Take advantage of the November 1 bridge to enjoy a week-long boating vacation at the best time to charter when it costs less and the supply is greater. If you then choose one of the Mediterranean areas, and there are many, where the climate is God-kissed and summer hardly ever ends, then you are all set.
So we opened our charter offer comparison site, with thousands of boats, with and without skippers, and started typing in all the places we wanted to go in the week from Saturday, October 29. We reveal our five choices.
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IN PALM OF MAJORCA, DISCOVERING THE BALEARIC “NORMAL”
One of the most sought-after destinations every self-respecting summer, the main of the Balearic Islands is taken by storm during the warm months. But during the year it is one of the true havens for sailing enthusiasts. You can alternate between days at one of the dozens of lodges dotted along the coast or getting lost in the capital’s narrow streets. Not to be missed, if you love art and architecture, is a visit to the cathedral.
A Bavaria Cruiser 46 of 14.30 meters from 2015 with 4 cabins costs 2,490 euros in the week from Oct. 29.
FROM ATHENS, ROUTE THROUGH HISTORY AND NATURE
In summer it is often hard to choose a catamaran to enjoy the Peloponnese because of the congestion of boats you can find in the roadstead. So why not take advantage of the off-season? Then, before or after the cruise, you absolutely cannot miss a visit to the historical sights of Athens, which is easily accessible thanks to the many low-cost flights.
A Bali 4.3 of 13.10 meters from 2016 with 6 cabins costs 5,395 euros in the week from Oct. 29.
PORTOVENERE AND THE FIVE LANDS, PURE POETRY
Needless to hide it, anyone who sails between the Golfo dei Poeti in front of La Spezia, crosses the Portovenere channel, and perhaps drops anchor in front of the island of Tino will be fascinated. It may be because of that serene air that is almost unchanging in time. It is not for nothing that it is one of the most popular destinations for sailors throughout Italy (and beyond) even out of season. In fact, this is an area that can enjoy, even at this time, a decidedly enjoyable microclimate!
A 16.10-meter Jeanneau 53 from 2010 (refitted 2014) with 4 cabins and skipper costs 4,605 euros in the week from Oct. 29.
STARTING FROM GOLFE JUAN DISCOVERING THE AZURE COAST
Another popular destination in the summer and therefore congested to say the least, the “Cote d’Azur” is almost at its best during these months, when the crowds (and the megamotoscafari) disappear almost as if by magic. Golfe Juan, where the Oceanis 38 we chose today is located, lends itself very well to exploring both the better-known destinations and those little hidden gems and bays that are actually the real wealth of this coast.
A 2016 11.50 m Beneteau Oceanis 38 with 3 double cabins costs 1,519 euros in the week from Oct. 29.
IN TUSCANY, BETWEEN ELBA AND PUNTA ALA
No doubt about it, racers from all over the world consider the stretch of water between Punta Ala and Elba Island to be one of the most beautiful race courses in the world. But this would be reductive. The few miles separating the Tuscan coast from Italy’s third-largest island are ideal for those who don’t want to sail so much before they can rest. Elba, for its part, alternates between villages that are alive all year round and bays that are completely deserted during this season… A 2010 12.80 m Jenneau Sun Odyssey 42i with 3 double cabins costs 1,853 euros in the week from Oct. 29.