No matter the season, the West Mediterranean is the perfect cruise destination for lovers of ocean and sand, art and architecture, and a thousand years of history. Travel in summer, spring, winter, or fall; the region welcomes those who wish to set sail and explore its charm and glamour year-round.
With itineraries boasting eclectic layers of French, Italian, Spanish, Bohemian, and Arabic influences, this artistic, historic, archaeological, and cultural mecca has something to evoke the mind and soul.
So, you are now ready to explore the West Mediterranean charms via private yacht charter. Where do you go?
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Spain is an attractive country filled with beautiful corners to explore. Plus, its people are really friendly and its cuisines are simply mouthwatering!
Home of the Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi i Cornet, Barcelona showcases the otherworldly marriage between gothic and modern architecture. Gaudi’s one-of-a-kind magnum opus, the unfinished cathedral Sagrada Familia, features colorful bell towers, bridges that offer an aerial view of the city, whimsical and dreamy spiral staircases, hypnotic stained glass designs, and a stunning interior designed to mirror a forest.
Another attraction is the 1.2-kilometre Las Ramblas, a tree-lined boulevard ideal for strolling, with a historic opera house, vibrant flower stands, and an open pet market.
Also found in the area is Catalonia’s renowned sparkling wine, cava. One of the largest cava producer, Cavas Freixenet, offers a miniature train ride and a glimpse of the production deep inside its cellars. Located in the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, the winery is a 45-minute drive northwest of Barcelona. Traveling back to the port, you shop at Catalunya Square or stop for a sangria.
See the unspoilt, photogenic rugged beauty of Andalusia in Genal Valley, Malaga, where the river Genal flows to meet one of the last standing oak forests in the Mediterranean. White villages, where whitewashed homes stand, also dot the valley.
The mention of Italy conjures memorable wine tasting holidays, scenic drives, and satisfying exploration of historical spots.
Brilliant artwork from world-renowned early Italian Renaissance artists, such as Ghiberti, Giotto, Brunelleschi, and Michelangelo, is the highlight of Florence. A gem for art enthusiasts, this city’s signature creative landmark is the Duomo, the magnificent dome of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Marvel at Michelangelo’s sculptures, including the popular statue of David and the lesser-known but thought-provoking Slaves and St. Matthew, in the Accademia. The museum’s collection of masterful paintings date as far back as the 13th to 18th centuries.
Another treasured art museum residing in the city is Uffizi, one of the oldest in the world, and contains the country’s most extensive collection of paintings and sculptures. It is the home of Titian’s Venus of Urbino Bacchus, Botticelli’s the Birth of Venus, Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch, and more.
Explore the underwater Posidonia Meadows in Niasca Bay and rediscover the grace and peace of marine life. Sprawled on the seabed is an awe-inspiring stretch of the flowering Neptune grass as starfish, moray eels, sea bass, tubeworms, and mollusks thrive together with vibrant anemones and corals.
History meets high fashion in this Italian island. Points of interest include the famous Mount Etna, the ancient archaeological site Valle dei Templi, the 9th century palace Palazzo dei Normanni, the Byzantine-designed church Martorana, and the beautiful beaches of Isola Bella. Known for its Alta Moda fashion standards, Sicily is also one of the best places to shop for stylish wear.
Naples and Sorrento, Italy
Explore the excavated ruins of Pompeii, see the preserved artifacts in the museum in Naples… and get up close and personal with the still-active Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that buried the ancient city in layers of ash and pumice in 79 A.D. Be guided by a volcanologist to see the smoldering crater, and know the science and history of the place. Grapes grow on the volcano’s fertile slopes, and you can end this extraordinary experience by tasting the local wine.
France is all about romane, high fashion, colorful history, and avant-garde cuisine.
In 1917, this vibrant coast became artist Henri Matisse’s muse. After his death in 1952, a 17th-century villa became the home of his works, along with photos of him and his personal belongings. Aside from Matisse, artist Musee Marc Chagall also resided in this sunny capital on the French Riviera.
See the famous Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde in this port city, featuring a 30-foot statue of the “la bonne mere,” the Virgin Mary. This historic church still has the bullet holes it acquired from the battle during the liberation of Marseille in 1944.
As one of the most diverse locations in the world when it comes to a yacht charter holiday, West Mediterranean is full of exciting offerings from Spain, Italy, and France!