The Best Sailing Destinations For A Yacht Charter Holiday

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It’s a new year and time for new adventures. Whether you dream of relaxing on powdery white sand beaches, are looking for a family-friendly holiday or longing to experience something new and exciting, a boat holiday can fulfill your every wish and desire. At Zizoo, we’re always on the lookout for trending destinations to explore by boat. With over 11,000 boats in more than 500 destinations, choosing a location for your next sailing holiday can be daunting. Luckily, we’ve searched worldwide to find the best sailing destinations to plan a yacht charter holiday . So which top sailing destinations made the list? Read on to find out. 

The Best Sailing Destinations to Discover Around the Globe

Malta

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Malta is the perfect place for cruisers looking for crystal clear waters, ancient ruins and inspiring natural landscapes. The country has a long nautical tradition which can be dated back over 2,500 years ago when Malta’s first settlers arrived from Sicily. Today, Malta remains an incredible destination for sailors and offers picturesque beaches, intriguing coastal caves and calm, natural harbours. Begin your journey at Pietà, a lovely town close to the historic capital of Valetta, and take a tour of the 3 islands that make up the beautiful nation of Malta.

Why we love sailing in Malta: Chartering a private yacht in Malta allows you to experience some of the country’s most impressive swimming and snorkelling spots like Comino and the beaches of Gozo without the crowds that arrive in hoards on excursions. Want to learn more? Read this local’s guide to sailing in Malta

Spain

With its diverse island chains, seaside resorts, incredible beaches and vibrant coastal cities, it’s no wonder why Spain remains one of the most popular destinations for sailors in the Mediterranean. If you’ve already explored the enchanting calas and Europe’s favourite party island in the Balearics or the gorgeous natural landscapes of Costa Brava and are looking for something a little different, why not go sailing in the Canary Islands? The volcanic island chain off the coast of northwestern Africa is distinguished by its extraordinary rock formations, which offer an impressive backdrop for a sailing trip.

Why we love sailing in Spain: Perhaps the best part about planning a sailing trip in the Canary Islands is that you don’t have to wait until the summer to go because the islands enjoy pleasant temperatures all year round. Learn about Lanzarote, one of our favourite sailing destinations in the Canary Islands.

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Don’t miss your chance to sail to the Cala Romàntica and Playa Romàntica (S’Estany d’en Mas), which are located on the eastern coast of Mallorca.

Greece

Though in recent years the tourist numbers have gone down in Greece, the country remains one of the most inspiring and hospitable you’ll find in the entire world. Whether it’s island hopping in the Cyclades or a relaxed trip around the Sporades – Greece will retain it’s position on the list of best sailing destinations. Discover ancient history while sailing along the coast from Athens or spend a week meandering from island to island from your yacht charter base in Corfu. Wherever you choose to go, the charm of Greece will keep you coming back

Why we love sailing in Greece: Wherever you choose to go, the charm of Greece will keep you coming back. You will be able to explore something new every time you go back. There are many island groups to check out like the Cyclades, Dodecanese, Sporades or Ionian. Discover more about chartering a yacht in Greece.

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Seychelles

Seychelles already claimed a spot on our list of the top winter sailing destinations, but we just can’t get enough of this tropical island paradise. Made up of 115 pristine islands of remarkable beauty, charter a yacht in Seychelles. To learn more about sailing in Seychelles, check out or sailing guide or take a look at the official tourism website for more information about sailing conditions, wind patterns and moorings.

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Why we love sailing in Seychelles: The well-preserved islands, beaches and waters of Seychelles remain a haven for both aquatic and land animals as well as tropical forests, making it an ideal holiday destination for those wishing to experience nature’s beauty and diversity. The peace and unique culture of Seychelles also make it a terrific option for a romantic getaway. Anyone for a honeymoon at sea? 

Sicily

Great food, warm hospitality and towering volcanoes make Sicily one of the most interesting and best sailing destinations to plan a yacht charter holiday in 2018. The cluster of islands known as the Aeolian Islands is a must-see for nature lovers and proponents of slow travel, which has become increasingly popular on these tranquil islands. Those interested in ancient and medieval history will also find Sicily to be a great holiday destination. Visit the Greek Temple on Syracuse or the medieval town of Cefalu near Palermo. Whether you are planning a family holiday, a couples’ retreat or trip with your best friends, you’ll be sure to enjoy a week at sea in Sicily. You might even want to extend your yacht charter in Palermo to two weeks so you can include Malta in your route.

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Why we love sailing in Sicily: From natural spas to black sand beaches and top-notch seafood, there’s nothing to not to love about spending a sailing holiday in Sicily. Perhaps what attracts us the most are the Italian island’s phenomenal beaches, but it also made it on our list of must-see sailing destinations because of its long and sunny sailing season (April-October). We could easily picture ourselves enjoying the sun and warmth of Sicily this Easter – can’t you?

Croatia

With an abundance of natural and manmade beauty, gentle, crystal clear waters and steady winds that will carry you along it’s long coastline, Croatia is one of the world’s premier destinations for sailing and is constantly renamed one of the top travel destinations in Europe year after year. What’s new in Croatia this year? Well a new marina in Dubrovnik for one might interest sailors, while Croatia’s gastronomic offerings are gaining more and more attention. In fact, the restaurants, Damir & Ornella in Novigrad, and Stancija Meneghetti in Bale, are full of tradition and delicious dishes.

Why we love sailing in Croatia: Whether you are a foodie, partier, sailor or sun worshiper, Croatia has it all. So why not start planning your sailing trip next year? Learn more about sailing in Croatia in our guide and discover some of the top festivals and events in Croatia to go to while on your holiday.

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The Azores

If you haven’t yet noticed, we’ve selected this year’s best sailing destinations based on their unique and inspiring beauty and the Azores are no exception. The remote island chain, which is located over 1,300 km (850 miles) off the continental coast of Portugal, is a truly extraordinary sailing destination. In recent years, Portugal has worked to improve yachting facilities around the islands so you will be sure to find some nice little harbours to stopover for the night, a mid-afternoon swim or an excursion on land. When not sailing your chartered yacht, you could test out your surfing skills, enjoy trekking up volcanoes, relax in natural hot springs or mingle with sailors in the famous Peter Cafe Sport.

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Why we love sailing in the Azores: Discovering the Azores by boat allows you to enjoy the best views of the islands. You’ll be amazed as you sail past the towering green hills that ascend drastically up from the coastline and may be lucky enough to catch views of dolphins or humpback whales on your journey. Read our article on Sailing Holidays in the Azores to learn more about this alluring top sailing destination.

Montenegro

Montenegro, which was once a magnet for celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor who praised the country as the “St Tropez of the Adriatic”, is making a come back. The growing interest in Montenegro is amplified by its excellent wind conditions and unspoiled towns and landscapes, making it number one on our list of the top five destinations for sailing in 2017. Montenegro is peaking the interest of travellers around the world because of its lovely white beaches in Budvar, the unforgettable old town of Kotor and Sveti Nikola Island, known as the “Hawaii of Montenegro”. 

Why we love sailing in Montenegro: The picturesque country on the Adriatic coast is the ideal starting point for any sailing trip, whether it’s one a luxury yacht or more affordable vessel. You can sail past the rugged Balkan Mountains and find ideal conditions for sailing from May to October. Check out our guide and start planning your next yacht charter holiday in Montenegro.

South Africa

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Although it may be more well-known for its safaris on land, South Africa is a unique sailing destination that every sailor should experience. With more than 2,500 km (1,600 miles) of coastline, South Africa offers a large variety of sailing opportunities. When not taking in the sun and ocean breeze on your private yacht, drop anchor and explore one of South Africa’s natural wonders like the lagoons of Knysna or cruise the Zambezi River to view wildlife and see Victoria Falls. South Africa also has some great beaches and diving spots to see shipwrecks, kelp forests and tropical fish.

Why we love sailing in South Africa: South Africa is another great sailing spot for nature lovers. While sailing the ocean waters, you will most likely see dolphins whereas river cruising allows you to spot some of Africa’s most majestic animals. Plus, who doesn’t want to see penguins hopping around on Robben Island? Charter a yacht in South Africa for you next sailing holiday.

So are you ready to set sail in one of the best sailing destinations this year? Contact our team or search our fleet online to find the perfect boat for your budget, party and plans.