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Sailing in the Aeolian Islands gives a whole new meaning to the word clarity. Here the Tyrrhenian is deep, yet warm, and has an unbelievable glassy quality. With gorgeous coastlines, active volcanoes and fascinating history, it is a great charter destination.
The seven small islands that make up this volcanic archipelago are situated just north of Sicily and are known for the pristine water, that is perfect for diving, and largely untouched land crisscrossed by hiking trails. Plus, the islands are dotted with small towns that are full of history and culture.
Lipari, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea, Vulcano and Stromboli are becoming more popular for yachters and vacationers as they each have their own unique characteristics and sites to see.
Greece is among the most popular charter destinations with a seemingly infinite number of islands to be explored and many secluded cruising areas.
The combination of history, architecture and culture make it a wonderful place to visit, while the crystal-clear water, sunny weather and warm breezes make it an ideal place to sail and grant a long charter season.
Your itinerary can include stops on the mainland, with a dramatic coastline that stretches over 15,000 kilometres, or the beautiful islands which make up 20% of the total area of the country, such as the Ionian, Aegean, Sporades, Cyclades or the Dodecanese. Aboard a Swan, you are guaranteed an unforgettable vacation, as you can go places in Greece that can only be reached by boat.
As the legend goes, when Venus’ necklace broke, seven pearls dropped into the Tyrrhenian Sea, thus forming the archipelago off the coast of Tuscany. Since 1996, the islands have been protected as part of a national park.
Elba is the largest of the sister islands with 147 km of coastline and a varied landscape that includes white-sand beaches, small fishing villages and rolling green hills. Gorgona, Capraia, Monte Cristo and Pianosa are relatively uninhabited and known for their wildlife.
Plus, as part of a marine sanctuary, snorkelling off the coast is a must. Giglio provides interesting sightseeing, like Roman ruins and an Etruscan shipwreck. Finally, Giannutri is free of cars and full of dramatic cliffs and coves.
The Côte d’Azur is a popular vacation destination for a reason. Its mild, pleasant weather, pebble beaches, lively nightlife and highly luxurious hospitality make it a desirable destination.
On land: featuring a long list of world-famous coastal towns, like Monte Carlo, St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Antibes and Marseilles, as well as unspoilt beaches and rocky inlets, this area combines the sophisticated charm of Southern France with naturally stunning waterfronts and luxury like nowhere else on earth.
On water: the Mediterranean in this area is generally calm with light winds making it perfect for tranquil anchorages and summer cruising from April through October.
The Costa Smeralda is a yachting hub well-known for its beauty and glamour, but Sardinia also features nearly deserted beaches, secluded inlets and tiny villages that see little traffic.
This Italian island is an optimal sailing destination thanks to its hundreds of isolated coves, picturesque shorelines and dramatic rock formations. Sailors of all kinds are attracted to the relatively constant winds and diverse coast – from the dunes of Costa Verde, to the sculpted cliffs along Cala Gonone to the beautiful bays and white-sand beaches.
Plus, nobody who experiences the “Spirit of Swan” can resist the adventure of finding hidden coves and shores that are only accessible by boat.
For pleasure sailing or for sport, the Eastern Seaboard offers it all against a breath-taking backdrop. From the tip of Maine to the Florida Keys, and everything in between, the Atlantic Ocean has deep, blue waters and plenty of wind for exciting sailing conditions. Including places like the Chesapeake Bay, Boston Harbour, Newport, Plymouth, Kennebunkport and Sag Harbour, New England is an especially attractive destination that is filled with history, bustling cities and spectacular seascapes. The coastline varies from rocky cliffs, woodlands and rolling hills to sandy beaches. Florida’s coastline is great for year-round cruising with plenty of sunshine and warm waters, from international hubs like Miami, Palm Beach and Key West to more private ports.
Brilliant colours, friendly people, year-round sunshine, turquoise waters – the Caribbean is a sailor’s paradise. The Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Bart’s and St. Maarten, St. Lucia the Grenadines and Grenada, and on and on, these exotic islands are home to a unique range of cultural diversity and the scenery is one-of-a-kind. The Caribbean allows both calm-water cruising and open-sea sailing. A charter here can be anything from a relaxing, tropical vacation, to an active adventure with plenty of water sports, scuba diving and on-land activities, to an exciting regatta. It is the perfect escape.
This group of Spanish islands, off the coast of the Iberian Peninsula, are becoming an increasingly popular sailing destination because they boast clear waters, rocky landscapes, sandy beach fronts and hospitable harbours.
Each island has a different personality.
Mallorca has a mountainous inland area that is great for hiking juxtaposed with a relaxed seaside. Ibiza is known throughout Europe for its active nightlife, where Menorca, on the other hand, is covered with peaceful beaches and isolated coves.
Formentera is an unspoilt oasis with long stretches of white-sand beaches and Cabrera, once used as a prison, is now a national park home to more than 450 species of plants and 150 species of birds.