For a rejuvenating adventure that also works wonders for your mind, body and soul, look no further than a sailing holiday with Sunsail
Listening to the sounds of the sea — whether it’s while sailing peacefully over the waves or sipping something cool and refreshing on a sun lounger — can relax the brain and have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. In fact, studies have shown that being near the sea rejuvenates both mind and body while reducing stress and anxiety.
This is just one of the reasons why sailing holidays are growing in popularity among savvy travellers who want to use their precious holiday time to really switch off. Sailing offers a rewarding experience, where you can head off-grid on a yacht to some of the most spectacular coastal destinations in the world, discover hidden gems and unwind in unspoiled areas — and that’s just for starters.
Expertise and experience
Whether you’re new to sailing or have prior experience, holiday operator Sunsail is the perfect partner for your next at-sea adventure. It has a heritage stretching back almost 50 years, and the expertise and knowledge to match, as well as passion and an adventurous spirit that will take your holiday to another level.
New sailors can hire a professional skipper to take the helm on a bareboat charter or a flotilla — the former doesn’t include a crew, while the latter is a group of several yachts guided by a lead boat that comes with a skipper, engineer and hostess on board — or take a sailing course.
Learn the ropes while getting your Royal Yachting Association qualification on the Ionian or along the Dalmatian Coast as part of Sunsail’s week-long sailing school. In addition to mooring in various ports and marinas, you’ll also get to try your hand at night sailing during a special four-hour lesson. Not only that, but you’ll be sailing on a state-of-the-art, world-class fleet with unrivalled levels of safety, so you can relax in the knowledge that you’re in expert hands.
And if you’re an experienced sailor, you can take the helm and create your own route on a bareboat charter or join a flotilla for more sociable sailing.
Once you’re on board, the possibilities are practically endless. You can go sightseeing, discover new places and cultures and get closer to nature and incredible wildlife (and all without the crowds, too). Best of all, you can easily visit areas only accessible by boat, from sheltered coves and stunning beaches to deserted islands and remote fishing villages, while waking up to a different view every day.
A wealth of choice
Sailing holidays are great for families, particularly flotillas, which include a set sailing route and Sunsail crew support. There’s also guaranteed mooring and a selection of fun activities, such as beach barbeques and punch parties. On selected flotilla routes and dates, there is a kid’s coordinator available, too.
Groups of friends and couples are equally well catered for, with Sunsail able to tailor sailing holidays for romantic breaks and more adventurous getaways. And with more than 20 destinations on offer across Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, you really will be spoilt for choice, with well-appointed yachts at every destination.
Sunsail provides a full end-to-end service, with its holiday planners available to help every step of the way. And with Sunsail being ABTA and ATOL protected, your holiday is in safe hands from the very start.
What’s more, there’s still time to book a last-minute getaway, with Mediterranean sailing holidays in Greece, Croatia and Italy available up until October 2023. Alternatively, you can book now for next year, taking advantage of some great offers across Sunsail’s worldwide destinations, including the British Virgin Islands, St Lucia and Thailand.
Three of the best: discover Sunsail’s most popular destinations
Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most stunning coastal cities, with a harbour overlooked by the ancient citadel. Explore the old town, set sail for Ston, where you’ll find one of the largest defensive walls in the world, swim and snorkel in the warm waters around Mljet island and check out the luscious vineyards of Korcula.
Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast at Agana. The coastal waters of the Adriatic are ideal for cruising: from Agana, you can set sail to the culture-rich islands of Brac, Solta and Hvar to the south or visit the national park of the Kornarti Archipelago to the north.
Spectacular scenery, ancient culture, buzzing nightlife and island-hopping — Lefkas has all this and more. Located just off Greece’s stunning Ionian Coast, this pretty island provides opportunity for you to try a range of activities, get stuck into watersports, explore a medieval fortress, visit tiny islets and indulge in fresh seafood at its many waterfront tavernas.
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