Category: Luxury Yacht Charter Destinations
On a Sicily and Aeolian Islands yacht charter, gently puffing volcanoes rise out of a blue-green sea, morning church bells sound across whitewashed villages and shady piazzas, and stunning black and white sand beaches glitter under the Sicilian sun.
The Italian Riviera is north-western Italy’s coastal showcase, a place where the Ligurian Alps meet the Apennines with a dash of la dolce vita and a well-deserved reputation alluring yachts to one of the most popular yachting hotspots in the Mediterranean, Portofino.
The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), the stretch of coastline south of Naples in the Campania region of Italy that includes the picturesque towns of Positano, Praiano and Amalfi, is an exceptional luxury yacht charter destination with a mild climate, towns teetering on vertical cliffs, lemon and olive groves peppering the terraced hillsides and beautiful beaches reached only by private yacht.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is without doubt one of the most picturesque towns on the Côte d’Azur. Whether you approach Villefranche by land or sea, it resembles the most stunning oil painting, embracing all the vibrant paint-box colours that one could imagine. But this is not a still-life; Villefranche is very much alive.
Located between Monaco and Menton, east of Nice you’ll find the commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, an idyllic area of the French Riviera that is not as esteemed as the popular yacht charter destinations of Cannes or Saint Tropez, but with all the appealing elements that are unmistakably Côte d’Azur.
Within a short cruising distance from Toulon or St Tropez, Île de Porquerolles is the largest island off the French Riviera coast and the most accessible of the trio of islands – the other two are Île de Port Cros and Île du Levant – that make up the Îles d’Hyères.
Let’s get what must be said out of the way early. Marseille—that maligned, magnificent port city—is rarely included on a luxury yacht charter in the south of France, with the majority of charter yachts floating down the coast as far as St Tropez, before turning back to cruise back up the French Riviera to glittering Cannes and Monaco.
The Bay of La Napoule is a stunning stop on a French Riviera yacht charter, with the rich red rocks of the Esterel mountain range contrasting vividly with the turquoise sea, and the gloriously pretty Cannes islands sitting just offshore with their quiet pine forests, secluded coves and sunny vineyards.
If you’re seeking a luxury yacht charter that offers an entirely different experience than traditional Mediterranean hotspots such as the Amalfi Coast, French Riviera / Cote d’Azur or the Balearic Islands, then head to Corsica where you’ll be charmed by an island of diverse landscapes, vast history and robust cuisine.
Santorini, Mykonos, Crete and Zykanthos: these are just some of the islands that constantly come up when planning a Greece yacht charter.
A yacht charter in Montenegro is like floating into the setting of a fairy tale, where medieval towns are dwarfed by thousand metre mountains, picture-perfect chapels sit on tiny river islands, and Venetian palaces line the shore, their belltowers reflecting in the mirror-still water.
The rocky island of Vis is a lost-in-time kind of place, best known on the superyacht circuit for its ethereal Blue Cave. Yet the cave is far from all there is to see on sleepy, enchanting Vis, which was cut off from the world for many years while being used as a military base, and even now retains its air of mystery.
Croatia has been the darling of the superyacht set for some time now, but its yachting fame tends to centre in the Dalmatian Islands, where Hvar, Mljet, Korcula, Vis and Brac create a little cruising paradise just off the coast of Dubrovnik and Split.
If you’ve been following along with our Croatia Yachting Series, you’ll know what’s up next: the famously decadent island of Hvar, where hazy, blissful days of swimming off your charter yacht are followed by nights of champagne-spraying abandon on moonlit terraces by the sea. Yet for all its sophistication, this is not just a party isle for the rich and famous. Hvar has many faces; ones that extend far past the romantic piazzas and glamorous rooftop bars of Hvar Town.
Carpeted with silver-green olive trees and Aleppo pines, the mountainous island of Brac rises out of the Adriatic like a rugged jewel. Colourful fishing boats tie up at pretty harbours, shaded by exotic palms and Renaissance buildings carved from the dazzling white limestone of Brac, most famously used in the construction of America’s White House.
Any yachting journey through the Eastern Mediterranean will soon encounter the legacy of the Venetians, a mighty merchant power whose