Western Mediterranean
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Western Mediterranean

The Western Mediterranean is the world’s most popular private yacht charter destination thanks to a combination of pleasant climate, beautiful coastlines, and vibrant history and cultures. A charter in the Western Mediterranean can take you to the fascinating architecture of the Amalfi coast, the chic beach parties of the Cote d’Azur, the white sand beaches of Corsica or the refined island of Sardinia. The rich blend of the Mediterranean Sea, cuisine and wine will melt away any stress and leave you recharged. A well planned charter will fuse the fun, adventure, and relaxation the Western Mediterranean has to offer.

Italian Riviera

The Italian Riviera, also known as the Ligurian Riviera, has long been a destination for the world’s rich and famous. Tucked between the Cote d’Azur and Tuscany, this narrow strip of land is home to famous locales such as Portofino, Cinque Terre, Bordighera, San Remo, and Genoa. Bordered by the Maritime Alps to the north, and the Mediterranean to the south, the Italian Riviera’s stunning landscape and breath taking views enthralled many famous authors such as Hemmingway, Shelley, and Byron. The old world flair, colorful buildings, and quaint fishing villages exude style and charm, it’s no wonder this is such a popular charter destination.

Cote d'Azur

Often called the French Riviera, the Cote d’Azur is considered one of the epicenters of the yachting world. Containing world famous cities and towns such as Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Antibes, and the principality of Monaco, this sun-drenched area is the play ground to many of the world’s rich and famous. This beautiful stretch of coastline was one of the first destinations to be considered a “resort area” due to its great weather and idyllic landscapes. Saint-Tropez offers old world charm, cobblestone streets, excellent shopping, and fabulous people watching. A quick trip to Cannes and you could explore this city famous for it’s summertime film festival, where you could rub shoulders with the movie-making elite. Explore the St-Jean Cap-Ferrat for a look at opulent, old-world mansions from the Belle Epoque era, or take a day excursion to the village of Eze, a “museum village” preserved as if you were still in medieval times. Eze offers stunning views of the coast and surrounding area and Walt Disney spent a significant amount of time here, presumably garnering inspiration. 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, this principality plays host to numerous dignitaries, celebrities, and titans of industry.

Corsica

Located approximately 160 km from the French mainland, this island’s culture is an amalgamation of the various foreign nations that have occupied Corsica over the years. The capital of Corsica is the city of Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napolean Bonaparte, perhaps Corsica’s most infamous son. Corsica has about 1000 km of coastline, much of accessible only from boat. Dramatic cliffs and mountains cover much of the island and deliver scenery you will not soon forget. Towards the southern part of the island is the city of Bonifacio, which lies on the 14 km wide Strait of Bonifacio, separating Corsica from Sardinia. The best way to see this charming city if from boat, when entering the harbour you will notice the chalk-white limestone cliffs and cannons lining the entrance. To the west are Les Calanches, famous for its dramatic and weathered pink cliffs. To the east lies Porto Vecchio, where you will find plenty of shopping and beautiful beaches. To the north is the Cap Corse peninsula. Rugged coastline, ancient fishing villages and old Genovese ruins are all things you will find here. The oldest areas of Corsica, Ajaccio, Bastia, and Corte, are home to the island’s best museums and fortresses.

Sardinia

The island of Sardinia is the second largest in the Mediterranean and a very popular destination for the yachting world. Costa Smeralda, translated to mean the Emerald Coast, is world-renowned for it’s turquoise seas, rugged landscape, and exclusive resorts and hotels. Home to Porto Cervo and Cala Di Volpe, visitors can expect to catch glimpses of the Hollywood elite and the world’s business leaders. The climate in Sardinia along the coast is a typical Mediterranean climate but becomes more continental as you move into the interior of the island. The island has almost 2,000 kms of coastline, with many spots only accessible by boat. The most famous of these areas is the Golfo di Orosei, which stretches for approximately 70 km along Sardinia’s east coast with Punta Nera to the north and Capo Monte Santu to the south. Expect to find completely vertical limestone cliffs that contain deep-water grottos and secret beaches to explore. With its beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, fantastic nightlife, and secret grottos to explore, Sardinia is certainly a yachter’s paradise.

Sicily

The fabled land of Persephone and Aphrodite, Sicily has been enchanting visitors with its natural beauty for centuries. Located in the center of the Mediterranean, directly off the tip of the boot of Italy, this island has been host to the Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Arabs, Normans, and finally the Italians. This has left an indelible imprint not only on the architecture of the region, but on its people as well. Palermo, the capital city, is surrounded by rugged terrain and headlands and hosts some outstanding museums. To the north are mountains and forests that offer excellent hiking and exploring. Mount Etna, one of most active volcanoes in Europe, is a great hike for the more adventurous. The beaches are varied and beautiful, with black volcanic sands in the Aeolian Islands, and endless white sand beaches in Cefalu to the south. With such a varied and rich history, culture, and scenery, Sicily is not to be missed.

Spain & The Balearics

The Mediterranean coast of Spain and it’s Balearic islands offer visitors a fantastic blend of old world culture, thriving nightlife, picturesque scenery, and fabulous cuisine. Explore the city of Barcelona through the eyes of the many artists that drew inspiration here. The famous Park Guell, designed by Antonio Guadi, will give you a creative and unique perspective of Barcelona, or visit the Picasso museum, and admire this revolutionary artist’s work. Cruise down to the islands of Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca for sunshine, hidden bays, old world charm, and secluded beaches. Best to stay off the beaten path to truly experience the essence of these islands. Discover ancient fishing villages for tapas and seafood you won’t soon forget. If you are in the mood for a party, Ibiza’s nightclubs will take you into the wee hours of the morning.