The Best Early and Late Season Sailing Destinations
The rule of thumb for early and late season sailing is simple - head south! We define early season as April and May and late season from mid September through to the end of October. From June to mid-September is the summer season, where we'd expect the weather to be fantastic right the way through. November to March is out of season, when you should perhaps go skiing!
With our general 'rule of thumb' in mind, all of our Turkey sailing areas are good bets for early and late in the season. Being the most southern of our areas, Turkey enjoys warm weather from April right through to the end of October. Expect temperatures in the mid 20s in April and October, though it does cool at night a bit.
Early and late season is the best time to sail the Cyclades Islands in Greece. Due to their central location in the Aegean they can get windy during the peak summer months. However, the Meltemi wind is not as prevalent early and late season which makes the Cyclades a top bet. It's a long way south so expect great weather too.
Again, the rest of Greece is relatively far south, meaning that early and late season still offers warm and sunny weather. Perhaps the exception is the Sporades Islands, but the Ionian, Saronic and Dodecanese are all fantastic. Bear in mind that in early season the water tends to be chilly, but in late season the summer heat still remains.
The island of Sicily in the very south of Italy lies on the same latitude as the Ionian and Saronic Islands of Greece and therefore enjoys the same warmer weather early and late in the summer season. Unlike Greece and Turkey however, the holiday may be somewhat intrepid as some shops and restaurants will be closed.
Also our most romantic destination, the Amalfi Coast is a lovely sailing destination for couples, groups and families. Comprised of a collection of small Italian towns and villages, you'll love exploring this wonderfully authentic sailing area.