AN ISLAND labelled "the best in the world" is just a four-hour flight away from the UK and has warm weather throughout autumn.
The best of the summer has now left the UK this year, but there are still places nearby where sun, sea and sand can be found in abundance.
One such place is Milos in Greece, which was declared to be the best island on the face of the planet by Travel + Leisure in 2021.
The publication asked its readers to rate island destinations all over the world, as they looked to find the best one.
They said they were looking for "the kind of Instagram-perfect destinations that travellers fantasise about on winter evenings" with "dreamy, sun-drenched landscapes surrounded by the bluest waters".
From their survey, the clear winner was Milos, due to its beaches and for "friendly locals who welcome visitors to explore the quaint villages".
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They praised its "extraordinary tavernas, and dozens of picturesque beaches that vary in colour depending on whether they are formed from shells, stones, or sand".
Travel + Leisure aren't the only ones to use superlatives when talking about the island, with Tiktoker Kristian Gaupset (@kristiangaupset) describing his visit as "one of the most amazing days of my life".
In a video he shared, he said the sea at Milos is "the clearest water in the world" and claimed it "literally glows blue".
Locals agreed with him too, with one person commenting: "As a Greek who has visited almost 70% of our islands, Milos by far is my favourite."
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Another added: "I can confirm the water is amazing!"
The beaches are unsurprisingly high among the list of things to do on the island, making up 16 of the top 20 attractions, according to TripAdvisor.
The best of them are Kleftiko Beach, Sarakiniko Beach, Plathiena Beach, Firiplaka Beach and Firopotamos Beach.
However, there are other sites to see, including the ancient Roman theatre in the village of Tripiti.
The well-preserved open-air marble theatre has views over the Aegean Sea and the harbour of Kilma village.
There are also the Milos catacombs, said to be the three most important catacombs found worldwide.
They were were used by early Christians first as a burial site and later also as a place of worship and a refuge after persecution by the Romans became widespread.
Getting to Milos is fairly simple from the UK, with a ferry from Athens the most convenient.
The island does have its own airport, but only receives domestic flights, so it's necessary to change elsewhere first.
Flights from the UK to Athens take just under four hours and can be booked from less than £40 return with Wizz Air.
An apartment with a sea view can be booked from around £50 per night for two people.
The temperatures on Milos remain pretty warm throughout autumn, with average highs in September of 26C falling only to 22C in October.
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Meanwhile, these UK holiday islands have been compared to the Maldives by some visitors.
And this rugged island has been crowned the most beautiful place in Britain, with medieval castles, dolphins and fairy pools.
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