Guest Post by Mark of Kayak Guru
With its warm, dry summers and mild winters, the Mediterranean has an ideal climate for paddling at any time of the year. But with so many countries having Mediterranean coastlines, it can be difficult to know where the best places are. And that’s why we’ve put together this little guide to some of the best locations for paddling in the Mediterranean. Whether you want to kayak or stand up paddleboard, there are tons of hidden coves, secret caves and beautiful landscapes to explore in this historic part of the world.
Paddle through stunning scenery on the clear turquoise waters of the Med and explore rocky coastlines with tranquil bays and beaches. The north of the island has plenty of kayak and SUP rental companies, who also offer guided tours and excursions.
Near the historic port town of Olbia, the northeastern coast has plenty of inlets and bays that can be fantastic for sea kayaking. You can even explore the protected Tavolara Marine Park, where you can spot wildlife, including dolphins.
Just a little north of Olbia you’ll find the Costa Smeralda, with its upscale resorts, crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. You can also rent SUPs in some of the resort towns and beach hotels. Sardinia famously produces Cannonau wine. So be careful mixing your paddling and any wine-touring you had planned.
The Dalmatian coast of Croatia is filled with islands where you can paddle through historic landscapes and explore the rugged coastlines. North of the city of Split and off the coast of the city of Zadar you’ll find the wild Kornati National Park, a UNESCO site, where there is a fee to enter.
The fees are reduced if you book in advance of heading to the park and can be bought for several days if you intend to camp. There are a number of kayak tour companies that can organise guided multi-day trips, with prices including national park fees.
You’ll also find SUP rentals in the Zadar area, including one just to the north of the city, in the town of Nin, where you can have a relaxing paddling experience on a shallow sandy lagoon.
The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca has a beautiful coastline that is perhaps only truly experienced from the sea. Whether you’re on a SUP or in a kayak, you should be able to explore the many hidden coves and sea caves. There are also lots of kayak and SUP rental outlets.
The northern part of the island has a mixture of rocky coastlines and cliffs and calm, picturesque bays. Pollensa Bay is a large bay with calm waters and beautiful scenery and can be a great place to get out on your SUP.
Pollensa Bay can also be an ideal starting point for exploring the Cap de Formentor coastline with your kayak. Here there are lots of coves and prehistoric caves to discover, and if you look closely on the mountains, you might see some of the many local mountain goats.
Greek Islands, Greece
With 6,000 islands, Greece has miles and miles of shoreline to be paddled and explored. Surrounded by archaeological gems, mythological sites and gorgeous beaches, you can paddle through history across sparkling turquoise water. That’s not to mention you can head into ancient picturesque ports and discover tranquil coves along the way.
One of the most famous beaches in Greece is Navagio Beach on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos, known for its shipwreck, which is on the rugged northeastern coast of the island. At the north of the island, there are also the Blue Caves, which make for an exciting paddle.
One of the lesser known Greek Islands is Ikaria, where there is over 100 kilometers of coastline to explore. This includes the pristine Seychelles Beach on the south of the island. On Ikaria, there are also plenty of coves, with beautiful scenery and an opportunity to be immersed in Greek culture.
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