Do you dream of being “lost” in the calm water or exploring tropical wetlands? These are the best destinations for sailing on the opinion of global travelers.
Cowes in Isle of Wight, UK
The establishment of the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1815 turned Cowes, a small seaside village, the number one destination for sailing on the island. For years, Cowes has maintained its unwavering position, with the Cowes Week festival attracting 100,000 visitors every year as the largest sailing race in the world.
Whether you prefer yachts, boating or water sports, there are always plenty of options and family-friendly events from May to August – this is why Cowes is a great place for Both beginners and more experienced sailors. Stay at North House, an old town house built in the 1850s, has been renovated with beautiful design and stunning views of the ocean.
Iława in Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Iława is a lakeside town with sparkling jewels in the Great Lake Area, Poland. Here you will find white and terracotta multi-storey houses, surrounded by wooden veranda patios and hanging flower baskets, as beautiful as the scene in Hollywood movies.
The sailing season in Poland starts in early May and lasts until the end of September – the time period when you can start a sailing course or sailing training course by any school in the Great Lake. The town of Iława overlooks Lake Jeziorak, Poland’s longest water body and is a popular place for boating and canoeing.
In Poland, you will need a permit to sail (depending on the size of the hull) but you can also rent a yacht with a licensed driver. Go easy on Jeziorak Lake and enjoy a great breakfast to start your day at Hotel Port 110.
Göcek in the Aegean region, Turkey
Göcek has been a busy harbor since the Ottoman period, and today, this small Turkish town has six large and bustling marinas. First-time visitors to this area should charter a manned catamaran to the Twelve Islands to soak up the clear sea, endless horizon and the opportunity to dine in one of the gorgeous olive gardens on the island of Domuz.