Summer is finally here! Obviously, Summer is our favorite season here at Book2Sail and we’re 99.9% sure that it’s your favorite too. So why not start thinking about where you can savor Summer to the full throughout July?
July is a great month to go on holiday because you get to enjoy the sunny season without the sweltering temperatures and crowds of August…talk about a win-win situation. Truth be told, we’d sail anywhere in the Mediterranean at this time of the year but we’ve picked five spectacular destinations that would surely provide the perfect backdrop for your sailing holiday this month.
Porto Ercole (Tuscany, Italy)
A sailing holiday in Italy always seems to conjure idyllic images of balmy nights along the Amalfi Coast but it would be a pity to forget the countless options that Italy has to offer. For instance, one of our favorite sailing spots happens to be further up along the Italian coastline and is situated in Tuscany. Porto Ercole (literally translated to Port Hercules) is as picturesque as they come: a small seaside town that’s steeped in history and an expansive marina to boot. Dolce Vita, here we come!
Here’s another destination with a rich historical background: the tiny island of Ikaria in Greece. We like this island because it’s decidedly less glamorous than some of its more known sister islands, like Mykonos or Santorini, but completely fascinating with its inimitable residents and its rugged coastal beauty. Ikaria also happens to be one of the five Blue Zones in the world, that is, communities where people live longer, healthier lives. We’re fully convinced that a sailing sojourn in this Blue Zone will also impact positively our long-term well-being…or at the very least help us cope with our post-holiday blues.
Split (Dalmatian Coast, Croatia)
Split is one of the largest cities in Croatia, known for its bustling nightlife and crystalline waters. It’s essentially a mandatory part of any sailing trip along the Dalmatian Coast and with good reason, may we add: Apart from the aforementioned nightlife and excellent mooring facilities there are also some impressive attractions for the history buff in your crew. If you’re short on time, however, we highly suggest visiting the impressive Diocletian’s Palace.
Beaulieu Sur Mer (French Riviera, France)
With a name that means ‘beautiful place’ and its strategic location on the French Riviera, Beaulieu Sur Mer was bound to be a great base for a sailing holiday in the south of France. Indeed, this small seaside village is not only very pretty and but is also renowned for its high-quality marina. C’est parfait, no?
Palma de Majorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)
Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days in Palma de Majorca? No one that we know.
The beautiful Mallorcan capital epitomizes everything that we love about Spain apart from the obvious sun and sea: the narrow streets, the effortless blending of different cultures into one perfect architectural melting pot, and delicious food. It also helps that Palma de Majorca has one of the largest harbors in the Mediterranean with various marinas where you can moor your boat. Oh, and if you do visit this Balearic beauty, we highly suggest visiting our favorite espadrilles shop.