If you are about to book a sailing or catamaran holiday in Italy, discover the best possible destinations!
In Italy, any place can be magical and adventurous for a sailing holiday. A peninsula surrounded by the sea, a mild climate and the right wind to unfurl the sails and live an unrivaled adventure. Not only crystal clear sea, but also breathtaking views and stretches of coast where you won’t find anywhere else. Below we discover the best itineraries for a holiday on a sailing boat along the coasts of Italy.
Sailboat rental in Sardinia: itineraries and places to discover
Let’s start with one of the most popular boat itineraries, the island of Sardinia. There are two macro-areas to discover, and based on the place from which to start, it is possible to follow a different itinerary. The Costa Smeralda itinerary, a seaside area where the most beautiful and elegant superyachts have been on display for years now. Taking a sailing holiday on the Costa Smeralda means seeing one of the most beautiful waters in the whole Mediterranean. The rocky conformation, white sands and coves that can be reached by boat, will make you experience an unparalleled holiday. The best ports from which to depart are Cannigione, Marina di Portisco, Olbia, Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo. From the protected area of Tavolara to Santa Teresa di Gallura, as well as the southern area of Corsica, there is a succession of coves, stretches of coast and beaches where you can spend a relaxing holiday on a sailing boat.
In the southern area of Sardinia, it is possible to experience a different itinerary on a sailing boat starting from the ports of Cagliari, Villasimius and Carloforte. Less known area and therefore less crowded with boats, but not inferior for views and crystal clear water. With fewer high-level structures than the Costa Smerarla, it will be a much wilder holiday but in any case it will make you experience equally beautiful emotions. To visit during your sailing holiday the area of the Gulf of Cagliari, and the two islets of Carloforte and Sant’Antioco located in the south-southwest part of Sardinia.
Sailing boat rental in the Aeolian Islands: itineraries and places to discover
Another itinerary on a sailing boat, for a magnificent holiday, is that of the Aeolian Islands. The main ports where you can rent a boat for the Aeolian Islands are Capo d’Orlando, Marina di Portorosa and Milazzo. A little more distant Palermo and Messina. The Aeolian archipelago is made up of 7 main islands, the most famous of which are Stromboli, Panarea and Lipari. A short and pleasant sailing once we leave the moorings, to then arrive at the first island of Vulcano. The whole archipelago is influenced by volcanic activity, especially Stromboli, a still active volcano and the luckiest ones were also able to see its brief eruption.
The volcanic rock will give you magnificent scenery, crystal clear water and a particular seabed. A sailing holiday in the Aeolian Islands is a naturalistic journey, and pleasant in many periods of the year. Even mooring to spend a few hours and go hiking will be an unforgettable experience among these islands of intense vitality!
Sailing boat rental in the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi coast: itineraries and places to discover
The Gulf of Naples, with its Phlegrean islands of Ischia and Procida, the Sorrento coast, the island of Capri and the wonderful Amalfi coast, is one of the most beautiful areas in the Mediterranean. In a few miles it is possible to enclose many destinations, from the wildest Flegrean islands to luxury destinations such as Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The ports from which to depart are Naples, Marina di Stabia, Procida and Salerno. From these ports, renting a sailboat is very practical to reach any desired destination. Thanks to the short distances, even a slow boat like a sailing one will allow you to reach more coves to discover in the same holiday.
Read HERE our article on sailing itineraries in Campania
Sailboat rental on the island of Elba: itineraries and places to discover
The island of Elba is the third largest island in Italy, after Sicily and Sardinia. Taking a sailing holiday on the island of Elba means circumnavigating and discovering the entire island. The best ports where to rent a sailboat, apart from Portoferraio which is located on the island, are Piombino, Punta Ala, San Vincenzo and further north Castiglioncello. The island of Elba has many inlets, and thanks to the currents and the distance from the land, the water appears crystalline and fresh. A week on a sailing boat on this island will make you relax to the point of not wanting to go anymore.
Elba island is not too far from the island of Pianosa and Capraia. The first to the south, the second to the north. Many sailors prefer to be part of the island of Elba and add one of the two islands to it with a short sail. Capraia is definitely the favorite of the two. For the more adventurous, beyond the island of Elba, there are those who stretch towards the west coast of Corsica. The Tuscan archipelago and in particular the island of Elba is therefore an alternative to the more popular itineraries for a sailing holiday and a relaxing week!
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