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Overview: Sailing in France, the City of the Lights

Overview: Sailing in France, the City of the Lights

France, or the city of the lights, as some prefer to call, it is located in Europe and is definitely one of the most emblematic countries Europe has to offer. As one of the top touristic destinations France do possesses a lot of places that are worth visiting, and plenty of activities to enjoy. One of those activities is sailing. Let’s see the various components that make France a great place for a great sailing activity.

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Regarded as the ‘City of the Lights’ France has a worldwide reputation for various reasons: some think of it as the capital of fashion because it houses some of the most famous stylists and hosts thousands of fashion shows; others say it is the home of great restaurants and amazing chefs that together provide the finest cuisine of Europe. Nevertheless, France also possesses a lot of places to sail.

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Fall in Love for Italy While Sailing

Fall in Love for Italy While Sailing

Located in Europe, Italy is actually one of its top touristic destinations, attracting tens of thousands of tourists every single year. In Italy there are a lot of different touristic attractions that fit all the budgets, tastes, and ages. In this article we will explore the various places that make Italy a favorite place for many tourists around the world. This article will help you decide if Italy will be the destination of your next maritime adventure.

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Italy is known at an international level as one of the best touristic spots in Europe and in the world as well. Being located in the Mediterranean Sea this peninsula has a Mediterranean climate: Summers are hot and dry, and on the other hand, winters are wet and cold, and sometimes snowy (depending on the location). If you really enjoy hot temperatures July would be the best time to visit it. Obviously the climate varies from place to place due to Italy’s geography. Having a unique cuisine, beautiful destinations, and impressive pieces of art, Italy became one of the best spots to enjoy memorable vacations. Now we will explore the secrets that make Italy one of the best places for sea lovers.

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Sailing in Turkey

With the trip booked and planned for, the final day of travel came and I made my way to Turkey. I arrived in Istanbul in the wee hours of the morning and made my way to the hotel to freshen up and look forward to my stay in the area. The next day I began my weeklong tour of Turkey before heading to the waters, I had a tour of the Grand Bazaar, which is home to over four thousand shops, I of course did a bit of shopping, before heading on to explore other places such as the gardens of the Topkapi Palace, which was the seat of power for the Ottoman Empire for over 450 years, I also visited Pamukkale, which means cotton castle in Turkish and is a natural site in Denizli province. Pamukkale has a number of hot springs and travetines to be enjoyed.  Other places I visited were Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Emirgan park and Hagia Sophia.

Finally the weeklong sailing tour presented itself!  We were to use a sailboat as opposed to a motorboat or a catamaran, because we wanted a leisurely sail that would ensure that we took in the beautiful scenery to the fullest. Aboard the sailboat, we cruised our way through the beautiful and refreshing crystal clear waters in the Mediterranean sea.

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Sail in Thailand, the Land of the Smiles

Sail in Thailand, the Land of the Smiles

Thailand manages to attract thousands of tourists each year. Some are looking for a place to have fun, others want relaxation, and others are looking for the right place to sail. Thailand is a combination of all that: fun, relaxation, and unforgettable sailing moments. In this article we will be reviewing the ups and downs of the so-called “land of the smiles” and provide you with information that will help you decide if Thailand will be the place where you next sailing adventure will happen.

Located in the Southeast of the Asiatic continent, Thailand borders the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. In terms of its total length, it is one of the longest countries in the world, holding the 51st place, it has a population of about 64 million people which make it one of the most populous countries in the world, holding the 20th place. Thais are pretty friendly and welcoming, by interacting with them you will get a better insight about their culture and their way of life.

The climate is also a very important part of the equation when it comes to selecting the right destination for your next sailing adventure. Basically, in Thailand you will find three types of seasons. The rainy season happens from May to November and let me tell you that it rains a lot during that period; floods are common during that season and this is actually the biggest downside Thailand has. The cold season happens from November to February, and finally, the hotter season happens from March to May. Even though you can distinguish these three seasons, it is relatively hot and wet all year round, with temperatures averaging the 29ºC.

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Sailing from Dubrovnik and back…

Croatia had always popped up when discussions of dream travel destinations were had with friends. And so being a person who likes to experience things first hand, I just had to see what the fuss was all about. From what I had searched about the place, I discovered that there were a number of low-cost air routes available, that the place had plenty of sunshine, and that there was a burgeoning dance festival culture to be enjoyed. I found out that the youth especially liked to travel to it and that its most popular tourist hotspots were Dubrovnik and Split. Since I had some holiday time coming up, I booked my tour and packed my bags in readiness for what Croatia had in store for me.

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I picked a motorboat cruise tour because I am especially addicted to water, and what do you know? There are cruises to be enjoyed in Croatia! I of course enjoyed some few places while in the city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is a really beautiful city, with many amazing attractions like the Roland statue which symbolizes a free city, the Rector’s Palace, which now houses a museum with many beautiful collections. I also visited Sponza Palace, with its historic archives, Placa Stradun, where the old city seems to come to life and the beaches. Being a water person, I especially liked the relaxation I had at the beachside. I had the pleasure of visiting both Baje and Lapad beach, which each offered their own pleasantries, and with the sun hitting my face, the waves whispering hello to my ears and the waters singing their songs to my soul, what more could I ask for?

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Sailing in Croatia for the first time

Pick any place you want to go. That is what I was told when I was presented with a holiday package of choice for my birthday by a close friend. Well, what do you know? Croatia automatically came to mind. Why you may ask? Well I had always heard of all the islands and waters that were simply “to die for” and so of course I had to try it out, and hey there was the chance of sailing, which I had always wanted to attempt. I had been hearing here and there about Croatia, how it had plenty of sunshine, and how the place was thrive with a burgeoning dance festival culture. There was also talk of Dubrovnik and Split, which are popular tourist hotspots from what I heard, so I just had to see for myself, seeing as the place seemed to have all the ingredients that I needed to make my holiday special.

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We made our bookings, packed our bags and made our way to Croatia, and fun times! At first glimpse, I couldn’t get enough of the city’s architecture, it made me want to gaze for a while, which of course I did! Anyway, we made our way to the hotel, unpacked, freshened up and began our tour of the city. We only had eight days to enjoy this wonderful place, and so I wasn’t willing to lose any minute of it. We visited some museums like the Split City Museum, where we were enlightened with its collection of cultural, urban, economic and artistic heritage of the city. We also enjoyed the music festival, which were told majorly occurs in the summer. We also visited Rector’s palace, Onuphrius’ Fountain and Minceta tower, and I must say that walking along the streets is like going back in time, especially with the building’s architectural designs.

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Getting to Know Turkish in a Turkish Sailing Cruise

Getting to Know Turkish in a Turkish Sailing Cruise

Over the last months a lot has been said about Turkey, all that due to the lack of stability and excess of protests. As a matter of fact, Turkey has been the place of choice for many tourists

, but unfortunately the number of tourists decreased thanks to the protests and all the instability in the country. However, this country is the perfect pick if you want to enjoy a memorable sailing experience. In this article we will be exploring Turkey and providing you all you need to know about it when it is time to decide if it is the place to start your sailing cruise.

Due to recent events that occurred in Turkey the tourism has been severely harmed because people tend to think that the country is not secure, and the last think tourists want is to go to a place where there is lack of security. Regardless of what has been reported about this country, it is a spectacular touristic spot and that also applies to those who love to sail. Yes, the country faced hard times and periods where there were confronts between law enforcement forces and some of the Turkish people, however, that situation changed and now Turkey is stable and perfectly ready to receive tourists.

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Get Away From the Stress and Concerns by Sailing in Slovenia

Get Away From the Stress and Concerns by Sailing in Slovenia

Most of us are caught up in the day to day minutiae and sometimes all the problems and concerns can be pretty stressing for all of us. We wait for the vacations to get some rest and get away from all the problems for at least a couple of weeks. What is better than sailing in Slovenia to relax and get rid of all the stress? In this article we will be exploring this European touristic spot and uncover what it has to offer you.

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In Central and Southeastern Europe it is located a special country that can provide you compelling sailing experiences that will remain in your memory for years to come. The combination of beautiful landscapes, amazing biodiversity, an agreeable climate, fantastic points of interest, and friendly ports and marinas, make this country an excellent place to visit.

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Explore Montenegro: The Precious Gem of the Mediterranean

Explore Montenegro: The Precious Gem of the Mediterranean

Located in the Southeast of Europe, Montenegro is considered by many people the precious gem of the Mediterranean, also being one of the favorite places for sailors and sailing amateurs around the world. Sailing in Montenegro is made possible thanks to the proximity to the Adriatic Sea and the pleasant climate. There is no better way to explore Montenegro than exploring it by sailing in the Adriatic Sea while admiring the beautiful and long coastline. Let’s get to know more about Montenegro and about what it has to offer you.

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The perfect time to visit Montenegro would be during the summer, which happens from July to September, since it is when the temperatures are ideal for sailing. The hottest months are July and August. During the summer you can expect temperatures ranging from 20ºC to 30ºC. In the coastal areas winters are mild. Generally speaking the climate in Montenegro is neither too hot, nor too cold. In other words, it is the perfect place to rent a boat, start sailing, exploring, and having fun. All that while enjoying a comfortable climate.

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Sailing in Croatia for the first time

Pick any place you want to go. That is what I was told when I was presented with a holiday package of choice for my birthday by a close friend. Well, what do you know? Croatia automatically came to mind. Why you may ask? Well I had always heard of all the islands and waters that were simply “to die for” and so of course I had to try it out, and hey there was the chance of sailing, which I had always wanted to attempt. I had been hearing here and there about Croatia, how it had plenty of sunshine, and how the place was thrive with a burgeoning dance festival culture. There was also talk of Dubrovnik and Split, which are popular tourist hotspots from what I heard, so I just had to see for myself, seeing as the place seemed to have all the ingredients that I needed to make my holiday special.

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We made our bookings, packed our bags and made our way to Croatia, and fun times! At first glimpse, I couldn’t get enough of the city’s architecture, it made me want to gaze for a while, which of course I did! Anyway, we made our way to the hotel, unpacked, freshened up and began our tour of the city. We only had eight days to enjoy this wonderful place, and so I wasn’t willing to lose any minute of it. We visited some museums like the Split City Museum, where we were enlightened with its collection of cultural, urban, economic and artistic heritage of the city. We also enjoyed the music festival, which were told majorly occurs in the summer. We also visited Rector’s palace, Onuphrius’ Fountain and Minceta tower, and I must say that walking along the streets is like going back in time, especially with the building’s architectural designs.

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Yachting on Malta

Malta is a small island on the Mediterranean Sea which is rich in history. It provides a person chartering a yacht with a wonderful and unique experience, with its impressive landscapes and buildings. It also boasts of beautiful coastlines and seascapes that will take your breath away with their clear blue waters. The island brings the past to the future with a beautiful blend of life and culture, but above all, to a yachting enthusiast, Malta provides for an outstanding sailing destination with warm sunshine and clear blue skies. Malta is fast becoming a popular yachting destination, as can be seen by the continuous extension of yacht marinas.

Malta, since it is strategically located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, makes it a natural choice for many a yachtsman to visit. A yachting trip from Valletta to Sannat and back leaves one with a beautiful memory. Valletta s is capital city of Malta, and was named after Jean Parisot de Valette, after he successfully defended the island from an Ottoman invasion in 1565 . From Valletta, the first leg of the cruise will lead you to the beautiful island of Comino, which is located between the islands of Malta and Gozo. The small island which measures 3.5 kilometers is noted for its isolation and tranquility as well as the fact that it was named after the cumin seed which once flourished on the Maltese islands. You will notice St. Mary’s Tower, which is the most visible structure on the island. The Blue Lagoon, which is located between Comino and the adjacent islet of Cominotto attracts many a visitor due to its white sandy base as well as its rich marine life. You will find a number of swimmers, divers and snorkelers in this area.

The second leg of the trip leads us from Comino to the island of Gozo. This island is renowned for its scenic hills and is rural in character and less developed . The island of Gozo is home to a number of beaches as well as seaside resorts as compared to the main island Malta. From Gonzo, we head back to Valletta.

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Rent a Gulet and Sail Across the Mediterranean

Rent a Gulet and Sail Across the Mediterranean

Sailing is becoming more and more popular among adventurous people who have an inner desire to explore and get to know new places. If you have that special taste for adventure and also love to sail, why to do not combine them and rent a Gulet to start sailing? Boat renting enterprises are making it easier for everyone who wants to sail. There are discounts and promotions that will make the renting process a lot cheaper. Be part of a vast number of people who are enjoying an amazing sailing experience across the ocean.

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When we think about sailing, there are a lot of boat types to choose from, if you are thinking about paying a visit to the Mediterranean consider the option of renting a Gulet. This interesting boat type is easily recognized by the wooden appearance and by the two or three masts it has – usually you will find two-masted Galets. There are various types of Galets with different prices for different budgets. The costs will vary according to the age of the Galet, the size, the destination, the number of days, the season, and the like. The Galet’s size can range from 14 meters up to 55; it can be a cheap vessel or a luxury one. 

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The Caribbean: A Sailing Paradise

The Caribbean: A Sailing Paradise

While choosing a destination for sailing purposes it is essential that the destination possesses some core qualities. If you have a true passion for sailing and really enjoy the experience, you are surely looking for somewhere exciting; you are looking for a sailing paradise. The Caribbean is one of the finest zones in the whole world when it comes to tourism, and particularly when it comes to sailing. In this article we will be exploring this true sailing paradise.

The Caribbean is the place of choice for many, many people around the world. Those who are searching for an exotic place where they can get back to nature and enjoy a unique experience. Constituted by about 700 islands and islets, the Caribbean is the perfect place for cruises and sailing adventures. Let’s find out more about this wonderful place.

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Reviewing Malta as a Sailing Spot

Reviewing Malta as a Sailing Spot

If there is one thing boat lovers love is an island. What is even better than one island? Three islands.  Islands are always good sailing spots because they combine relaxation, beauty, and exciting sailing potential. As a matter of fact Malta has everything you need to enjoy a compelling sailing experience. If you are struggling to decide what will be your next sailing destination, in this article we will be reviewing Malta as a sailing spot.

Malta is located in the Mediterranean, and it is constituted by three different islands: Gozo, Comino, and Malta. History tells us that over the centuries Malta has been the stage of many battles, and it was the place many cultures called home. From Arabs and Crusades, to Greeks and Romans, they all occupied the islands of Malta, and over the years they shaped its culture background. At some point in history the Maltese were under British control and that is, in part, the reason why Malta possesses excellent maritime infrastructures, since the British were known for being apologists of maritime power.

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Greece: The Perfect Place for Boat Renting

Greece: The Perfect Place for Boat Renting

In the past several months Greece has been on the spotlight of the media, but not for very positive reasons. Even though a lot has been said about this country, no one can deny that as a touristic spot, it is one of the best places to visit in Europe, especially for those who really love to sail. In this article we will provide you a list of some of the most interesting things about Greece so you can decide whether or not this is the right fit for you.

 

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Don't Want to Rely on the Wind? Rent a Motorboat

Don't Want to Rely on the Wind? Rent a Motorboat

When it comes to choosing the right maritime vessel for sailing purposes, the choice may become extremely hard since there are so many boat types to choose from. A motorboat may be an appealing option, right? In this article we will cover the ups and downs of choosing a motorboat for sailing purposes; as a result you will have enough information to decide whether or not to rent a motorboat.

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When it comes to maritime vessels, some people buy new ones, others buy used ones, and others rent them. What will you do? Well, the right decision to take will depend on the frequency of use. If you are planning to use it extensively then perhaps the right step to take would be buying a new one or a used one if your budget is tight. However, if you are planning on sailing once or twice a year, then there would be no point in buying one, since you can rent a motorboat, which will be a much cheaper choice. Then, when deciding which vessel to choose and its specifications you have to think about the purpose: cruising or racing.

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5 Reasons to Rent a Boat in Croatia

5 Reasons to Rent a Boat in Croatia

Especially during the summer, Croatia is one of the top touristic destinations of Europe. As a matter of fact its economy is partially supported by tourism. The Adriatic Sea is one of the reasons why tourists visit Croatia. The Adriatic Sea and a thousand islands and islets make this destination a perfect choice for those who want to sail in Croatia. Let’s explore the 5 main reasons to rent a boat there.

Reason no. 1: The Continental and Mediterranean Climate

Croatia possesses a continental climate in certain areas, which means that the temperatures are not very comfortable all year round, during the winter you can expect to find average temperatures of -3 ºC, that’s quite chilly. During the summer, the temperatures are a little bit higher; you can expect to find average temperatures of 18 ºC, it is not cold at all, but that’s not what we would want during the summer.  The positive point about the Croat climate is that it also has a Mediterranean climate along the Adriatic Sea coast, which means more comfortable temperatures. The Adriatic Sea will moderate the temperatures, that way during the winter you won’t find chilly temperatures, and during the summer the temperatures will not be excessively hot, they will remain comfortable. 

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Sailing on the Turkish Turquoise Coast

A Gulet, which is a traditionally designed Turkish wooden sailing vessel is the common choice for tourists who want to sail on the Turkish sea. The vessels are handmade ships that are finely crafted in traditional designs and are highly spacious. Aside from the Gulets, other modes for sailing on the clear blue waters are the motorboat, the sailboats , the yachts and the catamaran.

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Turquoise coast has always been an ideal sailing destination for me, so when the opportunity presented itself, I had to take it. We set sail in Grocek and meandered to Bodrum, with stops to a number of beautiful sites such as the ancient city of Knidos, an exploration of Gorkova Bay in the loop out of Bodrum. The bay is in close proximity to Akyaka, which is one of the most beautiful villages to be seen on the Turkish Turquoise Coast. The area spots some restaurants to cater to your taste buds, a scenic view of the area with pine forests, the sea, and the ducks and geese on the clear Azmak River.

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Best holiday destinations in Turkey

If you are looking for a lifetime moment in the world, Turkish beaches are the places your luxury yacht should dock. Ranging from unbeatable natural tranquil to sandy beaches and stylish beach resorts, these places are unforgettable. Cruising to this place should be easy thanks to the geographical location and myriad sailboats for all. Favorite beaches include:

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Lycian valley

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The Enchanting Caribbean sea

The Caribbean Sea is blessed with a number of Islands, which means that no matter which direction you choose to go, you will soon encounter an island that holds its own beauty, its own history, story and attraction. Aboard a yacht, and depending upon where you wish to start your tour, you can tour the Caribbean from most directions. This particular sailing expedition is focusing on a journey from Florida, USA to the Bahamas, then on to St Kitts and Nevis. A visit to some islands on the Caribbean brought a sense of wonder.

The yacht sail to the Bahamas brought us to one of the most famous islands on the Caribbean. The Bahamas comes packaged with both white sand beaches and pink beaches, with the backdrop of clear blue waters. On the waters are playful dolphins that will take your breath away as well as Flamingo colonies  that paint the horizon pink. With nearby bays such as Elbow, Great Guana and Green Turtle, a stop on the island is indeed worthwhile.

Next stop is Turks & Caicos, where marine live is thriving in great proportions, perhaps due to the fact that over 30% of the island is protected by park or preserve status. This has resulted in an abundance of turtles, huge schools of jacks  and spotted eagle rays. You can also enjoy a sort of fishing and bird watching while on the island. Next the yacht moves on to Haiti and Dominican Republic. Haiti holds a fascination of castles, history, art, music, architecture and spiritual traditions which never fail to entrance visitors. Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, which is home to stunning waterfalls, underwater pinnacles, geothermal vents, a boiling lake and rare parrots. If adventure is what you seek, then the Dominican Republic is just for you, with a rich culture and history. It has a thriving rainforest, rare orchids and colorful birds as well as hundreds of rivers that cascade dramatically into waterfalls. With over 22 species of dolphins and whales, the Dominican waters attract a number of visitors to come whale watch all year round.

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