Is It Better to Sail in Greece or Italy?
Greece is one of the world's most attractive yacht charter destinations, and not by a coincidence. Greece has more than 2000 islands, all with their own distinctive beauty, typical Mediterranean climate, plenty of sights and excellent sailing conditions almost year-round.
If you consider yacht charter in Greece you should know there are several sailing areas in Greece. The Ionian is considered the least challenging sailing area with sheltered sailing prevalent throughout. The Cyclades offers excellent daytime sailing conditions mixed with exciting nightlife on its famous islands such as Mykonos, Syros and Ios. Situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades is probably the most challenging sailing area in Greece. The Saronic Gulf combines very good sailing conditions with a host of islands full of historic sites. Highlights include Spetses, Poros and the island of Hydra. Skiathos offers challenging sailing but it also has access to quiet beaches and the Dodecanese Islands as well as some other slightly more 'touristy' destinations.
Sailing conditions in Greece are very diverse; from calm seas and generally light winds around the Ionian Islands to the excitement sailing around the Cyclades Islands offers. For something in between, head to the Saronic Gulf.
Italy on the other hand does not have as many islands as Greece but it is also a favorite Mediterranean yacht charter spot. Besides good food, fine wine and glorious history, Italy has a lot to offer in terms of sailing as well.
There are four sailing areas in Italy - the Tuscan Islands, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Sicily and Sardinia. Each of these areas has their own unique charms and are worth the visit.
Sailing season in Italy starts in May and lasts until late October. The season peaks in July and August. However, the winds in this period are the lightest and the moorings are overcrowded.
That is the biggest problem with sailing in Italy. Moorings and marinas are usually crowded and a bit too expensive. However, yacht charter in Italy has enough charm to make up for that.
Sail Greece or sail Italy? Whatever you choose, you will have a great sailing holidays.