Planning your East or West Mediterranean yacht charter? Read our blog on the best spots to visit by boat or yacht in France, Croatia, Greece and more…
The Mediterranean is undeniably a hub for yacht charters. With its warm blue waters, it’s not difficult to see why it continues to attract yacht charterers year after year. From the glamorous casinos of Monaco to the hidden coves of Croatia, the East and West Mediterranean boasts an array of prime yachting locations to suit all tastes and budgets. Read on to find out what to expect from your Mediterranean yacht charter or click here to contact one of our charter experts today to plan your bespoke yachting itinerary today.
Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Charters
Best visited in September, when the weather is comfortably warm, Venice is a must-see romantic destination. The city, comprised of over 100 small islands and famed for its winding canals and gondolas, is undoubtedly best seen from the sea, with the centre being only reachable by foot or by boat. From a private yacht, you can escape the crowds and explore the nearby islands, including Murano and Torcello, for an unbelievable view of the sunset.
Start your yacht charter from the old town of Split, where you can relax on the calm waters of one of Croatia’s many secluded bays. If you want a sumptuous meal, stop off in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, where you can try Croatia’s collection of different cuisines. You can then sail to the Kornati and its various islands for an unforgettable end to your charter. For the ideal yacht holiday, visit between the months of March until July. Read more here.
Cruise to this prosperous Balkan country to experience its craggy mountain ranges, medieval towns and narrow coastlines first-hand. One of the main attractions is the Durmitor National Park, where you will find several species of bears and wolves. You can also traverse alongside the Tara River and witness Europe’s deepest gorge (also within Durmitor). Another popular site is the Bay of Kotor, famed for its fjord geographic origin, and the medieval towns of Kotor and Herceg Novi, both steeped in history.
Grecian waters are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and the use of water toys. Many holidaymakers flock to its crystal-clear waters during the summer months to explore the islands of Cyclades, Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos and Sardonic. Find out more about chartering in Greece here.
The Turquoise Coast is considered to be one of the Mediterranean’s luxury yacht destinations. Istanbul, the capital, is truly a cultural hub. It is also worth visiting the magical coastlines of Carian, Ionian, the West Lycian Coast, and the East Lycian Coast, with their majestic bays and coves.
Western Mediterranean Yacht Charters
Hundreds of yachts flock to the French Riviera and surrounding waters each year. Flaunting glittering bays, unblemished beaches, and exclusive resorts, France is the epitome of elegance and culture. The breath-taking coastline is decorated with captivating fishing villages as well as larger, livelier towns, such as Cannes.
Onshore you will discover winding cobbled streets and a sweet smell of fresh croissants filling the air. Spend your days ambling through the picturesque coastal towns of Eze and Antibes. Travel further from the coast to find sprawling vineyards and beautiful olive groves. A world away from the luxury boutique, glittering nightlife and exclusive resorts of Cannes and St. Tropez.
Monaco plays host to festivals, events and exhibitions all year round. Best known for the infamous F1 Grand Prix, every charterer should experience this exclusive event from the comfort of their own private yacht decked just meters from the track!
Exploring the Enchanting Trails of Corsica
Nestled between Sicily and France, Corsica is a breath-taking island comprising of unspoiled beaches, nature reserves and stunning mountain ranges. Corsica mirrors the beauty of its neighbouring islands but embraces a more relaxed approach to life. With its pristine sandy beaches and endless hiking trails through the evergreen forests, the island really is the ideal destination for getting back in touch with nature. It is also known for its whale and dolphin sanctuaries – truly a unique sight to behold. Those looking for a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life will certainly enjoy chartering to this oasis of natural beauty and wildlife. Read more on the exceptional isle here.
The mesmerizing coastline of Italy and its surrounding islands is a heavenly mix of antiquated Mediterranean fishing villages, rugged cliffs and modern luxury resorts.
Portofino – a gorgeous fishing town – is renowned for its exclusive designer boutiques and world-class restaurants.
The string of historical seaside villages – referred to as ‘Cinque Terre’ – make for a truly spectacular view, especially from the water. The Amalfi Coast is another Italian gem, characterised by its whitewashed cliffs and pastel-hued villages, boasting world-class restaurants and luxury resorts.
The glistening shores of Spain and its surrounding islands offer opportunities for both exploration and relaxation. From the world-famous architecture of Barcelona, to the glitz and glam of Marbella, this diverse country really offers something for everyone.
The Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands, for example, are an ideal location for yacht charters: flaunting the perfect fusion of gorgeous beaches, natural beauty and bustling cities.
Sailing around the clear turquoise waters of this diverse archipelago would make for the perfect vacation, providing endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. These islands boast many secluded coves, some only accessible by private boat, ensuring complete privacy and tranquillity. Those looking for more of a buzz will enjoy Ibiza’s exclusive bars and world class restaurants.
It is easy to see why Spain and The Balearic Islands are frequently referred to as the yachting world’s best kept secret.
The sparkling turquoise sea surrounding the mesmerizing island of Malta and surrounding sister isles is truly spectacular. A Mediterranean paradise, Malta has become a well know spot for private yacht charters in recent years. Overflowing with culture and history, this vibrant little island exhibits awe-inspiring architecture, unique breath-taking landscapes and buzzing cosmopolitan café culture. Exploring Malta and surrounding waters is like taking a journey back in time. With this island flaunting the largest density of historic sites than any other country it is a history enthusiasts dream. Although it does not take a historian to revel in the beauty and mastery of the exquisite architecture and cathedrals dotted around the captivating towns and villages of the island.
Valetta – the capital of Malta – is truly exquisite, hence its status as a UNESCO recognised Heritage city and Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2018. Malta is just as impressive offshore, the crystal-clear waters surrounding its sister isles Comino and Gozo offering some of the beautiful dive and snorkel spots to be found in the Mediterranean. The Blue Lagoon is an especially popular spot for novice divers to experience their first scuba dive in a sheltered lagoon.
The glimmering waters of the Mediterranean have for decades been a mecca for superyachts and with good reason. The diversity of this rugged coastline, pristine sanded coves and colourful villages would truly take your breath away. It is easy to see why it is a prime favourite for yacht charters for so many years.
Contact our team of charter experts today to start planning the ultimate Mediterranean yachting experience! With access to the world’s largest yacht database, years of experience and our bespoke concierge service – including making restaurant reservations and booking restaurants – 212 Yachts is on hand every step of the way to help make your dream charter a reality.