With over 70% of the world covered with oceans, just think of the countless number of bays, coves, islands, and inlets waiting to be discovered. Quaint little towns, hidden beaches, untouched nature… A sailing holiday is a perfect way to discover just that! Below, we will discuss 5 islands that you can and should visit on a yacht vacation.
Hydra Island – Greece
The most amazing thing about this charming island is that it lies within close range to the capital city of Greece, Athens, and takes just 2 hours on the ferry to reach. One of the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands, Hydra has a population of just 2,000 people and surprisingly no motor vehicles are allowed on the island. Here, transportation is provided by bicycle or donkey. The island’s social and economic structure lies predominantly around the coast, with shops, cafes, and markets all around this area. Widely considered one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Hydra is the perfect place to spend a delightful holiday, enjoying the laid-back vibe, the beautiful beaches, and the crystal clear seas. For those interested in a yacht charter in Greece, make sure to add Hydra to the route.
Antipaxos – Greece
Famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, Antipaxos is one of the Ionian Islands, located about 15 kilometers away from Corfu and just 20 km from the Greek mainland. With dazzling aquamarine waters, this island boasts tons of remarkable hidden bays and stunning beaches with bright white sand. It is also known especially for the peace and quiet and you can revel in nature here, and enjoy the pine and olive tree-covered hills. If you are looking for a little more entertainment you can enjoy the charming cafes and restaurants around the harbor area. So if you are planning a yacht vacation in the Greek Islands, we recommend Antipaxos be first on your list.
Porquerolles – France
Porquerolles Island is the best known of the Îles d’Hyères, a group of 4 Mediterranean Islands just off the French Riviera, often called the true jewels of the French coastline. Boasting incredible nature, thanks to serious conservation efforts of the National Park of the Island, motor vehicles are completely forbidden here. The island is, however, known to be a popular spot for cycling tours. A true piece of paradise, here you can enjoy pristine nature with fine sandy beaches, little coves with dazzling turquoise water, and hills and cliffs covered with fragrant pine forests. The locals of the island are also known to produce world-famous wines on these lands, so make sure you give them a try while here! Indulge in nature and try out open-air activities like hiking, trekking, cycling, and surfing at the beaches. If you are looking for a yacht charter in France this year, make sure to add this charming island to your route.
Stromboli – Italy
Fondly known as the “lighthouse of the Mediterranean”, Stromboli is a small island located just off the coast of Italy. In actual fact, the island was formed as the result of a volcano eruption, and remains even today as one of the most active volcanoes in the world! Mount Stromboli has been in almost continuous eruption for an estimated 5,000 years. The island is a true natural wonder, and you can embark on a 3-hour hike to the edge of the crater and revel in the breathtaking views. This is without a doubt the most popular spot for a sailing holiday in Italy.
Mljet – Croatia
The southernmost and easternmost island of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatia region of Croatia, Mljet is a popular destination on sailing holidays. It is one of Croatia’s greenest islands and nature lovers should surely put this on their itinerary. Thickly forested and boasting a gentle sandy shoreline, dazzlingly clear waters, and lots of underwater life, Mljet is a must-see. If you are planning a yacht vacation in Croatia this year, don’t miss this spot.
You can visit all of the islands mentioned above on a sailing holiday. These islands are world-renowned for their pristine nature and attract visitors all throughout the year. To plan your yacht vacation, head to viravira.co or contact us at +90 850 433 90 70.