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Telegraph's best summer holiday islands in Europe 2017

And you can sail to all of them with Vyra.com! From the Dalmatian Coasts to the Canary Islands, from the Cyclades to Balearic islands , from Corfu to Sardinia, the Telegraph picked the best islands destinations for your summer holidays. Prepare yourself because by the end of this article you’ll be searching to charter a yacht and sail to as many of them as possible!

Sardinia

“Sardinia is like the freedom itself” wrote H.D Lawrence and we couldn’t agree more! Every time your return, you will find more to explore! Apart from the bright and luxurious Costa Smeralda, one can find countless beaches with fine white sands backed by luscious mountains and bizarre wildlife. Home to the largest sailing school in the Mediterranean and famous Yacht clubs, Sardinia hosts renowned annually international regattas such as the Maxy Yacht Rolex Cup, RC44 championship and Audi MedCup, boasting famous contenders such as BMW Oracle Racing.

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Sicily

Sail your way to the heart of the Mediterranean, to a timeless land dominated by breathtaking natural diversities! Unwind on your own natural pool among its dramatic coastline, hike along the volcanic majesty of the Aeolian islands and delight with Stromboli’s natural fireworks, delve into history and art, taste delicious local wine and Sicily’s timeless recipes.

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Mallorca

The largest among the Balearic Islands, is not only luxurious seaside resorts! A sheer Mediterranean personality embraced by a breathtaking coastline perfectly blending azure vistas against a terracotta cliffy backdrop.

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Crete 

The southern edge of the Mediterranean, could easily be a continent by itself! Crystal, transparent waters, imposing craggy mountains, great museums and ancient settlements, stunning natural diversities with impressive caves and breathtaking canyons, mild weather, enchanting beaches and coves, charming towns and quaint villages, local authenticity, hearty hospitality and delicious local cuisine, Crete has it all!!
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Ibiza

The clubbers’ paradise! A wild, sexy, untamed party island boasting feverish summer nights with the crème-de la-crème of Europe's DJs. But it’s only this! With over 16O km long coastline, Ibiza is a paradise for swimmers and beach hoppers alike! Discover your own private beach and unwind in serenity, especially on the northern, quieter coasts!

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Lanzarote

Maybe the most beautiful among the Canary islands, unique due to its diverse, volcanic geomorphology and the influence of visionary artist, architect and environmentalist César Manrique. Chic, unique and laid-back, “Lanzarote is like an unframed, unmounted work of art and I hung it and held it up for all to see.”. Do not miss that chance!

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Corfu

Described as the “shores of glory” by Lord Byron, Corfu island is a blessed destination for beach lovers and adventure explorers. Cosmopolitan and quintessential, amazingly blending culture and tradition on a most inspiring natural backdrop, the island is a delightful destination for family sailing holidays or friends alike!

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Tenerife

Fancy volcanic beaches switching golden sandy shores, witnessing whales and dolphins in the wild or shark fishing? Tenerife calls for amazing adventures! Apart from the tourist resorts, the rest of the island remains untouched by tourism, oozing genuine lifestyle.

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Menorca

Idyllic, wild and wonderful Menorca, will lure you to its own mellow beats! Amazing beaches, as if jumped out of a travel guide, but no photoshop or instagram filters can surpass their natural beauty!

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Gran Canaria

Wishing for the most incredible surfing experiences in Europe? Gran Canaria is a must! Also known as the “Hawaii of the Atlantic”, the island’s striking beaches boast the best surf schools and unforgettable wave riding!

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Rhodes

Glorious castles, medieval towns, miles of golden sandy beaches and eight sunny months a year, Rhodes is an by far one of the most enticing destinations for time travelers and worshippers in the Mediterranean. Yours?

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Santorini

A miraculous scenery with dramatic landscapes, a mysteriously attractive volcano, alluring sunsets painting scarlet skies· Santorini will definitely charm even the most demanding traveler. Even if you have been there, a wealth of new, otherworldly experiences await to be explored along its vibrant coastline by boat. Unfold the mysteries of Santorini and live your Greek experience top wishes on an amazing daily sailing trip in Santorini, or-even better, on dreamy sailing holidays in the Aegean.

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Hvar

Maybe the most popular island destination in Croatia both for families and friends, Hvar Island deserves all the superlatives! Unwind in white powder sandy beaches and secluded coves hidden behind lush greenery, get amazingly lost in winding stone streets and feast in delicious cuisine, luxury lifestyle and gothic romance or give in to luxurious hedonism and amazing nightlife. 

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