Croatia, Greece, Spain, Italy, The BVI
The European summer is prime time for a sailing holiday in guaranteed sunshine. Here’s our guide to the best places to sail in the peak Mediterranean sailing season, as well as a left-field Caribbean choice, with advice on the best yachts to charter in each of the sailing areas.
As a general rule, this is a superb time to go to the Mediterranean, whether Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain or Turkey. By nature of its geography, the eastern Mediterranean has a longer sailing season – Greece and Turkey are further south and east than the likes of the Balearics, which means they heat up earlier and stay warmer for longer. This makes them brilliant places to sail in the ‘shoulder’ seasons of May, June and September.
The western Mediterranean has a shorter window of perfect weather, but keeps its cool in the height of summer, so you can bask in warm but never too hot conditions in the peak months of July and August.
Don't rule out going a little further, too. There are some superb deals to be had in the Caribbean at this time of year, and the weather is surprisingly sublime. The British Virgin Islands are quite dry and warm (28˚C) in June and July, and an exceptional option for those who want to explore somewhere a little more exotic.