Life on the water: how to spend two weeks boating between the Cyclades

For crowd-free islands, Naxos and the Minor Cyclades have been fiercely guarded by those in the know. Slowly though, travellers are catching onto their electric blue seas, powder-soft sands, scented hiking trails and sleepy villages. Hire a boat and sail between them — before the secret’s well and truly out.

Top seven French destinations to explore on a boating holiday

From strolling around quaint medieval towns and dining on the exquisite local cuisine, to exploring verdant waterside valleys, here are the best places for a boat trip in France.

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