Yacht Charter Holidays in Europe: A Fact File
Europe is a continent vastly different in climates and cultures that provides guests on a superyacht charter with plenty to see and do throughout their cruise: Visit charming seaside villages, relax on sandy beaches in sheltered coves and enjoy a summer of fun with countless snorkel and dive sites and fishing spots. Read the Full Europe Yacht Charter Guide
Attend the events in Cannes and Monaco, or journey up north to see the Aurora Borealis in Greenland and the mystical fjords of Norway. A region filled with art and culture, there are plenty of reasons to return to Europe on a luxury yacht charter year after year.
Things to Consider:
Yachting Seasons & Climate:
Commonly visited northern European luxury yacht charter destinations include Greenland and Norway, both of which have a cold humid environment. Greenland reaches temperatures around 0°C/30°F in the winter and 9°C/48°F in the summer months, with Norway a few degrees warmer.
Southern Europe is much warmer than the north and receives less rainfall per annum. Summer months are characterised by temperatures hovering around the mid-to-late 20s(°C)/70s(°F) and little rainfall, while eastern countries of Greece, Croatia, Montenero and Turkey experience even greater temperatures and drier conditions.
Clothing to Pack for Your Charter:
Dress warm and use layers for Northern European destinations, taking a wind and waterproof coat as well as a hat and gloves for the coldest months. To the south, free-flowing breathable clothing such as cotton and linen blends are recommended for late spring through to late autumn, with a layer to keep off the wind and for cooler evenings. Winter in the south is also not as cold, and visitors will be able to wear jumpers without coats on clement, rain-free days.
Main Ports and Marinas:
Antibes, Cannes, Fréjus, Golfe-Juan, Juan les Pins, Menton, Monaco, Nice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Saint-Tropez, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cagliari, Porto Mirabello, Sudcantieri, Marina di Loano, Marina Genova Aeroporto, Port of Pantelleria, Marina di Teulada, Marina di Villasimius, Porto Lotti, Porto-Vecchio, Bonifacio, Bastia, Solenzara, Macinaggio, Saint-Florent, Île-Rousse, Porto Pollo, Calvi, Girolata, Cargèse, Ajaccio and Propriano, Porto-Vecchio, Bonifacio, Bastia, Solenzara, Macinaggio, Saint-Florent, Île-Rousse, Porto Pollo, Calvi, Girolata, Cargèse, Ajaccio and Propriano, Marina di Cala del Sole, Marina Villa Igeia, Portorosa Marina, Port of Etna, Porto di Amalfi, Palma de Mallorca, Andratx Marina, Club de Mar Mallorca, Port Adriano, Marina Botafoch, Marina de Formentera, Marina Port Adriana, Marina de Cala d'Or, Skiathos Town, Glossa, Panormos, Koukounaries, Skopelos Town, Steni Vala, Linaria Port, Patitiri, Vathy, Symi Port, Rhodes Port, Kos Port, Port Augusta, Zakynthos City, Poros, Lekfas Marina, Gouvia Marina, Port of Hydra, Port of Spetses, Port of Salamina, Port of Aegina, Poros, Kiani, Akti, Port of Hydra
Famous Restaurants & Clubs:
La Palme d’Or (Cannes), Bâoli Beach (Cannes), Absinthe Bar (Antibes), Nikki Beach (Saint-Tropez), Club 55 (Saint-Tropez), Paloma (Cap Ferrat), Monte-Carlo Beach Club (Monaco), Le Louis XV (Monaco)
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Phi Beach, Cala Di Volpe Hotel Restaurant, Il Pescatore, Rha, Tartaruga, Black Moon
Chez Tao, Le Patio, Aux Vents d’Anges, Le Glacier de la Place, Auberge de la Restonica, Café de la Plage, Le Piano chez Toinou
Kursaal Kalhesa, Morgana Bar, La Madia, Tinkitè, Mercati Generali, Osteria Dei Vespri
Ristorante La Caravella, Lo Smeraldino
Ocean Beach Ibiza, Prince of Wales, Blues Bar, Sa Trinxa Beach Bar
Santorini Yachting Club, Kariatis (Crete), Serenissima Restaurant (Crete), The Venetian Well (Corfu), Toula’s Seafood Restaurant (Corfu), Ambrosia Restaurant (Rhodes), Wonder (Rhodes), Bassia (Zakynthos), Rotonda (Naxos)
A Must See Attraction:
Casino Monte Carlo (Monaco), Picasso Gallery - Château Grimaldi (Antibes), Musée Matisse (Nice), Calanques National Park (Cassis)
Alghero Cathedral, various UNESCCO World Heritage Sites
Strait of Bonifacio Marine Reserve, Scandola Nature Reserve, Gorges of Restonica & Tavignano
Duomo di Siracusa, Valley of the Temples
St. Andrew's Cathedral, Cloister of Paradise,
Catedral de Mallorca
The Acropolis (Athens), the Palace of the Grand Master (Rhodes)
Best beaches to visit in your superyacht:
Antibes, Cannes, Cap Ferrat, Golfe-Juan, Hyères, Menton, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Is Aruttas, Spiaggia Sa Colonia, Spiaggia Su Portu, Spiaggia di Piscinas, Spiaggia Rena Bianca, Spiaggia della Pelosa, Spiaggia del Principe, La Maddalena, Santa Manza, Rondinara, Cupabia, Capo di Feno, Roccapina, Ostriconi, Girolata, Palombaggia, Plage du Lido, Cupabia, Lido Fiori, Sant Vito Lo Capo, Cala Mosche, Spiaggia di Sabbia Nera, Marina Grande di Amalfi, Duoglio Beach, Furore Beach, Conca dei Marini, La Marinella, Marina Grande di Amalfi, Duoglio Beach, Furore Beach, Conca dei Marini, La Marinella, Navagio, Myrtos, Kathisma, Porto Katsiki, Pedi, Polemi, Ladiko, Nas, Kyra, Koukounaris Bay, Molos Beach, Rousum Gialos, Bay of Panormos, Paros, Naxos, Tinos, Amorgos, Milos, Sifnos and Andros
Local Yacht Events:
France: Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco Yacht Show, Cannes Film Festival, MIPIM, Les Voiles St Tropez
Sardinia: Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Rolex Swan Cup, Perini Navi Cup
Corsica: Corsica Classic Sailing Regatta
Sicily: Palermo-Monte Carlo Regatta
Amalfi: Historical Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics
Balearic Islands: Copa del Rey Ragatta
Greece: East Med Yacht Show
Best time to go:
Late spring - early autumn; Visit before or after the July-August school holidays to avoid the crowds at their heaviest. However, heat-lovers will want to visit at the height of summer, when there is also the most daylight hours and there are plenty of peaceful locations to anchor your superyacht.
Further Charter Information
Yacht Rentals Available:
Go here for the current list of yacht rentals in Europe.
Full Europe Yacht Charter Guide:
Go here for the essential Europe yacht charter guide.
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Basic Holiday Info Summary
Currency: Euro (€/EUR)
Main religions: Christianity, Islam, Jewish
Area: 10,180,000 km² (3,930,000 sq mi)