All Aboard: Cheap Places to Rent a Yacht in Europe

June 20, 2016

Yachting isn't just for millionaires and celebrities anymore. From one-day excursions to week-long island cruising, we take a look at a few European destinations to rent a reasonably priced yacht.

OK, OK, we know it sounds ridiculous but renting a yacht can actually be a cheap holiday option. We’re not talking luxury yachts here but you’d be surprised by the rentals you can actually afford that'll suit everyone's budget, especially when divvied up between a large group of friends.

With that in mind, take a look at these reasonably priced, European sailing spots to get the most bang for your buck.

1. Croatian Islands

Boats sailing off the coast of Brac island, Croatia

Sailing in Croatia is not only cheap but a blast too. Hopping on deck to sail the wide range of islands from party town Hvar to bohemian Palmizana is doable on a week’s holiday. Fly to Split where most yachts are moored and chartered from. Never fear if you’re a sailing novice, there are plenty of great yacht rental companies who offer skippers who will create a fun, tailored itinerary that is suitable for the length of your trip and your group.

2. Montenegro

Boats moored at Montenegro

Climb aboard Monty B for just a day or one week’s expedition. Owned by a British couple and their two adorable dogs who left everything behind to take to the water, they’ll wine, dine and guide you to the farthest flung islands off the coast of beautiful Montenegro if you'll let them. With affordable rates and a friendly vibe, it’s a win-win. Or check out the Montenegrin charter rental websites to compare prices. Fly there via Dubrovnik (with an hour’s drive down the scenic coast in a rental car) or fly direct to Tivat for a little extra.

3. Ionian Islands, Greece

Boat off coast of Corfu, Greece

With so many Islands to hop, it’s easy to see why Greece is on the list. From one day charters to week long rentals, there’s scope for all sorts of ocean adventures. Renting in the sheltered waters of the Ionian sea will make for the perfect first timer sailing holiday with its mixture of shorter passages and lighter winds. Fly to Corfu and set sail from a number of different ports.

4. Slovenia

Yachts moored in harbour in Slovenia

Just up the coast from Montenegro, Slovenia has a wealth of stunning coastline. Charter a yacht from picturesque Portoroz Bay. Visit Venice’s twin, Piran, take in the delights of the numerous Istrian seafood eateries and for the more adventurous why not head further afield towards Venice or south to explore the Croatian coast. Complete your trip by staying in Ljubljana for a night or two before flying home.

5. Malta

Boats in the harbour at Malta

Malta has a lot to offer salty sea dogs, with its exceptional temperate weather, beautiful beaches and 7000 years of history. Start your trip in Birgu and set sail to the neighbouring Maltese island of Gozo and explore its natural caves and ancient temples. Complete your trip in Comino a largely uninhabited island but with excellent swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon and a sheltered anchorage for the evening.

6. Corsica

Yachts in the harbour at Benefacio, Corsica

With large marinas, Corsica will suit seafaring types without any doubt. The French island is home to more than 200 beaches and stunning nature reserves. Fly to Macinaggio and set off to the West coast in the comfort of your own reasonably-priced yacht, heading over to the Tuscan islands of Capraia, Elba and Pianosa, close to the Italian mainland. Don’t forget to visit the various whale and dolphin sanctuaries there too. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without taking in the views of the awe inspiring town, Bonifaccio, to the south of the island, where you could sail all the way to northern Sardinia for a day trip and really push the boat out. (Sorry)

Note: Prices depend on what time of year, the size of the boat and how modern your chosen boat is.

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Jenny McFarlane Born in Belfast, Jenny’s lived in Albania and Washington DC. Now in London, she loves to plan trips away with friends and travels as often as she can. From joining a motley crew on a yacht in Croatia to walking on the wild side in Borneo, she's always up for new adventures.