzarote in the northeast and the island of Gran Canaria in the west.
16. Madeira, Portugal
Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest island in the archipelago of the same name. Located 400 km north of the Canary Islands, Madeira has a population of over 260 thousand. Millions of tourists come to the island famous for its wines every year.
15. Lanzarote, Spain
The island in the province of Las Palmas, which is part of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, has many small craters and landforms formed by lava flows. Grains, vegetables, wine grapes and other products are grown on the slopes using dry farming methods; Fine sandy beaches and beaches suitable for amateur diving attract many tourists to the island.
14. Kos (Kos), Greece
Basement More than 50 thousand people live on the island of Kos (Kos), which is located 8 miles away from Anatolia, across the peninsula. Tourism is highly developed on the island, where daily ferry services are organized between Bodrum and Bodrum. There are many ruins on the island, which was one of the important ports in the Aegean during the time of Alexander the Great.
13. Capri, Italy
Italian island off the Sorrentine Peninsula, south of the Gulf of Naples. The island, which is connected to Naples, has been used as a summer resort for centuries. In Kapri, which became one of the popular holiday centers of European and American high society in the 1950s, Marina Piccola (small harbor), the high panoramic promenade Tragara Belvedere lined with villas, the limestone cliffs rising from the sea, Faraglioni, Anacapri and the Blue Grotto are among the places to see.
12. Corsica, France
Corsica, the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean, has 1000 km of coastline and more than 200 beaches. On the island, there are 21 mountains/hills with a height of over 2000 meters, especially Mount Sinto, which is 2706 meters high. Thousands of rare animal and plant species are kept under protection in the Natural Park created in 1972 in Corsica, which is separated from the island of Sardinia by the Bonifacio Strait. This Natural Park, which includes Porto Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Scandola Natural Reserve, and some of the island’s highest mountains, can only be reached by boat.
11. Gran Canaria, Spain
Gran Canaria, in the province of Las Palmas in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, is the second largest island in the Canary archipelago, which consists of seven large islands, after Tenerife in terms of area and the largest in terms of population. The island, which receives nearly five million tourists a year, is also known as the “Miniature Continent” as it accommodates different climates and landforms. One-third of the island is included in UNESCO’s “Biosphere Reserve” list.
10. Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos, which is one of the most magnificent islands in the world in terms of beaches and nightlife, continues to attract millions of tourists every year, even though the local population is only 10 thousand. The island, which has 89 km of coastline, is known for its colorful parties that last until the first hours of the morning. It is one of the most popular summer entertainment stops not only in Europe but all over the world.
9. Crete, Greece
Crete, the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean, hosted the Minoan Kingdom (2000-1400 BC), one of the first civilizations in Europe. The archeological sites in Knossos, Faistos and Gortis, the Venetian castle of Retimnon and the passages of Samaria, Hagia Irene and Aradena can be counted among the places to see on the island, which is a world-renowned tourism center today.
8. Santorini, Greece
For Santorini, which has been frequently chosen as “one of the most beautiful islands in the world” in recent years, we can also call it “full Instagram”. Caldera views on the volcanic island, especially those shot in Oia, can be found in almost all tourism catalogues today. Let’s add that it is one of the most touristic islands in Greece.
The island country of Malta is a holiday and cultural destination that has grown in popularity in recent years. Apart from these, there is almost every beauty a traveler could seek on the “island of knights”, which has a rich history and cultural background, especially Valletta, which was chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2018: The sun that warms your bones even in winter, exquisite beaches and shores, will cause you to return home by gaining three or five kilograms. ultra-rich cuisine, friendly and entertaining locals, and of course, prices that seem reasonable yet.
6. Sardinia, Italy
Approximately 1 million 700 thousand people live in Sardinia, which is the second largest of the European islands in the Mediterranean. B.C. A wide variety of cultures left their traces and artifacts on the island, where settlement began in the 250s. It welcomes more than 3 million tourists a year with its exquisite beaches, colorful vegetation and landforms, Italian-Spanish-French mixed cuisine, and frequently organized fun festivals, especially in the capital Cagliari.
5. Tenerife, Spain
Tenerife is the largest of the seven islands that make up the Canary Islands Autonomous Region. The island, inhabited by more than 900 thousand people, receives more than 5 million tourists a year. Its most important city is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is the joint capital of the autonomous region. Tenerife, which has two international airports (Tenerife Norte and Tenerife Drive/Reina Sofía), is also known for one of the world’s largest carnivals, the “Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival”.
Tourism is the biggest source of income in Cyprus, which has increased its income and prosperity with real estate investments, especially by the Russians and the British. The island, which attracts some 4 million tourists a year, is not among the most popular holiday destinations in the world, but it has created a steady income stream (and plenty of Instagram posts) thanks to foreign visitors who come to stay at their summer houses. It is at the top of Europe in terms of Blue Flag Beach rate.
3. Majorca, Spain
Majorca, Spain’s largest island. It is an important tourist destination, as are the other Balearic Islands, Ibiza, Formentera, and Menorca. The regulars of the island, which hosts 21 million tourists a year, are predominantly Germans and British. The island, whose population exceeds 900 thousand, is famous for its beaches, resorts and nightlife. Festivals held in spring and summer also add color to the island life.
2. Sicily, Italy
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. Apart from the nature of Sicily, whose coastline offers fascinating beauties almost everywhere, its culture, people and cuisine are among the most interesting and colorful ones in the Mediterranean. Mount Etna, located in the interior of Eastern Sicily, is known as Europe’s highest (3,323 meters) active volcano. Palermo, the center and largest city of the island, which has the status of an Autonomous Region, can be considered a cultural center in itself.
The first place in the crazy nightlife in the European islands belongs to Ibiza unconditionally. Popular clubs such as Space, Pacha, Privilege, Amnesia, Eden, Es Paradis and successive summer parties attract millions of tourists to the island every year, where world-renowned DJs entertain the masses.
Although Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza has been one of the most important centers of both Spanish tourism and European entertainment world for the last 30 years. Let’s add that most of the island was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
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