Lakes, seas, rivers, mountains, valleys – southern Europe has it all, from the Mediterranean basin to the coastal waters of Portugal and Spain. The warmer climes make southern Europe an ideal destination for winter holidays, especially for those whose arthritis may complain when the snows come calling. But all year round, southern Europe boasts sail-worthy waters, rich cultures, and a wide range of boating and water pursuits. Here are four boating destinations in southern Europe.
The Balearic Islands
This Mediterranean archipelago is part of the kingdom of Spain, and is home to the famous vacation destination Ibiza. With the classic Mediterranean climate, the Balearic Islands offer spectacular ocean views, bays, harbors and – naturally – world-famous seafood that even Monarchs have showed up to sample. For those keen on wildlife watching, the Balearics offer viewings of the shearwater bird, basking sharks, bluefin tunas, angel sharks, and otters.
The Gulf of Venice
This broad gulf is bordered not only by Italy, but by Croatia and Slovenia as well. At an average depth of thirty-four meters, the gulf offers excellent fishing in the gentle waters of the Adriatic sea, as well as beautiful views of its shoreline cities and flood plains. Along your way, visit the ports not only of Venice but of Trieste, Chioggia and Pula, and take a bite out of the local culture (not to mention the huge variety of cuisine represented by the three bordering nations).
The Greek Islands
Made famous by both history and literature, the Greek islands represent one of the most popular boating destinations on earth. Like the Balearics, these islands offer the classic Mediterranean climate along with fantastic fishing, calm waters for cruising and relaxation, and for those inclined to competition, intense and renowned boat races. If you’ve never been to Greece, make time for it this sailing season – Greece boasts incredible beauty, culture, and history that is well worth experiencing.
If you think Mediterranean archipelagos might get boring after awhile, think again – Malta, another of the basin’s archipelagos, is a prime boating destination and has been described as having the world’s most perfect climate. With clear cerulean waters, gorgeous beaches, seabound caves and protected harbors, Malta might just be the world’s best island getaway. Take a sail around Malta and experience its wonders – and don’t miss its towering white cliffs, either.
Warm climates, great fishing, and a variety of land and water features make southern Europe a fantastic destination for all boating enthusiasts. Whether you visit one of these inviting destinations or all of them, the memories you’ll make with your boating trip this summer will last a lifetime.