Looking for inspiration for your next sailing trip? After 24 years spent at sea, ex-Royal Navy Sailor Ian Rembridge has quite a few opinions when it comes to the best spots to explore by boat. He has shared his four favourite sailing spots and the answers may not be what you expected…
This British Overseas Territory dominates the headland of Spain’s south coast and offers views of nearby Morocco, amongst other unique sights. With an impressive history dating back to Greek mythology when the peninsula was named Calpe and considered one of the pillars of Hercules, a day exploring Gibraltar can include hanging out with the monkeys that inhabit the Upper Rock, swimming with dolphins, exploring the natural grotto of St Michael’s caves, and a walk up the Mediterranean Steps for those who want the best view and have a head for heights.
Saronic Gulf, Greece
Stretching between the Peninsulas of Attica and Argolis, a trip around the Saronic Gulf offers the chance to explore the stunning islands of Angistri, Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Salamina, and Spetses, as well as a possible inland trip to the historic city of Athens. As a slightly lesser-known Greek Island route, you will find picturesque coastlines comparable to Santorini and nightlife that rivals Mykonos without the crowds or price tag!
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
At 21 square miles, Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands. This picturesque haven exploded onto the scene as a result of volcanic activity, and minor earthquakes are still common on Tortola today. However, don’t let that put you off visiting this idyllic location, you can spend your time in Tortola exploring wildlife in Rhona National Marine Park, beach hopping around the stunning white sand coast, or relaxing island-style in the Caribbean bars.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
To see one of the most uniquely beautiful coastlines in Europe, set sail from Naples and float down towards Amalfi and the exclusive island of Capri. The Amalfi Coast experience is filled with sunny beaches, beautiful towns, mountains of food and wine! Must-sees along this route are the famous Blue Grotto, the volcanic island of Ischia, and the photogenic little coastal town of Positano.