Whether you’re a competitive sailor or a casual holidaymaker; whether you prefer a yacht or just a little dinghy; and whether you’re after a weekend jaunt or the trip of a lifetime, there will be a sailing destination in Europe that’s perfect for you. Due to the variety of country and coastline to be found in Europe, you’re in for a real treat wherever you choose to go. Here, we’ve put together a list of the very best sailing destinations in Europe and a few suggestions of what to do when you get there.
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We start off with one of the most iconic coastlines on the planet: the French Riviera. Hugging the Mediterranean coastline in the south of France, this beautiful part of the world has a reputation for being full of sunshine, glamour and celebrity. You can soak up the sun on the beach at Saint-Tropez, enjoy the cool of the evening in stylish Cannes and revel in the glitz and sparkle of Monaco. Fans of this place in the past have included Queen Victoria, Picasso, Brigitte Bardot and Elton John.
If you really want to get into character, then make sure you hire a smart yacht for this trip. It is famously a gathering place for the rich and famous to show off their sleek vessels and splash some cash around. Also, if you head out for a night on the town then be sure to don your glad rags; alternatively, cosy up on board and access the city-state’s favourite pastimes through online platforms like RightNow Media and Sky Casino, all without leaving the comfort of your cabin.
Whether you choose home comforts or venture further afield, you’re bound to enjoy your time in this unique and charming place.
West Coast of Scotland
Not the most obvious sailing destination, but one that demands to be taken notice of, is the west coast of Scotland. Island hopping here is a challenging yet rewarding activity, which can be suited to beginners and experienced sailors alike depending on the route taken and the time of year. Islands such as Arran (of wool fame), Islay, Jura, Iona, Skye and Mull all have their own tale to tell and, fortuitously, also distil their own whiskies. There’s nothing quite like a wee dram to take the edge off at the end of a hard day’s sailing.
It goes without saying but, whatever time of year you take on this challenge, be prepared for some wild weather and pack plenty of warm clothing. Though this part of the world does benefit from some summer sunshine, it’s certainly better to be safe than sorry as there’s no guarantee of temperatures above freezing whilst you’re out on the water.
If you’re in the market for a real adventure, though, you can’t go far wrong with this rugged yet lovely landscape.
Staying with our theme of majestic landscapes, sailing through the fjords of Norway makes for a truly memorable trip. This unique way of exploring the Scandinavian country is the stuff that dreams are made of and a holiday that very few people will ever get to experience. You’ll find that winding your way among the imposing mountains, across the calm blue waters, and marvelling at the lush green country all around you will bring peace of mind and a deep sense of serenity.
You can get even closer to nature by kayaking out to the smaller islands located in the shelter of some of the fjords, and even venturing along some of the local canals. Whilst this is not the most hair-raising of adventures to go on, it certainly packs a punch in terms of exploration and wonderment. You can make your journey as long or as short as you like, as it’s possible to decide to visit simpler one or two fjords, or every one that is currently accessible to sailing vessels. You’re sure to harbour a newfound love for this rare and magnificent land, with its mystical waterfalls, picture perfect settlements and wild beauty.
Of course, there are many other fantastic sailing destinations to be found within Europe, but we hope that these suggestions get your imagination fired up and ready to explore what else is out there. Whether this will be your first time on a sailing holiday or you’re an old hand, there is so much out there to explore, you’ll never run short of ideas. The best advice is simply to go with the flow and see what you can make of a new destination; after all, it’s impossible to plan such a trip perfectly so it’s best to allow some room for flexibility. There’s where the best adventures can be found!