11 April 2014
The Best Destinations for Yacht Charter in the Mediterranean
It may only be early in the year; however the Mediterranean charter season is fast approaching. For those that are interested in purchasing a luxury superyacht ready for the summer season, the Antibes Yacht show is the perfect opportunity to do so. The show is followed by the opening of the charter season with several high profile events taking place along the Cote d’Azur in May, including the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix when the jet-set fly in from all over the world to charter luxury yachts at these luxurious events.
The Mediterranean is arguably one of the best charter destinations in the world, offering attractions for every taste. So whether you are searching for the most beautiful beaches, or you simply want to soak up some history and culture; the Mediterranean is the place to come. We explore some of our favourite Mediterranean destinations spanning several countries including Italy, France and Greece. France St. Tropez First made famous by Brigitte Bardot, the former fishing village of St Tropez on the Cote d’Azur still manages to retain its original charm. St. Tropez is home to the bustling Pampelonne beach, where a variety of chic bars and restaurants await you, including the infamous Club 55. St Tropez hosts the annual regatta ‘Les Voiles de St. Tropez’, held each September. Anchor your superyacht in the bay to take in the events where both modern and classic sailing yachts compete side by side, or berth right in the old town. Monaco A Mediterranean yacht charter would not be complete without a stop in Monaco. With its huge variety of attractions and prestigious events, Monaco never fails to charm visitors. Why not visit the Monte-Carlo Casino dating from 1893 or explore the high quality bars and restaurants in the truly impressive setting of Port Hercule? Incorporating the Monaco Grand-Prix into your charter itinerary makes an unforgettable experience. Italy Venice The magical city of Venice is a UNESCO world heritage site and the ideal place to capture your imagination. Explore the beautiful piazza San Marco or take a trip down the picturesque waterways in a gondola. Venice is also home to a treasure trove of art, much of which can be seen at the Gallerie dell’Accademia as well as churches across the city. By the far the best way of experiencing Venice is simply to sail across the romantic lagoon on your yacht. Greece Santorini Santorini is not actually one island but an archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea. Famous for its blue waters and white-washed houses, Santorini makes not only a relaxing getaway but also an ideal stop-off for those with an interest in history. Akrotiri is viewed by many as the Pompeii of the Aegean, where you will be able to see the perfectly preserved remains of a Bronze Age Minoan town, frozen in time by volcanic ash. Croatia Dubrovnik The 'Pearl of the Adriatic' is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and a must-see destination for any traveller. The city, which is another UNESCO World heritage site, offers a host of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches in addition to its well-preserved 13thcentury city walls. Dubrovnik also offers visitors some superb beaches with Banje beach just a short walk from the Ploče Gate and Sveti Jakov a lovely part shingle, part pebble beach that keeps the sun until long into the evening. Lifestyle Photography by Mark O'Connell