One of the most popular and beautiful locations is to spend your holiday is in the Mediterranean. Find holiday homes in the Greek Islands and experience the incredible sunsets every evening. Estimated to have between 1200 and 6000 islands, you will never run out of spots to explore. In addition, many companies offer “flotillas”. This allows you to steer your own boat individually but as part of a larger group following an experienced crew, enabling you to learn new skills, gain sailing knowledge and meet new people.
Other popular locations to stay and sail include the French Riviera. This romantic and beautiful Mediterranean coastline offers virtually everything you could ask for, from secluded beaches to rocky inlets and cosmopolitan cities to explore, with the likes of Cannes and Nice spread along the shoreline.
Perhaps a more thrifty choice for your sailing holiday would be Croatia. Stay in a Croatian holiday apartment or home and explore the Dalmatian coastline, offering endless sunshine, unspoilt beaches and charming cities. Visit Dubrovnik, the “pearl of the Adriatic” - a medieval, red-roofed city set on the coast, filled with enchanting architecture and set in the foreground of the Dinaric Alps. Spend time in Hvar, a Croatian island located off the Dalmatian Coast and one of the most popular areas in the country with its bustling Gothic town centre and crystal clear waters, it is not hard to see why Croatia has become a favourite for many.
Travel further afield to experience a range of sailing environments. Across the USA, the “Sunshine State” is highly recommended for a break by the sea. Rent holiday accommodation in Florida and enjoy the clear, peaceful waters of Sanibel Island from the comfort of your boat. Alternatively, areas off the coast of Morocco like Tangier have numerous companies offering boat and yacht rental, as well as charters.
You don't necessarily need to visit the coast to enjoy sitting on a boat, and many lakes in the UK are suitable and easily accessible, meaning a short weekend trip or overnight getaway are possible. Less than an hour's drive from Glasgow lies Loch Lomond, the largest inland stretch of water in the UK, offering a large sailing area for you to enjoy. With over 30 islands and countless inlets, you will never run out of places to explore on Loch Lomond. Holidays in the Lake District is also a popular choice. Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, is a popular spot for sailing holidays in the UK and is set in the heart of the national park. Windermere offers the possibility to hire dinghies and yachts, as well as courses for beginners. The lake is home to The Lake District Boat Club, aimed at families and open to all boat users on the lake. This could be an ideal location to make new friends with similar interests.
If you are looking for a more tropical destination, holidays in Lake Como are popular. Bursting with history, culture and heritage, Lake Como is set in the foreground of the Grigna Mountains in Italy. As one of the largest lakes in Italy, spend the day on motor boats, yachts or dinghies. Whilst there, perhaps try your hand at other water sports like windsurfing or kite-surfing whilst surrounded by the breathtaking landscape and wildlife. Ultimately, wherever you plan to spend your boating holiday, you can be sure that you will return with only happy memories.
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