While sailing the Mediterranean, cruise the coast or hop between islands of outstanding natural beauty where ancient civilisations once lived. Spring to early-autumn is the sailing season and the best time to visit the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean climate is warm with pleasant sea temperatures right up to October in many destinations.

Whether you stroll the white-washed cobbled streets in Greece, taste the limoncello in Italy, watch the sun go down in the Balearics or enjoy the cafe culture in the south of France, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to Mediterranean sailing holidays.

For low mooring costs and exciting sailing conditions, sail Greece’s Cyclades, Dodecanese, Sporades, Ionian and Saronic islands. Each island group has a different characteristic, including photogenic white-washed houses, stretches of sandy beaches, lush shady forests, sites of archaeological importance and chic tavernas. Read our blogs, How to plan an autumn yacht charter from Athens, Greece and Head to Greece this summer with LateSail.

Croatia is a prime sailing destination with awe-inspiring protected national parks. Sail Croatia and cruise the uninhabited islands within the Kornati archipelago. Or you can explore the Krka waterfalls, Zadar, the attractive cities of Dubrovnik and Split and the Roman amphitheatre at Pula. Find out more about mooring fees in Croatia in our blog, LateSail’s Cost Saving Guide to Bareboat Charter in Croatia.

There are so many itinerary options for boats in France, including sailing Brittany with its dazzling pink granite coast, including St Malo, Quiberon Bay and the Gulf of Morbihan. Or sail the south of France and the Côte d’Azur for glamorous Mediterranean sailing, where you can stop off at Marseille, Nice, Toulon and St Raphael. Plan a visit to the scented island with a Corsica yacht charter, sailing to Ajaccio, Bonifacio, the Lavezzi archipelago and its spectacular rocky coast and caves, offering some of the best snorkelling in the Mediterranean. Discover more in our blog, Sail the finest French charter destinations, from west to south.

Sail Italy and explore the archipelago off the Tuscany coast with seven islands, including Elba, Capraia Isola and Montecristo. From Naples you can wander Pompeii or sail Ischia, Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, including Positano. Charter from Sardinia to explore the Sulcitano archipelago, La Maddalena and Corsica, or sail the Aeolian Islands from Sicily. We’ve written about the Italian islands in our blog, Delve into Italy’s Pontine, Aeolian and Egadi Islands.

Sailing in Spain offers the beauty of the Balearic Islands with a yacht charter from Palma to Cabrera Island Nature Reserve, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Or head to Barcelona for your sailing holiday and sail the coast along the Costa Brava. Read our blog, Enjoy a friendly Balearic experience sailing Mallorca.

Head to the former centre of the Ottoman Empire and sail Turkey’s Gulf of Gokova and Gulf of Datca from Bodrum, or charter from Gocek for the Gulf of Fethiye. Marmaris is perfect for sailing the Bozburun peninsula and the southern coast.

Try the Maltese Islands and charter a yacht to sail Malta, Gozo and Comino, or for the Adriatic, the Bay of Kotor and the coast of Montenegro offer a less crowded, yet as impressive, alternative to Dubrovnik. From Slovenia you can sail the Gulf of Trieste and down the Istrian peninsula, passing by the Brijuni archipelago and Pula in Croatia.

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