It may seem like a cliché but when it comes to booking a Mediterranean yacht charter, you have so many elements there for a dream vacation – a fantastic climate, stunning beaches, historic towns and picturesque anchorages.

So, where do you go when you’re searching for somewhere ashore to enjoy a refreshing drink, either as a lunch time indulgence, or when dusk highlights the amber and pink skies over the scenic coastlines?

If you’re booking a Mediterranean yacht charter with 212 Yachts and looking for somewhere for a relaxed beach drink, sunset drinks or after-dark parties, we’ve got you covered.

El Rais : Menorca, Balearic Islands

Mahón, the capital of Menorca is a sophisticated port town with history, culture and an abundance of pavement cafeterias and restaurants to discover.

Here, you’ll find El Rais, a stylish restaurant with a cosy drinks terrace in an elevated position offering splendid views over the port. If El Rais is full, try Mestre D’Aixa right on the marina with excellent tapas and a nautical décor.

El Rais in Mahón in Menorca is a great place for a drink overlooking the port

Once you’ve finished sipping away the afternoon, spend a few hours exploring the sights of Mahón including Santa María church, Sant Roc Bridge and the Museu de Menorca.  Lounge lizards can catch the last rays of the Menorcan sun at beaches such as Es Grau, Binibequer or Cala Macarella.

Yacht charter in the Balearic Islands is very popular and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Menorca’s natural beauty (it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993), walking trails and charming towns.

Marco Polo : Théoule-sur-Mer, French Riviera

The glittering reputation of the Côte d’Azur means there is a huge variety of spots to catch the Mediterranean sunset with beach restaurants aplenty where you can arrive by tender to dine with your feet on the sand.

Nearby yacht charters start in Cannes, but Marco Polo in Théoule-sur-Mer feels a world away.  Marco Polo is a family-run beach restaurant with superb grilled fish and good cocktails.  The setting is lovely with sofas, umbrellas and tables on the beach with splendid views of the bay of Théoule and foothills of the Ésterels Massif.  Their Beach Bar is open daily in summer with regular live music – try the Red Love Champagne cocktail with red fruits.

Marco Polo is close to Cannes with lovely views across the bay of Théoule

Les Pêcheurs : Nice, French Riviera

Nice is the underrated sister of yacht charter hotspots Cannes, Monaco and St Tropez but it has some of the French Riviera’s unsung bars and restaurants when you prefer to dine on land.

Les Pêcheurs is a destination for a breezy lunch of alfresco seafood beside Nice Port where you can soak up the Provençal views of the colourful traditional pointus fishing boats alongside luxury yachts waiting for their next crewed yacht charter from Nice.   Flavours include exotic accents such as vanilla-infused olive oil, coconut rice, sesame, wasabi alongside local bistro dishes and classics such as bouillabaisse and salt-crusted bream.

An ideal harbourside spot for relaxing with a glass of chilled wine, the drinks menu includes wines from Bandol A.O.P, Cassis A.O.P and Côtes de Provence A.O.P as well as some delicious pear and raspberry fruit brandy.

Zelo’s Beach : Beaulieu-sur-Mer, French Riviera

Zelo’s Beach is a private beach close to Beaulieu port that has the chicness of the usual spots at Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez or the Croisette in Cannes but is suitable for yacht charter guests looking for a Cote d’Azur yacht charter location with gorgeous unblocked views and good beach service.

There are over two hundred sunbeds and umbrellas and over ten deluxe beach cabanas to luxuriate in if you fancy a day sunbathing ashore, and after a morning of using your private yacht’s water toys in the bay of Eze it is a very cool place for lunch.

The menu is mostly Italian-inspired with fresh salads, pizza, meat and pasta with particular popularity for their sushi!  If you want a more upbeat experience, the party atmosphere kicks off from 4pm in peak season with sublime cocktails and DJ’s.

Zelo's Beach at Beaulieu-sur-Mer is close to the port and has similar vibes to beach clubs at St Tropez

The Dom Pérignon P2 Lounge at La Vigie : Monte-Carlo Beach, Monaco

Open daily in summer (except Monday) until 3 September, the Dom Pérignon P2 Lounge offers a relaxing backdrop to unwind after a busy day of shore excursions in Monaco.

Richard Geoffroy, legendary cellar master of Dom Pérignon Champagne, has chosen this stunning backdrop to unveil the P2 1998 cuvee with delectable food served at nearby La Vigie Restaurant by 100% organic, star-awarded chef Paolo Sari.

Unmissable if you are on a yacht charter in Monaco!

Beachouse Dome : Aiya Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa lies at southeastern coast of Cyprus and boasts golden sandy beaches, a landmark monastery and plenty of options ashore when the sun goes down.

Here, west of Ayia Napa, you’ll find The Dome Beach Hotel & Resort situated between a peninsula of 19 rock-cut archaeological tombs dated back to 1872 and set directly on two superb bays at Makronissos Beach.

The Beachouse at the Dome Beach Hotel & Resort in Aiya Napa is a chilled beach bar with relaxed music

The Beachouse Dome is a great escape if you want a sunset drink on land after a private yacht charter cruising the Cypriot coast.  The atmosphere by the sea is laidback with chilled music with some funk, house and soul minus the wild crowds of other Mediterranean yacht charter destinations.

The idyllic place to enjoy a classic cocktail, ice cold beer or coffee in the sun!

For your next Mediterranean yacht charter, you can contact 212 Yachts to discuss a yacht charter in Spain or the Balearic Islands, French Riviera or Cyprus.


Written by Becks, 212 Yachts' Travel Writer

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