Greek Islands: Epic Sailing in the land of the Gods

Paros & The Cyclades

Paros is a good starting point from which to explore the Cyclades, an island group characterized by white stone houses, sandy beaches and rolling valleys. Other popular islands in the group are Naxos, Mykonos, and Santorini. Mykonos and Naxos have big party scenes, but quieter corners of the islands can be found by boat. White washed buildings stand out on the cliffs of Santorini, and due the island’s geographical location, it experiences unreal sunsets.

Corfu & The Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands are perfect for extended sailing trips from Corfu or Preveza. They contain many gorgeous beaches and picturesque fishing villages. Corfu receives more rainfall than other Greek Islands and is incredibly lush and green. Lefkas, Paxos, Kefalonia, Kythira, Ithaca and Zakynthos are all fantastic islands. According to myth, Paxos was created when Poseidon broke off the southern tip of Corfu, to create a secret haven for him and his lover. Ithaki, the home of Odysseus is a lovely island, and Zakynthos is a must see with its blue caves and famous Navayio shipwreck.

Athens & The Saronic Islands

is the Greek capital and the home of the famous Acropolis. The Saronic Islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spestus are easily accessible from the city. On Aegina there is the temple of Aphaia, and the deserted medieval town of Paleohora. Poros and Hydra both have picturesque harbors, and all the islands have pebbly beaches and clear waters. These islands are popular with Athenians at the weekend, but during the week you may have the beaches to yourself.

Rhodes & The Dodecanese Islands

Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, and a great all round holiday destination with a diverse landscape and plenty of beaches and cultural sites. Rhodes Old Town has attractive narrow streets and is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. From Rhodes one can visit the other Dodecanese Islands. Patmos is a stunning island, and myth has it that the goddess Artemis fell in love with the island and had it brought up from the bottom of the sea where it once lay. Kos is the birthplace of the ancient healer Hippocrates, and one can visit the Plane tree under which he taught his pupils. The Ancient Theatre and Temple of Apollo, and the Neratzia Castle are also on Kos. Peace, quiet and traditional island life can be found on the islands of: Astipalea, Kalimnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos and Kastelorizo.

Skiathos & The Sporades Islands

The Sporades Islands have some of the best beaches in Greece and Skiathos is home to many beautiful long stretches of golden sand. From Skopelos it is possible to visit the National Marine Park of North Sporades. These two islands along with Alonissos and Skyros are perfect for those who want to relax in Tavernas and on the beach.

Midsummer Madness in Sweden

After a long, dark winter, Midsummer’s Eve arrives in Sweden on Friday the 22nd June. The longest day of the year is widely celebrated and many people head to the islands and hills to frolic in the sunlight. Festivities involve hopping around the maypole, eating pickled herring, drinking schnapps and adorning oneself with flowers. Not to be missed!

Italian beaches off the beaten track

Maratea, Basilicata
Maratea is 97 miles south of Naples, and 69 miles from Salerno. The beaches here are similar to those found on the Amalfi coast yet far less crowded. There is a 19 mile stretch of coastline full of quiet, pebbly beaches leading to clear and clean blue waters. Maratea itself is a peaceful hilltop town from which you can see wonderful views of the area.

Maremma, Tuscany
The Maremma is on the Tuscan coast between Cecina and Tarquinia. This coastline has remained largely untouched and is characterized by rocky cliffs, pine forests and olive groves. Castiglione della Pescaia and Marina di Grosseto are charming fishing towns that are surrounded by splendid sandy beaches. They are particularly popular with Italian holiday makers.

Caprera Island, Sardinia
Caprera Island is situated in the La Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia and is the second largest island in the national park. It is full of soft, white, sandy bays and the waters surrounding the island are a dazzling turquoise. Cala Andreani, Cala Portese, Cala Napolitano and Cala Caprarese are all fantastic bathing spots, as well as the tiny beaches of Cala Serena and Cala Garibaldi.

Charter area Italy

Italy – sailing along italian coast

TOP Five Fantastic Sailing Grounds in Italy

The most exciting sailing destinations in the World – Italy.

Italy has to be top of the list of exciting sailing destinations. The 7,600 kilometers of sparkling coastline are steeped in history and natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy Unesco World Heritage Sites, art galleries and gelatories galore. Explore ancient cities or relax in sandy coves – just be sure to sample the mind blowing cuisine along the way.

1. Le Cinque Terre
Otherwise known as the Italian Riviera. In the North East of Italy, colorfully painted houses perch on high cliffs and overlook the ocean. Footpaths along the coast lead to breathtaking view after breathtaking view. Vineyards nestle in the hillsides and picturesque ports sit by the sea.

The Tuscan Archipelago
Tuscany is brimming with beauty and architectural splendor, and the Tuscan Archipelago National Park holds many more treasures.

3. The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is un-missable for sailors. Naples is the home of Pizza and Pompeii, and the islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri are glamorous island getaways.

Order a strong espresso and get ready to sail the rugged coastline of Sicily. Cruise to the seven Aeolian Islands of volcanic origin, where the atmosphere is smoldering.

5. Sardinia
Sailing in Sardinia’s other worldly beauty is an unforgettable experience. The La Maddalena Archipelago National Park is particularly mesmerizing. The pristine sandy beaches and clear waters here are the best in Europe.

Sailing itinerary Montenegro – Sailing in the undiscovered Adriatic

Discover a landscape that inspired great authors of the past such as Cervantes and Byron, and a coastline that attracts the likes of Brad Pitt, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Elton John. Montenegro is truly enchanting and is fast becoming a top yachting destination. Cruise along the Adriatic past snowcapped mountains and medieval towns with this fantastic route…

The Bay of Kotor – Fjord like scenery & the medieval towns of Kotor & Perast
Budva – Jaz beach, Becici Beach & Sveti Stefan
Bar – The Haj Nehaj Fortress & views of the Adriatic
Ulcinj – The old town & Ada Bojana Island
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