14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Sail To

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14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Sail To On A UNESCO Yacht Charter

From Europe to Australia, we have compiled our favourite UNESCO Yacht Charter World Heritage destinations, where you can sail to. Each and every one of them has something different to offer, but we can ensure you that they all worth visiting.

On a UNESCO yacht charter, you can add one or more of these World Heritage sites to your itinerary. To learn more about history or discover wonders which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

*Did you know that to be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria.

1) UNESCO Yacht Charter Italy - Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

Aeolian Islands. Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi – are a little piece of paradise and their magical landscapes give a sensation of delight. The amazing blue waters are ideal for swimmers, sailors and divers, while the impressive volcanoes are ideally offered for trekking. Visitors should also try exceptional Malvasia wine on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Choices. Lipari is the largest and liveliest island, but of course, it’s not the only option. For example, in Salina, you will find great accommodation and good transport links, while Stromboli and Vulcano are the favourite places for nature lovers with awe-inspiring volcanic scenery and black-sand beaches.

History. Since the 18th century, the Aeolian Islands have played their part in learning more about volcanos and volcanic activity. 

Other UNESCO Yacht Charter Sites. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto),

2) UNESCO Yacht Charter Japan - Ogasawara Islands

Ogasawara Islands. Located 1,000km south of Japan, the collection of 30 islands is spread over an area covering 7,939 hectares. The islands vary in landscapes but contain ecosystems found nowhere else in the world. 195 endangered species of birds and 441 native plants call the area home. The islands are divided into three groups – Mukojima, Chichijima, and Hahajima, there are also three individual islands Kita-iwoto, Minami-iwoto, and Nishinoshima Island.

Rich flora and fauna. Divine beaches, night skies full of stars, majestic sunsets and whales splashing in tropical waters are only a few of the great things you will find in the Ogasawara Islands in Japan, on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Paradise. They’re said to be a paradise for the nature lovers, and for good reason. These islands offer a wide range of activities for everyone – from snorkelling and sea kayaking into the pristine waters, to forest hiking and whale watching; it’s truly one of Japan’s greatest adventures, to experience on a UNESCO yacht charter.

3) UNESCO Yacht Charter Montenegro - Durmitor National Park

Durmitor National Park. Formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, the ice and the water have carved such a dramatic landscape from the limestone in Durmitor National Park that makes it an interesting UNESCO yacht charter place to visit.

Activities. From December to March Durmitor is a famous ski resort, in summer it’s a popular place for hiking, sailing, rafting, and other adventure activities. The park has a great number of bird species, many types of mammals, and the widest variety of butterflies in Europe.

Žabljak. This is the park’s main gateway and the only town within its boundaries. It’s not a large town, but you can find most essential facilities here such as restaurants, banks, accommodation, etc.

4) UNESCO Yacht Charter Seychelles - Aldabra Atoll

Aldabra Atoll. Aldabra is a coral atoll close to Africa and has been basically untouched by humans – a real unspoilt paradise, instead home to 152,000 giant tortoises.

Location. The atoll is made up of four large islands made of coral that surrounds a shallow lagoon. The island is not easily accessible and for this reason, it still has the largest population of giant tortoises in the world.

Importance. The main importance of this untouched ecosystem is for the study of evolutionary and ecological processes. The extraordinary beauty of this atoll is derived from the diversity of the ocean and land, which join to make a spectacular array of formations and colours. You can visit this site on a UNESCO yacht charter.

5) UNESCO Yacht Charter Croatia - Plitvice Lakes National Park

Tourist Attraction. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia. It entered the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979. The beautiful emerald lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Natural Landscape. The sixteen lakes are interconnected by a series of waterfalls and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The natural environment in this beautiful Park reminds you of fairytales and secret forests.

Other UNESCO Yacht Charter Sites Croatia has another 9 UNESCO sites, including the Old City of Dubrovnik, Historic City of Trogir, the historic complex of Split including the Palace of Diocletian, and Stari Grad Plain.

6) UNESCO Yacht Charter Cuba - Desembarco del Granma National Park

First Cuban UNESCO Heritage Site. The Desembarco del Granma National Park became the first place in Cuba that was declared to be a one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its geographical features make it one of the most notable places in the Cuban archipelago. Beautiful cliffs and tall vertical escarpments are just a few of the natural beauties in the area, waiting to be discovered on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Marine Terraces. It also contains the second largest and best-preserved system of marine terraces in the world, known for its diversity and excellent state of conservation.

Cliffs. The cliffs of the terraces are also of great interest, because, in addition to their beauty, they are important refuges for native flora and fauna. Here, you can find vertical caves which contain pictographs and other traces of former Indian occupation.

7) UNESCO Yacht Charter Finland/Sweden - High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago

Group Of Islands. The fast rate of uplift in a group of islands near Vaasa in western Finland has listed them among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The rapidly advancing shoreline is emerging from the Gulf of Bothnia at about a centimetre a year, multiplying the potential for exciting outdoor activities.

Activities. Bird-watching, cycling, sailing, canoeing, fishing, trekking are a few of the many great activities that you will be able to try in this different yet fascinating place. Kvarken is the stretch of the Gulf of Bothnia in the northern Baltic spanning the 80-kilometre channel between Finland and Sweden. Merenkurkku – literally ‘sea throat’ – is Finnish for the Swedish name Kvarken.

8) UNESCO Yacht Charter France - Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve

Gulf of Porto. One of the most famous Corsica’s landscapes, the Gulf of Porto, is fairly listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites; with its dramatic sculpted red rock and sweeping bays, it has to be seen to be believed, and a great way to do this is on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Paglia Orba. The pinnacles and ravines of the red granite Calanches soar out of beautiful blue seas framed by the jagged peaks of Paglia Orba. They are best explored by foot or by boat.

Columbo Line. Sail to the Calanches and follow the Columbo line from Porto. Stacked slabs, towering pinnacles and gnarled, claw-like outcrops of rock were formed by volcanic eruptions at Scandola million of years ago and subsequent erosion has fashioned spectacular shapes in the rock. The colours are remarkable and vary from charcoal grey to incandescent reds and rusty purples which strike a vivid contrast with the deep green maquis and the cobalt blue sea. The headland and its surrounding waters were declared a nature reserve in 1975, so wildlife is as varied here as anywhere in Corsica.

Other UNESCO Yacht Charter Sites. Pitons, Cirques and parts of Reunion Island, Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay, and the lagoons of New Caledonia reef.

9) UNESCO Yacht Charter Australia - Great Barrier Reef

Breathtaking Beauty. It’s said to be one of the most beautiful and remarkable natural gifts in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains a plethora of marine life, you can find over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays as well as, literally, hundreds of picturesque tropical islands. All these along with some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

Other Activities. Listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Great Barrier Reef offers a wide range of activities to the great number of visitors, such as snorkelling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, sailing, glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and educational trips, cruises, whale watching and swimming with dolphins. The Great Barrier Reef is a great place to go on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Other UNESCO Yacht Charter Sites. Shark Bay, Fraser Island, Heard and McDonald Islands, and Nigaloo Coast.

10) UNESCO Yacht Charter Brazil - Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves

Unspoilt Beauty. With a small population and only a few visitors each year, the Fernando de Noronha Archipelago maintains its natural beauty. The Atol das Rocas is a Biological Reserve and is only visited by researchers.

Marine Life.  An oasis of fertile waters, which are extremely important breeding and living places for tuna, shark, turtle and marine mammals, and which play a crucial role in the natural fish restocking of the region.

Sae Birds. These islands are home to the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic, whilst the Dolphin Bay (Baía dos Golfinhos) hosts an exceptional population of resident dolphin, and at low tide, Rocas Atoll provides a spectacular seascape of lagoons and tidal pools teeming with fish and a great variety of shellfish, sponges, molluscs, corals, etc.

11) UNESCO Yacht Charter Spain - Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture

Ibiza. This famous island is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for a good reason; it provides an excellent example of the interaction between the marine and coastal ecosystems. The dense seagrass, an important endemic species found only in the Mediterranean basin, contain and support a diversity of marine life.

UNESCO Yacht Charter. A UNESCO yacht charter in Ibiza is a great way to see this site as well as discovering beautiful beaches and enjoying superb sailing, on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Archaeological History. Ibiza, also, preserves considerable evidence of its long history. The archaeological sites at Sa Caleta (settlement) and Puig des Molins (necropolis) testify to the important role played by the island in the Mediterranean economy in protohistory, particularly during the Phoenician-Carthaginian period. The fortified Upper Town (Alta Vila) is an outstanding example of Renaissance military architecture; it had a profound influence on the development of fortifications in the Spanish settlements of the New World.

12) UNESCO Yacht Charter United Kingdom - Dorset and East Devon Coast

Jurassic Coast. Dorset and East Devon Coast, or else called the Jurassic Coast, is fairly listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as it’s a walk through time. With its rocks and fossils, you can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past. Through its landslides, cliffs and beaches you can learn about the natural processes that formed the coast and continue to shape the world today. These sites are beautiful to see on a UNESCO yacht charter.

Fossil Hunting, The different rocks along the Dorset and East Devon coast have been carved by the sea into beaches, bays, landslides, arches and cliffs. This fascinating variety in the landscape helps create the natural beauty of the area and makes the Jurassic Coast an inspirational place to explore on a UNESCO yacht charter.

13) UNESCO Yacht Charter Greece - Mount Athos

The ‘Holy Mountain’. This place is forbidden to women and children, is also a recognised artistic site. The layout of the monasteries (about 20) had an influence as far afield as Russia, and its school of painting influenced the history of Orthodox art.

Mount Athos. Cloaked by beautiful chestnut and other types of Mediterranean forest, the steep slopes of Mount Athos are punctuated by twenty imposing monasteries and their subsidiary establishments. You can visit the mountain by boat on a UNESCO yacht charter to enjoy the amazing coastline and natural beauty with your family and friends.

Other Greek UNESCO Yacht Charter sites. The Historic Centre (Chorá) with the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos, Medieval City of Rhodes, and Old Town of Corfu which you can visit on a UNESCO yacht charter.

14) UNESCO Yacht Charter Antigua - Nelsons Dock Yard

Naval Buildings. On the island of Antigua is the Georgian style buildings within a walled enclosure. These buildings were created in the 18th century by the British Navy to provide shelter, protect the sugar cane and repair boats in high winds and hurricanes. This is a great UNESCO yacht charter site to visit during your stay in the country.

Other UNESCO Yacht Charter Destinations

Other UNESCO yacht charter sites are the following;

  • Colombia – The Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments in Cartagena.
  • Fiji – Levuka Historical Port Town

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