From the Mediterranean Sea to the currents of the Ionian, Aegean and Adriatic Seas, Europe is the ideal continent for sailing. Here are some of the best sailing destinations, which Europe has to offer:
With its clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and its interesting historic background, Greece is considered as one of the most exciting sailing destinations worldwide. The Greek Islands, with its spectacular sights, its culture and history guarantee a trip of a lifetime. The most famous destinations in Greece are of course Mykonos and Santorini.
The perfect sailing area stretches along the coastline of over 15,000 kilometers. The climate along this coastline is Mediterranean: mild wet winters and dry hot summers. The charter season in Greece starts in March, when the air temperature rises above the water temperature. In July and August the temperatures rise and the sailing season reaches its peak. During that period the winds come mostly from the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, providing the ideal sailing conditions.
The Cote d’Azur is one of the world’s most popular summer destinations. Depending on what you are interested in, the French Riviera has something for everyone. St Tropez, Cannes or Monaco, there you can discover fabulous hilltop towns, indulge in one of the world´s most famous cuisine or enjoy a glass of wine while relaxing on your luxury yacht. Those of course, who are interested in a more adventurous experience, can go to explore the sandy beaches on the Isles d’Hyeres, or head to the Isles de Lerins off the old port of Cannes. Sailing through Europe’s fantastic waters is nowhere as spectacular as it is in the amazing South of France. The gentle summer breeze and the breathtaking anchorages and historic harbors will leave you just speechless.
Sailing is almost a national sport in France. With almost 5000 kilometers of coastline and numerous inland lakes, France offers sailing areas for each level of experience and each boat type.
With more than 1,000 islands, Croatia is the dream of every sailing enthusiast. Particularly interesting is Dalmatia, where for example Trogir, a port dating back to ancient Greece, is located. The Dalmatian Coast is worldwide famous for its stunning natural beauty, clear seas and historical sites and preserved walled cities. In the Dalmatian coast we can also find Kornati, with its ravishing natural beauty, and a number of other amazing islands, such as Korcula, Hvar or Brac with its beach “Zlatni rat”, which is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Probably one of the most known towns in Croatia is Dubrovnik, with its ancient city walls and marble streets.
The ideal way to explore this captivating country is definitely from your luxury charter yacht. The sailing season in Croatia starts in April and lasts until November, with the smoothest waters during July and August. Moderate winds are usually characteristic for spring, while September and October are quite challenging because of some stronger winds and of course a rougher sea. That period is ideal for experienced sailors looking for some excitement.
Italy is one of the most popular sailing destinations in Europe. In addition to a coastline of 7,600 kilometers, this beautiful country is worldwide known for its warm summers, its excellent cuisine, hundreds of islands and its many breathtaking tourist attractions.
During the sailing season, the prevailing winds that arrive from northwest guarantee ideal sailing weather conditions. In the area around Elba, Corsica and North Sardinia strong winds and rough seas can also occur, which are always a delight for more experienced sailors. Otherwise, the climate in Italy is very pleasant from spring to late autumn, which makes this country a great sailing destination.
My name is Andrea Stelar. I am freelance writer with too many interests. When not writing articles and contributing to several websites, including my current employer Silver Sail (http://www.silversail.hr/), a Croatian yacht charter agency, I enjoy spending time outside – traveling or doing fun activities with my kid.
This post was submitted by Andrea Stelar.