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So where is the best island in all Europe?

In Central Dalmatian of course!

The readers of Conde Nast Traveler have spoken, a record 600,000 this year, and they have voted for the best island in Europe – the island of Hvar!

The Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as ‘the best of the best of travel.’

It was the same awards back in 1997 where Hvar was named as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world.

Here is what they had to say.

1. Hvar, Croatia

With warm summers and mild winters, the island of Hvar is the sunniest spot in Croatia—there are over 2,800 hours of sunshine annually. It may be known for its beaches and turquoise water, but there’s another side to this resort island. From the town of Hvar on the island’s southern shore, make the slow, uphill climb to Tvrđava Fortica, a 13th-century fortress with the best views on the island.

Pro tip: To see Hvar’s spectacular fields of lavender in full bloom, visit in early summer. The harvest takes place in late July, but you can buy all sorts of scented souvenirs in the local markets year-round.

Getting there: The Split Airport is just a 2.5-hour flight from London. From there, take a cab 20 minutes to the ferry station and board a catamaran or ferry to the town of Stari Grad. The entire journey takes about 90 minutes.

To learn more about Hvar, click here.


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