Island hop on a sailing holiday in the Med and beyond this summer, for as little as £650 a week

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

With yachts that sleep eight and catamarans ideal for two families, sleeping 12, Fish and Pips can set up a Dalmatian island-hopping dream trip. Navigate to quiet coves, away from honeypots – snorkelling in the waters of Kornati National Park or dropping anchor for seafood lunches. Voyages depart from Rogoznica between Split and Sibenik, and can head north or south for one or two weeks. Boats are skippered, so all guests need to do is board and relax. One week from €4,800 for eight guests excluding flights, fishandpips.co.uk/sailing-in-croatia

A trio of Canary Islands

G Adventures offers a small group sailing trip aboard a 15m skippered yacht in the Canary Islands. Departing from Tenerife’s south coast, it heads west to La Palma and on to La Gomera before returning a week later. There’s plenty of time for land-based exploration – hikes, the historic streets of Santa Cruz de la Palma and the coves of La Gomera. There are also island-based meals out, chances to snorkel and even have a go at sailing. One week from £764pp excluding flights, gadventures.com

Join a flotilla in Greece

A flotilla holiday is ideal for inexperienced sailors who want the independence of taking command of their boat, with the reassurance of sailing in a small group with a skipper on the lead yacht and social gatherings on shore. Sunsail’s trips explore the Ionian coast of Greece, departing Lefkas and taking in islands including Kefalonia. It’s also possible to hire a skipper. One week from £1,349 for four excluding flights, sunsail.co.uk

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Sail the Cyclades

Join a small group of eight guests – or gather your own – to explore the Greek Cyclades on a private yacht. Although skippered, the trip is hands-on, with the opportunity to learn the ropes as it ventures to the Cyclades’ quieter islands – Kea, Serifos and Kythnos. There is time to explore on land, as well as stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the inky-blue waters. Four nights from £626pp excluding travel, muchbetteradventures.com

Bays and mountains in Montenegro

MedSailors specialises in sailing trips for 20-35 year olds, with trips for solo travellers, couples and groups in some of the most alluring parts of the Mediterranean. Its skippered Montenegro voyages make time for hiking in the mountains near Morinj, exploring the fortified town of Kotor, enjoying the sunset from Tivat and visiting Perast, the “Venice of Montenegro” and snorkelling a shipwreck at Herceg Novi. One week from €660pp excluding flights, medsailors.com

Turkey by gulet

A traditional two- or three-masted gulet is an ideal vessel for exploring the southwestern coast of Turkey and can be chartered in its entirety or booked by the cabin. For example, you could set off on a crewed boat from Bodrum to explore the cerulean waters of the Gulf of Gokova with its pine-cloaked mountains and quiet bays, the coral-fringed Seven Islands, Cleopatra’s island and fishing villages over the course of a week. Five-cabin gulet from £835 per night excluding flights, guletescapes.com

The captivating Cote d’Azur

A yacht charter along the Cote d’Azur for certified sailors (the Mistral is a possibility during summer months) offers the chance to drop anchor in some of the most alluring spots on the French Riviera. Between St Tropez and Cassis are glamorous ports and quiet fishing villages, sun-drenched lunch spots and the dramatic limestone inlets of the Calanques National Park. One week from £1,171 for four excluding travel, nautilusyachting.com

Breezing around the Balearics

Tranquil Menorca is the perfect foil for its bigger, bolder neighbour Mallorca. Over the course of a week, you could explore all manner of sandy beaches, as well as enjoying time in historic Palma and one of the world’s deepest natural harbours in Mahon. Along the way, there are innumerable beach restaurants and bars to enjoy, too. Yachts can be chartered bareboat or with a skipper. One week’s bareboat charter from £1,785 for six excluding travel, seamaster.co.uk

Island hop on a sailing holiday in the Med and beyond this summer, for as little as £650 a week

See the wildlife of Wales

The UK has, of course, got plenty of scope for a sailing adventure too. A holiday around the coast of Pembrokeshire will show you the ropes with a Yachtmaster instructor on board, and cruises from Milford Haven to award-winning beaches around the national park’s coastline and past puffins on Skomer and Skokholm. You might even pass dolphins and porpoises on your way. One week from £2,800 for six, pembrokeshirecruises.co.uk

Coast along the Costa Brava

From the bustle and glamour of Barcelona, it’s possible to head north for calm coves and historic seaside villages as you charter a yacht along Spain’s Costa Brava. Along the “rugged coast” are hiking paths, diving opportunities around the Illes Medes, Dali landmarks, blustery viewpoints, forts, monasteries and pretty villages in which to enjoy lunch or dinner. One week’s rental of a six-berth skippered sailboat from Roses starts at €2,720, samboat.com