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Sailing trip of a lifetime with Medsailors
Spend seven days sailing the most
beautiful islands that the Mediterranean
has to offer.
Hot spot Croatia, classic Turkey and renaissance Greece are
the current top spots for a sailing trip, so we look at the
islands to help you figure out which destination is for you.
The Dalmatian coast off Croatia has more than 1,000 islands.
Most itineraries depart from Split and sail down through the
islands, finishing up in Dubrovnik.
Croatia is Medsailors most popular route. You’ll get the
chance to explore eight towns, beautiful bays and hit some
wild nightlife spots.
TOP FIVE ISLANDS
Brac The long pebbly beach, which reaches out into the
Adriatic Sea, encourages swimmers and windsurfers to spend
their days in the water. A tree-lined pedestrian promenade
connects the strip to the old town, where you can explore
the shops and stop off for a cooling drink at a cafe.
Hvar Hvar draws in the crowds because it has everything on
offer and it’s the sunniest spot in Croatia. Hvar Town is home
to swanky hotels, bars and restaurants, where a night out is
as much about seeing and being seen as it is sampling the
Vis The residents of Vis are still adjusting to the boats of
tourists off-loading into their previously quiet harbour; the
island was cut off from foreign visitors for nearly 40 years. It
is underdeveloped and retains its charm and stress-free way
of life, which seeps into you as soon as you step ashore.
Korcula See the impressive St Mark’s Cathedral, St Peter’s
Church and Marco Polo’s alleged place of birth; regardless
of whether it really is or not, the tall house’s windows offer
an impressive vista. Gather in the town square for religious
ceremonies and folk dancing, or explore outside the stone
walls to find vineyards, olive groves, small villages, dense
woodland and sandy coves on the south, or pebbly beaches
to the north.
Mljet is Croatia’s greenest island with clear and clean sea,
gentle sandy shoreline and underwater sea life. The island is
considered one of the most beautiful of the Croatian islands
You can explore the beautiful south-west coastline of Turkey
by car, but who would choose to sit inside a stuffy motor
when you can feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your
face on a majestic Turkish gulet? A gulet is an all wooden
handcrafted motor sailing yacht equipped with one or two
masts that were originally built and used by fishermen to
transport their catch. Today they have been luxuriously redesigned
especially for yachting holidays.
TOP FIVE STOP OFFS
Fethiye The majority of the gulets sail off from Fethiye
harbour. Flattened by an earthquake in 1958, the low-rise
buildings that have since risen mean this tourist resort feels
blissfully suburban and relaxed.
Oludeniz Chill out in the beautiful bay of Oludeniz where
you can bob about in the wave free water. It’s secluded
by green-sprinkled cliffs. Nearby is Butterfly Valley,
named due to its sporadic visit from groups of colourful
butterflies, which also has great snorkelling and offers the
chance to hike up a waterfall.
Kalkan This harbour-side town is along the postcard lines
of pretty shutter-windowed houses stacked upon the
hillsides sloping down to a bay of bobbing boats and
swooping gulls. The restaurants here are a step above,
with fresh, perfectly seasoned seafood.
Kas Kas is great for an adventure on sea or land. Kayak
through caves, dive through wrecks or hike up craggy
Skopea Limani Within the Gulf of Fethiye is another bay,
Skopea Limani, which is surrounded by an assortment
of rocky flanked bays, creeks and islands that offer lots
of alcoves and crevices for hours of exploration. Around
the bays you can enjoy a number of mountainside walks
through heavily wooded pathways and ruined cities or
alternatively sit and drink wine.
A sailing trip hopping between Greece’s isalnds between
Athens and Epidavros is a great way to spend your time.
TOP FIVE ISLANDS
Aegina A common spot for weekending Athenians, you
can stroll among fellow vacationers, buzzing motorbikes
and diners spilling onto the pavements along the
waterfront for a taste of a true Greek holiday.
Perdika Perdika is a quiet fishing village by day, with a
surprising scene of late-night music bars by night.
Poros Separated from the mainland by a small channel,
Poros Town feels more as if it’s perched on a lake.
The other side of the island is dominated by forest
and sandy coves.
Hydra No cars here, just donkeys on the cobbled lanes.
That’s not to say it’s not bustling, though, as the port sees
sailboats, ferries and water taxis sweeping in and out, with
cafes and restaurants lining the waterside to welcome
hungry and thirsty travellers. Walk into the winding streets
to get a taste of traditional Mediterranean life; peeking
into dark windows that keep the heat out, and smiling at
old women chattering on their doorsteps.
Spetses The lively old town lines the waterfront, offering
sleek restaurants and nightlife at its lively square.