If you own a yacht, there’s a good chance that you already pondered about voyaging into the picturesque Mediterranean Sea. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin, this particular body of water is known for its awe-inspiring sceneries that will surely make your trip worthwhile.
Once you’ve decided on the perfect season to go on your first Mediterranean expedition, you can try venturing these 10 yacht charter destinations that are considered the best of the best:
1. Balearic Islands
A sun-kissed archipelago in eastern Spain, the Balearic is composed of islets and islands dominated by the Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. These well-known main islands, sometimes called the “four sisters,” have pristine waters complete with anchorages and sailing grounds perfect for breaking ground (or sea) on your superyacht.
If you happen to choose this destination, be sure to set aside a couple of weeks to explore its beauty. The good news is, this place is accessible all year, allowing more flexibility in planning a voyage. Of course, you should factor in the crowd when venturing into these shores as most tourists come in the summer to enjoy the humid heat.
2. Croatia and Montenegro
Croatia’s 1,200 islands make it a great destination for novice and experienced yacht captains alike. This is because the Eastern European nation has an abundance of secluded areas perfect for docking a superyacht despite the presence of popular land-treading tourist destinations like Split, Dubrovnik, and Hvar. Out of more than a thousand islands, only about 50 islands are inhabited, so you will surely find a quiet place to anchor your yacht in.
Montenegro, on the other hand, attracts sailors from different countries with its striking beauty from the Bay of Kotor. It has become popular among sailors, especially because of its unspoiled beauty.
3. Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is another lovely yacht charter destination you should consider on your first cruise. With only 30 miles of shore, the coast has rich charter grounds highlighted by the crystalline waters, picturesque hillside villages, and awe-inspiring coastlines.
Once you decide to head there, you should be able to gain access to numerous tourist attractions like the island of Capri, Pompeii, The Bay of Naples and as well as Positano, Ravello, Cetara, and Sorrento. Be sure to look for culture-rich places such as historic ruins and enjoy mouthwatering Italian cuisine when you head to this not-so-secret destination for sea lovers.
4. Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
Sicily is a place where history, culture, nature, and robust sailing grounds meet. It is a great choice for many superyacht owners because of its secluded anchorages, old-fashioned fishing villages, and popular beaches.
When you head northwest, you should be able to enjoy everything the capital Palmero has to offer, including unique architectures, historic squares, and a glimpse of the jagged coastline joining the land to the sapphire-like sea.
And then, there’s the Aeolian Islands some 35 miles up north. With its islands only short distances apart, you can maximize your Mediterranean voyage by hopping from one island to another with ease. Enjoy the active volcanic landscape lent by Stromboli and Vulcano as well as the contrast between busy islands like Lipari, Salina and Panarea and the quieter ones, Filicudi and Alicudi when you happen to cruise around this part of the Mediterranean.
It is the second biggest island in the West Mediterranean, making quite busy. Even so, Sardinia is well-loved by yachting enthusiasts for its fascinating culture and 1,100 miles of rugged coastline. It also has charming natural havens for anchoring that is perfect for people who cannot afford the pricey berthing in marinas, especially during high season.
With the rustic French influence still recognizable in its culture, Corsica is a famous yacht charter destination for those sailing from Sardinia because of its close proximity and wonderful sceneries. It is strongly advised that sailors choose between offshore anchorages or marina berthing to fully appreciate the jaw-dropping picture this island has to offer.
If you seek old-school romance and charm, go for ports of Bonifacio and Calvi. On the other hand, proceed to Lavezzi and Palombaggia if you are an indigenous nature and beaches kind of guy or girl.
7. Ionian Islands
Composed of seven main islands and several islets, the Ionian Islands has a certain charm that is uniquely for charter tourists. Corfu, the biggest of all islands in this Greek archipelago, is also considered the best tourist destination among all of them.
However, you should head to Zante islands if you wish to experience the place’s traditional culture. People looking for a more private time within the archipelago should try two of Zakynthos’ best-secluded spots: The Blue Grotto and Smugglers Cove.
Although it is a place that fewer yacht charters head to, Malta is deemed as one of the top 10 best destinations due to its smaller crowd. With less competition to berthing sites, you should be able to enjoy your Mediterranean cruise better as the place boasts beautiful harbors and historic ruins. Out of 21 Maltese islands, only Comino and Gozo are inhabited so you will surely find a secluded place to anchor in.
9. The French Riviera/Cote d’Azur
The Southeastern French coast French Riviera or Cote d’Azur boasts its sophisticated yachting hubs that include Cannes, St. Tropez, Nice, Antibes, and Monaco. This Mediterranean coastline offers rich culture, food, and history as well as great places to charter whether you are after busy or tranquil anchorages.
10. Turkey’s Turquoise Coast
Cruising in the Easter Mediterranean remains one of the best yacht charter destinations since no one can resist the stunning waters of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. With more coastlines than any other Mediterranean country, the Turquoise Coast also offers lovely coastal beaches and picturesque mountain scenes that will surely be engraved in your memory.