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Rhodes in Top 5 most Sustainable Holiday Destinations

Η Ρόδος στο top-5 των Αειφόρων Προορισμών Διακοπών παγκόσμια

The Greek island of Rhodes has once again been ranked as one of the top 5 most sustainable holiday destinations in the world in the latest study by Τhe study evaluated 20 of the most popular tourism destinations by analyzing various sustainability factors such as:

  • carbon emissions,
  • air quality,
  • availability of electric vehicle charging stations,
  • number of vegan restaurants and
  • nature spots.

In the latest ranking, Rhodes came in at 5th place, with a score of 72 out of 100 points.
Rhodes is the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands and is known for its unbelievable cuisine, hotels, spectacular beaches and sandy coves. The island scored fairly well for its carbon impact, with a round-trip flight from Heathrow Airport producing 1,493 kg of CO2. Additionally, the island has one of the highest numbers of nature spots, with 77 available to explore, and boasts the 2nd highest percentage of vegan restaurants in the top 10 list, with 34.19% (465 food establishments) of its culinary outlets offering vegan options to visitors. Currently, the island has no hotels offering charging stations for electric vehicles out of the 1,365 available.

Last year’s ranking saw Rhodes topping the list, with a score of 67 points.

This year the ranking order has changed slightly, with Majorca (Spain) taking the top spot (Rhodes topped the list last year), followed by Ibiza (Spain), Charleston (South Carolina, USA), and Dubrovnik (Croatia) in second, third and fourth place, respectively.

Majorca, the picturesque island of Spain, is known for its clear blue waters, luscious beaches and various resorts, such as Cala d’Or and Santa Ponsa, making it both a picture-perfect and ultra-sustainable holiday destination. The location had the second lowest climate impact for a round-trip flight from Heathrow and boasted the largest number of nature spots at an impressive 222. Additionally, there are 1,198 vegan restaurants to choose from, meaning there are plenty of meat-free and dairy-free options to be found, and 7 hotels With EV charging points (16 a year ago!!).

Furthermore, 2023’s  list of the most sustainable holiday destinations in the world saw Santorini drop 6 positions, compared to last year, finishing 10th overall. With a total score of 67 out of a 100, Santorini saw its nature spots increase to 35 in 2023’s list, yet, along Rhodes, they are the only destinations in the top 10 with no hotels offering charging stations for electric vehicles.’s research methodology used data retrieved by atmosfair, regarding CO2 emissions, The Weather Channel, when it came to air quality ranking, and Tripadvisor for statistics related to nature spots, vegan restaurants, and hotels.

** source for text and table: GTP and