The Mediterranean Sea was an important route for Merchants and travellers of ancient times that allowed trade and cultural exchange between emergent peoples of the region. Major races and countries have developed around it's coastlines, such as France, Italy and Spain in the Western Mediterranean and Croatia, Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. All of these countries have the typical Mediterranean climate, generally hot drier summers, that make this an ideal place to sail in between May and October.

The access to this common sea, led the Romans, Greeks, French and Ottamans (Turks) to leave their individual imprints throughout and around the Mediterranean. Today many of these monuments are still around for us all to see and experience. Now is the time to go and chase history. We have listed countries that have catamarans available.

Mediterranean & Atlantic

Croatia

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

Known as the Republic of Croatia today, the history of this southeastern European nation reaches back into antiquity .More than 1,200 islands dot the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, easily making it one of the most delightful sailing locations in all Europe. Croatia’s intricate coastline offers shear cliffs, dramatic reefs, protected inlets and anchorages abound. Established in the 10th century close to a deep bay, Sibenik was the capital of Croatia for a short time. The historical center of the ancient city, with its narrow streets and the fortress of Saint Anne above it, is one of the city’s key attractions. Further South is Trogir that has an even longer history. Settled in the 3rd century by Greek colonists, UNESCO designated its historic old city center a World Heritage Site in 1997 . Out of Split or Trigir, sailors can visit the famous islands of Brac, Hvar, Viz and Korcula, where ancient history competes with olive trees & vineyards.

Montenegro

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

Montenegro, the pearl of the Mediterranean, unique in many ways, is situated in the south of the Adriatic. Nowhere else can you find, so much natural wealth, beauty, mild beaches, clear lakes, fast rivers, and gorgeous mountains in such a compact area as in Montenegro.

Sail to the old Mediterranean port of Kotor which is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. It is located on the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southern-most fjord in Europe. Down the rugged coast you can visit the exciting town of Budva with its numerous beaches and lively nightlife. The main port is Bar which is a handy transport hub

Turkey

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

The Republic of Turkey is truly at a crossroads of history, culture, geography and religion. This vast peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water, and links Asia and Europe. With more than 4,400 miles of coastline, it is no wonder Turkey is a sailor's paradise.

The main catamaran cruising area is out of Bodrum, Marmaris, Gocek and Fethiye. The southern coast and the Aegean features warm Mediterranean weather.

Bodrum has an enigmatic elegance that pervades it, from the town's grand crowning castle and glittering marina to its flower-filled cafes and white-plastered backstreets.

Marmaris Port is the gateway to the popular cruising grounds of the Gulf of Fethiye that has 30 or so islands and over 100 anchorages.

Greece

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

Greece is the country whose name has been identified with the sea and sailing for centuries. The Saronic Gulf, the Cyclades, the Sporades, the Ionians, the Dodecanese,  everywhere,  places of extreme beauty, hundred of islands, thousands of miles of beautiful sandy beaches, traditional harbors and small quaint ports and an amazing array of ancient historic monuments. Catamarans are available for charter out of Athens, Lefkas, Corfu, Mykonos, Paros, Skiathos and Kos, and from these bases you can sail your catamaran to a multitude of islands and experience Greek villages dotted with white houses set against a turquoise sea and eternally blue skies.

Sicily

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

Wide beaches, silent temples and medieval towns, almond groves and pistachio orchards, pizza, pasta and sun shining from early morning until late in the evening - that is Sicily.  It is the pearl of Italy and it's most southern island.  It's mountains, hills and crystal clear waters plus it's treasured archeological sites, make it an island of distinction. A great sailing attraction about 40 miles north of Palermo, are the famous Aeolian Islands. Seven inhabited volcanic islands, some with a small city harbor. Where ever you sail in Sicily, you will find yourself surrounded by culture and nature.

Italy

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

The South Western sea shore of the mainland of Italy is one of the most spectacular areas to sail in the Med. The Tyrrhenian Sea from the Pontine Islands, the Flegree Islands of Procidia and Ischia with their cubic houses in white, pink & cream rising up the hillside, past the shores of the Gulf of Naples and the Isle of Capri, and  down to the Amalfi coastline and the gulf of Salerno. has some of the most famous and picturesque sea ports in the Medierranean. The rugged coastal mountains plung into the sea in stunning vertical scenery.

This is an area you will never forget.

Sardinia

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

A voyage over an emerald sea, past characteristic coves and beaches of snowwhite sand … this is Sardinia, an island that strikes its visitors with natural contrasts, the lights and colors of a region that boasts old traditions and a wild and pure nature.  The Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) with Porto Cervo set as its gemstone and uniting the history and culture of ancient traditions with a joyful and colourful nightlife. The Old Port is considered the best-equipped touristic port in the Mediterranean Sea. A main chartering attraction close to the Costa Esmeralda, is the La Maddalena National Park & Marine Reserve. The scenery here is memorable; a striking land and seascape where granite outcrops enclose patches of turquoise sea "as blue as the mantle of the Madonna".

Corsica

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

The French island of Corsica lies southeast of the mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. Created by violent volcanic eruptions, Corsica is the most mountainous region of the Mediterranean; and is nicknamed the scented island because of the intoxicating perfumes that fill its maquis, or bush lands. Ajaccio, Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace, is renowned for its incredible climate and its relaxed rhythm of life. Sail along the Gulf of Ajaccio and head to the magnificent Isles Sanguinaires just off the headland at Parata .

Head south to the ancient and unique fortress town of Bonifacio which is a star attraction in Corsica, drawing visitors to marvel at its medieval houses precariously teetering on the edge of the imposing limestone cliffs.

French Riviera

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

If paradise means sailing in clear blue water, sunning on glorious beaches rimmed with palm trees, romantic island hideaways, first class cuisine and shopping, all surrounded by some of the best natural, cultural and historical sites in Europe, then the French Riviera (also known as Cote d'Azur) is for you. This region stretches 560 miles from the Italian boarder in the east, to Saint Tropez in the west.

A must on any western Cote d’Azur cruise are the Iles d’ Or, also known as the Iles of Hyeres. Porquerolles is the largest of the three islands, with eucalyptus forests and parasol pines in its nature reserve. You will find protected anchorages, the beaches of Notre Dame , La Courtade and Plague d'Argent. Sail further east to the famous ports of Cannes, Nice & Monaco.

Balearic Islands (Spain)

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

The Balearic Islands archipelago lies off the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, operating as an autonomous province of Spain. These islands are among the most beautiful and most popular in the western Mediterranean Sea. There are four main islands: Mallorca (the largest), Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. These four islands alone feature more than 360 beautiful, golden beaches. It is a fact, that the Balearic Islands’ long history stretches back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Phoenicia, and there are traces of human habitation going back nearly 8,000 years. With nearly 300 days of sun each year, gorgeous beaches, crystal clear waters, a rich cultural history and friendly locals, the Balearic Islands attract visitors from all over the world.

Brazil

 

Best Cruising Months: May - October

 

There’s much more to Brazil than the beach at Ipanema, beautiful and exciting though it may be. Sailors hunting for the ultimate paradise need look no farther than Brazil’s famous Costa Verde (Green Coast) region. At the heart of the Green Coast is the colonial port city of Angra dos Reis (meaning Bay of Kings or Kings’ Cove). Located south of Rio de Janeiro City in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Angra’s vast bay features 365 lush, tropical islands—one for every day of the year—with more than 2,000 spectacular beaches. Among the most beautiful islands of Angra dos Reis, Cataguases is ringed by white sand beaches and emerald green waters. It’s a picture-perfect tropical backdrop for swimming and relaxing in the sun. The sheltered bay of Paraty has 65 islands and approximately 50 beaches, some of which are accessible by car, but many of them are accessible only by boat. These islands are in a natural, almost wild state.

Cap Verde Islands

 

Best Cruising Months: November - April

 

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Though it may appear as a set of flyspecks poking out of the eastern Atlantic, this archipelago packs a punch. On Santo Antoa, craggy peaks hide piercing green valleys of flowers and sugarcane, ideal for epic hikes. Sao Vincente is home to the cultural capital of the islands, Mindelo, which throbs with bars and music clubs. On Boa Vista, Sal and Maio, wispy while dunes merge with indigo-blue seas on unspoiled beaches of soft sand. Throw in the constant beat of music that Cape Verde is famed for and the renowned morabeza (Creole for hospitality) of its people and you'll see why many have come and never left. Praia, is the capital and largest city of Cape Verde

Canaries Islands

 

Best Cruising Months: November - April

 

The Canary Islands, a volcanic archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, are among Spain’s farthest-flung territories. These rugged islands are known for their black- and white-sand beaches, varied resorts and balmy climate. Tenerife, the largest island, is dominated by the sometimes-snowy peaks of volcanic Mt. Teide, part of a national park with its own astronomical observatory. Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain at 3,718 m., is the third biggest volcano on earth, measured from its base.

The oldest islands are La Gomera, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, while the youngest are El Hierro, La Palma and Tenerife. Two World Heritage Sites, one National Park, and 42 natural protected spaces are some of the treasures to be discovered in Tenerife, the island where the charter base is located.

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