Every time your boss confirms the dates for your time off, what comes next? Well, choosing your destination, of course! “This year I want to do something different”, says your friend “Yes, a rather nomadic trip, for instance”, says another. If you want to surprise them, we have an idea for you: suggest a sailing trip! This might be a great way to visit multiple places, without having to give up on sea, on sunshine and on the amazing sunsets you are bound to witness. If you like the idea, here are 5 European itineraries, for your sailing dream trip.
Let’s start with a trip you should all go on at least once in your life. Did you know Croatia has over 1000 islands and inlets, and that all of them are incredibly beautiful? If you choose this itinerary, you will discover some unseen, secret places that only your skipper will know. You’ll visit the Kornati archipelago, and swim in the crystal clear water of Hvar, Mana, Elafiti and Kornat. It will be hard to find a sea clearer than this.
Croatia (Flickr Kamil Porembinski)
Balearic islands, Spain
Sure, we all want beautiful water, but what if you want to party a little, after taking care of your tan? Here is the trip for you, then, the one that will make you discover the Balearic islands. Every year, locations like Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Minorca are swamped by tourists from all over the world, but while they will all be fighting for space on the beaches, you will be relaxing in the luxury of your boat. You’ll get to visit all the islands you like, and only make your way to the mainland at night, to party. This is the very definition of cool!
Balearic Islands (Flickr MGN)
Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy
Italy on a sailing boat? That’s a good idea. Surely, it would be most inconvenient to try to sail all around the peninsula, but this is truly one of the most spectacular trips you can go on in the Mediterranean. You will see renowned places like the islands of Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano and Panarea, which offer breathtaking views and excellent food. Each island has its own charm, and this trip will guarantee you a summer of glamour!
Côte d’Azur, France
Chich friends all over the world, listen up, this is for you: a sailing holiday along the Côte d’Azur is something you should seriously consider. Your itinerary will include beautiful cities like Nice, Antibes, Sanremo and Montecarlo. After sunbathing at the bow of your boat, grab your straw hat, and go have lunch in one of the small restaurants that are located on the coast. Welcome to the corner of paradise you had been looking for!
Côte d’Azur (Flickr Gilbert Sopakuwa)
Did you really think we would talk about where to spend your summer without mentioning Greece? Of course we wouldn’t! Even a week is enough to see some of Greece’s most beautiful islands, easily island-hopping with your sailing boat. You will not only dive into the bluest waters of Europe, you will also dive into different traditions, customs and history in every single island you land on. Let your skipper know if you want to stop in Zakynthos, Mykonos or Cephalonia, or let your skipper’s expertise help you decide where to go.