Why Sailing Is the Ultimate Feel-Good Family Holiday

Look no further than a yacht charter holiday for a family holiday that combines travel, adventure and the opportunity to create special memories together.

Getting out in the fresh air and doing an activity the whole clan can get stuck into is a great way to spend quality time with your nearest and dearest. The feeling of watching a sunset at anchor in a quiet bay is simply incredible, and nothing beats the fun of leaping into turquoise water to cool off from the midday heat.

The good news is that it doesn’t need to cost a fortune, you don’t need to be able to sail, and perhaps best of all, a yacht charter offers you total flexibility and independence. We can create an itinerary specially tailored to suit your family, so all you need to do is turn up and enjoy a great week on your perfect yacht.

Here are some useful tips to help you plan the perfect sailing holiday for your family.

What is the best age to take children on a sailing holiday?

If you are planning on bringing under 5s, booking a holiday with friends (or grandparents) might be an idea, as having another set of eyes and hands will make the experience easier and more fun.

Where should we go?

If your children are of school age, you will probably be looking to take a holiday during the summer holidays. With this in mind, the BalearicsCroatiaGreece and Turkey are good choices.

The winds are light, the distances between stops are short, so the kids won’t get bored, and there are plenty of beaches and secret coves to explore. The wonderful, turquoise Mediterranean waters also make for great swimming and snorkelling, and onshore there are superb historic ruins, charming villages and great places to eat.

What sort of boat?

Although all sorts of boats are popular with families, a catamaran is always a good choice, as it offers plenty of space and comfort, plus extra stability. They are very comfortable holiday platforms. A catamaran’s shallow draft allows you to sail in much shallower waters than a monohull yacht can, which means you can anchor close to shore – handy for swimming to the beach of if you want to go snorkelling in caves or grottos.

What do you want to do?

Depending on your children’s ages and interests, you can add various activities and extras into the holiday mix, from kayaking and scuba diving to wakeboarding and jet-skiing. Just let us know, and we can arrange it. Having said that, many families enjoy spending the mornings exploring the coastline, dropping anchor at midday for lunch and then spending the afternoons swimming off their boat and sunbathing on deck, followed by a delicious meal at a small, family-run taverna in the evening.

Sometimes less is more!