The Best Places to Sail in September and October 2015
As a general rule of thumb heading south is the way to go. September and October see the end of the season in our more northern destinations such as Croatia, The Balearics and the northern areas of Italy. However things are very much still in full swing in some fantastic areas. Below are our top five picks to catch the last of the Mediterranean sun.
Turkey - Gocek or Fethiye
Noted for its fine beaches and beautiful scenery the Lycian Coast should be at the top of your list for a late season sail. There are an abundance of islands, bays and inlets with plenty of anchorages. Here you can sit back, put your feet up and enjoy getting away from it all.
Greece - North Ionian
The North Ionian is a gorgeous, idyllic and gentle sailing area which has long been a popular destination for British sailors. You'll find light winds, short sailing legs, quayside tavernas and relaxed locals. Emerald bay on Anti-Paxos is certainly one of the most beautiful anchorages in the Mediterranean.
Sicily - Aeolian Islands
The Aeolian Islands are described by Lonely Planet as the 'European Holy Grail for island lovers'. We don't think this is surprising given they form part of a 200km long chain of volcanic islands which include Mt Etna and Mt Vesuvius. It would be hard to find somewhere which offers a more dramatic back drop to a sailing holiday.
Greece - Cyclades Islands
September & October are the perfect time to visit the Cyclades. Winds are at their best and it's hard to ignore the picture perfect sights, with Santorini's blue domed roofs or the iconic windmills of Mykonos. You'll find lesser known islands such as Folegandros, Sifnos & Kythnos to explore if you head off the beaten track.
Greece - Saronic Islands
The Saronics are the most balanced of any sailing ground in Greece. There is great mix of great sailing winds, short-hop sailing, diverse islands and archaeological treasures. Claims that the sailing area is busy due to its proximity to Athens are soon dispelled thanks to the beautiful islands. Hydra and the mainland port of Epidavros should be on the itinerary of anyone sailing in this area.
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