PUBLISHED: 13:59, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:09, Tue, Mar 3, 2020
Coronavirus: Gibraltar-based lottery company Lottoland has created a Remote Island Index (Image: Getty Images)
Coronavirus cases are escalating in the UK with the total number currently standing at 51. With health fears and panic surrounding the deadly virus, many Britons may be casting their minds off to sunnier shores where such concerns do not exist. Where better to escape the epidemic than on a remote island?
Gibraltar-based lottery company Lottoland has created a Remote Island Index.
This ranks the world’s most remote islands on their cost efficiency, travel time from London, number of attractions and review scores.
So where are the top 10 best remote islands where a decent holiday can be had?
The top remote island for a holiday was São Miguel, the biggest island in the Portuguese Azores archipelago, far off the coast of Portugal in the North Atlantic Ocean.
“São Miguel ended up topping our list because it’s an easy-to-reach, well-reviewed, inexpensive remote island that has a lot to offer in terms of holiday value,” said a Lottoland spokesman.
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Coronavirus: “São Miguel is nicknamed 'The Green Island' and is the most populated in the Azores" (Image: Getty Images)
The index showed São Miguel as having 108 attractions and only takes 0.20 days of travel from London.
“São Miguel island is nicknamed 'The Green Island' and is the most populated in the Azores,” said Lottoland.
“This beautiful island is known for its stunning scenery, 18th-century architecture and the opportunities to go whale watching off the coast.”
The archipelago is also said to be Europe’s number one destination for whale and dolphin watching.