Although it may not seem like spring is in the air in your corner of the world, now is the time to book your spring sailing holiday in the Eastern Med! If you’re able to go on slightly shorter notice there are a number of charters available at deep discounts. We’ll tell you where to go and what to see.
The Ionian Sea in Greece
If you’re looking for a quintessentially Mediterranean experience, sailing in the Ionian ticks off all the marks. It’s a place for experienced and amateur sailors alike; its calm, clear waters are wonderful for first-time charterers and it’s also a popular flotilla destination. With short, relaxed passages, it is easy to navigate and has gorgeous springtime winds and temperatures.
Don’t miss the Emerald Bay in Anti-Paxos and the picturesque harbor of Petriti on the south coast of Corfu.
Although it’s not a very well-known holiday destination outside of Europe, Croatia has long been a getaway for European aristocrats. It’s gorgeous coastlines and cosmopolitan atmosphere make for a wonderful cultural experience, while its mild temperatures and steady winds make for good sailing particularly from May to October. Zadar itself is over 3,000 years old, with Romanesque churches and other historical landmarks.
Just 15 miles from Zadar are the Kornati Islands; a National Park with over 89 islands to explore. It offers picturesque coves to stop in, as well as good snorkeling in clear waters. As the islands are quite rocky there are no permanent settlers, just pristine wildlife to enjoy.
Turkey offers warm weather, pretty sailing conditions and great culture to explore. When chartering a yacht from Bodrum you can spend pleasant days sailing in the Gulf of Gokova or sail south to the Gulf of Datca. Gokova features pine forests and secluded moorings, while Datca has the famous remote cove of Knidos. Here to can venture ashore to see the amphitheatre and ancient ruins.
With predictable winds and crystalline waters Bodrum is an excellent choice for sailing in the Eastern Med. It also lets you get off the beaten track a bit.
These are just three beautiful places for a spring sailing adventure in the Med. Greece, Croatia and Turkey also offer many other regions to explore, depending on your goals for the trip. You’ll also find varying levels of difficulty, whether you prefer to join a flotilla and enjoy smooth sailing or are looking to challenge your skills with longer passages and stronger winds.
Do keep in mind that many places in the Med require a sailing certificate or accreditation. Croatia, for example, asks skippers to present an RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate or RYA ICC qualification, or an ASA or USSA equivalent.
You may also want to brush up on your Mediterranean mooring skills, in which you will reverse into the slip. You can practice in advance in a less confined space. You will often find helpful people on shore to guide you in as well.
Enjoy sailing in the Mediterranean this spring!