Sailing holidays are the kind of holidays that never go out of fashion. They offer freedom, relaxation, fun and a little splash of luxury.
Sailing holidays open up your options when it comes to your choice of destination. Instead of being stuck to one resort, you have a whole region or even an ocean at your fingertips. You can take a sailing trip literally anywhere in the world but you don’t have to go too far to find some truly magnificent destinations.
Europe offers some brilliant options when it comes to sailing. The Mediterranean has many distinct regions which are littered with fishing villages, exciting cities and other lively ports. You could find yourself in places that you hadn’t even considered before.
Take Montenegro for instance. This Balkan country, situated in the Adriatic is incredibly beautiful and with around 290km of coastline, you will never be without a destination. The Adriatic is the name given to the northernmost area of the Mediterranean sea and it boasts over 1300 islands, many of which can be found around the coastline of Montenegro. With crystal clear waters, the Adriatic is particularly good for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Another destination for great diving is of course the Red Sea. Acting as a border between Asia and Africa, The Red Sea is a fantastic tropical sea destination with an abundance of marine life as well as coral reefs waiting to be explored. Your skipper will also know the location of a number of shipwrecks, some of which also particularly old which makes for great diving.
The Red Sea offers a lot more than diving however. The scenery is simply stunning, The Sinai Desert, where Bedouin can still be found living the same nomadic lifestyle their ancestors have lived for centuries. For a little more in the way of modern civilization, take a look at the Jordanian coast, or Aqaba in particular which is a luxury tourist development with sophistication and high-end goods on tap.
Italy offers no end of stunning sailing locations as well as chances to enjoy the world famous cuisine. Specials vary from village to village and from town to town so you can enjoy something entirely new every day. As well as the mainland and destinations such as Naples, there are various islands such as Sicily. Located in the Tyrrhenian area of the Mediterranean, Sicily literally begs to be discovered by boat. The main island has numerous towns with beautiful ports, bars and nightlife on offer but the island is surrounded by numerous islets which you don’t get to see if you take a resort based holiday.
Taking a skippered yacht means that you don’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to, just sit back and enjoy the sights, exploring as much or as little as you want.
Michael Green is a travel writer specializing in adventure travel and sailing holidays. He has written for a range of travel magazines and website and even appeared in the odd promotional video or two. He and his family enjoy the freedom that a sailing holiday brings and his often books his trips through Club La Costa where he is a member of the yacht club.