5 Best Easter Sailing Destinations
From the Caribbean to the Greek Islands; Something for Everyone
Stay Home or Explore New Destinations?
For many people, Easter time is the ideal period to spend more time with their family and relatives, whilst for some others, it’s the perfect break from everything.
Whether you belong to the former or the latter group, a sailing holiday can offer you amazing moments, fun, new experiences, and relaxation. Sailchecker have compiled the 5 best Easter sailing destinations for you and your loved ones.
1. The Caribbean
The Caribbean has always had some of the world’s top sailing destinations and for a good reason. Long sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, great sailing conditions, luxury resorts, and numerous islands to explore.
Spending Easter in the Caribbean islands, of course, puts the emphasis on the family, but can also be a warm and welcoming experience for visitors. As with most things in the Caribbean, local traditions put a unique tropical spin on the holiday’s religious and secular celebrations.
There’s something about Easter and sailing that seems to go together in the Caribbean, as evidenced by the annual events that take place there.
- The Easter Regatta on Bequia in the Grenadines
- The Royal Bahamas Defense Force Challenge Cup
For an alternative holiday, you can try yoga on board! You can easily find yoga instructors to hire for a couple of days and make your stay in the Caribbean an unforgettable and relaxing experience.
A slice of paradise beckons in this Indian Ocean idyll, where average temperatures hover around 29°C. Lap up the rays and you’ll return home with a sun-kissed glow that will last you throughout the summer. You can charter a catamaran and sail from Mahé to Praslin and drop anchor by the islands in between.
You will also find a wide selection of 5-star beach resorts that will leave you gasping in delight. The crystal clear waters are ideal for divers and snorkellers while the land lovers can enjoy bird watching, dazzling white beaches and tropical forests.
Throughout Easter week there are a number of local processions, festivities and religious ceremonies. There are also fun activities offered for the young visitors and special menus at the great restaurants.
For art lovers, there is an art festival held that attracts visitors from across the islands. It’s a lively and vibrant celebration of the arts with performances, exhibitions, forums, workshops and a huge range of other activities for all the family.
There are many different areas to visit in Italy, however, Tuscany seems to be one of the best choices for your Easter sailing trip, and can be easily accessed.
The visitors’ favourite destination in Tuscany is the Island of Elba; there are many good reasons for it and will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
The Island of Elba has six big gulfs with wonderful anchorages lined up with white beaches. Small fishing villages, lush vegetation and crystal-clear water are the main features of this unique place. Elba is also an ideal starting point for cruises to Corsica, Sardinia or any of the other islands which are part of the Tuscan archipelago.
Italy is very famous for its spectacular celebrations surrounding Pasqua (Easter) as Italians head to church and take to the streets in parades to honour the most important week in the Christian calendar.
Festivities continue throughout the Holy Week, culminating on Easter Sunday when families enjoy a lunch based on roast lamb and specially-prepared cakes. Pasquetta (Easter Monday) is traditionally the first chance for a spring outing in the year when Italians head for parks, woods and nature reserves to have a picnic.
Wherever you will be sailing in Italy, remember that you will find some great special restaurant menus and the bakeries will be full of traditional Easter sweets.
4. Balearic Islands
The Balearics, offer an abundance of sandy beaches, wonderful sun, and buzzing nightlife. The weather starts to brighten and improve in the Balearics when the spring season is underway. The average temperature you should expect is 15-16°C, but it can go slightly higher during the day.
You can charter a yacht and start sailing from Mallorca, the largest yacht base in the Balearics and either does a round-trip of the island or visit the other islands as well.
Ibiza is famous for its nightlife, but it’s quieter at this time of the year, so you can enjoy the beaches and landscape.
Easter in Greece is a really unique experience and it is celebrated approximately a month after the Catholic Easter. The celebrations are exciting all over the country; some of the most famous destinations to celebrate Easter is considered to be Corfu, Skiathos, Patmos, Chios, Leonidio and Monemvasia.
There you can have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to delve into an overwhelming spiritual atmosphere and participate in sacred rituals, ancient traditions and joyful celebrations!
Spending Easter on Skiathos, for instance, the island of “the saint of the Greek literature” Alexandre Papadiamantis, is definitely a spiritual experience, as the locals observe the monastery ritual of Mount Athos, and live the Passion Week in devoutness and deep contemplation. The sound of the funeral bells ringing, and the scents of nature in blossom blend harmoniously in sweet melancholy.
The weather in Greece is mostly sunny in April and the average temperature is 15C. You will find gentle breezes and great sailing conditions to accompany you.
Do it like a Greek – On Easter Sunday morning, as the 40-day period of fasting finally comes to an end, in most areas of the country, the lamb is cooked on the spit. In other regions, the meat for the Easter table – lamb or kid – is roasted in the oven. The atmosphere is festive- full of joy and excitement! The Easter tables are set and people merrily rejoice, eat and drink with their family until late at night.
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