During your next vacation, let the deep blue water guide you to new and unexplored places. If you like sailing through the vast open waters of the ocean, then this is the perfect vacation experience for you. Being on the ocean or the sea is a feeling like no other. The moment you set your foot off of the pier, you detach yourself from the chaos of the land and venture out into the turquoise tranquil vastness, and let it sway you in its loving arms. So the next time you are planning to go on a vacation with your family or friends, do yourself a favour and try out a yacht charter. You can be sure to sail away from your worries as you embark on your voyage through the water, even if it is only for a few fleeting moments.
Grab your sailing jackets because here are five of the best places to explore by chartering a yacht.
Apart from being the birthplace of Don Veto Corleone, the land of great gastronomic delights and the best wine, Sicily is also famous for the Mediterranean Sea. The largest Island of Italy, Sicily (25,706 sq. km) is also the biggest on the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily could be called the ‘destinazione preferita’ for the conquerors. It had been invaded a number of times throughout history, making it a melting pot of culture and architecture. Before you set foot on your yacht though, it is recommended that you explore the port city of Palermo, which is more than 2,700 years old! There so many beautiful sites here which you can check out, that not exploring this city will be a shame.
Once you are on your charter, about 13 nautical miles from the coast of Palermo, Sicily, you will encounter the majestic volcanic islands on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian Islands. The black beaches of these islands, a result of volcanic activity, are a thing of beauty. The pristine waters around the islands are akin to the Bahamas. Usually lightly populated, the islands are not known for foreign tourist. Italians have been going there for ages, but it was only until recent times that the rest of the world got wind of the Aeolian Islands. Before you decide to embark on the journey thought, acquaint yourself with the sailing laws.
If you think the Balearic Islands are all about night long parties in Ibiza then you seriously need to think again. The land of forever summer offers some really neat out of the way sailing destinations. From Formentera’s serene white sand beaches to the national park of Cabrera, where you need to be careful about putting you anchor down because it is illegal, Spain has to be one of the loveliest places to charter a yacht. All four of the Balearic’s biggest, Formentera, Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza, have distinct features and will provide one of a kind experiences. The islands have signs of habitation dating back almost 8,000 years. They are as old as the Greeks and Phoenicians.
Sailing along the Spanish coast offers two varied experiences, the seclusion of Cabrera on hand and catering to the party animal inside of you in Ibiza on the other. Of course everything else in between. Know about Spain’s nautical recreational qualifications beforehand to avoid later hassles. You can also head over to Andalusia and explore various historic sites, gorgeous yet quiet towns and cities and some of the best beaches in Spain, if you want to move a little bit away from the crowd.
Over 1,000 islands! That’s right. Croatia is a downright paradise with more than 1,000 islands to boast of. It is safe to say that you cannot possibly see everything in one go so you will have to come back for more. Although they are mostly very small in size but needless to say all of them have quite the character. It is a jewel, tucked away carefully in the arms of the Mediterranean. Croatia is an example of how the old has merged and become one with the new. The 21st-century marina sits right next to really old quays and the marketplaces coexist alongside supermarkets. It is an amalgamation of the past and the present unlike anywhere else.
In Croatia, the breeze is really mild and predictable and only in the afternoon reaches speeds that can be called thrilling. Croatia does enforce marina and port fees and has various sailing laws but the authorities are always there to help out. The rugged and almost uninhabited Dalmatian Islands complement and contradict the lively aura of the Kornati Islands. So take your pick and grab a boat!
Ahmet Davutoglu had once said, “Turkey is a European country and Asian country, a Middle Eastern country, Balkan Country, Caucasian country, neighbour to Africa, Black Sea country, Caspian Sea country, all these”. That is its reality. Turkey, a country rich in history, shares its geography and culture with both Europe and Asia. The easy breezy climate makes it ideal for a laid-back charter sail. The best places to be in nation Carian and the Lycian coasts. The azure bays, the still alcoves and anchorages will render you speechless. The inviting, bustling and vibrant bazaars will peak your senses and fill you with awe. Also, by all means, don’t forget to try some Turkish delicacies.
The Turkish sailing laws have gone through considerable changes in recent time so be sure to check them out.
The ancient country of Greece boasts of about 3,000 islands. It is perhaps one of the best places on the planet to charter a yacht. The Breathtaking landscapes, an old culture and famous archaeological sites are what gives this place its astounding character. Crete, Santorini and Mykonos are but only a few of the islands that you can explore and absorb their distinctive personalities. Be sure to get acquainted with the sailing laws before you start your journey.
If you want incomparable Greek nourishments then head straight to Crete. Along with the great food, you can find archaeological sites, which are essentially small pockets of time, in case you want to travel back centuries. Mykonos is for the party animal in you, but don’t go in the day, that is if don’t want to be sitting in a car for hours, waiting for the traffic to move. Be sure to end in Santorini when the sun sets. The receding light from our very own helium giant is sure to take your breath away, as it hits the white houses and the hillsides. Set your sail under the Mediterranean sun and go back with a smile on your face.