Hi - we're currently at anchor
in Portoferraio for free and have spent time in Spain
and France in last four years. Can't therefore compare with Greece
or Turkey but we would say €50 a night for a 39' boat is expensive in May - even here in western Italy!! At the moment the darsena here would charge you €40 plus water
and elec and that's a highish end in costs. Come late June to 15 September prices will rocket here though - we were caught by v adverse winds in Isola Capraia last year and paid about €55 for our 40' per night (including services).
In southern France, here in the Tuscan Islands and parts
of eastern spain
, including the Balearics there are many many anchorages
, which are crowded but perfectly usable. (A chum can come in handy, and some anchorages
are very deep.) In some places you must watch out for the mistral. Anchoring
is free but provision well in somewhere 'ordinary' before reaching the islands as food here (especially fresh veg, on smaller islands) is scandalously dear.
Agree with much of the previous advice about avoiding the tourist traps etc and buying
food where locals shop - but you must know all that with the miles you've done. Italy
feels dear to us right now but our base currency is sterling so everywhere is feeling expensive. OTOH, we have been prepared to spend money
on seeing the astonishing history
and culture here - such as visiting the Vatican museums in Rome.
If you can watch the weather
, be prepared to move niftily if your anchorage looks like becoming untenable and shop with a bit of common sense, you can live very cheaply.
But, and this is a big one, think v carefully about where and how you want to spend for the winter. Are you likely to want to be in a marina, or will you anchor
? Do you want to be near a bigger cruising community? Will you be aboard or do you want to haul out
? There is an enormous variety of costs and quality for your wintering options, and you might end up deciding your route
after you've made that decision.