The Mediterranean Sea is a treasure chest when it comes to places attractive for sailing. Cruisers of many international cruise companies crisscross the “Roman Lake,” how the Romans used to call the Mediterranean, all the time. Many yachts and boats follow their example, and you can find many of them anchored by attractive beaches and in secluded coves. Still, the question remains where you need to go to find the best sailing in the Mediterranean? Let’s see.
Spain has a long Mediterranean coastline, dotted with beautiful beaches and big towns, such as Barcelona and Valencia. Mountains overshadow many of them, allowing you to enjoy the magnificent scenery as you sail. The islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza offer interesting island-hopping opportunities. For something really unique, though, navigate through Gibraltar, edged by The Rock promontory on the European side of the strait.
Italy features a long coastline and a few islands where history used to unfold. Sailing around Sicily takes you near the remains of the Greek rule during ancient times and some jewels of nature, such as Scala dei Turchi. Sail through the Strait of Messina, flanked by mountains, to get from the Tyrrhenian to the Ionian Sea.
Croatia’s rugged coastline and numerous islands make this country popular among the sailors. Every island and city along the way tells a story of its own. From Dubrovnik, the “Kings Landing” in the Game of Thrones, to Rovinj, a charming town influenced by Venice in the past, you will discover medieval forts, promenades and beaches in the shadow of mountains.
Greece, however, wears the crown when it comes to the best sailing destination in the Mediterranean. It has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean region that abounds with legendary places and otherworldly beaches. An abundance of islands makes Greece one of the best places in the world for island hopping. One day, you can enjoy the nightlife on Mykonos, and admire the unforgettable sunset on Santorini the next.
Anchor next to the celebrated Navagio Beach on Zakynthos, tour medieval strongholds on Corfu, or sail around worldwide-famous Mount Athos in Halkidiki.