The Mediterranean is, although impossible to spell, a fantastic destination for your next holiday. It’s not far from home if you live in Europe and you are almost guaranteed nice weather. It also has lots of different things to offer, from mountains to beautiful lakes and beaches. I’ve created a list of islands and places I’d like to visit most, hopefully this will inspire you for your sailing adventure!
My ultimate dream is to sail along the Mediterranean islands and enjoy the view from the water! Next summer I’d love to plan something like a catamaran charter. Do you know what a catamaran is? It’s basically like a ‘double’ boat. Whereas a standard yacht or boat has one hull, a catamaran has two (see image below). I’ve always been pretty obsessed with them!
Oh, how much I love Greece. The history, bright colours and warm climate makes it such a great destination for a summer holiday. Because Greece has so many islands it would be a shame to not enjoy Greece from the water and visit these! The best way to see the Greek is definitely by boat. I’d recommend flying to Athens and spending a couple days here to explore this fantastic city and its history. From there you can take a boat and sail to the islands. There are hundreds of islands you can visit so the choice really is yours! But you can’t miss out on trendy Mykonos. Also I’d suggest visiting Corfu, Rhodes and Lefkada.
Turkey is often recommended for sailing due to its secluded bays and reliable winds. This makes sailing in this area smooth and more enjoyable for you! The temperatures are hot during the summer which means you can enjoy sunbathing on the deck followed by a dive in the water to cool off!
You can basically sail from West to East (or vice versa) and enjoy a multitude of bays. Fethiye is a popular starting place where there is lots of opportunity for picking up a rented boat. Sail over to Germiler Island (also known as St Nicholas Island) to do some sightseeing! The history of Turkey is very impressive (and very old!), and on St Nicholas Island you will find remains of some of the oldest churches in the world.
Don’t miss the Sunken City Ruins in Kekova where you can see remains of the ancient civilisations. Being on a boat especially has its advantages here, because you can sail closely part the remains and really get a feel for the history. Of course there is so much more that Turkey has to offer so have a browse online to make up your own itinerary!
Italy has got some larger islands that are very suitable for a sailing holiday. Because they are a bit larger, you will find more things to do, like entertainment, shopping and restaurants. Ideal if you want to stay somewhere for a couple days! Italy is of course famous for its amazing food scene, so you will find plenty of opportunities to taste a fresh seafood pasta. The clear waters will allow you to go snorkelling and see some sea creatures yourself!
From mainland Italy you can sail off to Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island and very famous for its glamour and wonderful food. If you’re feeling sporty you can climb the Mount Etna, or just walk around the island and enjoy Sicilian lemon gelato. After exploring Sicily, sail over to Sardinia and enjoy the variety of nature the island has to offer. From a coastline nearly as long as 2,000 km and the rugged mountainous landscape.
Of course there is so much more to the Meditteranean! You can sail for years and still not see everything. But the above should give you a glimpse of how you can enjoy a sailing holiday in the area. If you are embarking on a sailing adventure, make sure to have the right travel insurance in place! Do you have any more suggestions we can’t miss? Let me know in the comments!