Finally it’s spring and it’s sailing time!
Sailing gives you the opportunity to admire islands and coastlines from a different perspective and to discover fascinating places. Furthermore, by boat you can reach places that you cannot reach on foot or by car, such as lonely beaches and marine caves.
But what are the best places for sailing? We have considered all My Rental Homes destinations and this is our selection. Here are the most beautiful sailing destinations in Europe.
The Amalfi Coast is wonderful! Why? The main reasons are the enchanting coastal villages perched on the hills, the wonderful sea, the interesting traditions and the tasty food.
Indeed, the whole area is excellent for sailing, including the Bay of Naples and the Sorrento Peninsula.
Here you can admire the islands of Ischia and Capri with Faraglioni, 3 imposing stacks rising from the sea, or explore the Punta Campanella nature reserve.
Plus, there are plenty of lovely beaches. Each town has at least one main beach, equipped and usually quite crowded, but in the surroundings you can find wild coves where you can relax.
And then, don’t forget to visit some sea caves. The most famous is the Blue Grotto, so called for the incredible light effects: it seems that the sea is illuminated from below.
Being the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is inevitably one of the best sailing destinations in Italy and Europe.
To the north east, not far from Messina, are the Aeolian Islands. These are seven subtropical volcanic islands surrounded by countless islets. The most famous is Stromboli, the lighthouse of the Mediterranean, which is an active volcano 924 m (3,032 ft) high. Then there is Alicudi, a small island inhabited by only 100 people but tremendously beautiful and wild.
To the west, in front of Marsala, are the Egadi Islands: Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. Here you will find lovely Mediterranean villages, unforgettable beaches such as Cala Rossa or Cala Azzurra in Favignana, sea caves and a perfect sea for snorkeling.
THE BALEARIC ISLANDS
When it comes to sailing in Spain, the Balearic Islands are the best place.
These are an archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, very beautiful and also popular. Each island has its own personality.
Ibiza is famous for the parties, the hippy atmosphere and the breathtaking views. Sailing around the island is particularly satisfying because there are no dangers, the water is always calm and the sun shines 300 days a year.
Formentera is also great for the nightlife, the white beaches and the crystal clear sea. As it is smaller than Ibiza it is also easier to organize a boat tour to discover all the best beaches, from the most famous ones, such as Illetes or Cala Saona, to the small lonely coves.
Instead, Mallorca is the right island for those looking for culture and sport. Here there are towns with a long history, but also mountains marked by trekking routes and mysterious underground caves. Obviously, there is no shortage of crowded white beaches or small hidden coves. And the sea is always fantastic.
On the other hand, Menorca is less famous than the previous islands. Yet, it is wonderful, precisely because it is the only Balearic island that resists the mass tourism. In addition to the naturalistic attractions, Menorca has a remarkable archaeological heritage of 500 ancient megaliths.
With more than 6000 islands, Greece should deserve an article of its own.
Among the most beautiful sailing destinations in Greece are the Ionian Islands: Corfu, Paxos, Lefkàda, Ithaca, Cefalonia, Zakynthos, Cythera.
Some examples of what to see on a boat tour? Well, Corfu is large and full of places to explore. Zakynthos is famous for Navagio Beach, the beach of a ship wreck. And Kefalonia has sandy bays and dry, steep landscapes.
Then, there are the Cyclades. There are about 220 islands, and the most famous are Santorini and Mykonos.
Santorini, with its caldera, offers views that you will not find anywhere else. Moreover, it is the right place to admire the most beautiful sunsets of your life! Mykonos, with its windmills, is great if you are looking for a Greek island that combines beautiful beaches and nightlife.
Island hopping around these island is the best way to explore their coats and beaches. Wherever you decide to go, You will enjoy a lot of postcard-like views of white-washed villages and turquoise sea.