The Top 10 Mediterranean Superyacht Charter Spots:
As the most popular summer destination for superyacht charters, the Mediterranean has excellent events and facilities for those cruising along the coastlines in search of that spectacular sandy beach or a true taste of local life. The question is: Where to start?
Whether staying put in one location or cruising from one destination to the next, if you're having trouble planning your Mediterranean escape for the upcoming summer season, these top 10 Mediterranean superyacht charter spots will be the inspiration you need to ensure that you don’t miss out.
The place to be when the summer charter season is at its zenith, the French Riviera - or Cote d'Azur - stretches along the south of France and offers one incredible beach after another, shallow sheltered anchorages and impressive scenery that is made all the more beautiful by the centuries-old architecture and history of the region.
Spend your days in total relaxation on your sundeck, or break out the high-speed water toys and power through the waves to your heart's content. In the evening, head ashore for one of the many glamorous galas and concerts surrounding the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix, then return to continue the party while the city lights sparkle off the water.
The Eastern Mediterranean remains warmer for longer, and the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia have been attracting more attention in recent years for their pristine shores best explored by luxury yacht charter.
The incredible diversity of the settlements along the Amalfi Coast makes this area of the Mediterranean popular for sightseeing or simply observing from your sun loungers as you cruise by. The sprawling city of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii all make for awe-inspiring images for social media, while Ravello and Amalfi have a romance that has attracted celebrities for hundreds of years.
Capri and Anacapri have a number of limestone caves that will impress younger members of the group with glowing sea floors, and the grottoes can become your private beach to play on the kayaks and paddleboards.
Famous for its luxury lifestyle catering to superyacht owners and charterers alike, Sardinia is the ultimate summer haven for motor yachts and sailing yachts alike. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo is the hub for lavish entertainment and lifestyle living on Sardinia, where regattas are held regularly.
If your group ever wants some time to themselves, the nearby La Maddalena islands have numerous beaches and dive sites to enjoy all to yourselves.
From the energetic club scene to the peaceful wilds and back again, the Balearic Islands have something to suit everyone - and a luxury yacht charter is the perfect way to spend time in transit as you sunbathe, watch a film or catch up on the latest bestsellers.
6. Greece - The Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades Islands and the Sporades Islands
Mythical landscapes, beautiful seaside villages and a plethora of sandy beaches bathed in warm sunny weather make mainland Greece and its surrounding islands a choice destination for luxury yacht charters.
Close to the South of France and the western coast of Italy, Corsica is a great addition to any superyacht itinerary in the Western Mediterranean thanks in no small part to its verdant surroundings, clear shallow waters and beaches accessible only by boat – perfect for a whole week of relaxation away from civilisation. If you want a break from all the serenity, Porto Vecchio offers luxury brand shopping and quality bars and restaurants for the evenings.
Active volcanoes and extraordinary dive sites characterise Sicily to make it a destination for charter groups of all ages: Snorkelers are easily rewarded with unusual starfish, octopus and crustaceans. This island is easily paired with Sardinia, Corsica or Malta for an island-hopping itinerary that includes some of the region’s best beauty spots.
The Italian Riviera begins at the border with France and takes in the Liguria region, where guests can revel in the laid-back atmosphere and magnificent surroundings of the Cinque Terre National Park and the quiet beaches on Elba Island.
Off the beaten track, Malta is only a short distance south of Sardinia and is considered one of the best dive sites in Europe, consisting of more than 50 unique dive locations including caves, coral walls and wrecks. The vibrantly blue water is home to a variety of fish and the winding coast creates plenty of caves and tidal pools for exploring with family and friends.
UNESCO World Heritage sites speckle the coast and the main port of Valetta has facilities for larger superyachts while you enjoy the local ambiance and luxury shopping before partying the night away to the backdrop of imposing fortresses and houses built from stone.