Top reasons to go sailing on Italy's Amalfi coast

Thursday, 24 November 2013 1:14 PM

Situated on the southern side of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its culture, as well as its magnificent sailing grounds. Discover the top reasons to embark on a yacht charter here below.

Indeed, if you are planning a yacht charter in the Mediterranean, you will find the Amalfi Coast to be a perfect candidate. Its prime cruising season is between April and October, when you can expect balmy weather and beautiful blue skies.

Perhaps one of the best bases from which to enjoy a bareboat charter on the Amalfi Coast is Procida - the smallest island in the Bay of Naples, as well as the oldest. From here, not only can you discover the delights of the Amalfi Coast, but visit the lesser-known Pontine Islands too.

Long a popular holiday destination, the Amalfi Coast is famous for its picturesque towns and stunning scenery, which is a joy to explore by boat. Among the places you can visit is the beautiful town of Positano - known for its affluence and amazing landscape.

Indeed, the town is characterised by pink and peach-coloured houses that sit on incredibly steep streets. Divided in two by a cliff, this town has a reputation for its designer shops and its popularity among tourists - but you will find slices of authentic Italy in the smattering of older buildings you occasionally come across.

For the best of the shopping, head east to the centre of the town behind Spiaggia Grande. During your visit, take a trip to the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, where you will find a Byzantine Black Madonna dating back to the 13th century.

In the evenings, you can look forward to sophisticated dining and entertainment, which makes it perfect for couples and groups looking for a refined holiday experience.

Plus, this area is a great place from which to visit Pompeii and Naples. So, if you're interested in seeing either of these remarkable locations, make sure you schedule in a trip during your time in Positano.

Aside from the attractive locations on the Amalfi Coast itself, you'll find that it is within easy reach of other excellent destinations - while the waters themselves are a real experience to sail and offer plenty of opportunities for swimming and diving.

Basing yourself in Procida, you will have the chance to explore this fascinating and beautiful island, with its enchanting blend of old and new. Spanning just 4 sq km, this tiny location still largely relies on the fishing industry and is home to houses painted in pretty pastels, as well as lovely lemon groves.

Because the island is so small, you can easily explore it on foot or by bike - and you'll find there is much to see here. For example, you could visit the Benedictine Abbey of Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo, or lie back and relax on Chiaia beach - widely regarded as the island's best stretch of sand. Before setting sail for your next destination, make sure you sample the excellent seafood.

If you're eager to enter into a world of tranquillity during your break sailing the Amalfi Coast, you'll find the perfect spot in nearby Palmarola - one of the Pontine Islands. This uninhabited and rugged isle is the ideal place to unwind and do nothing more than swim in the beautiful water or read a book.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that it's surrounded by rocks, so it may put your sailing skills to the test.

The Pontine Islands are also home to some inhabited isles, one of which is Ponza - another great spot to explore when sailing in the Mediterranean. From relaxing on the beach to indulging in a spot of shopping on Porto di Ponzo, this is a really fun location to visit - and one that boasts fantastic seafood.

Once you've sampled some of local specialities, why not discover the island's splendid landscape with a hike? Its highest point is Monte La Guardia, which is well worth climbing up to. Indeed, once you reach it, you'll be greeted with some truly stunning views.

So, if you're keen to embark on an enjoyable, sophisticated sunshine sailing break, you'll find the Amalfi Coast, with its beautiful towns and fantastic nearby attractions, is the perfect choice.

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