Newly released search data reveals that the Greek island of Santorini is the most searched-for European holiday destination around the world, followed by the Mediterranean island of Ibiza in second place and the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife in third place.
The research, compiled by the experts at CV Villas, analysed Google search data to find out which European countries are the most popular holiday destinations around the globe.
World’s Most Popular European Holiday Destinations
Santorini tops the list with a massive 47 countries around the world looking to take a trip to the Greek island. Famous for its golden sunsets, warm temperatures and jaw-dropping scenery, it comes as no surprise that Santorini ranks so highly as a must-visit hotspot.
Most Searched Holiday Destination List:
- Santorini, Greece
- Ibiza, Spain
- Tenerife, Spain
- Sicily, Italy
- Corfu, Greece
- Kos, Greece
- Antalya, Turkey
- Sardinia, Italy
- Mykonos, Greece
- Crete, Greece
- Mallorca, Spain
- Hvar, Croatia
- Tuscany, Italy
- Zakynthos, Greece
- Lanzarote, Spain
- Bodrum, Turkey
- Algarve, Portugal
The hedonistic island of Ibiza follows Santorini, where a total of 29 countries are searching to holiday there more than any other European getaway. Ibiza has long been a popular tourist destination thanks to its scorching summer weather, exotic scenery, and stunning beaches. Finishing up in third place is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife. Tenerife offers plenty for tourists to explore, including the infamous Mount Teide where you can take a tour around the volcano, taking in the incredible views of the island from its high peak.
Rounding out the top five is the Italian island of Sicily in fourth and Corfu in Greece in fifth. Further down the top 10, Greece continues its winning streak with destinations such as Kos, Mykonos and Crete all making the cut for the most searched European vacation spots.
Europe’s Most Popular European Holiday Destinations
12 European countries eagerly search to holiday in Tenerife the most out of any other European location, the UK, Iceland and Latvia included. The weather in Tenerife is one of the main reasons for its popularity among northern-based European countries: even during the winter months, Tenerife has an average high of 20 degrees, offering a sunny escape to those battling the chill of January. Crete finishes in second place with six countries making this destination their top choice. Santorini places third with four countries, and neighbouring island Kos lands in fifth with three countries, a tie with the party island of Ibiza.
Rest of The World
The party capital of Ibiza kicks things off as the most Googled vacation spot for North and Central America, as well as South America. For Africa, Santorini comes out on top as the most popular European holiday destination, as well as Asia and Oceania.
Pete Brudenell, General Manager from CV Villas commented:
“With global travel now making it easy for travellers to go wherever they want, we wanted to inspire travellers to embark on unforgettable journeys by showing how much Europe has to offer: from breathtaking landscapes to vibrant nightlife and beach retreats. Looking at the results, it’s great to see how European travel is admired around the globe, as well as witness the ongoing curiosity for hidden gems within Europe. Whilst many of social media’s favourite destinations dominate the results – such as Santorini and Ibiza – it is satisfying to see destinations from all over the European continent getting the attention they deserve.”