Readers of Condé Nast Traveller UK magazine voted and named Greece the best country in the world in the 2016 edition of the Readers’ Travel Awards.
The ongoing migrant and economic crises in Greece have done little to deter visitors from traveling to the Mediterranean paradise, with tourists still enamored by the promise of sun-soaked islands, and postcard-perfect background.
In fact, the country’s tourism office predicts a bumper year for 2016, with arrivals estimated to reach 25 million and 27.5 million including cruise ship passengers.
Rounding out the best countries are Italy and the US.
When it comes to island retreats, readers gave the Maldives the top spot, followed by the Greek Islands and the Balearic Islands in Spain.
Here are the top 10 countries in CN Traveller’s online Readers’ Travel Awards:
4. South Africa
The top 10 islands
2. Greek Islands
3. Balearic Islands
6. St. Lucia
8. Koh Samui
10. St. Barth’s