West Mediterranean

The Western Mediterranean has long been paradise for yachting, from the beautiful Balearic Islands, to stunning Sardinia and Italy, to the azure coast of the south of France and much more.

Spain – Balearic Islands

A combination of sunshine, crystal waters and beautiful scenery has made Spain and the Balearics one of Europe’s favourite charter destinations.

The Mediterranean coast of Spain and it’s Balearic islands offer visitors an unforgettable blend of rich cultural heritage, thriving nightlife, picturesque scenery and fabulous cuisine, all combine to make a perfect charter destination. The islands of Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera offer golden beaches, hidden calas, rugged mountains and lively ports, and for those looking to get away from it all, there is the remote island of Cabrera and the Dragonera nature reserve, perfectly secluded and away from the crowds.

TIMING: April – end of October, High season: July – August

France – French Riviera

The French Riviera offers everything you could possibly want in a yacht charter destination: Sheltered by the Alps from inland winds and with warm Mediterranean breezes, the French Rivera has an almost tropical feel to it. This beautiful stretch of coastline was one of the very first destinations to be considered a resort, and is universally acknowledged as a major centre yachting.

The names of Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Antibes, and the principality of Monaco, conjure images of a sun-drenched play ground to the rich and famous. Saint-Tropez offers old world charm, cobbled streets with excellent shopping while Cannes is famous for it’s summertime film festival, where you could rub shoulders with the movie-making elite. Perhaps take a day excursion to the village of Eze, a “museum village” preserved from medieval times, and no visit to the French Riviera is complete without a stop in the world famous Port Hercules in Monaco: Site of the Formula One Grand Prix and Monte Carlo Casino.

TIMING: April – November, High season: July – August

Italy

There are three main regions to consider on Italy’s West Coast. The Italian Riviera, in the North, running from Portofino to the Cinque Terre is a coastline that is elegant and refined – the very epitome of smart Italian sophistication. The Napoleon coast including Capri, Ischia, Amalfi, Ravello and Positano is a region of outstanding natural beauty best seen from the comfort of a yacht. The third region includes the Lipari islands and Sicily. Natural and simple, this area has some of the oldest traditions in Europe and brilliant scuba-diving and cruising waters.

The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Spectacular hills and cliffs, olive groves and vineyards and amongst the very best shopping, nightlife and restaurants in the Mediterranean. The neighbouring Pontine Islands are a popular tourist destination among Italians, where you’ll find secluded beaches and delightful grottos.

Sardinia

Sardinia is an island rich in history, with human settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age. Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda is where many of the top yachts come to anchor in Cala di Volpe, Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo. Legendary parties, laid-back lunches – the Costa Smeralda is quintessentialy luxury unlimited.

Corsica

Corsica is an island of natural beauty. Corsica’s Calvi to Bonifacio is one of the most breathtaking itineraries in the Mediterranean – the red rocks of Calvi a perfect blue sea and sandy bays tumbling south via Ajaccio to Bonifacio.

TIMING: April – end of October, High season: July – August

Scandanavia & The Baltic

The waters around Scandinavia, Norway, Sweden and the Baltic Sea form a wild and natural haven. Norway, Sweden and Finland, also offer unique opportunities to explore this natural world on a luxury yacht. The islands in the Baltic Sea provide a host of unspoilt villages, fjords and bays to visit, as well as some of the worlds most picturesque landscapes in wilderness settings. Chartering here can be best penned as rare, unique, uplifting, natural and precious.

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