Top 10 Sailing Destinations

The notorious question! What is the best sailing destination in the world? Well, to be honest, we don't know. It may seem odd that we don't know because we're supposed to know these kind of things. In our opinion, this question is impossible to answer. There is no best sailing destination in the world! So we can only offer you a list of top 10 sailing destinations and you decide which one you like best. And next logical thing - go sailing there!

Top 10 Sailing Destinations


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Greece has an indented coast that boasts with thousands of islands ideal for sailing short distances. The warm Mediterranean climate will make you want to stay on sandy beaches forever. Explore sailing Greece oportunities and find your perfect sailing region.

Since Greece has one of the biggest yacht charter fleet in the world, you will have plenty of choice to spend your holidays on a perfect boat. Choose from monohulls, catamarans, motor yachts and gulets, as well as from bareboat, skippered and fully-crewed vessels.

Sail in the most popular Corfu, Lefkas and Cyclades regions. See the centuries-old Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens or party on Santorini and Mykonos. Greece is definitely one of top 10 sailing destinations in the world!


sailing holidays in Croatia

One of Mediterranean's hidden gems. Sailing in Croatia with more than a thousand islands is a sailor's paradise. Its southern coasts are especially interesting. Featuring the ancient Greek port of Trogir or the beautiful city of Split. Split region is also infamous among sailors for the largest yacht charter fleet in Croatia.

The Dalmatian Coast boasts the barren and isolated Kornati archipelago and other islands with centuries of history. Korčula, Hvar or Brač, with the 'Golden Cape/Horn' beach that many consider to be the most beautiful in the whole country.

For those who prefer peace and quiet, there are plenty of other beaches without anything that might spoil the view. Hidden coves, and rocky platforms. You can't find a place in Croatia that you wouln't love. For sure one of the tope 10 sailing destinations in the world!


Top 10 Sailing Destinations: Italy

When sailing in Italy explore Sardinia, Sicily and Tuscany which will amaze you with its beautiful landscapes. Sailors love this part of the Mediterranean by some of the most famous beaches in the world, secluded anchorages and quiet fishing villages.

Have a taste of Italian ice cream (gelato), pizza and pasta joined with a glass of fine wine or coffee.

The French Riviera

Top 10 Sailing Destinations: The French Riviera

Charter a yacht in France and explore the French Riviera which manages to combine both the unspoilt islands, rugged inlets and fine beaches with the large cosmopolitan resorts of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo.

However, the French Riviera has a completely another side to the coastline entirely down at the islands of Port Cros and Porquerolles where people go to escape. Port Cros resembles a French Caribbean port with it's relaxing atmosphere and palm trees.

You can also after embarking on the Riviera, go to Corsica or head off into Italy along the Ligurian coast to Portofino.

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Top 10 Sailing Destinations: Turkey

Turkey is a popular sailing destination that has been a crossroads of European and Oriental ways of life. As such is often described as an open-air museum, so if you are sailing, there is plenty to do and see. Turkey has over 8,300 kilometers of coastline along the four seas with multitude of eye-catching coves, inlets, bays and beaches, as well as a large number of quality marinas.

The British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

Sailing the British Virgin Islands in trully unique experience. Tortola as a yacht charter destination comes as no surprise due to its white powdery sandy beaches, sheltered yacht filled harbor and lush green mountains. The astonishing beauty of Tortola is only enhanced by coral reefs, flood caves and stone formations. Tortola is also a perfect sailing destination due to the protecting effect the surrounding islands provide to it which in turn results to calm seas.

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands

The Canaries have been a popular tourist destination ever since Columbus arrived here before setting sail to discover the New World. Sailing industry has boomed quickly and there is the ever increasing number of charter yachts either based in the Canary islands or just visiting marinas.

This archipelago is an autonomous region of Spain. It is divided into two provinces of Gran Canaria with the islands Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; and Tenerife consisting of the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. The Canary Islands have lovely, sheltered marinas and boast excellent beaches.



Montenegro is a small Adriatic country that offers a big sailing experience. From Porto Montenegro over the Bay of Kotor to the Budva Riviera, there is something for everyone's taste. The country will amaze you with crystal-clear sea and warm Mediterranean weather, but also with plenty of beautiful beaches, picturesque surrounding and duty-free fuel.

Phuket, Thailand


Phuket is considered to be the best sailing destination in Southeast Asia. It's due to its extensive coastline, lush islands and beautiful rock formations. The islands of Thailand may each offer a unique beach, but they share the pristine waters and tranquility. Phuket is perfect for sailing enthusiasts who want to escape the busy life and enjoy exotic fauna and flora, hidden coves and bays.

Mahé, the Seychelles


The gorgeous tropical scenery with calm waters make the Seychelles a fantastic yacht charter destination. Since Mahé is surrounded by other islands, its beaches are relatively calm and completely safe. Mahé is a mountainous island with a central ridge featuring several peaks around 900 meters high.

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Tin Đudajek

About the Author: Tin Đudajek

Tin is a marketing specialist at SailingEurope. Young journalist with a background in project managment and media in general. Sailing enthusiast, anthropologist and explorer.

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