The best destinations for a family cruise
Relaxation, summer and the sea…what else would you need? And all this in the company of your family! This is a list of the most popular family yacht charter destinations. One thing is common in all these spots – it is best to visit them by boat. So if we don’t own a boat, it’s worth renting one.
Family sailing holidays: Adventures in the Mediterranean area
Mali Lošinj (Croatia)
This small, cosy Mediterranean town is the tourist centre of the Kvarner Bay and its neighbouring areas. We can choose from several beaches here; the sandy parts of Čikat beach, one kilometre from Mali Lošinj, might be the best option if we are visiting with kids. Families with small children might also want to consider visiting the beach of Artatore. The pebbly, but still sandy beach has safe, shallow waters. It is important to note that Mali Lošinj is one of the most popular holiday spots across Croatia, so we should organize our stay well in advance. Yachtcharter Mali Losinj
It can be very rewarding to spend our holiday with our kids in Rhodes. There is a wide range of family friendly accommodations. We can find hotels with pools and playgrounds here. There are small guest houses and hostels near the beaches. Kids will love the 700 meter-long Stegna Beach. Besides relaxing, many interesting recreational activities await: the old town of Rhodes and the Aquarium will be a wonderful experience for the children. The famous Valley of Butterflies and the Epta Piges (“Seven Springs”) are perfect destinations for a trip together. Boat charter Rhodes Greece
Lefkada, a member of the Ionian Islands, is the best possible spot for water sports. It’s an ideal destination for families with older children. One of the main holiday resorts can be found on Vassiliki, which offers surfing and kayaking opportunities. The beach of Vassiliki is hundreds of meters long, and its waters are very clear. Surfers are distant from the swimmers so they mean no harm. The Agios Ioannis beach (located 2 kilometres from Lefkada) is also a safe spot for families with small children with its shallow, slowly deepening water. Most of the beach is pebbly with some stones and rocky ledges. Rent a boat Lefkada
It is often called “Green Island” because of its lush greenery and its climate, which is rainier than in the case of other Greek islands. In August the weather is especially stormy here; the most pleasant period for a family holiday is June and September. Paleokastritsa is located to the northwest, 25 kilometres from the capital. Here we can find six beaches surrounded by olive trees, with sandy and pebbly spots as well. This is the most popular place in the island so it’s often crowded. There are excursion boats leaving from this port that take you to explore the islands nearby. You can also try several adventure parks in Corfu. One of the most frequently visited parks is the Sidari Water Park, which is also a hotel. Boat rental Corfu
Tivat can be found on a peninsula on the coast of the Kotor Bay. Porto Montenegro, a marina and a holiday resort offering boat repair services, constitutes nearly the whole town. This is the largest port in the region that accepts private boats. Life in Tivat is defined by yachts and boats; the major tourist attraction in the old city is also related to cruising. Here you can find a botanic garden where. Mediterranean plants collected by local sailors are exhibited. The three tiny islands of the bay (Ostrvo Cvijeća, Sveti Marko and Gospa od Milosti) provide great hiking opportunities. There is a nice selection of beaches as well; the 300 meter-long “Plavi Horizon” might be the best choice. Rent a boat in Tivat
La Rochelle (France)
A port city on the Atlantic coast with historic traditions. The main attraction is “Le Vieux Port”, the “Old Port”, and its three fortress-like towers. 100 meters from the port is Parc Charruyer, a nice park that is ideal for a walk or for relaxing. The giant aquarium that you can see here is a great spot to visit for kids and adults. It is home to nearly 600 fish and other aquatic species from jellyfish to sharks. The whole family can explore the wonderful world of the sea with an auto-guide. There is also a gift shop and a café. La Rochelle yacht charter
We are on the island of Corsica. This island is the paradise for leisure activities. Picturesque rocks and green forests are everywhere. Canyons, waterfalls and stones – you can find everything in the amazing area; one of the popular towns is Calvi. It has a 6 kilometre-long beach, and it’s ideal for relaxing. The city itself is worth discovering. It was founded by the Romans and has a medieval citadel. And one of the houses has a sign that reads: “This is where Napoleon lived”. Rent a boat Calvi
The capital of Madeira, built on the hillside. There are zigzagged, cobblestoned streets everywhere. Ponta do Pargois is located nearby – this is a lighthouse, which is a great spot for watching the sunset. Of all the beaches, the most special one is Porto Moníz. The water of the small ponds amongst the lava rocks – ideal for swimming because of its pleasant temperature – is refreshed by the waves from the tides. It’s probably best to spend our vacation here in September or October. The average temperature is around 22°C. Rent a boat Funchal
Family sailing holidays: Other unique spots…
Seewalchen am Attersee (Austria)
We are on the shores of Lake Attersee, in the Salzkammergut region. This place is the paradise for water sports enthusiasts where families and children are the priority. Those who like sailing can take part in sailing courses on the Attersee. At the end of a tiring day, we can visit the cruising restaurant that has its own wharf. The family can enjoy a nice meal here. The following day we can explore the specialities of the area, including the alpaca farm; this is an animal similar to a llama and will become the kids’ favourite. It is also a good idea to visit the 4.5 meters and 9,000 litres Aquarium Weyreg. Rent a boat Attersee
This ancient village used to be an irrelevant fishing town. Over time, it has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in Poland. The city has also earned the award of the safest holiday resort of the region that provides the best service. Because of the several sanatoriums and the pleasant weather, it’s a favoured spot amongst families and pensioners. Here the water is always warmer than in any other towns of the Baltic Sea.
Bohaterów Monte Cassino, the main street of Sopot, is one of the most famous cities of the country. They organize open-air performances every summer when musicians and artists provide entertainment all day. Europe’s longest wooden pier is in the city as well. It reaches more than a half kilometre into Gdansk Bay. Boats and yachts dock on both sides. We can find restaurants and cafés on the pier, so the place is popular amongst tourists as well as locals.
We can swim, play on the water slides or do watersports on the 4.5 kilometre-long beach. Rent a boat Sopot
Praslin Island (Seychelles)
The second largest island in the archipelago. It can be accessed from the main island, Mah, by ferry or plane. It’s famous for its flora: “coco de mer”, a palm tree that can reach the height of 40 meters, is native to this region. We can get acquainted with the local plant life on organized trips, walking on the neat paths of Vallée de May. Children, of course, may be more interested in the sea and the beaches. The three most popular ones are Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette and Anse Volbert. The latter is a great choice for families; it has shallow, warm waters with snow-white sand. Unfortunately, the coastline here might contain coral debris. Sometimes, the shore and the water may also be seaweedy. Still, the sunset provides a beautiful sight, and there is a wonderful view of the St. Pierre Island nearby. Praslin yacht charters