10 places in the Mediterranean to sail at least once in a lifetime

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MediterraneanThere are places that remain in your heart, crystal clear bodies of water and breathtaking scenery, which you really enjoy only if you are on a boat. We have selected ten around the Mediterranean where, at least once in your life, you must sail, if you have not yet been lucky enough!

1. Bodrum (Turkey)

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The city, located in southwestern Turkey, is none other than ancient Halicarnassus, ruled by the legendary king Mausolus (hence the word mausoleum).Bodrum oozes with history, starting with the giant medieval castle, built by the Knights of Rhodes, that guards the entrance to the bay. A meeting point between the Aegean and the Mediterranean since ancient times, Bodrum is known for its pleasure boat yards. Even today, men of the trade continue the traditional construction of boats such as the Tirhandil, with a pointed bow and stern, and the “Gulet,” with a wide beam and round stern. Explore the coastline around the city, rich in caves and ravines, and don’t forget to dive in search of the colorful sponges. Learn about the best rental offerings.

2. Bonifacio (Corsica)

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The entrance to the long, narrow fjord that ends in a delightful little harbor is worth the view alone. The town climbs among high white limestone walls, making it a safe haven, but more importantly, unique in the world. Breathe in the salt-scented air, and if in addition to sailing you cultivate a passion for semiology, listen to the old men speak the bunifazin dialect, in every way similar to 13th-century Genoese. Learn about the best rental offerings.

3. Dubrovnik (Croatia)

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Crystal-clear waters, ideal weather conditions and more than 1,200 islands and islets to explore make the Dalmatian coast the ultimate destination for an Adriatic cruise. Not surprisingly, it was included in the “50 best places to visit by boat before you die” by American journalist Chris Santella. Dubrovnik is the icing on the cake: one of the best-preserved medieval ports in the Mediterranean, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site after restoration and repair of bombing damage in ’91. Learn about the best rental offerings.

4. Formentera (Spain-Balearics)

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If transgression and unbridled tourism are not for you, avoid mooring in Ibiza and drop anchor near Formentera: you will admire equally beautiful views and equally clear waters, but far less crowded (August excluded). A unique spectacle is offered by the pink beach of S’Espalmador, a small island just 150 meters from the northern tip of Formentera: you can safely bottom out in 4-5 meters of water and enjoy one of the most beautiful shelters in the Mediterranean. Learn about the best rental offerings.

5. Kvarner Gulf (Croatia)

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The arm of sea that separates Istria from the islands of Losinj and Cres is a “must” on any self-respecting Adriatic cruise. A place of great seafaring traditions, it saw the growth of Straulino, Italy’s greatest sailor (born in Mali Lošinj). From here you reach Krk, the largest of the Dalmatian islands famous for its sinuous hills covered in fragrant Mediterranean scrub and its karst caves. Watch out for the bora. Learn about the best rental offerings.

6. Gramvousa (Greece-Crete)

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One of the most magical and wildest places on the island of Crete, topped by the island’s most important Venetian fortress, it is ideal as a starting point for making two edges to the nearby lagoon of Balos. The sea behind the fortress takes on a highly original blue-green hue. Today Gramvousa is a protected natural oasis. Learn about the best rental offerings.

7. Kastellorizo (Greece – Dodecanese)

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It is the smallest of the Dodecanese islands: 70 miles from Rhodes, it represents the extreme eastern outpost of Greece (and therefore patrolled by numerous military personnel ready to defend Kastellorizo from an unlikely Turkish attack). You can moor anywhere; there is hardly any wind. A small corner of remote paradise rose to prominence in 1991 when Gabriele Salvatores shot his masterpiece “Mediterraneo” on the island. Unfortunately, the number of tourists has increased disproportionately, especially in the summertime: it is worth dropping anchor around September October to enjoy the crystal-clear water and breathtaking sunsets. Remember that night, white steps in the moonlight (“remember that night, white steps in the moonlight”) reads the opening line of the song “Castellorizon, on an island” by Pink Floyd leader David Gilmour, who was bewitched by the island’s charm. Explore these 9 square kilometers of enchantment and poetry, and don’t forget to taste the excellent moussaka! Learn about the best rental offerings.

8. Porquerolles (France)

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Conveniently accessible from Hyères, the largest of the Golden Islands in the north counts on wide beaches, while in the south the coastline profile is more jagged and is characterized by classic Mediterranean scrub: spending a night at anchor amid the scent of pines and heather is a thrilling experience, like diving into crystal waters surrounded by fish of all kinds. Also worth a visit are the smaller Port-Cros (home to the nature park of the same name) and Île du Levant, where one of the longest-running naturist villages, Heliopolis, was founded in 1931. Learn about the best rental offerings.

9. Saint Tropez (France)

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Those who have participated in at least one edition of the Giraglia or any of the vintage boat races will well remember the French Riviera town, its splendid fortified citadelle and medieval village. Although, until the 1950s, it was a simple fishing village, it became a place of international fame for being the backdrop for “Likes Too Many,” the 1957 film that launched Brigitte Bardot as Europe’s top sex symbol, and for the famous song “Saint-Tropez Twist” by Peppino Di Capri. The commercial harbor soon turned into a tourist resort and currently hosts large yachts belonging to the international jet-set. But it remains one of the must-see destinations in Mediterranean France. Learn about the best rental offerings.

10. Zakynthos (Ionian Greece)

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Nor ever again shall I touch the sacred shores, Where my boyish body lay, my Zacynthus, who mirrors thee in the waves of the Greek sea From which virgin was born. We have all heard of Zante, or Zakynthos, a large island in the Peloponnese, because when it was still under Venetian rule it gave birth to Ugo Foscolo. Pictured here is one of its most famous corners, the so-called “Wreck Beach” or “Navagio”: reachable only by sea, it owes its fame to the wreck of the MV Panagiotis, a vessel used for cigarette smuggling that ran aground there in 1982. On August 12, 1953, the island was devastated by a major earthquake, but it has been reborn as well as and better than before.If you are a marine wildlife enthusiast, take a trip to the southwest part of the island: within the Zakynthos Marine National Park you can see some specimens of the now very rare Caretta caretta, the Mediterranean turtle. Learn about the best rental offerings.

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