Is It Better to Sail in Italy or France?

To sail in Italy or to sail in France? Italy is one of top tourist destinations in the world and a popular yacht charter spot. Sail in Italy and discover its charming coastal villages, glamourous stretches of coast, rugged islands. Italy also boasts world famous cuisine, friendly people,and historical monuments.

Italy's sailing hot spots include the areas around Naples, the Tuscan Islands, Sardinia, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast.

Italy's west side is generally considered to offer better sailing experience than its Adriatic coast. However, though beautiful, Italy's west coast gets very crowded during high season and marinas can get quite expensive. With the high mooring prices, sailing in Italy is often spoilt by hot and windless days.

France has a long sailing history that makes it one of the leading nations in the world for sailing. France also has one of the leading yacht charter industries. The hottest sailing spot in France is without a doubt the French Riviera. This stretch of coast along the Mediterranean provides elegant surroundings in a chic atmosphere. Visitors can choose between the towns of Marseilles, Monaco, Nice and Cannes or the villages of Beaulieu, Menton, St Tropez, Hyeres or St Jean Cap Ferrat.

Southern France features a lot more than just the Cote d'Azur. There are the long drawn sandy beaches of the Camargue west of Toulon, which are only limited by the Pyrenees. Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Levant are among the most beautiful sailing areas of the estuary France. The cool wind often blows from the Rhone valley and during summer it grow to a gale and coat the Gulf de Lion with white waves, which sometimes reach the 100 sea miles distant Corsica.

The Cote d'Azur is known as being ideal for the family crew or the less experienced sailors. The more experienced crews should rather spent their time in the western part of southern France.