Best cruising time: from May to September
The Adriatic islands are ideally laid south of Venice, Italy, all along the coast of Croatia down to Montenegro. The unique and distinctive cruising area covers over 1,200 islands, many of them are isolated and unspoiled offering adventure, calm and pristine waters. Exciting nightlife is there when you want it, in Split, Hvar and at many other yachting destinations. Cruising the natural beauties of the Adriatic is easy, we recommend landing in Venice for a Northern start or at Dubrovnik’s international airport for a southern or Montenegro start.
Everywhere historic temples neighbor pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The Cyclades area may experience windy days in August when the Meltemi wind sets in for periods of 3 days. Greece is a favorite yachting destination. Its 4,500 spectacular islands are easily reachable from Pireaus, just a short drive from Athens International Airport. The preferred cruising areas are the Ionian Sea with the exciting islands of Corfu and Ithaca, the iconic Cyclades isles such as Mykonos and Santorini where countless little white houses meet the sky and the idle Dodecanese isles stretched west of the Turkish coast.
Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is synonymous with turquoise seas and sunny blue skies. Its unspoiled bays are dotted with quiet seaside villages with a wealth of old forts and ancient remains. The western Carian coast is easily accessible through Izmir and Kusadasi, it also offers a rapid and easy access to the Greek isles of Samos, Chios, Kalymnos and Kos. Bodrum on the southern coast offers a large choice of destinations for yacht charters. South on the Lycian coast yachts cruising between Marmaris, Gocek and Fetyie find more dramatic coastal landscapes with high cliffs, secluded bays and rocky mountains in the back.