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Mediterranean Sailing Holidays

A sailing holiday is the only way to get away from the crowds and discover the hidden beauty and charm of these countries. There's such a variety of anchorages from secret coves to wide sheltered bays, from pretty fishing villages to modern marinas.

Click on the cruising areas below for more details of yachting holidays in the Mediterranean.

Sailing holidays in Greece


Explore a different island every day. Picturesque fishing harbours, idyllic anchorages, ancient monuments – Greece has such wonderful scenery, history and culture. So many islands to discover and so conveniently arranged within easy sailing distance. Choose your cruising area to suit you - there’s plenty for all levels of sailors.

Sailing holidays in Greece
Sailing holidays in Turkey


Discover towering cliffs and secret coves, deserted bays and sandy beaches, isolated villages and fishing harbours. Keen sailors will enjoy the reliable winds, but families will appreciate the many sheltered bays and anchorages along the coast which encourage you to stop and swim in clear turquoise water.

Sailing holidays in Turkey
Sailing holidays in Croatia


Come and discover Croatia’s coastline, where a string of offshore islands provide stunning scenery and safe cruising. Quaint towns and modern marinas provide safe overnight harbours and reliable afternoon winds make sailing a pleasure. Start our charter from marinas all along the coast from Pula in the north to Dubrovnik in the south.

Sailing holidays in Croatia
Sailing holidays in Italy


So many different cruising areas to discover! Explore the offshore islands of Sardinia, Elba or Sicily. Everywhere you'll find great sailing, stylish marinas, traditional fishing harbours, sandy beaches and a wide choice of itineraries. Enjoy great food and Italian charm.

Sailing holidays in Italy
Sailing holidays in Majorca


From the base in Palma, explore the rugged western shore with its pine-clad cliffs or the secluded bays of the southern shores with white sandy beaches, azure seas and beachside restaurants. With direct flights from most UK airports, Mallorca is an ideal choice for a family sailing holiday.

Sailing holidays in Mallorca
Sailing holidays in the French Riviera

French Riviera

With a yacht charter in the South of France you can enjoy the chic lifestyle. Enjoy great sailing, glamorous resorts, sandy beaches and gastronomic delights on a sailing holiday in the South of France. Start your yacht charter from Bormes les Mimosas opposite the beautiful Iles d'Hyere or from Antibes, so close to Nice airport.

Sailing holidays in the South of France

"Everything was great; the local operator was good, the boat was fantastic, their staff were all very helpful & the lead boat crew were great!"

Ionian Flotilla 2018 - A.H.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.