Originally Posted by cherikita
We are setting sail mid-May from Antibes to Dubrovnik on our Oceanis
423. Our schedule allows us 45 days to get out of the Schengen area. Do you have any anchorage recommendations or other trip tips? We are experienced sailors from Australia
, but new to the Med.
We were in a similar position to yourselves back in 2012 - except that we were not experienced sailors (sailed for 30 years, but very on and off - very few hours/miles, especially in a keelboat).
Antibes is certainly worth a couple of days at least - just watch the berth you are allocated to ensure it is the size for you, or you will be charged far more than you need to pay (they charge by berth size, not your size).
The west coast
of Corsica is great, with hi-lights being Calvi, Girolata, and of course, Bonifacio (allow several days for Bonifacio). Just make sure you don't get caught on that coast in a westerly.
We also have very pleasant memories of the east coast
of Sardinia - especially coming through the straights, then Porto Cervo (couple of days if you have the time). The trip down the east coast
has quaint little marinas
- quiet and atmospheric, but if you need to keep going then you may decide to turn east after Porto Cervo.
We are still discovering Sicily, but cannot speak highly enough of Malta
- we spent nearly two weeks there last year, including Comino (do not, I repeat, do not go to the Blue Lagoon
on a weekend !!!), and Gozo.
The rest of our time we have spent away from the area you are heading (French coast from Spanish border, and Tunisia), so cannot advise you further. Is you VAT status paid or unpaid - assume you are across that and the implications?
We will be back in Sicily and Malta
early June through to mid July - might see you (send me a PM if you want to have a chat before you leave, or try to catch up over there).
Either way, hope your trip goes really well.