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Explore Mediterannean cuisine from your yacht charter: how to

Explore Mediterannean cuisine from your yacht charter: how to

There are many reasons to love a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean. From the sunshiney weather to the sparkling waters to the inimitable, cultural sites, the Mediterranean continues to captivate sailors, year in and year out. 

And for a sailing holiday getaway, there are few locales that offer such a delectable food experience. What can you expect from Mediterranean cuisine while cruising along on your yacht charter? 

Here’s a taste! 

Mediterranean cuisine in Greece

Imagine waking up in the morning on your yacht charter in Greece. You take in the stunning view of the coast’s whitewashed houses, maybe go for a swim, and then you’re ready for breakfast. What’s waiting for you ashore? 

There’s no better way to kick off your day than with a healthy heaping of Greek Mediterranean food, and for breakfast, koulouri is one of the most popular choices. This traditional Greek snack is made with just a few, simple ingredients (flour, water, salt, sesame, yeast), but don’t let that fool you! Whether you’re looking for something savory or sweet, this famous delicacy is a staple at almost every bakery in Greece.

If you’re sailing the Saronic Islands from Athens or Lavrion, make sure you don’t miss out on Athens Street food! Souvlaki, a pita wrap filled with grilled meat, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and tzatziki, is perhaps the most popular street food in all of Mediterranean cuisine. Another fan favorite is moussaka, a meat and vegetable dish most famously made with slices of aubergine. And of course, no trip to Greece is complete without grilled, freshly fished fish! Try yours with a side of traditional Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, black olives, and feta—yum! 

After a long day of sightseeing, you’ll probably be ready to head back to the marina for a midday snack. Whether you’re staying at the Saronic Islands, the Cyclades Islands, the Ionian Islands, or any other hotspot in Greece, you’ll be sure to find provisionings to assemble your very own Greek mezze platter

Served warm or cold, a Greek mezze platter is a go-to when it comes to Mediterraneancuisine. This tasty assortment of vegetables, cheeses, dips, seafood, and pita bread is the perfect complement to a round of cocktails as you sit back and relax on your yacht charter at the end of the day.

Ready to get your first taste of Mediterranean cuisine? Learn more about sailing holidays in Greece

Croatian cooking

From the Istrian peninsula to the Dalmation coast, Croatia offers natural beauty like no other for a sailing yacht charter. Before you start picturing yourself coasting into some of Croatia’s secluded bays, you may be wondering, “What can I expect from Croatian cooking?” 

When sailing along Croatia’s coastal towns and fishing villages, you can expect top-notch Mediterranean cuisine that’s chock full of delicious seafood. Take brodet, for example. This seafood stew is made with at least three different types of fish, in addition to shellfish and crustaceans, and is usually served alongside a creamy polenta.

Perhaps you’re looking to start your yacht charter from Dubrovnik? In between sailing from island to island and exploring islets and bays, you’ll want to stop off for some Croatian street food, like burek, a delicious, flakey dough that’s stuffed with meat and vegetables, or cevapi, sausages made with veal, beef, pork (or all three!) and topped with bread, cheese, and red pepper sauce.

Or maybe you’re planning to sail in Pula? If so, you’ll want to check out the local dish, peka, where meat, vegetables, and herbs are cooked in a special, large, metal baking dish with a bell-shaped lid over an open fireplace. 

Is your mouth watering for the Mediterranean cuisine in Croatia? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Croatian Yacht Charters.

What an Italian eats in a day

When it comes to finding the best food in Italy, it can be hard to narrow it down from all the different (but equally delicious!) options. But with your own private yacht charter, you can sail the Amalfi Coast, charter a yacht in Tuscany, or cruise in Sardinia, so you can get a taste of it all. 

Want to sail to the glamorous and famous Positano? Imagine an evening aboard your catamaran, watching the sun set while you sip a glass of limoncello, Italy’s famous lemon liqueur. Then in the morning, start the day feeling fresh with a visit to one of the many open-air markets on the Amalfi coast, where you can enjoy fresh seafood while taking in the views. 

Looking to do some island hopping? With seven islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, Tuscany is best explored by boat. Whether you’re heading out on a bareboat sailing holiday or cruising with a fully-crewed yacht, you can sail from Elba Island, to Montecristo Island and more, all while exploring the local delicacies of this Mediterranean cuisine, such as ribollita, a hearty bread soup, pappa al pomodoro, a thick tomato soup, or bistecca alla Fiorentina, the famous Tuscan steak dish. 

Dreaming of sailing to Sicily? Make sure you don’t skip out on Catania, the must-visit stop in Italy for foodies. With Catania food, there’s something for everyone, including (of course) lots of different types of Italian bread. For example, a fan favorite is cartocciata, warm, flakey pastry rolls that are stuffed with ham, mozzarella, and olives. Looking for something a little richer? You can also try cipollina, another puff pastry that adds onions and tomatoes into the mix, as well. 

When it comes to Mediterranean cuisine in Italy, there’s a lot of ground to cover! 

​​​​​​​Foods to try in Spain

A sailing holiday in Spain can take you anywhere from the Balearic Islands to the Canary Islands to the Costa Brava, but no matter where you go, you can be sure to satisfy your craving for some delicious Mediterranean cuisine. 

If you ask anyone what the best food to try in Spain is, their answer will mostly likely be tapas. But tapas aren’t so much a specific kind of food as they are a way of eating. Tapas are small snacks eaten between meals throughout the day, i.e., it’s the perfect little pick-me-up to snack on when you’re relaxing on your yacht between sightseeing! 

For when you do want to journey ashore, we recommend the seaside towns, Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc, on Costa Brava. Here, you can enjoy fresh seafood in your paella while dining al fresco and soaking in the beautiful Spanish views. 

Or if you’re keen on island hopping, try sailing the Balearic Islands, where your yacht charter can take you from white, sandy beaches one day to charming villages and mountain views the next. The Balearic Islands are famous for their tasty seafood, such as caldereta de langosta, a lobster stew that’s made with a mix of tomatoes, green peppers, onions, garlic, and parsley. 

No matter where you venture, there are so many different kinds of delicious food in Spanish-speaking countries that will always keep you coming back for more. Plan your sailing itinerary for a yacht charter in Spain

A yacht charter in the Mediterranean promises not only stunning views but mouth-watering recipes that you won’t find any place else. Want to learn more about exploring Mediterranean cuisine from your yacht charter? Contact us to plan your next trip!

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