If you’re dreaming of a luxurious getaway, the wind in your hair and nothing but clear blue seas for miles around you, why not consider a yachting trip? Some of the most beautiful locations in the world are easily navigable by sea and we have narrowed down the five best places to go for the trip of a lifetime. Don’t forget to apply for your EHIC card online before your trip, just in case you run into trouble at sea. Without any further ado, here are our top picks.
Croatia is definitely an up-and-coming tourist destination, offering the best of a European break without the eye-watering prices that you’ll find in hotspots like Spain and Italy. The stunning Adriatic Sea encompasses some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, and there are over 1,000 islands to explore. The waters are often gentle and throughout the summer the weather is almost always good, with temperatures rising to an average of 24˚C. What’s not to love? Take a luxurious yachting trip from island to island and stop over at some of the post-card perfect beaches and traditional sailing towns, like Hvar to name just one of many.
The tropical paradise of Thailand is attracting dozens of adventurers and beach-lovers alike every year. The miles of coastline and remote islands offer plenty of sailing opportunities. Phucket, known as the Peal of the Anadam, is one of the most popular regions for a sailing holiday due to its endless white sandy beaches and sparkling waters. Drop your anchor and explore a deserted beach or go snorkeling in the clear blue seas. At night you could head to some of the popular party spots for dinner and drinks or keep things relaxed in a luxurious resort.
The Balearic Islands offer both popular party destinations and virgin islands, ideal for any holidaymaker. Experience Spain from a different perspective by embarking on a yachting holiday here - it’s one of the best sailing destinations in the Mediterranean as there’s so much to do and see. When you’re tired of sailing and swimming, moor up at one of the islands – how about Menorca or Ibiza? – indulge in tapas, or head straight out to do some traditional flamenco dancing.
The Greek islands offer both an affordable and exciting destination for a yachting trip. The cost of food, drinks and even accommodation has fallen across Greece following the country’s recent economic crisis. However, that doesn’t mean the area is any less beautiful. There are over 6,000 islands in Greece, meaning that you’ll be spoilt for choice as you undergo your island-hopping adventure. Why not start with some of the luxurious destinations like Santorini and move on to the more traditional white-washed villages such as Paros? You’re sure to have a holiday that offers both culture and relaxation in Greece.
If you have cash to splash, a trip to the Caribbean could be the perfect summer holiday. The British Virgin Islands are part of a volcanic archipelago in the region, made up of more than 50 islands. The main island, Tortola, is known as the top sailing destination for tourists – think lush mountains and secluded sandy bays, and if you’re interested in water sports or fishing, you’re in luck - there’s an abundance of surfing schools and game fishing opportunities. If not, no reason to worry! You can spend your days soaking up the long hours of sunshine or learning about Tortola’s interesting history.