If you’ve ever thought about taking a sailing holiday, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the cost might be prohibitive, but there are actually some really great deals if you can gather a group together. For example, hiring a six to eight person sailboat for a whole week in Europe can come in as low as €3,000. That’s just €55 per person per day – comparable to a mid-range hotel and certainly much more of an adventure.
Having just moved to Bristol, I found it interesting to learn that holidaymakers from this city are in the top 10 most interested in taking a sailing holiday. The research done by Sailogy also lists the most popular European sailing holiday destinations. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.
A yacht charter in Greece is perfect for people who love to learn about ancient history. There are many archaeological treasures to explore, as well as modern day museums and religious sites. Mount Olympus is a must see, as is the capital Athens. There are also countless areas of natural beauty, including some of Europe’s finest beaches, which make a great spot for an all-night party.
Croatia has more than 5,800 km of coastline and boasts over 1000 islands, making it the perfect destination for a yacht charter or sailing holiday. The islands and national parks to the north of the country are easily accessible by boat, while historical towns like Zadar and UNESCO-listed Šibenik make great places to rediscover your land legs.
Further south is Split with its vast number of hidden bays. The islands of Hvar, Vis and Brač also offer some fantastic beaches, water sports and summer festivals. Dubvrovnik in the south is another UNESCO-listed city laying claim to the National Park island Mljet, and the Lastovo archipelago. It also has a great food and drink culture. Croatia is without a doubt one of the gems of Eastern Europe.
With the Adriatic Sea on one side and the Mediterranean on the other there is no shortage of places to go in Italy. Coastal cities with easy access by sailboat include Venice, Bari, Naples and Genoa, and having a boat at your disposal definitely means you should pop over to see the fish markets of Sicily and Sardinia’s active volcano – Mt Etna – too. If you fancy delving deeper into the country’s history, moor up and check out Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.