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There’s nothing quite exploring somewhere by sea; the wind in your hair, unique glimpses of hard to reach coves and that feeling of total freedom. Even better when it’s warm and sunny of course! Med Sailing Holidays offer a selection of skippered island hopping sailing cruises around the Mediterranean. You can cruise as a couple, family or small group or can even book a private charter and have the boat all to yourselves. It’s up to you how hands-on you are too; whether you want to learn the ropes as you sail or just sit back and let your skipper do the hard work – it’s entirely up to you! Read on for our top 5 sailing holidays in the Med and beyond…

1. Croatia

Cruise between Dubrovnik and Split stopping at the vibrant islands of Hvar and Korčula, the peaceful forest and lakes of Mljet National Park and several magical islands in between. The 7-night cruise includes the chance to swim in the warm seas every day with on-board snorkelling gear provided so that you can also explore under the sea as well; laze on board the luxury yacht in the sunshine and explore secluded villages, ancient Croatian architecture, vineyards and remote islands off the beaten-track. Some of the hidden gems visited on this cruise are only accessible by boat; there’s something rather exclusive about travelling this way. For the more active, there’s caving, cycling and cliff jumping. You’ll be totally spoilt with a hostess preparing your breakfast and lunch every day and by night the sky seems to unveil a private display just for you with a million stars as far as you can see – the lack of light pollution is quite incredible.

2. Greece

The Greek islands just beg to be explored by boat and the Ionian Coast is the perfect area for sailing; tall cliffs offer sheltered and relaxing sailing conditions and the clear, warm waters make for a lovely afternoon dip. Greek hospitality, dockside tavernas, tranquil bays, stunning caves, the rugged coastline and small villages make the trip a truly memorable one. The beauty of seeing Greece this way is that you can avoid traditional tourist traps and the large cruise ships stops and see the real Greece instead.

3. Yoga Sailing Holidays

For something totally unique, sister company Yoga Sailing Holidays, combines the relaxing, scenic pleasure of sailing with yoga to result in a retreat that’s perfect for a balanced body and mind. With daily morning meditation, yoga sessions throughout the day and plenty of time to explore and enjoy island hopping in this beautiful country, you really will leave an ultra-refreshed version of yourself.

4. British Virgin Islands

Ok so this really isn’t the Mediterranean but it’s such a heavenly destination that it had to be included! A sensational 7-night cruise around these stunning Caribbean islands, literally the only reason this is number 4 on our list is because it really isn’t the Mediterranean at all! Snorkel coral reefs and shipwrecks, explore secret caves, see breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, relax on pure white beaches, bathe in pristine aqua water and even hunt for pirate treasure in genuine pirate hideouts, all aboard your stunning yacht.

5. Ultra Europe

Who said being on a boat had to be purely about the relaxation?! The Ultra Europe cruise combines the fun and freedom of sailing with partying and all the best new music. 7 nights of island hopping across Croatia, hitting all the party hot-spots, after parties, music festivals, top DJ’s and beach parties; add to that the stunning surroundings, daily dips in the pure, warm seas and days spent soaking up the sun on a luxury boat and you have the recipe for an awesome holiday.

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