Sailing the Mediterranean
Great food, great wine, and a warm pleasant climate
The relaxed pace of life in the Mediterranean inspires millions of visitors to explore her shores year after year. Sailing the Mediterranean, you’ll encounter clear and cool blue waters that are ideal for sailing, swimming and snorkeling. Sailing experiences are typically in calm conditions with the occasional mistral winds that can up the ante for those in search of sailing exhilaration, speed, and spray.
Destinations Currently Available in the Mediterranean
Off the coast of eastern Spain is the Balearic Islands’ archipelago with its warm Mediterranean weather, sandy beaches and dramatic coastline. World-famous for its lively nightlife as well as its beaches with their peace and quiet.
Clear blue water, glorious beaches rimmed with palm trees, romantic island hideaways, first class cuisine and shopping, all surrounded by some of the best natural, cultural and historical sites in Europe. The playground of kings and queens—the French Riviera.
Croatia is one of Europe’s most stunning sailing grounds with more than 1,200 islands off this part of the Adriatic coast. Explore the Kornati and Krka national parks with their waterfalls, lively ports, uninhabited islands and protected coves
Corsica is the most mountainous region of the Mediterranean, and nicknamed the “scented island” because of the perfumes that fill its bush lands.
On the western end of the Azure Coast, you’ll experience inspiring sailing along some of the earliest Western trade routes. From Marseille to St. Tropez, the Iles d’Or to the Calanques – there are resplendent beaches, majestic flora, and protected aquatic wildlife.
St. Tropez has long been a favorite destination of artists, writers, and celebrities. An early trading port, it became a fashionable resort in the 18th century because of its long, golden beaches and nearby Provencal landscapes – and it still aims to please with fine French cuisine and designer shopping.
Toulon is known for its fountains and opera house. There are sheltered, sandy beaches in Mourillon, and a cable car that runs up Mt. Faron. You can visit the Museum of the French Navy, and visit the oldest resort on the French Riviera.
A must on any Cote d’Azur cruise are the Iles d’ Or. There you’ll find protected anchorages, lovely beaches with plenty of opportunities for lounging and snorkeling, and an 1837 lighthouse.
The National Park of the Calanques, created in 2012, spreads betweens the cities of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat and covers some 11,100 hectares on the ground and over 140,000 at sea.
The Balearic Islands have been made world famous by the “White Isle” of Ibiza’s hedonist summer of prestigious DJs at premium night clubs, attracting party lovers and celebrities galore. But there is much more to this archipelago than dance beats and cocktails.
The Balearic Island chain of Majorca (Mallorca), Minorca (Menorca), Ibiza and Formentera sit in the western Mediterranean. They have a rich history stretching back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Phoenicia, with traces of human habitation going back nearly 8,000 years. If you want to get away from the main crowds, there are many smaller islets to hop between, with the stand-out national park on uninhabited Cabrera.
Watch the sunset over the bay from the high point at Es Verda near Cala d’Hort, Ibiza, enjoy old Spain in the historic Port d’Alcudia, Majorca, or relax on Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, in the spring and fall. If you love wine, you can tour the vineyards where grapes have been harvested since Roman times. Keep a look out for the native tipples of Manto Negro and Callet.
If you want to explore the landscape, there are over 300 beaches across the four islands. Head to Majorca, which has mysterious caves throughout the region, including the famous “Dragon Caves” with its underground lake. Cabrera’s Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park is home to many species of seabirds and you can spot dolphins and whales around the isle.
You’ll find thousands of islands, impressive waterfalls, westerly Mistral winds, hospitable towns, clean ports and lively fishing communities in this multicultural region. Bask in a warm, Mediterranean climate and explore the Adriatic’s blue-green seas and rocky coastline with secluded coves.
We’re excited to introduce our newest Croatian base at Pula on the Istrian peninsula, a fantastic gateway to hop between islands in the Kvarner Gulf. Make for the Brijuni Islands and the Brijuni National Park, a densely wooded area that has some safari animals. Continue your adventure by sailing to Cres and Lošinj in the south where Greek myths echo among the islands’ villages of today. This is where it is believed Jason and the Argonauts took the golden fleece. Set sail for Rab to find secluded coves on the Kvarner Gulf’s most beautiful isle, or head to Pag to try the famous cheese at Kolan.
From our Zaton base, near Šibenik, you can sail up river and anchor a short walk from the impressive seven waterfalls at Krka National Park. You can also head to the Kornati National Park with its 140 uninhabited islands. It’s considered a “nautical paradise” with many reefs and inlets to explore amid calm waters. At our Trogir base, sail to Hvar for its nightlife, restaurants and beautiful inlets and coves. Or you can trace the Game of Thrones trail at the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik.
Greece, the land of sumptuous olive groves, ancient civilizations and relaxed beach life, is made up of thousands of islands grouped into families with their individual traditions, culture, and landscape. Throughout the islands in the Aegean and Ionian seas, you’ll find plenty of options when planning your charter itinerary.
Enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate and stroll pretty villages dotted with white houses against turquoise waters that shimmer under the bright sun. Sail from Athens to explore the Saronic Islands or from Lavrion to discover Santorini, Ios and Serifos. From Corfu, Lefkas and Preveza you can sail to Paxos, Zante and Kefalonia within the Ionian island chain, or make for Skiathos and onwards to the Sporades. For the Cyclades, start your charter from Paros and Mykonos, or fly to Rhodes and Kos to charter the Dodecanese Islands.
Montenegro’s mountainous 300km of rugged coastline is becoming popular among those looking to explore the Adriatic beyond Croatia. The country boasts the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Perast and Kotor, an impressive Venetian fortress with a steep hike and fantastic view across the bay. Discover Herceg Novi’s 14th century old town or Dobrec’s pebble beach, which is only accessible by boat. At Budva enjoy a party atmosphere at Ploce beach, or go for an early morning swim at Mogren beach to avoid the crowds. Hop to the island of Katič for diving, explore the fort on Mamula, or find isolation at uninhabited Stari Ulcinj.
Sometimes called a mini-continent, Corsica has 385 miles of coastline, more than 200 divine beaches, bountiful nature reserves, and stunning mountain retreats. A gentle Mediterranean climate has promoted rich evergreen forests, and protects a wide variety of bird species. Several endangered animals thrive in the southern alpine mountains of snow-capped glaciers, and the Scandola Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site
With one of Europe’s finest hiking trails, 40 varieties of orchids, rare lichens and mosses, and wonderful cuisine, visitors to Corsica may be tempted to stay on land – but there is a vital water culture as well. Swim, dive, or paraglide. Visit the whale and dolphin sanctuaries that surround the islands. Explore the sea caves near Bonifacio or do some sea fishing. It’s all right here on Corsica, which the Greeks called “Kalliste” – the Beautiful Island.