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5 Reasons why sailing in September is a good idea

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Summer holidays are often an opportunity for some well-deserved relaxation from work and routine tasks. We are often asked when we return from vacation 'Did you manage to completely turn off your mind from work and every-day duties?' Well, the answer is not so immediate and undeniably if you have had the need to take a vacation in the most popular months like July and August, we do not blame you.

Often it happens, overcrowding and very hot weather make your holiday during those traditionally holiday months paradoxically the exact opposite of relaxation. It's true that you can't always pick when to go on a holiday these days, but if you have that flexibility, a holiday in September becomes simply put the most rational choice in the name of relaxation. Let's explore together why and above all where to anchor your boat in September.

5 Reasons why sailing in September is a good idea

1. Warmer sea

The sea and air temperature in September are perfect: the water reaches about 23-25 degrees. It's generally warmer than the previous summer months as it has been hit by the sun fairly consistently so you won't have to suffer icy water temperatures as you take your plunge.

2. Milder temperatures

The outside temperature also tends not to have the torrid peaks of July and August. The perfect combination for a holiday without desperately mouthwatering for a bath.  You will find the September breeze a pleasant travel companion. In addition, the weather situation is on the whole quieter for sailing in the Mediterranean, you will not find the strong northern winds that could make your navigation more unpredictable and turbulent.

Relaxing while looking at these crystal clear waters on the Island of Elba, what do you say? 

3. Farewell to overcrowding

The beauty of traveling in September is also in the tranquility that you will find in the different ports where you will stop. The crowds in July and August remain a distant mirage, booking the anchorage will certainly be easier: the charter companies we work with confirm that the month of September is often enough to show up at the port and you can anchor your boat without the need to have called in before. Not to mention the crowds for the restaurants and bars where you'll find instead some locals. You will often find that hosts are more willing to give you a few more tips as they will not have to rush to serve the volume of customers asking for attention. 

Restaurant on the island of Ischia, in the background the Aragonese Castle 

4. You pick your boat

"Many charter companies generally have a wide range of boats at their disposal, including sailboats, catamarans and yachts, which in the most popular summer months between July and August go quite quickly. In September our customers can boast the full range of boats and can pick the one that best suits their holiday needs and those of the crew they travel with," says Irene, Sailogy Sales Team Leader. 

5. More competitive prices

It shouldn't surprise that September prices tend to be lower and more competitive. Here we refer to all services included in your holiday: from your boat rental to a restaurant bill. What was then an expensive holiday in July and August, becomes way more accessible in September and maybe you can give you and your crew a few more treats like a dinner at that sea view restaurant with excellent fish you always wanted to go to, or pick a more spacious catamaran that allows you and your crew to travel simply more comfortably.  

Aeolian Archipelago from the sea

Where is best to sail in September? 

Relaxation on a boat along the Amalfi Coast

You are about to visit one of the richest regions of Italy rich in history, monuments and natural beauty; Campania is definitely the place for the most demanding travelers, a place where you can satisfy every taste and request. Six are the sites declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, a nice business card for this region. A region notoriously populous in the summer months, visiting it in September you can really take advantage and visit it in full relaxation. We recommend a seven-day itinerary by boat along the Amalfi Coast from Salerno, passing through Ischia, Capri and finally arriving in Amalfi. Renting a boat on the Amalfi Coast in September will be a unique experience, you will find yourself admiring from the sea a constantly changing landscape, in which each small village is different from the previous one for a holiday where sea, sun, history, art, gastronomy and nightlife create a wonderful mix.

A restaurant on Ischia Island 

Seven Aeolian sisters to explore 

Enjoying the Aeolian Islands on a sailing boat is an indescribable experience: you will visit places rich in history, in which various influences have stratified, from the Greek to the Roman, passing through Arabs and Spaniards, all with the exciting presence of two volcanoes still active and all the particular nature that this activity involves. If we add to this the fact that in September you will be able to come into contact with the island's culture without having to compete to visit it, what are you waiting for? If you love hiking, the Aeolian Islands also offer perfect opportunities for snorkeling, for example in Filicudi or trekking on the volcano in Stromboli. Every day a different island to please your entire crew.

Fancy some snorkeling? Let's anchor near the Filicudi Islands then 

Crowd-less Tuscany

It is impossible to wonder what to see in Tuscany without getting lost among great cities of art and traditions combined with a landscape of rolling hills, vineyards and charming villages, which make it not only the most dreamed of Italian destination, but an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting to discover more and more this fabulous region, especially in September where you won't have to line the queues of tourists to take an ice cream on the Island of Elba or to treat yourself to a dinner on the renowned island of Capraia. Make sure you take a dip, without all the many bathers who populate it in August, in Cala del Ceppo and the Carbicina, a beautiful bay with turquoise and reddish tones. Treat yourself to an underwater excursion to the Grotta della Foca Monaca on the Island of Capraia. We recommend this pleasant itinerary of seven days by boat so that you don't miss anything of the beauty of this region. 

"If I were to recommend a particular place in the interior of this sailing area, which is really worth a visit, the gulf of Spalmatoio in Giannutri. Arriving there at sunset, stopping the night and immediately in the early morning to take a bath at the Spalmatoio cove could be an experience that crowns a sailing holiday in this area," says Leonardo, our base chief at Marina Cala de' Medici, in a Q&A to discover the Tuscan Archipelago

Grotta Foca Monaca, Capraia

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