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Itinerary Ideas, Spain’s Costa Brava

Spain’s Costa Brava is on many travelers’ bucket lists, and visiting from the sea lets you explore every inch of this amazing coastline. The following itinerary from our partners at Be Charter will show you the highlights the northern portion of the coast in seven days. 

Home base is L’Estartit, which has plenty to see in its own right. The Medes archipelago is a great spot for sailing and snorkeling (anchoring is forbidden, but buoys are available). While there is plenty to explore sailing south from L’Estartit, this itinerary covers the northern route.

Stop 1:  Cala Montgó 

Logistics: Sail 4.5 nautical miles to the north, you can anchor and spend the night here.

What to see and do:

  • On the way, stop at the many other smaller coves of Montgrí Coast and enjoy the beautiful landscape full of coastal cliffs, pine trees, islets and coves.
  • Eat seafood at one of the many beach-side restaurants.
  • Hike to the Montgó tower, an old defense tower from 16th century on the top of Montgó Massif, which offers panoramic views.

Tip: On the way to Cala Montgó, you’ll pass La Foradada, a sea cove that is open on both ends, and which you can cross in a small boat.

Stop 2: Cala Pelosa 

Logistics: Sail 9.5 nautical miles to the north, stopping at Cala Montjoi on the way. 

What to see and do:

  • Stop at Cala Montoi, a small and quiet cover in the Cap de Creus National Park. 
  • Eat at the Bulli Foundation, a gastronomy innovation center by Ferran Adrià the mastermind behind the famous El Bulli restaurant.
  • At Cala Pelosa, anchor to a restaurant buoy and order a paella to eat on board.

Tip: Anchor at either Cala Pelosa or Cala Montjoi, as both coves provide good shelter from the wind.

Stop 3: Cadaqués

Logistics: Sail north for 6 nautical miles.

What to see and do: 

  • Take in the scenery that inspired the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
  • Wander the village streets, keeping an eye out for art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Tip: On the way to Cadaqués, keep an eye out for wild beaches and stop for a quick swim.

Stop 4: Portlligat

Logistics: Portlligat is just 2.5 miles north of Cadaqués so today’s trip is very short!

What to see and do: 

  • Visit the Dalí House-Museum; Salvador Dalí lived here for many years.
  • Keep an eye out for old fishing boats stranded in the sand.

Tip: Book your tickets to the Dalí museum ahead of time, as tickets sell out, particularly in the summer.

Stop 5: Port de la Selva

Logistics: Sail 10.5 Nautical Miles to the northern area of the Cap de Creus peninsula.

What to see and do:

  • See the Cova de s’Infern (another cove open on both sides) and boat through on your dinghy or kayak.
  • Appreciate the incredible geology of Cala Culleró.
  • Visit the medieval monumental complex of Sant Pere de Rodes, which features a monastery, church and castle.
  • Appreciate the perfect combination of beach and mountain, as well as the quaint fishermen village, from the top of the lighthouse.

Stop 6: Roses

Logistics: Begin your journey back south by sailing 20 miles down the coast to Roses.

What to see and do:

  • Relax in this tourism-based village full of services and restaurants.
  • Families might be interested in the Water Fun Park of Aqua Brava, or the more adventurous can try their hand at skydiving in the town.

Tip: On your trip, stop at one of the many coves and beaches of Cap de Creus.

On your final day, as you sail back to L’Estarit, consider spending some time at Medes Islands, a picture-perfect marine reserve. Sorkeling is a must here, and a perfect way to end your trip.

To try this itinerary, rent a boat in BeCharter.

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Itinerary Ideas from Athens, Greece

Sailing the Greek islands is on just about everyone’s bucket list, and Athens is a clear first stop, especially if it’s your first time in Greece. If you’re taking off from Athens, be sure to spend some time in the city. We recommend a visit to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and the Monastiraki neighborhood. Once you’re on board and ready to go, consider this itinerary to tour the Saronic islands and nearby coast.1

As you begin your trip, keep in mind that many Greek places have similar names, so it’s always a good idea to double check your plans and destinations.

Stop 1: Aegina

Logistics: The trip is about 18 nautical miles to the south-southwest, and the main port is on the northwest side of the Island, near Aegina Town.

What to see and do:

  • Eat pistachios. They’re grown on the island and are a local specialty.
  • Visit the temple of Aphaia, a doric temple from the fifth century B.C. with sea views. Admission is less than 5 euros.
  • Make pottery in old Aegina village. You can arrange for private lessons with locals who have passed the craft down through generations.
  • Visit the fruit boats near the Agios Nikolaios church.
  • Stock up on any provisions you forgot to get in Athens; Aegina is a fairly popular island with ATMs and other modern conveniences. 

Tip: Because Aegina is popular and close to Athens, the harbor can be crowded, particularly on weekends. Be sure to get there early. You can also use the secondary harbor or any of the three anchorages.

Stop 2: Poros 

Logistics: Sail 15-20 nautical miles to the south. To reach the harbor, sail through Poros Lagoon, watching for ferries and hydrofoils.

What to see and do:

  • While en route, keep your eyes and nose peeled for Methana. This dormant volcano is on your starboard (right) side and smells distinctly of sulfur.
  • Hike up the hill in Poros Town to enjoy the view. You can also visit the Poros clock tower for another great view of the town and sunset, if you’re there at twilight.
  • Snorkel in Vagionia Bay, where you can see the remains of an ancient city below the water.

Tip: On your way to the harbor, anchor in Poros Lagoon to swim and eat lunch.

Stop 3: Palaia Epidavros (or Archaia Epidavros)

Logistics: Leave Poros Lagoon and sail around the Methana peninsula and follow the coast to the town of Palaia Epidavros on the mainland.

What to see and do:

  • Archaia stands for ancient, and ancient Epidavros is the town of Argolid from the Illiad. You can visit historic sites, including a large historic theatre.
  • A smaller version of the ancient theatre still hosts productions during a summer festival.
  • Consider a paragliding session, leaving from the beach.

Tip: Epadavros is sometimes spelled Epidaurus, which can help as you research the destination.

Stop 4: Korfus (or Korfos)

Logistics: Sail north up the coast toward Korfus. When you arrive, you can either anchor at the small shingle beach for the evening or stop off at a restaurant pontoon for lunch.

What to see and do: 

  • Korfus can be a great place to eat and drink, and is often a good day stop.
  • Locals on AirBnB recommend a fish restaurant at the end of the town’s port, called Selana, and Valera beach bar.

Tip: As you sail up the coast, keep an eye out for dolphins. When researching this destination, make sure you are looking at the coastal town; some internet searches may redirect to the island by the similar name of Corfu.

Stop 5: Agistri

Logistics: After a day-time stop in Korfos, head southeast about 10 nautical miles to the Island of Agistri.

What to see and do:

Tip: The harbor in Agistri is notoriously shallow, though the north end offers more depth.

  • Take photos for social media and people watch: Agistri is a picture-perfect Greek town, filled with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.
  • While there are plenty of places to jump off rocks and swim, Skala beach is a popular sand beach. It is also the shallowest beach on the island, so it’s the perfect go-to for families.
  • Chalikiada beach is popular with naturists and campers.
  • The southern portion of the island is mostly wild, with thyme and woodland growing up to the water’s edge. To experience this part of the island, consider a horseback ride.

As a final stop, you might consider heading back to Aegina, or returning to Athens from Agistri.

If you’re interested in traveling the itinerary in this article, explore the boats available in Athens.

1 Everything in this article is accurate to our knowledge. If you find something isn’t as stated here, or discover new tips and trips to try, send us an email at info@enaviga.com.

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from Lefkas, Greece

The white beaches and light winds of the Southern Ionian are calling for your next Enaviga charter. If you are collecting your yacht from Lefkas, then our sample itinerary may offer you some ideas of places to moor up.

Lefkas

Lefkas is also known by the locals as Lefkada. A  hilly island steeped in history and beauty. Many say that it remains as one of the most unspoilt Greek Islands, unaffected by tourism. It is definitely a relaxing place to enjoy – take books, people watch and enjoy greek delicacies. 

Sail to Nikiana

Once you are ready to cast off, set sail to Nikiana. A small fishing village with a picturesque harbour. Dock for the night at the town quay or anchor off and dinghy in. There are plenty of  local taverna’s. Enjoy a drink or some local fare. A nice relaxing stop for your first evening onboard.

Your next destination is Sivotas on Lefkas Island

Located on the south east of Lefkas Island. Sivotas is a picturesque harbour with lots to see.  Not easy to spot from the sea, you can choose to moor on one of the quays or anchor in the bay. A popular place to stay, moorings fill up early afternoon.

Sail onto Ayia Eufimia on Kefalonia

Ayia Eufimia is on the East coast of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands. An excellent stop to take on water, recharge batteries and provision.

This is a great location if you wanted to go ashore and visit the Cave of Melissani. This  underground lake, fed by a stream which flows all the way across the island from Argostoli. You can hop aboard a  small row boat and the boatmen will guide you through the turquoise waters.

Kefalonia

Sail to Kastos

Keep your eyes peeled for Dolphins as you set sail to your Kastos.Anchor off and swim or dingy into the beautiful beaches. Port Kastos is always quick to fill up. You can choose to berth there or anchor.

Sailing onto Meganissi

The old village of Spartachori located on a cliff above Port Spilia on Meganisi Island. It’s well worth the hike up to the village, which offers magnificent views over the harbour. You have the choice of 3 ports to dock in or you can anchor on the NE coast of the island.

For your last day sail over to Palairos

Palairos is a harbour where the old agricultural ways are blending with tourism. You can moor on the harbour breakwater or on the pontoon. If the weather is good you can also anchor north of the harbour.

On the final day of your charter, sail back to Lefkas.

If you have time before you leave the Island. Speak with the team at the yacht base for ideas of local places to visit.

Enaviga have a variety of Monohulls and Catamarans than can be chartered from Lefkas. Click here to see what is available for your next Ionian adventure.

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from Split, Croatia

If you are heading to the Dalmatian coast for your Enaviga charter then you’ll be picking your yacht up in Split.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia after Zagreb. A city steeped in history and if time allows, you should visit the Palace of Diocletian. Below we have given you some ideas for a week’s itinerary after you have boarded your Enaviga yacht.

Sail to Hvar Town.

When you sail close to Hvar, see if you can smell lavender. Grown alongside grapes, figs and olive oil. At certain times of the year you can smell lavender whilst on the water.

Berthing on Hvar Town Quay is popular, so get there early to moor up. There are also around 20 mooring buoys. You are only allowed to drop anchor outside of the bay.

A visit to the walled town is a must. It’s pedestrian only and full of decorated mansions and historic buildings. It’s a walk upwards, but don’t let that put you off seeing the breathtaking views.

Your next destination is Korcula.

Korcula was a source of quarried stone during the long period of Venetian rule. The home to a flourishing shipbuilding industry. It now relies on tourism, wine and olive oil production. Korcula was also the birth place of Marco Polo. You can even visit the Marco Polo museum in Korcula Town if you wish.

Choose from a selection of marina’s or anchor in one of the smaller settlements around the island. Some anchorages have facilities near by, some do not.

Korcula

Your next port of call is Lastovo.

It’s only within the past 20 years that visitors have been granted access to Lastovo. It’s previous life was that of a a military island. In 2006 Lastovo became part of the Croatian National Park.

There is one main sheltered harbour, Luka Velji Lago where you can tie onto the quay or anchor off. There are 2 smaller anchorages on the north and 1 on the south side of the island.

You are now going to sail north to Viz.

Viz is a green island noted for its wineries. A marked change from its history as a base for Tito’s partisans during World War II.

You can moor at either Viz Town on the north east of the Island or Kormiza on the west. You could also drop anchor, with the most popular anchorages being at the north of the island.

From Viz you are going to sail NE to Stari Grad.

The oldest town in Croatia. The  settlement is thought to have been founded by Greeks under the name of Faros in 385 BC. Stari Grad was the capital of the island until Hvar Town assumed that role in 1278.

Walk the cobbled streets stepped in history. Look out for the most popular tourist stop, home of Croatian poet, Petar Hektorovic.

Tie up at town quay, Western or Ferry Jetty. Or pick up one of the mooring buoys on the north side of the harbour.

Sail north to Solta.

An untouched island, Solta is a lovely island to spend one of the last night’s of your trip.

You have the choice to stay in 1 of 3 well equipped marinas. Or you can anchor in some lovely sheltered spots around the island.

On your final day, sail back to Split.

If you have time before leaving the island. Why not ask the staff at the yacht base for suggestions of things to see and do.

All the team at Enaviga hope that you enjoy a fantastic time in Split and her surrounding islands. Why not let us know if you find some hidden gems that we can share with future visitors to the islands. 

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5 Exotic Locations Only Reachable By Boat

Part of the enchantment of sailing is being able to get to places you would otherwise never be able to see. From seabound restaurants and hotels to quiet harbors and sheltered coves. A great many delightful attractions all over the world are only reachable by boat, each one of them worthy of a visit. From remote islands to coastal national parks, here are five attractions you can only get to by boat.

Nauru

reachable

Nauru is a tiny nation that is apparently the least-visited country on the planet, but don’t let that deter you. One of the Micronesian islands, boasts gorgeous white sandy beaches, lush jungles, and stunning waters. The country is so small that you can jog all the way around it in just a few hours. This island is technically reachable by plane, but only one flight per week lands on the tiny island, so rent or charter a boat at Brisbane, Australia, and get there the better (and more reliable) way.

Masoala National Park

reachable

Nestled on the coast of Madagascar, this national park is usually only reachable by passengers hopping aboard cargo ships (known to capsize on occasion) to see its wonders. Still, Masoala National Park is home to a great number of gecko species, insane coral reefs, and beautiful waters. Pick up a boat rental at Antananarivo and sail yourself around to this gem, forgoing the potentially capsizing cargo ships!

Cockspur Lighthouse

reachable

Standing on Tybee Island off the coast of the US state of Georgia and part of the Fort Pulaski monument, this fantastically old lighthouse is only viewable from the water or the surrounding islands. Visitors to the island are discouraged from going ashore due to safety hazards that may endanger them. In addition, the island is also undergoing eco-conservation efforts that visitors making landfall in the island could disrupt. Still, Cockspur is a must-see for history buffs, particularly those interested in the history of the American south.

Tristan da Cunha

reachable

Serious adventurers won’t want to miss Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic island far-flung between the coasts of South America and Africa. The island possesses no visitor amenities – no hotels, restaurants, nor airport, and hosts less than three hundred residents. For keen adventurers who might be thrilled at the prospect of sailing a week to make landfall on the beautifully green island, it is not to be missed.

Pitcairn Island

reachable

This gorgeous South Pacific island belongs to the territories of the United Kingdom. It boasts less than one hundred residents and is so isolated that the UK government has been requesting individuals to take up residence there. Despite its isolation, the greenery and blue waters of this haven far from civilization are well worth the visit. Fish, snorkel, scuba dive, and swim at this tiny but beautiful island. Enjoy the feeling of truly getting away from it all!

Some of the most beautiful places on the planet are the most remote. While it may take special effort to see them, each of these places is well worth the effort. Hop aboard a boat rental, set your course, and let the adventure unfold. To see the sailboat charters we have available near these locations, visit our website.

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