Now that the world is back open and waiting for us to take the opportunity to get the travel urge back in the system, how do you feel about setting a course for an exciting destination?

From the many motor-power catamarans that sit in the marinas of the Mediterranean, to the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas during the summer, a playground of European locales await any sailor; budding or well travelled. 

Therefore, let me help you set sail and let you in on the places of Europe that are a paradise for any sailor to plan a visit to next year. 

The Greek Isles:

If you’re looking for a picturesque paradise for sailing, you can’t go any better than the Greek Islands during Europe’s summer months. 

From Santorini to Mykonos, you can find the nicest beaches as well as fabulous food and wonderful people. 

However, the smaller islands, such as Sifnos, Seriphos and Syros give you a more local experience. You also have the opportunity of true local Greek guides and intimate tavernas and hospitality.  Just make sure to brush up on the language first, as being more local, not everything is translated. 


While, on a map, it may look like the pebble that the ‘boot’ of Italy is kicking into the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is, in fact, the largest island in these European waters.

As an island that is well known for its calm atmosphere, gorgeous waters and beautiful beaches for which to dock your boat, this island with its rich landscape is a terrific sailing holiday destination. 

Whether you want to view the glory of Mount Etna, Sicily’s volcanic spice in its fruitful and bountiful terrain, or do a round trip from Palermo to Messina, this Mediterranean isle has historical riches to explore, as well as stunning nature on both land and sea. 


One would understand that not many travellers may think of Croatia as their first stop when thinking of a European destination. However, as a jewel of the Adriatic Sea, when wanting a sailing experience, you couldn’t find a better gem. 

While sailing from Dubrovnik to Split, you may find yourself slipping back in time. With cities built upon ancient ruins, and cobblestone streets, making port in this region will not leave you disappointed.

You will find your best sailing time is around April to June, as well as late September to October, where you can explore the Dalmatian islands (and no, it’s not an archipelago full of spotty dogs)  


If you’re a fan of sand and sun, when it comes to Europe, many people flock to get the best of both worlds, where you get the Mediterranean and the Alps. 

That of which I speak is that of the French Riviera and Cote d’Azur (Coast of Azure).

This is the perfect trip for someone who wants to take things at a relaxed pace.


While this is very much a touristy route, especially with the stereotype that Brits flock over to Ibiza during June to September, you can still find some quiet sailing if this is more your style. 

The Balearic Islands, consisting of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera are all a perfect spot if you want to moor the boat offshore and set up a hammock on the beach.

Norwegian Fjords:

If you want the feeling of being in a Nordic fantasy, the glaciers and fjords of the Norwegian Coast might be just the Valhalla you’ve been dreaming of. 

This majestic landscape, with a backdrop of rugged mountains and farmland, will make you feel like you’re in a Viking adventure. 

You may find Freyja’s beauty among the many glaciers and terrain as you sail the deep waters. 


Therefore, whether you choose to take a summer holiday and enjoy the Southern Alps of France or go further north and enter into the realm of the Nordic gods, I hope you make a new discovery around every corner that the winds take you. 

May you have safe travels and Bon Voyage!

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