We usually associate traveling with flights followed by drives. Sailing is a very different experience.Only a small number of people can get on the boat at a time. So, that allows you privacy and peace. You will cherish your time away from the urban commotion.
The sound of the wind filling the sails, the water flowing past the boat can be quite relaxing. In a way,you are more connected to nature when sailing.
Here’s our list of the most beautiful destinations in Europe:
- The Dorset and East Devon Coast, England
It is not known for its weather, but it is pretty enough to make it to this list. The star attraction is the rock formations that date back to 185 million years. You should set sail from Weymouth and halt at pretty coastal towns along the way.
You must visit Lundy Island, which is considered to be Britain’s Galapagos. You should try your hand at fossil collection in Charmouth.
- Balearic Islands, Spain
The Balearic Islands of Formentera, Ibiza, Majorca, and Minorca are famous all over the world as party destinations. But they also make for beautiful sailing destinations.
The climate here is mild all year long. You can enjoy quality time at the hidden bays and white sand beaches.
Do visit the lively Balearic capital of Palma de Mallorca. You must try as much scrumptious Mediterranean cuisine as you can.
- The French Riviera, France
The French Riviera is part of the touristy South France. It is known for its coast side landscapes of warm sunshine, crystal-clear waters, and bright properties.
You can rent a boat at the French Riviera and sail across Saint Tropez, Cannes, and Nice. You may want to put on your best set of clothing to feel part of the surroundings. Don’t be surprised if you spot some celebrities in your time here.
- Corsica, France
While popular parts of France welcome a large number of tourists, Corsica is far away from all the crowd and ruckus. That is why life goes on at a comfortable pace in Corsica.
You must visit Ajaccio and Calvi. You can also spend some quality time at the harbor of Bonifacio and the Gulf of Girolata.
You will love the climate of Corsica. You should spend some time lazing on the unspoiled beaches and exploring hidden bays.
- The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
The Dalmatian Coast is characterized by stunning beaches and an orthodox way of living. You can expect classic fishing villages and many hidden coves.
You cannot visit most of these innumerable islands. The ones you can visit are unique. You must visit Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula, and Split. Make sure you visit the blue cave of Biševo in Vis.
You will come across amazing spots for swimming, historic towns, sensational waterfalls, and peaceful forests. You must try the food and wine here.
- Azores, Portugal
You can island hop between these islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Start from Horta. These volcanic islands are known for their abundant vegetation and hot springs.
In the Azores, you will never experience a need to rush things as there are no crowds. You must try the delectable traditional local dishes like Cozido de Furnas, tropical fruits, and local wine. You may come across some of the 25 different species of whales if you are lucky.
- Sporades Islands, Greece
The Sporades islands are not quite famous. So, with fewer people around you can enjoy some private time here. You must visit the lovely island of Skopelos and the party island of Skiathos.
The Sporades Islands are known for their clean green-blue waters and the conventional way of living. These islands have so much greenery that they are known as the Emerald of the Aegean.
You must try lip-smacking local dishes like Astakomakaronada, Skopelitikitiropita, Fouskakia, Tonos Alonnissou, and Hamalia.
- Ionian Islands, Greece
The Ionian Islands are arguably the best sailing destination in the world. You should start your journey at Corfu. Then sail your way through the turquoise waters. Make halts at each of the seven large islands. Among the smaller islands, Paxoi and Antipaxoi are worth a halt.
At all these halts you will come across ancient olive groves, scenic lagoons, gorgeous sea caves, white-washed villages, and pebble beaches. You must try delicious dishes at the tavernas. Some of the must-try dishes are Horiatiki (Greek Salad), Moussaka, and dishes made from fresh fishes.
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