10 Top Beaches in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is more than just about historic anchorages, quaint towns and delicious food. There are fantastic stretches of unspoilt beaches in Greece, miles and miles of warm waters in Sardinia as well as plenty of places to drop anchor on a luxury yacht charter. Some secluded hot spots are only accessible by boat where you can enjoy idyllic beaches, safe swimming and lots of sun. Luxury yacht charter is the way to go, so here are ten of the best kept secret beaches you can find when chartering a superyacht in the Med. View the full Essential Mediterranean Yacht Charter Guide here.
1. Ischia, Naples
The Beach Of Lacco Ameno. This large island in the Gulf of Naples has many hot springs due to volcanic activity in years gone by. Enjoy a thermal spa or take time out to visit the Castello Aragonese at Ischia Ponte. This stunning castle was built in the 15th century and once protected the island from pirates.
Ischia isn’t really a well-known destination, however it’s one of the most luxurious places in Naples. Get your scuba gear on and explore the waters of the Med for an adventure of a lifetime. Located on top of a volcanic island there’s a spa resort to enjoy after a day of scuba diving activities.
2. Capo Testa, Sardinia
To experience what a popular superyacht destination is all about, set sail for Capo Testa, Sardinia. Situated at the northernmost point of Sardinia Capo Testa has easy access scuba diving sites, jaw-dropping scenery and unbeatable swimming spots making it a top stop-off during a private yacht charter vacation.
What’s more you won’t have far to walk to a nearby luxury resort which offers lots of amenities.
3. Voutoumi, Antipaxos
Kick off your sandals and let the amazing blue waters of the Med gently caress your feet. The tiny island of Voutoumi has a population of between 30 and 100 people, although not many live there permanently.
Located in the Ionian Islands, Antipaxos has the most charming beaches in the Mediterranean. Voutoumi is a secluded island with the bluest of waters lapping onto warm, white sandy beaches where you can relax. Further into the island of Voutoumi there are lots of fruit trees and vineyards, perfect for a quiet stroll.
4. Cavalaire-sur-Mer, French Riviera
Cavalaire-sur-Mer is a charming town on the French Riviera. Unlike the Cote d’Azur it isn’t crowded and has a beach that will take your breath away. Drop anchor not too far away and walk to the beach. There are beautiful coastal views, lots to do and plenty of time to relax. Enjoy the beach bars, have a game of volleyball or just relax on a sun bed. If you’re feeling energetic, take a kayak or canoe out or try snorkelling, sailing or windsurfing.
5. Cirali, Antalya
When sailing to Cirali, Antalya on a luxury yacht charter you won’t fail to be impressed by the impressive arch entrance between two rocky spires. This destination in Turkey offers visitors panoramic ocean views and miles of beaches. This beach is protected by the Turkish Tourism Ministry so is well maintained to embrace its natural surroundings.
6. San Fruttuoso, Liguria
If you’re looking for a more authentic and relaxed beach destination in the Med, look no further than San Fruttuoso, Liguria. Popular with yacht charter enthusiasts, it’s one of the best places in Italy with beautiful coves and turquoise blue waters.
Relax, top up your tan while reading a book in these magnificent surroundings.
7. Alaçati, Izmir
Alaçati is a laid-back town on the west coast of Izmir and well known for its windmills, vineyards and beautiful architecture. If you’re keen on sports, it’s one of the best places in the Aegean for kite surfing and wind surfing.
This amazing location in Turkey has mountains you can see over the horizon. It offers a peaceful, quiet retreat to those on board a private yacht. Many celebrities have enjoyed Alaçati in recent years especially when the Windsurfing World Cup is held here. Add it to your beach visit yacht charter itinerary and see it for yourself.
8. Ano Koufonissi, Cyclades
Ano Koufonissa has one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean with quirky whitewashed cottages all around. Locals tend to walk or cycle everywhere as there are no proper roads and very few cars.
If it’s paradise on earth you’re looking for, Ano Koufonissi in the Cyclades ticks all the right boxes. With its golden sandy beaches, blue sea, spectacular landscapes and quiet atmosphere, it’s a great place to sail into. There are anchorages for sailing and motor yachts which allow boats sailing from Santorini or Mykonos, to moor quite easily.
9. Cala Codolar, Ibiza
No yacht charter vacation in the Med would be complete without visiting one of Ibiza’s beaches. This popular Spanish Balearic Island boasts a host of stunning beaches none more so than Cala Codolar.
With a backdrop of spectacular cliffs and picture-postcard views, this location has plenty of character. Spend a few hours here sunbathing, having a drink in a bar or a meal in one of the restaurants.
10. Petani Beach, Kefalonia
This lovely beach can be found on the Lixouri Peninsula and is only a twenty-minute drive by car from town. There are two restaurants here with tasty local menus along with a friendly atmosphere.
Petani Beach on the Greek Island of Kefalonia, is one of the Med’s top beach hot spots. Perfect for swimming and sunbathing, this idyllic beach also has a few bars where you can enjoy a drink or two. Drop anchor here for the day for the ultimate in relaxation.
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