Family sailing holidays aren’t just an opportunity for budding skippers to wear silly hats and control the tiller all holiday long – the plus points are rather more numerous than that. Just think about it: you can set sail whenever you like, sailing from one beautiful location to another at the turn of a wheel. Best of all, you don’t have to put up with heaving beaches. Just find your own deserted stretch of sand or an isolated cove, moor up and enjoy the sunshine and quiet. Sailing doesn’t have to be an activity holiday, you know.
The more competent sailors among you might like to take the wheel yourself on one of our yachts in Spain or Greece. Or, for a little added luxury, you can hire your own private skipper.
For families in which there’s an even split between sea legs and landlubbers, there’s the sailing holiday compromise of renting a holiday home that has the use of its own boat and private mooring. Check out these sailing adventures in the Caribbean and along the coast of England.
But if sailing sounds just a little too involving for what’s supposed to be a relaxing holiday, there is the more tranquil option of a houseboat. Either stay put or pootle merrily around the waterways of England and the Netherlands. Whichever appeals more, you should definitely step aboard soon.
“Beautiful” We had a fantastic one week holiday,the location was stunning and plenty of restaurants to choose from although we found Lani's the best. Jorge and Raquel are lovely and so friendly.
“Magnificent sailing through UNESCO world Heritage” Couple and one children, rented a boat for a long weekend, sailed up on river Douro until Spanish border. At the boats base, nice little chalet for the first night. Very good navigation, sightseeing a
Hired a boat for 5 days in May. if solitude and scenery are what you are after then this holiday is perfect. The boat base in Ferradosa is just lovely and 3 hours train trip from Oporto. The boat had … More
Reviewed 1 Oct 2012
I have just returned from a weeks holiday on board one of Jose’s Macgregor 26’ yacht and felt I had to give account of our experience.
I think the best way to do this is to give a moment by mome… More
“Far from the madding crowd, perfect for a family holiday.”
Reviewed 10 Sep 2012
We had a lovely relaxing stay in the chalet overlooking the water. The children adored it. It was a perfect family holiday far from the madding crowd It was wonderful to wake up to the peace and… More
“Toby 2014” Excellent experience. We had typical March Chiloe weather with a mix of sunny and rainy days. The food and service at the boat were great. In fact the sea food was outstanding, Kayaking and using the small motor boats were pluses. Visit to
Once again, 2 years after the first trip, the Alba experience was incredible. Food on board is outstanding making intense use of locally sourced seafood and shellfish. New (improved) canoes are really… More
“Beautifull sight views, excellent dinning and activities from the crew”
Reviewed 1 Apr 2014
A marvelous trip with good accomodations and an exquisit food on board, sometimes barbecues in open places surrounded by exhuberant vegetation. Absolutely recomended to escape from the cities and take… More
“THE way to experience Patagonia and the Andean fjords!”
Reviewed 31 Mar 2014
This was my 9th time aboard the Alba and I can't wait to come back again!
I cannot say enough about how unique this experience is and how well attended everyone was while aboard. The Alba has alway… More
“This was our favorite part of our vacation to Spain!”
Reviewed 2 Jun 2015
We took a day trip on the catamaran with Hahn off the coast of Santa Ponca, Mallorca. He was so nice and accommodating to our party of 6. We were able to bring our own wine and alcohol which not many … More
“A fabulous experience” Seldom do holidays exceed all expectations, but in the case of Dourovou we could not have had a better experience. The Douro is a perfect place to visit for a short sailing holiday, with an almost guaranteed breeze every aftern
good holiday with great scenery good for very avid sailers sailing up and down river
would like to do again from port to adriatic really enjoyed and was welcomed by alberto who did his best for ever… More
“Adventure and tranquility”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2012
If you like adventure and something more rural and 'off the beaten track', I would highly recommend a holiday with Dourovou. We chose the yacht charter for 6 nights (11th June 2012). The journey to … More
“Sailing Douro river”
Reviewed 31 May 2012
Charting a 26 MacGregor for a week or more is the best way to visit Douro river by your own .
The boats are easy to sail and very confortable .
Mr. Alberto gave us a river map and sujested places fo… More