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Visit Europe’s top 10 islands on a walking holiday

Travel review website has asked the travellers themselves to compile a list of Europe’s best-loved islands. This is the top 10 TripAdvisor 2016 Travellers’ Choice. Why not combine one of the top 10 European islands with a walking of cycling holiday?

1. Santorini, Cyclades

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Santorini is both glamorous and beautiful. The island’s black volcanic Perissa and Kamari beaches are huge attractions as is the famous Red Beach near Akrotiri. Santorini curves round a giant lagoon in the Cyclades islands, offering stunning views from sky-high towns and villages, as well as fantastic local food and wines. You could enjoy the island on an Island hopping walking holiday to Naxos and Santorini.

2. Mallorca, Balearics

A walking paradise and also an increasingly popular destination for cyclists, Mallorca is the perfect place to seek sunshine from April through to October. Avoid the school holidays if you want a more peaceful experience and cheaper travel and accommodation. If you are looking for lots to do, hot sunshine, plenty of beaches and many family-friendly attractions go in the summer school break. Macs Adventure offers a collection of cycling and walking holidays in Mallorca.

3. Madeira

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Madeira is a Portuguese island in the Atlantic, west of the Mediterranean, and boasts breath-taking landscapes, wonderful gardens, flowers and a delightful tropical climate. For all this and more check out Madeira walking: The Flower Island.

4. Crete, Greece

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is a paradise for tourists seeking sunshine, beaches and culture. Whether you are looking for nightlife, busy towns or a get-away-from-it-all chill out you’ll find it on Crete. Crete Coast to Coast walking holiday reveals the less touristy side of the island.

5. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Like all the Canary Islands, Tenerife is popular for winter sun (when the UK is wet and chilly) and also for holidaymakers seeking long, hot sunny days in the summer months. The island is home to Mount Teide, Spain's tallest peak, and to many beaches. You’ll enjoy seeing a quieter and more scenic side of the island on a Walking In Tenerife holiday.

6. Rhodes Dodecanese

The largest of the 12 Dodecanese islands on the Aegean's eastern edge, Rhodes is also its most popular. There’s a stunning medieval city, called Rhodes, that is located to the north of the island. Larger hotel resorts line the northern and eastern coastlines, while quieter villages and resorts dot the island's other shores. Discover more of what the island has to offer on a Rhodes self-guided cycling holiday

7. Gran Canaria

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Sometimes called a continent in miniature because of the contrasting landscapes, the Canary Island of Gran Canaria offers something for all kind of holidaymaker with a rugged coastline, plentiful sandy beaches, whitewashed villages, forests, tropical plantations and volcanic mountain ranges. Walking is the perfect way to explore some of the lesser-known areas of the island. See Gran Canaria: An Island of Contrasts

8. Corsica

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9. Jersey

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The small island offers a beguiling mix of old-fashioned England and French savoir-faire. It’s a wonderful place to escape to and offers many options for walkers. How about island hopping across three Channel islands? You could add a touch of luxury to your trip with The Channel Islands in Style holiday. And for a trip that will see your photo albums busting with hundreds of pictures check out the beautiful Jersey Coastal Path

10. Island of Capri, Province of Naples

It’s easy to see why artists and writers have been immortalising Capri’s beauty and history for centuries. Among the many attractions is a tour of the Grotto Azzurra, a cave filled with spectacularly blue water, the harbours of Marina Piccola and Marina Grande, an ancient Roman fishing port. Take a walk on the Island of Capri as part of an Amalfi Coastal Trails walking holiday.

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