Boating in Europe will always be on many people’s bucket lists, especially since you have places like Croatia, Malta and Italy in such close proximity to each other, making for an excellent sailing route! From crystal clear waters with sand or pebble beaches to quaint coastal towns and historical sights, a catamaran rental in Malta, Croatia and Italy, won’t let you down.
There are many ways to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. The three countries of Malta, Croatia and Italy offer a diverse range of boating opportunities. Malta is perfect for those who want to explore the coastline and islands in peace and quiet, while Croatia is an excellent choice for those who want to combine boating with other water sports such as scuba diving or snorkelling. A sailboat rental in Italy offers a variety of options for those who want to explore the coastline or head out into the open sea.
To start your boating journey to the places I’m going to list here, you will need to rent a boat or a catamaran. Oceans Evasion is a boat rental platform with more than 17,000 catamarans and sailboats for rent. A catamaran rental in Croatia or Malta and Italy is always a family-friendly option full of adventure.
Why Malta, Croatia and Italy?
Boating is a great way to explore the beauty of the Mediterranean. Malta, Croatia and Italy offer unique boating experiences, plenty of beach activities, historical landmarks and water sports.
The Maltese Islands are a popular destination for boaters; they have many scenic spots and historical sites to visit.
Croatia has a long coastline with plenty of islands and coves to explore. The country has a rich cultural heritage which is reflected in its cuisine, music and architecture.
Italy is an ideal destination for boaters who want to experience both the sea and the mountains. It has more than 3,000 kilometres of coastline, with picturesque villages and towns that dot its shores.
Places to visit
If you embark on a catamaran rental in Croatia your first stop should be the Istria region, well known for its coastal towns and abundance of wine and olive groves. The best place to start your trip is Rovinj. It has a marina located in the southeastern part of the harbour, and it’s protected from the wind by the island of Sveta Katarina.
- Visit Punta Kamenjak Beach and Fazana Beach
- Visit Brijuni archipelago
- Easy access to Veli Brijun
- Plenty of archaeological sites
- Safari Park
Not only that but there are also hidden attractions in Istria. Not far from Cape Kamenjak, you can find two large underwater caves that are stunning.
Tip: The best time to visit Istria is from May and June to September and early October.
For a catamaran rental in Malta, the best option to go boating is Comino. Malta’s sister island might look a bit small, but without a doubt, it has the best and most strikingly beautiful bays and places to visit, due to its crystal-clear turquoise waters.
There are many things to check in Comino, but a good place to start your journey and anchor your boat in Malta is Qawra Point or Golden Bay, that way you’ll be close to most of the island’s attractions (including Comino). I can’t put into words how splendid this is, you’ll have easy access to Gozo, Malta’s bays and many historical sites of the island.
- Visit Golden Bay Beach
- Blue Lagoon
- Crystal Lagoon
- Dingli cliffs
- Fish Market in Marsaxlokk
- Land and water activities
Tip: The best time to visit Malta, Comino and Gozo is during the spring months and early summer, from April, May and June to September and early October
There’s no better place for boating in Italy than Naples, and your best choice to anchor your boat is at the Phlegraean Islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. All of them can be easily accessed from the Gulf of Naples, making it one of the best places for a sailboat rental in Italy.
If I had to choose I would go for Capri; it has been a well-known place for many famous figures to retreat to, from (the misunderstood?) Emperor Tiberius to the writer Pablo Neruda. But all three islands have something to offer. For example, Ischia is the largest island and is usually called “the green island” as it is well known for its mineral springs and thermal waters. Procida is the smallest island of all three and is a picturesque fisherman village that’s almost unspoiled. It’s also well known for people that want to escape the usual tourist landscape.
When it comes to things to do and places to visit it’s HARD to just select a few, there are many inland and water destinations in Naples to check out.
- Visit Castel Ovo and the Lungomare
- National Archeological Museum
- Marina Piccola
- Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto)
- The Gaiola Beach
- Lido Virgilio
- Gaiola Archaeological Park
- Sunken Nymphaeum at Baiae
Tip: The best time to visit Naples and the Phlegraean Islands is from March and April to early November.
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