Cruising the Med – experience summer to the max!

Published On October 19, 2014 | By Matt | Europe

Whether you’re typically a land lubber, or you prefer to head out to the open seas, there’s one thing for sure – there is no better way to experience the Mediterranean than sailing along it’s coastline. If your are an experienced sailor you could charter your own boat or, if not, you could get someone to skipper it for you or go mainstream and book a cruise holiday.

The Mediterranean is one of the world’s most popular sailing destinations and and for good reason. The laid back vibe of the area is one of it’s main attractions – think endless summers, glittering sea, friendly faces, sun-baked shoulders, the feel of the sun on your face … ahhh bliss! Within only a few days you can experience many different cultures, coastal landscapes and spectacular port cities.

Turkey is probably one of the most popular destinations for summer breaks in this region, as well as Greece. You’ll find plenty of affordable land-based breaks in Turkish holiday resorts throughout the traditional summer season, which typically runs from May to October, with consistently high temperatures in late June to early September. For cheap family breaks however, it’s a good idea to head away in early October, because even though the weather may be slightly less predictable, the prices are seriously low. For guaranteed warm temperatures, without melting yourself
to a liquid form however, May and September are fantastic months to visit.

A break from your land-based holiday with a boat cruise in Turkey could be just the ticket. You’ll find plenty to choose from including day-long boat trips which typically include lunch with drinks extra, however booking a private sailing tour would be an even better way to see more of the area, which I have to admit, is pretty spectacular. The Olu Deniz area is particularly beautiful and is a great destination for those who love water sports, especially parasailing. The stunning coastlines around the resort towns of Marmaris, Icmeler and Turunc are some of the most popular areas to sail in the region, as is Bodrum. Bodrum is a glittering, cosmopolitan area and a must see.

It’s quite easy to flit between countries this way, which opens up the area to you massively. The sailing distances between the southern Turkish coastal resorts and some of the closer Greek islands, such as Kos and Rhodes, are under a couple of hours, and if you want to confuse your family members back home completely, why not check in Facebook in Turkey in the morning, and Greece in the afternoon! This is the more fun and modern way of sending a postcard!

Low cost airlines have made holidays to this part of the world easy, and more accessible to all. These days you can book a flight to Dalaman or Antalya in Turkey, Athens or Rhodes in Greece, Rome in Italy, and many other Med destinations for the same price as a train fare to another nearby city in your own country for the day, and you get to visit somewhere completely new and exciting as a result. It’s easy to cut costs by taking advantage of cheap flights, especially if you can travel light with no checked luggage. Why not book a flight with an airline that allows you more in the way of hand luggage, and then be ruthless with your packing? Every little saving gives you more to spend once you’re away, and let’s face it, we save all year around, so a little freedom on holiday is a major plus!

If you do decide to sail around the region then remember to do your research first, particularly on the company you use, and the route you want to take. Make sure you find a cruise itinerary that suits your needs and that you check out reviews online to make sure the company you’re using is the best one for you.

The only other tip? Remember your sun-cream and a sun hat! Heading out into the beautiful, glittering Mediterranean Sea will certainly give you that all over bronzed tan you’ve been looking forward to all year.

Image by Ninian Reid under Creative Commons license.

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