Vacation on a sailing boat or catamaran

You can spend the evening in solitude or go ashore in a dinghy to eat and drink at a lively beach bar. If you have always dreamed of organizing your vacation on a sailing boat or catamaranwe have covered you in this article the best advice compiled.

Tips for a holiday in Germany

Germany may not be the first destination that comes to mind when considering a beach vacation. However, Germany has a lot to offer: over 2250 km of coastline on both the Baltic and North Seas, stunning lakes with sandy bays and man-made city beaches. From the bathing establishments, where you can warm up before diving naked in the cold sea, to the secluded sandy beaches on the lakes, perfect for kayaking and Stand Up Paddling (SUP).

The North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts are also ideal for a sailing trip. If you are considering chartering a yacht in Germany, her coastal landscape is an exciting destination. In this article we want to introduce you to some great sailing destinations.

The North Sea and Hamburg: the gateway to the world

The North Sea region is one of the best kept secrets in Germany. Tucked away in the northwest corner of the country, this vast region is real Dream for lovers of nature, adventure and space. The North Sea region is dotted with picturesque fine sandy beaches, vast wetlands and mudflats, and charming towns and villages. The Hanseatic city of Hamburg is not far from the North Sea. Holidays in Hamburg are something very special.

Hamburg’s vibrant vibe is evident in everything from HafenCity – a revitalized riverside neighborhood – to the fashion industry, vibrant nightlife and evolving restaurant scene. Whether it’s a chic dinner or just a breakfast in Hamburg, the cuisines of this city will inspire you.

Hamburg is also known as the gateway to the world, mainly due to its long standing importance for shipping and trade. The northern city is also a city of water, crossed by canals and lying on the Elbe. Furthermore, Hamburg is surrounded by a lake that winds around the city.

In summer, the Hamburg Alster comes alive with joggers, ice cream sellers and sailors showing off their boats. A boat trip on the Alster lake in Hamburg, which lies in the middle of Hamburg and the adjacent Alster river upstream, is an unforgettable experience for a Hamburg holiday.

Hamburg and the Elbe, © iStock.com/imh-fotos

Other tips for holidays in Hamburg:

warehouse district: The Speicherstadt, which is protected as a World Heritage Site, has its own atmosphere. Just wander through the red brick canyons, cross the canals and admire the glass decorations of the gabled facades.

Elba Philharmonic Hall: The Great Concert Hall can accommodate 2,100 spectators. If you love music, be sure to hear the Elbphilharmonie orchestra perform in one of the most acoustically advanced concert halls ever built.

Plants and flowers: If I had to make a list of the best city parks in Europe, Planten un Blomen would be at the top with its 47 hectares of gardens, lawns, ponds, greenhouses and botanical plantations.

Best places for sunset in Hamburg:

  • Stadtparksee west
  • Burchardkai
  • Elves square
  • moles

The Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Germans with beautiful beaches, family-friendly resorts and a character of its own. Islands such as Usedom or Rügen are perfect for a beach holiday. Rügen, the largest German island connected to the mainland by a causeway, is famous for its limestone cliffs.

The Baltic Sea landscape is varied and includes high cliffs, forests and green lands. It is ideal for a sailing trip. You can also discover Hanseatic cities such as Lübeck or Rostock on shore excursions.

Old Town of Lübeck, © iStock.com/Marcus Lindstrom
Old Town of Lübeck, © iStock.com/Marcus Lindstrom

The best countries for sailing in Europe

Croatia

A sailing vacation in Croatia is very popular right now. This country offers beautiful beaches and a unique environment. Along the crystalline Adriatic coast there are over 1244 islands (67 of which are inhabited). That’s why a sailing vacation in Croatia is a fantastic way to explore the country.

Depart from the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik and visit the elegant island of Hvar, the timeless island of Vis and the more remote islands of Kornati or Elaphiti are among the useful tips on a yacht charter in Croatia. Expect traditional fishing villages, beautiful sun-kissed beaches, and a host of attractive hidden bays. If, despite the possibilities of a holiday in Germany, you are (in addition) attracted to more southern regions, you will find more tips for a trip to Croatia in the article Useful tips for Croatia.

Croatia, © iStock.com/xbrchx
Croatia, © iStock.com/xbrchx

French Riviera, France

Many may think that the glittering south of France is a victim of its own fame, but it is still one of the most beautiful sailing destinations in Europe, if not the world. Start at the celebrity haunt Saint-Tropez and cruise along the famous coast, stopping at Cannes, Nice and the millionaires’ playground, Monaco.

Gulf of Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

If you want to experience one of the most beautiful coasts in Europe, set sail from Naples and sail along the coast to the Amalfi Coast and the exclusive island of Capri. Enjoy sunny beaches, pretty towns, great food and wine, and beautiful islands in this part of Italy.

Make sure you stop at the famous Blue Grotto, the island of Capri, popular with honeymooners, the volcanic island of Ischia, and the photogenic seaside town of Positano.

Amalfi Coast, © iStock.com/SimonSkafar
Amalfi Coast, © iStock.com/SimonSkafar

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