The 10 most beautiful ports in Spain

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Every day on a cruise is a search of nice harbors, where you can drop the anchor for a short stopover or make a mooring for a quiet night. Here are 10 of the most beautiful ports you can visit in Spain …

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Puerto de Mogán (Canary Islands)

Situated In the south-west of the island of Gran Canaria this port and holiday resort is often referred to as the « Little Venice » due to the numerous canals that lead from the port to the town. Puerto de Mogán, unlike many other places in the Canaries, is still spared from mass tourism.

 

 

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Puerto Marina El Rompido (Huelva)

Puerto Marina El Rompido is an unusual port in the province of Huelva. It is located at the mouth of the Río Piedras in the Atlantic Ocean and is protected by the Flecha del Reompido: a narrow sand strip separating the port from the open sea. The river port, set in the middle of a natural park, is exceptional and truly impressive!

 

 

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Port of Cudillero (Asturias)

The picturesque small fishing port is located at the base of a mountain on the Costa Verde in the northern Asturias. The gulls, floating in the air and waiting to dive for fresh fish, give the harbor a natural charm. From the water, the view of the creek is particularly good and the houses sticking to the slopes can be viewed wonderfully.

 

 

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Port of Ciutadella (Menorca)

The historic port of Ciutadella in Menorca is characterized by its unmistakable charm. Stroll along the water and enjoy the sight of the Llaüts (typical local boats) cruising on the water. The romantic harbor in combination with the idyllic old town make Ciutadella a popular destination for many boat owners.

 

 

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Port of Maó (Menorca)

The port of Maó stretches over 6 km and can thus be counted as one of the largest ports in Europe. For centuries, the port has served as a shelter for many ships and has always been considered one of the safest ports in the Mediterranean. The fjord-like bay is the second largest natural harbor in the world and a popular destination for yachts and sailoirs from all over the world.

 

 

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Port of Llanes (Asturias)

Llanes has a traditional and delightful fishing port that is still operating today. This port was of great importance in the past: a commemorative plaque commemorates today in the city 65 sailors from Llanes who fought for the Spanish Armada against the Royal Navy in 1588. The Hafenstadt also has something to offer for those interested in culture as well as the famous work « Cubos de la Memoria » by the Basque painter Agustín Ibarrola in Llanes. These are concrete blocks, which protect the harbor from the surf.

 

 

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Old harbor in Ibiza town (Balearic Islands)

The port of Ibiza town offers a magnificent view of the fortified old town of Dalt Villa, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Opposite the old harbor quarter are the marinas Marina Botafoch and Ibiza Nueva. Here you will find world-famous clubs, exclusive restaurants and an exciting, international ambience. Consequently, it attracts numerous luxury yacht owners and partygoers annually in this port city.

 

 

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Port Lligat, Cadaqués (Girona)

Portlligat, also Port Lligat, is situated on a narrow bay on the Costa Brava and is considered the most beautiful village in Catalonia. The charming place was for a long time the home of Salvador Dalí and after his death his house was transformed to Casa-Museu Salvador Dalí. Opposite the small wild fishing port is a small island, which is separated from the mainland by a 30-meter-wide canal.

 

 

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Port of Cala Figuera (Mallorca)

The port of Cala Figuera is a magnificent and delightful fishing port on the Balearic island of Mallorca. Only small boats can get a mooring because only boats with a maximum length of 12 meters and a depth of 3 meters are allowed. The town, near Santanyí, is situated in a secluded, fjord-like bay. Take a look at the fishermen’s houses, which are hidden with their characteristic boat garage at the end of the left canal.

 

 

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Benalmadena Puerto Marina (Malaga)

This harbor has already been elected twice as the most beautiful marina in the world. The architecture is special: a mixture of Indian, Arabian and Andalusian styles, which gives the port an extraordinary charm. A lively marina with lots of boats, restaurants and bars and a beautiful promenade along the Quais.

 

Do you want to rent a boat in one of the numerous ports and get to know Spain better on a cruise? We are happy to help you find a dream ship that meets your individual wishes!

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Ever interrailed at 20, why not intersail now?

Do you remember when we were 20 and we decided to travel around Europe for a summer by Train? When we had to travel overnight in tiny bunk beds, find a way to translate the signboard in order to get in the right train and sometimes, even ended up in random remote places?

Every person who interrailed will forever keep wonderful memories of it. The European parliament even considered a couple of weeks ago to offer an interrail pass to every 18 years old European citizen, but this project has been called off and replaced by the Move2learn project as it was beyond budget.

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A train map, a backpack and that was it !

We all grew older since that time, we might have kept a lot of friends from our twenties, but we also became pickier when it comes to travels and transport. The time of dodgy trains and hostels is definitely over.

What if we would like to travel all over Europe again? Discovering those places we missed and see how everything has changed?  What options do we have now? A car may be convenient to explore, but due to all the highway driving it would be unpleasant on the long run.
Flights would be fast but you would lose all the countryside sightseeing and exploration.

How about boats?

Comfort: Have you ever seen what the inside of a multihull looks like? They are literally floating flats.

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A catamaran’s living room

Exploring? Europe in figures is 150 000km of coasts, over 6 Million boats and 50% of the European population living closer than 50km away from the sea. This gives a multitude of remote places and cities to discover, and what a better way to explore than sailing along gorgeous coasts and beaches?

How can we organize it if we don’t already own a boat, how long is it going to take, where should we go? Let’s find this out!

Step 1, organizing the journey: where should we sail from and to?

The Mediterranean sea : sun, beaches, food, islands and culture … No wonder why these coasts are the most favorite sun destinations for the Brits.

Where should we start from?

Marseille in France is one of the best place to start your journey from, it is a central location on the sea, the second biggest French town and it has a lot of direct flight connections with the UK.
Moreover Peer to peer boat rental, as in a boat airbnb, in France is completely legal and makes boat rental cheaper than going through usual boat charter, the French Riviera is also a well-known location for boating and has therefore a wide choice of boats to rent.

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Marseille’s view from the harbour of Notre-Dame de la garde

Let’s plan a journey starting from Marseille then, where should we go next? Here is an example of a trip you could do, of course there are many more possible stops and routes, isn’t it the whole point of doing a boat trip?

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A good example of waypoints you can follow !

 

Spain – Barcelona:

2nd Spanish town and capitol of Catalonia, it is a city of culture with Gaudi’s church: la sagrada familia, and a culinary city with all its tapas bars.

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Gaudi’s Barcelona is very colorful

Spain – Palma de Majorque:

Biggest islands of the Baleares, there is always a beach or boat party happening there or in Ibiza its sister island and if you’re looking for monuments to visit, have a look at the cathedral!

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Aerial view of the cathedral and the port of Palma

Tunisia – Galite Island:

Volcanic islands with turquoise water on the Tunisian coast, still preserved, a complete change after the baleares.

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A wild island in the mediterranean sea

Tunisia – Sidi Bou Said:

You’ve always seen those white and blue typical house on the guides? Well let’s enjoy the view directly from your boat while sipping a traditional Tunisian mint tea.

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Palm trees, blue and white houses : welcome to Tunisia

Malta – Valletta:

Entering the harbour of Valletta is always an extraordinary experience, the 400 years old fortification facing you make you feel like you are in a movie.

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Valleta’s impressive port entrance

Greece – Heraklion:

Another Island, another 16th century protected harbour, but don’t be fooled, this one is in Crete and you can start feeling the Greek influence!

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These walls have been sheltering the harbour for centuries

 

Greece – Santorini:

Welcome in the heart of the Cyclades, where the cliffs are rising up as you get closer to the docks and the towns are overlooking you.

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The world most famous cliff village

 

Greece – Corfu:

On last glimpse of Greece to enjoy the beautiful islands, and this one has always been on the crossroads of all the Mediterranean cultures: Byzantine, Greek, Roman, Italian … Even the French and the British once settled on this island!

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Greek ruins overlooking the sea

 

Albania – Sarande:

Right across corfou, why not make a stop in Albania? A country usually in the shadow of its neighbour but with beautiful shingle beaches, byzantine and roman remains.

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A gorgeous Albanian shoreline

 

Croatia – Dubrovnik:

If you have you ever watched or read games of Thrones you must know what king’s landing is. Well, in the TV show, kings landing shots have been taken in Dubrovnik and barely modified, this should give you an idea of how beautiful the city is!

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Tyrion was here !

 

Croatia – Hvar and the Pakleni Islands:

This is the new boating paradise of Europe! Sailboats and Multihulls everywhere. Why? Because it has everything you could be looking for, nature, remote almost private beaches, architecture, turquoise water, parties and food.

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Join the world’s most select sailing destination !

 

Italy – Venice:

Is it really necessary to introduce Venice? La Piazza San Marco, The Grand Canal, The Rialto and the gondolas …

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What is more romantic than a boat cruise or Venice ? Well, both !

 

Italy – Polignano a Mare:

A charming cliff village with tiny typical south Italian streets, the food there is astonishing and the beaches are amongst the best in the area.

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Southern Italy cuisine : mamma mia !

 

Italy/Sicily – Taormina:

A Sicilian town at the bottom of the world famous volcano: the Etna, with an antique roman theatre still in use nowadays!

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What about a concert with the Etna’s sight?

 

Italy – Aeolian Islands:

A volcanic archipelago with hot springs and a well preserved luxurious nature, another world class sailing area with gorgeous places to discover.

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Discover all the villages amongts the volcanic islands

 

Italy/Sardinia – La maddalena:

A tiny archipelago in the north of Sardinia classified as a National Park for its beauty.

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The caribbeans a thousand miles away !

 

France/Corsica – L’ile Rousse:

3rd Corsican Harbour after Ajaccio and Bastia, it’s a human size town ideal to get some rest before an eventual return to overcrowded cities.

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The beauty of a french ginger !

 

What is the best option to rent a boat?

Boat rental options used to be pretty limited, back in the days, you had boat charter Company and that was about it. They were usually not cheap and unless someone advise you, you’re never quite sure what I might be like.

As a result of the sharing economy growth, boat rental in France and in some other European country has grown larger and cheaper! Website like samboat.com allow private boat owners and professional to register their boat and you can get in touch with them through the website, check the boat comments from previous renters, ask the owner whatever you want to know about the boat, even bargain for it if you plan a long term rental, and then rent it if it fits your needs.

Most of all: it’s easier to rent boat in Marseille than anywhere else ! Marseille is the biggest peer to peer boat rental hub in Europe. To have a look at all the boats available on SamBoat, here is the link: https://www.samboat.fr/location-bateau/marseille/

The 8 wonders of the Italian Adriatic coast

In Italy, most travellers visit the major cities such as Rome, Naples and Florence or spend their holidays on the beaches of Sardinia or Sicily. Not a lot of tourists are aware of the picture-perfect villages, sandy beaches typical of the attractive coastal area along the Adriatic coast of Italy. Sail away to hidden parts of Italy and take a look at the 8 most beautiful spots along Italy’s eastern coastline

Pescara

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Pescara, gateway to the craggy mountains in the Abruzzo region, is surrounded by the stunning snowy peaks of the Apennine Mountains. The town of Pescara itself is a seaside resort with one of the biggest marinas on the Adriatic. It’s a lively place with an animated seafront, especially in the summer. The 16km of wide clean sandy beaches as well as the various hiking trails attract Italian travellers looking for restful coastal holidays and mountain adventures.

Duino

The peninsula near castle Duino, Trieste, Italy

Both a town and a fourteenth-century castle overlooking the Gulf of Trieste, Duino, in the province of Trieste, north-eastern Italy, has been the summer residence of many artists. We highly recommended in this area the Costa dei Barbari, small pebble beaches along a wild and lonely coastline.

Polignano a Mare

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Polignano a Mare, located in the province of Bari, Southern Italy, is perched on limestone cliffs overlooking a crystal clear azure sea. The historic old town is supposed to be one of the most important ancient settlements in Apulia, and features a maze of houses and narrow alleyways, as well as many panoramic terraces offering views of the Adriatic Sea. Along with its rich history, Polignano a Mare is known for being home to world-class cliff diving, and has previously hosted the Red Bull diving competition.

Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci

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The Natural Reserve of Punta Aderci is a protected natural area of Abruzzo, classified in 1998. Covering 2.85 square kilometres it includes the entire city of Vasto. It stretches along the Adriatic coast from the Port and further up to the mouth of the river Sinello. The reserve includes beautiful vineyards, olive groves and landscapes. However, the most interesting spot is the beach of Punta Penna.

Torre dell’Orso

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Torre dell’Orso is one of the bathing beaches of Melendugno in south-east Italy. The town lays in the Italian province of Lecce in the Apulia region and is known for its seaside resorts. In addition to Torre dell’Orso, the beaches of Roca Vecchia, San Foca, and Torre Sant’Andrea are well worth checking out. They have been rewarded with the Blue Flag due to their exceptional water quality.

Conero Riviera

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The Conero Riviera is one of the most beautiful seaside environments in the Marche region of Italy. Sirolo, Numana, Marcelli, Porto Recanati and Portonovo are some of the many picturesque towns well worth visiting in the area. Some of this Riviera’s beaches are long and wide, well-equipped, and easy to access, while others creeks can only be reached via trails or boat, and are therefore ideal for all nature lovers and sailors.

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The Venice Lido is a narrow strip of land that separates the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Once just a natural barrier, it was developed as a seaside resort at the beginning of the twentieth century. The atmosphere on the Lido is very different from Venice: There are leafy residential avenues, roads, cars, cyclists and pavements. A lovely view over the lagoon to Venice, and in winter and spring you might even see the snow-capped summits of the Dolomites behind the city’s towers and rooftops.

Otranto

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As the easternmost point in Italy, Otranto is a town of the province of Lecce. Otranto was an important trading harbour in ancient times and even in the Middle Age until 1480. Travelers can visit the port area, swim in the pristine turquoise sea and trek up to the medieval fortress: Castello Aragonese. On a clear day it is even possible to see Albania across the sea.

 

8 stunning islands to discover in Greece

Because the summer months are quickly approaching we turn our attention to Greece: White-washed houses, romantic sunsets, Greek cuisine, mythological references, olive groves and green-blue waters as far as the eye can see…

With more than 5000 Greek islands it is extremely difficult to decide where to go. To facilitate your choice we present you our 8 favourites

1. Mykonos

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Mykonos is part of the Cyclades and lies between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. You will find picturesque streets, white houses, peaceful chapels and beautiful windmills. At the same time exceptional night life experiences can be made on the island, many archaeological sites and monuments can be visited and many different water sport activities can be tested.

2. Lefkada

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Lefkada (or Lefkas) is an island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and a floating bridge. The island is ringed by electric blue water and shimmers in varying shades of green thanks to all the olive groves and cypress trees. On the west side you can find a couple of the best beaches in the world. A strong wind blows in the area, wherefore the island is ideal for kitesurfers, windsurfers and sailors.

3.Alonnisos

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Alonnisos, also transliterated as Alonissos or Alonisos, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. After Skiathos and Skopelos it is the third member of the Northern Sporades. In case you are looking for a peaceful and romantic spot to rest you should make a stopover at Agios Dimitrios Beach. Also recommended is the Greek restaurant Ostria in Patitiri, the main port of the island: Creative cuisine, excellent food presentation, professionally served and prices similar to a small greek tavern.

4.Samos

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Lying just off the Turkish coast, Samos is one of the most beautiful Aegean Islands. In addition to the few picturesque resorts and the lively capital Vathy, there are numerous remote beaches and quiet spots in the refreshing, forested inland mountains, where traditional life continues. Samos is also historically significant and famous for its sweet local wine.

5.Corfu

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Corfu is an island of endless natural beauty and inspiration and combines cosmopolitan and traditional elements. In Corfu you will find mountains studded with cypress trees, coves with cobalt-blue water and fertile interior full of olive groves and picturesque villages. There are some overdeveloped resorts, particularly north of Corfu Town and in the far north, but the island is large enough to easily escape the crowds.

6.Zakynthos

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Zákynthos (or Zante) is a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and blessed with a temperate climate. The island has a landscape diversity and different types of bays to offer. In the south-eastern part you will find sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue. The western part of the island gives you the possibility to discover rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world.

7.Skopelos

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Far from becoming home to overcrowded beaches and foreign bars, Skopelos has maintained a refreshing authenticity. For many visitors it represents the perfect and typical Greek holiday destination: Unspoilt island life, quiet beaches, paths through a green landscape, local food, simple accommodations and the possibility to completely remove the stress of modern life.

8.Skiathos

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The only centre of any size is Skiathos Town: A city full of narrow streets, sunlit waterfronts, stylish bars, restaurants and boutiques and a pretty harbour with some graceful and elegant yachts. The south coast of Skiathos is blessed with some of the Aegean’s most beautiful pine-fringed sandy beaches. There are also beaches accessible only by boat, especially along the north coast. One of them is the exotic Lalaria beach.

 

The 8 undiscovered beaches in France

While you can’t go wrong with 4,668 km of stunner coastline, there are some French beaches that shine just a little brighter: Boasting quirks and jaw-dropping vistas that will have you pinching yourself.

Are you ready for this?

Bot Conan Beach, Fouesnant, Bretagne

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Bot Conan Beach is a heaven of peace and relaxation! The small and shady creek is nestled between the villages Cap Coz and Beg Meil. It is a tranquil and secluded cove with a white sand and azure waters. The perfect bay to take in some sun and absorb the peacefulness of the countryside.

Banc d’Arguin, Bassin d’Arcachon, Aquitaine

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The Banc d’Arguin is an impressively large sand bank, located at the mouth of the Arcachon Bay in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a national protected landscape and a resting place for numerous migratory bird species. Go for a walk over the tidal flats and you will feel like being on a small and lonely desert island.

Beach Notre-Dame, Porquerolles, Îles d’Hyères

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The beach Notre Dame is situated on the Ile de Porquerolles, off the French Riviera, between the cities of Marseille and Cannes. The lovely shoreline of the island is perfect for families and for paddling, taking a walk and sailing. What makes it special? The French state bought most of Porquerolles in the 1970s, meaning that it is protected from over-development.

Laurosu Beach, Propriano, Corsica

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Located in the south of downtown Porpriano, Capu Laurosu Beach is without a doubt one of the wildest shores the area. The beach is ideally situated with a view over the gulf of Valinco and extending over 3.5 kilometres of sand. However, be prudent when the waves are high.

The Great Sands, Belle-île-en-Mer, Bretagne

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Belle-île-en-Mer, located just off the coast from Quiberon, definitely lives up to its name “Beautiful Island”. Because much of the coastline is marked by rocky cliffs, there are only a few places, where visitors can find a beach for swimming. On the sheltered Port Kerel there is the 2-km beach Les Grands Sables (the great sands), which is the biggest and most stunning beach on the island.

Folacca beach, Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

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The undiscovered Folacca beach (also known as Folaca, Tamaricciu or Tamariccio) is situated not far away from the well-known Palombaggia beach. The sea is shallow and sheltered, which makes it an ideal spot for children. The rocky islands of Cerbicales are 200 Metres offshore and there is a picturesque lagoon right behind the beach to discover.

Cap Taillat, Saint-Tropez Peninsula, Var

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Cape Taillat is only accessible by a coastal path or by a private boat. The sand banks of Cape Taillat have a lot to offer: Caribbean-like turquoise sea, soft waves and white sand beaches. You can discover a various vegetation, marvel at extraordinary cacti and listen to the enchanting concert of thousands of cicadas.

Pointe de l’Espiguette, Grau-du-Roi, Petit Camargue

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The Plage de l’Espiguette is located in the east of Montpellier, near Le Grau-du-Roi. The Espiguette beach is a huge deserted area very close to the National Park Camargue. Have a walk through the natural dunes, enjoy the unlimited space all around you and the fact, that the only buildings in sight are lighthouses.

CROATIA : CRUISE AROUND THE ISLANDS OF DALMATIA

Croatia is a destination known for its incomparable beauty and crystal clear waters. Sailing along the coastline is absolutely beautiful! Hence I would like to present you a dreamlike itinerary for a week-long cruise starting from Split.

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DAY 1: PICK UP YOUR BOAT IN SPLIT, SAIL TO MILNA (ISLAND BRAC)

The first day is relaxing so that you have time to get familiar with your boat. Sail quietly and take advantage of the calm sea and the warm sun.

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Milna is a natural port situated at a fjord reaching far inland. It therefore used to serve as a shelter for the imperial fleet. The harbour is a true paradise for sailors because of its long tradition of seafaring, fishing and winegrowing. It is ideal for sailors who wish to combine the pleasure of taste (great Mediterranean gastronomy) and the view of beautiful architecture. You will enjoy a stopover in Milna that is for sure!

DAY 2: HEADING TO THE ISLAND OF VIs

Vis is definitely one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. The access to the island was forbidden for tourists during the military occupation of Yugoslavia in 1992. It is therefore still a preserved place that is well worth visiting. The south of the island of Vis is characterized by its caves and beautiful bays. It is highly recommended to discover for example the bay of Rukavac, Mala Travna or Stinivia. For spending the night you have two options: You can drop anchor in a natural creek or stay in the port of Vis or Komiža.

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DAY 3 . On the way TO LASTOVO

With its typically Mediterranean and wild nature, Lastovo is another wonderful island. The most beautiful town of the island is Lastovo village. The city is attached to a hill, has the shape of an amphitheatre and is turning its back to the sea. It is first and foremost known for its chimneys that look all different. The Skrivena Luka bay, also called « the hidden harbour », is one of the numerous idyllic places to spend the night.

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DAY 4. FROM LASTOVO TO KORČULA

Being well rested you can now start your journey towards Korčula, « the black island ». The legend tells us that the ancient Greeks, when they discovered the island, saw nothing but a black outline because of the dense holm oak and pine forest. We recommend to book a mooring in the medieval town Korčula where Marco Polo was born. Visit the city, which is rich in culture and art and admire its Venetian buildings. Last but not least you should taste some of the typical white wines on the island.

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DAY 5. HVAR AND ITS unique ISLANDS

As from the fifth day you slowly have to start thinking about heading back to Split. The next stop is Hvar and the small charismatic islands in its surrounding area. Visit the fortress of Hvar, where you can admire the fantastic view over the Pakleni islands, situated along the Adriatic.

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DAY 6. FROM HVAR TO SUPEtar

We advise to return to the island of Brac on the 6th day and to anchor in the creeks near Supetar. Take a luxurious bath in the crystal clear waters of well protected coves. This ensures perfect recovery before you gradually have to return back to reality.

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DAY 7. RETURN TO SPLIT

It is time to take your last swim and return back to Split. This week of cruising through the Pearl of the Adriatic will remain in your best memory. An unforgettable holiday thanks to the wonderful beaches, spectacular gastronomy, art and culture. You will certainly want to return, rent a boat in Croatia and discover other areas of this country.

The 10 most beautiful bays in Mallorca : Insider tips

On the fantastic island of Mallorca (Balearic Islands) you can still find a lot of spots far away from the crowd. 10 untouched and lovely places that you can discover the easiest when you cruise with your private boat.

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SAILING IN MAllORCA, 10 FANTASTIC STOPOVERS

 

1ST STOP: CALA LIADO

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The island Sa Dragonera at the south-west tip of Mallorca is a real nature paradise and ideal for hiking trips. A well-kept path starts from the port at the Cala Llado and leads to the Tramuntana lighthouse. Cala Liado is a true oasis of undisturbed nature, looks like a bay straight out of a picture book and its crystal clear water is perfect for snorkelling and fishing.

 

2ND STOP: CALA EN BASSET

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You can easily reach Cala en Basset by boat or by a two hour hike. Because the bay is hard to reach by foot it is still an untouched spot. A real treasure trove with a view to Sa Dragonera: An uninhabited island, where in the past smugglers brought their treasures to the shore. The varied seabed, the rocks and the crystal clear water make the creek a perfect spot for divers and snorkel fans.

 

3RD STOP: CALA S’ESTACA

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Hardly any spot more romantic and lonesome than the Cala s’Estaca. This tiny fishing settlement is an idyllic harbour, hard to reach from the mainland, but easily accessible by boat. You can enjoy a picnic on the steep jetty in front of the boat houses and watch the calm soothing waters.

 

4TH STOP: CALA DEIA

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It is beautiful to swim and snorkel in one of the most secret bays of Mallorca, Cala Deià, which can only be reached by foot (30 minutes’ walk) or by boat. The sea is calm, entering the water is easy and the turquoise water absolutely beautiful. The backdrop of rocks and pine trees turn the bay to one of the most gorgeous blind spots in Mallorca.

 

5TH STOP: CALA TUENT

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Hardly anyone knows the idyllic paradise of the small bay Cala Tuent. The 180 meters long gravel beach is absolutely perfect to take a nice walk and explore the treasures of the island. Up on the hill, right next to the hidden beach of the cala Tuent, there is the Mallorcan restaurant Es Vergeret with a beautiful wide view over the bay area.

 

6TH STOP: SA CALOBRA

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The main attraction in the bay of Sa Calobra is the unique scenery that surrounds the secret spot. At this spot, where the Torrent de Pareis has through enormous cliffs channelled a path into the sea, nature lovers will find astonishing and overwhelming beauty. The almost magical atmosphere during the sunset is priceless and exceptional.

 

7TH STOP: ALCANADA

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Opposite the island Illa de Alcanada you will find one of the most beautiful beaches of Mallorca: Playa de Alcanada. The water is calm and shallow and sometimes it is therefore even possible to walk from the beach to the lighthouse. The cala Alcanada is close to the Port of Alcuida and is considered as a beautiful and family friendly beach.

 

8TH STOP: CALA MURTA

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Not a lot of people take on the cumbersome drive and the half-hour foot-march in order to reach Cala Murta. That’s why this beach is not even crowded in summer and as a sailor you share this idyllic creek with just a few nature lovers. Bring your own food and water and use one of the picnic spots to enjoy the magnificent atmosphere. In the Cala Murta you will find one of the most beautiful beaches of Mallorca.

 

9TH STOP: CALA S’ALMUNIA

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Cala s’Almunia lies in a picturesque and isolated bay, surrounded by steep rocks and shady trees. Close to Portocolom you will find a small particularly sandy beach and big rocks to climb on. The creek is a real pearl, the water pure and crystal clear. The bay is accessible by an old stair. However, the easiest way to reach it is by boat.

10TH STOP: ROXY BEACH BAR

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Is there anything better than enjoying the sunset at this well preserved place after a nice day of sailing? By boat the hidden Roxy Beach Bar is situated not far away from Palma and the Port Calanova, between some big rocks and the beach of Puerto Portals. Absolutely fantastic location on water front, delicious food and incomparable lovely atmosphere.

Address: 07181, Carrer Blanes, 10, 07181 Portals Nous, Balearic Islands, Spain

 

10 Startups that will revolutionize your way of traveling

Are you bored of traveling in a conventional way? Are you sick of buying expensive train tickets and paying for hotel rooms that look almost the same no matter where you go? Do you want to get in touch with locals and travel in an easy, creative and varying way? Have a look at the 10 following startups and be a part of the collaborative travel community!

Yescapa: Peer-to-peer motorhome rental

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Yescapa is the leader in private motorhome hire with more than 3000 vehicles available in Europe. It is a platform that makes motorhome, campervan and converted van rentals between individuals safe and easy. With Yescapa you are sure to be ready for your next adventure!

Surf Air: Private jet hire

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Looking for a new way to fly? In that case the club of Surf Air is just perfect for you. For one monthly fee, members book unlimited private flights and travel in a company of an inspiring community. Great for obscure routes or those wanting a taste of luxury without the astronomically sky-high price tag.

Spinlister: Rental Bikes, Snow, and Surf equipment

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Launched on April 1st, 2012, Spinlister was created as a peer-to-peer bike rental platform to connect the cycling universe, help the environment, and encourage private sharing. Today you can also rent snow and surf equipment from people all over the world.

PiggyBee: Crowdshipping Community

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Individuals can send or transport objects with help of the PiggyBee platform and its worldwide travel community. Get a reward (and make money) from your trips or save costs on your purchases abroad and your long distance shipments. PiggyBee allows deliveries by trusted and verified travellers.

MealSharing: Home cooked food sharing

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Enjoy home-cooked meals with locals around the world. Love eating? Be a guest! Love cooking? Be a host! A community that loves food, travel, & people. Meal Sharing builds communities through shared resources, facilitates deeper cultural exchange, and encourages people to cook at home to enable a healthier lifestyle.

Trip4Real: Guided tours between individuals

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With Trip4Real you can experience a city like a local. They offer tours and activities for travellers that are hosted by local insiders. Backpackers, foreigners and holiday guests can experience a destination like they would live there themselves!

Nomador: Housesitting Community

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Members of the Nomador community look after the pets and homes of other people while they are away and get free accommodation in exchange. Nomador sets high value on trust, care, global awareness, generosity of spirit and sharing. In case you are interested in other cultures, you are open-minded and have a strong sense of commitment you should definitely try out Nomador!

Samboat: Peer-to-peer boat rental

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Samboat is the peer-to-peer boat rental website you absolutely need to know. The startup connects boat owners with boat renters. Over the platform you can rent at lower costs all over Europe. Among other marvellous destinations you can rent a boat in Corsica, French Riviera, Greece, Italy or Spain.

Under the doormat: Peer-to-peer home rental

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Under the doormat is a platform focused on London that provides you with the comfort of a home and the service of a hotel. You can stay in the houses of interesting and well-travelled locals while they are away, step straight into their lives and unlock the secrets of the city. Instead of having empty houses, homes will be loved and lived in – by carefully screened, respectful and like-minded guests.

HiyaCar: Peer-to-peer carsharing platform

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HiyaCar is a peer-to-peer car sharing community in the UK. Cars can be rented with insurance and breakdown cover included. It aims to turn the millions of private cars sitting idle on drives and streets into a virtual fleet of cars for hire. The platform offers a bigger choice, affordable rates and a friendlier way to hire a car.