Greece is known for impossibly blue seas, charming ancient villages, and delicious food. There are so many reasons to visit the Mediterranean coast. But, have you ever been on the sparkling seas and watched the tranquil green coastline pass by? Read on to see why a yacht charter holiday may be just the getaway for you.
Why choose a sailing holiday?
Sailing holidays in the Mediterranean are a different way of exploring this beautiful region. You can enjoy all the things you would on beach holiday, but in addition you can see many different destinations all in one go. It can also be a cheaper alternative to other ways of traveling in this area as you don’t have to pay for transport and accommodation separately. You will have your own luxury travel and accommodation rolled into one in the form of your yacht. A sailing holiday gives you a sense of freedom and adventure, choosing where you are going and how long you stay. So that is why you should choose a sailing holiday.
What is a Yacht Charter?
If you want complete freedom on your sailing holiday then a yacht charter in the Mediterranean is the perfect solution. There are a few different options to choose from depending on how confident you are with sailing. You can sail yourself if you are qualified or you can hire a skipper, or even hire a full crew. The great thing about this type of yachting holiday is that you can make up your own itinerary. You can also change your mind on destinations whilst on route as long as you can dock in the harbours. But the very best thing about a yacht charter is that you can drop anchor in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the peace of the ocean.
Will it be right for you?
If you are the type of person who likes to explore and avoid staying in the same place for too long, then sailing is right for you. Of course, enjoying traveling on a boat is a necessary, although there are ways to combat sea sickness, if you are really a sufferer then you might not like this kind of holiday. However other than that, if you like to discover new places, relax on beautiful beaches and enjoy the turquoise blue sea then a sailing holiday is right for you.
What are the best routes?
There’s almost an unlimited possibility for itineraries in the Mediterranean. However, Greece and Croatia are the easiest to navigate and most popular choice. This is because of the many islands and short distances between, meaning you only have to sail short hops to your next destination. For those new to sailing holidays and for beginners, shorter distances and lots of stops are a good idea.
Which are the best beaches in the Mediterranean?
The Mediterranean is well known for its amazing sandy beaches and beautiful blue seas, so which ones should you choose to stop and enjoy? Here are some examples of the best beaches to visit in the Mediterranean.
Balos Beach and Lagoon, Kissamos, Crete, Greece
This beach and lagoon is one of the most photographed beaches in Crete, and when you visit you will see why. The sea is shallow and warm which makes it an excellent choice for families with young children. But the real draw it the color of the sand. In places the sand has a pink hue due to the millions of crushed shells in and amongst the white sand. Further beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder and an ideal place for snorkeling. If you are lucky you might spot the protected monk seal and the loggerhead sea turtle.
St Pauls Bay, Lindos, Greece
If you are looking for a romantic beach then this heart shaped bay is the perfect place. There are two beaches located in the bay, a large man made golden sand beach on the southern end. Then a smaller natural beach at the northern end of the bay made up of a mix of sand and gravel. There are great facilities at both sides where you can hire sun loungers and sun shades and make use of the toilets and cafés too. The beaches are usually not too crowded leaving you to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
This famous beach, also known as shipwreck beach is a must visit when in this area of Greece. This beach in the Ionian Islands is accessible only by boat which is perfect since you are travelling this way. The moon shaped sandy strip on beach is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and central to it all is the shipwreck which gives the beach its nickname. The Panagiotis ship was wrecked on the beach while transporting cigarettes to the area and now lies as a modern tourist attraction for beach goers. Many people visit to take photos and relax on the white sand and it is a popular destination for day trippers. Travelling by yacht charter means you can take advantage and visit early in the morning or late at night when there are the least visitors and get the best views.
Baska Voda Beach, Croatia
To the south of Croatia, along the Dalmatian Coast you will find the small town Baska Voda. A beautiful little town which is popular with both locals and visiting guests during the summer months. The area is known for its long gravel beaches, nearby pine wood forests and exquisite baroque architecture. From the beach you can see white stone houses and the forested cliffs beyond. It is a lovely place to relax, there’s a small port where you can dock for a while and take in views overlooking of the Adriatic Sea. Explore more of the area by strolling through the town and trying the local sea food which is delicious here.
Queens beach, Nin, Croatia
The most well-known and the largest beach in Nin, stretching out the length of 3 km. The beach is also known as Ninska Laguna Beach or Pliša used only by locals. The lagoon water is shallow meaning it is another great place to stop for families with small children. Facilities include snack bars, free showers, volleyball pitches and sun loungers to rent. A unique area of the beach has a healing mud pool Peloid. Why not join the many people covering themselves in black mud? Let it dry in the warm sun, then wash it off in the sea in order to heal and soothe the body and mind.
So how does a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean sound to you?
Chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean is the best way to see as much of the beautiful beaches here as you can. Plan the perfect itinerary just for you and truly enjoy the freedom a sailing holiday gives you. Whichever destination, whatever itinerary you choose, one things for sure, you’ll have an unforgettable adventure on the sea.