The Top Ten Sailing Areas in the Mediterranean

1. The Turkish Riviera, Turkey
Turkey is a unique Mediterranean location with a fascinating cultural history. East meets West in a land of golden beaches, ancient ruins and warm, turquoise waters. The Turquoise coast runs from Cesme to Alanya and includes stunning locations such as Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye and Kas.

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2.Sardinia, Italy
One of Italy’s best kept secrets and a paradise for yachtsmen, Sardinia has to be one of the most incredible sailing destinations in the Med. The Costa Smeralda is famous for its beauty, but the whole of Sardinia boasts pristine white sand beaches and impossibly clear waters. The coastlines are littered with hidden bays, rocky coves, caves and grottoes. By boat you can reach hidden anchorages and untouched islands that seem to belong to another world. The sailing infrastructure is also modern and convenient.

3. The Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
National parks, beach clubs, blue caves, medieval fortresses… and that’s just the beginning. The Dalmatian Islands have something for everyone. Hvar, Vis, Korcula and Mljet must be seen, and they are easy to reach from the vibrant cities of Split or Dubrovnik.

4. Ionian Islands, Greece
Greece is a well-established sailing area and there are many cruising grounds to choose from. The Ionian Islands are particularly good for families and beginners who want to sail in short stages. In this part of the Ionian Sea you are never far from a charming port town, a Homeric site or an idyllic beach.

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5. Tuscany, Italy
Quintessentially Italian and brimming with culture and architectural splendor, Tuscany is a well-loved holiday destination and a superb sailing area to boot. The Tuscan coast is devoid of mass tourism, and rolling hills scattered with vineyards and olive groves meet colorful towns by the sea. More treasures can be found in the Tuscan Archipelago just off the coast – that is said to have been created when the goddess Venus dropped her necklace into the ocean.

6. Cote d’Azur, France
The Cote d’Azur is the ultimate yachting destination and a playground for the rich and famous. Artists, aristocrats and sailors alike have flocked to the azure coast since the nineteenth century and walked the cobbled streets of Antibes, Cannes and Saint-Tropez. Despite its popularity, the French Riviera has managed to retain its rustic charm. The island groups of Iles de Lérins and Îles d’Hyères make nice contrasts to the busy coast.

7. Kornati Islands, Croatia
Miles of blue dotted with hundreds of green islands. The Kornati Islands are perfect for those seeking a back to basics sailing experience. The islands in this part of Croatia are tranquil and traditional, with small  settlements and a lot of natural beauty. Sailors can sit back and enjoy simple pleasures by the sea.

8. The Balearic Islands, Spain
Whether you want to party the night away, release your inner hippy, or find a quiet corner to relax. Sailing between Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca one can find lively tourist towns and surprisingly serene and laid back anchorages.

 

9. Corsica, France
Corsica, otherwise known as the ‘Île de beauté’ is ideal for those seeking challenging sailing and dramatic scenery. Magnificent medieval port towns tower over blue waters on the wild, often rugged coast. As well as offering exhilarating sailing, Corsica is a dream-come-true for lovers of wine, food and the great outdoors. Places such as Calvi and Ajaccio are effortlessly chic, and the island has an air of low key sophistication.

10. Montenegro
Montenegro’s unspoiled and indented coastline makes it an ideal sailing location. The incredible fjord like landscape has inspired great authors of the past such as Byron and Cervantes, and cruising along the Adriatic past snowcapped mountains and medieval towns, it is easy to see why. The people in Montenegro are also known to be exceptionally warm and hospitable.

YACHTICO.com Recommend – The World’s Best Marinas

1. Capri, Italy
The isle of the sirens in Homer’s Odyssey, and the former home of Roman emperors, Capri has always been a land of glamor and excess. To moor in one of the 10 super-yacht berths in the marina, it will cost €2,900 per day – making it the most exclusive and expensive marina in the world.

2. Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda was developed as a getaway for the rich and famous during the 1960s. Positioned on one of the most stunning coastlines in the Mediterranean and just a stone’s throw away from the La Maddalena Archipelago, the port continues to attract mega-yacht owners from all over the world. The average daily mooring fee for super-yachts is €2,500, and there are 60 berths.

3. Portofino, Liguria, Italy
Originally a small fishing town between Genova and Le Spezia, Portofino has become the sailing destination for Europe’s elite. Access to the tucked away marina is restricted and there are only 6 super-yacht berths priced at €2,350 a day. Situated in the unspoiled Portofino National Park, there is an air of low key sophistication.

4. Ibiza Magna, Ibiza
Ibiza Magna in Eivissa Town is a haven for the rich and the restless. Near to the most stylish nightclubs, casinos and beaches in the Balearic Islands, hedonists pay a hefty fee of €2,300 per day. There are 12 berths for mega-yachts.

5. St Tropez, Cote d’Azur, France
Situated in the heart of the French Riviera, places in the St Tropez Marina are highly coveted and cost €1,300 per day. There are 30 berths, and celebrities, socialites and the ultra-chic rub shoulders here every summer.

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YACHTICO.com Trip Recommendation – Greece: Spoil yourself in the Sporades

Route Suggestions for Greece – Sporades Islands

Begin a trip in the bustling port town of Skiathos, and sail to Skopelos, Alonissos, Skantzoura and Skyros in the Northern Sporades. These small Greek islands are dotted with ancient monasteries, picturesque settlements and serene beaches.

1. Skiathos – The Moni Evangelistria
2. Skopelos Town – The Venetian Kastro
3. Patitiri, Alonissos – A pretty harbour
4. Steni Vala, Alonissos – A traditional Greek fishing village
5. Skantzoura – A small island characterized by an abandoned monastery
6. Linaria, Skyros – Sandy beaches and local tavernas
7. Panormos, Skopelos – A sheltered harbour and an ideal swimming spot
8. Return to Skiathos

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Hidden Greece: The Fourni Islands

Greece – The beauty of secret places.

The Fourni Islands lie Southwest of Samos, and consist of three islands: Fourni, Thymaina (or Fimaina), and Ayios Minas. These islands and the islets that surround them are quintessentially Greek, and are often visited by people seeking to experience true Greece. In the fantastic little fishing village of Fourni, you will find a picturesque harbour with traditional taverna’s that serve freshly caught and prepared fish. The islands are extremely indented and so there are many peaceful bays and secluded coves to discover.

Note: This area experiences very strong winds. Safe anchorages are: Fourni Harbour, Kampi, Aspa, Pelekania & Elidaki/Marmaro, Ayios Ioannis, Kasidi, Vlichada and Vitsilia.

Cote d’Azur – Sailing with the stars in the south of France

St Tropez or Cannes – yachting along French Riviera.

Celebrities and the Cote d’Azur go together like Coco and Chanel, and coverage of the Cannes Film Festival has us longing for the French Riviera. The ultimate yachting destination and the epitome of chic. Southern France is an old haunt of cultural icons such as Fitzgerald, Picasso and Bardot, and has recently charmed the likes of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. So grab a glass of champagne and enjoy all that glitters on the emerald coast, from your very own yacht.

Eat: Auberge Provencal, Cannes. This is the oldest restaurant in Cannes, it serves traditional French cuisine and is popular with locals, foodies and celebs alike. Or Le Vistamar in the Hôtel Hermitage, Monte Carlo where fine seafood is served amidst a nautical setting – parfait!

Swim: Paloma Plage, Villefranche-sur-Mer. Super yachts often pull into this sheltered little bay to enjoy the sandy beach and calm atmosphere.

Sunbathe: Nikki Beach, St Tropez – Lounge like the rich and the famous at this exclusive beach club.

Party: Les Caves du Roy, St Tropez – Decadence, glamour and DJs. Alternatively try Bodega de Papagayo, where the ultra-cool go for cocktails.

Shop: Pick up your designer shades on the Boulevard de la Croisette and the Rue d’Antibes in Cannes, or on the Rue de Suède or Rue Paradis in Nice.

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